What is the best LP to demonstrate a system?

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  1. fmuakkassa

    fmuakkassa Well-Known Member Thread Starter

    I am not talking about setup/test LPs but musical LPs that will bring out the best in a system to show its full potential. Classical or rock is OK that is available new.
  2. pick-me-up

    pick-me-up Straight shooter from S/FI

    What ever you like the best. I don’t think that is so damn important at all …
  3. Analog Kid

    Analog Kid New Member

    I use the following LPs to test audio systems:

    *Running Wild: Gates To Purgatory
    *Led Zeppelin: Presence (Classic Records 200-gram vinyl re-issue)
    *Bad Religion: Generator
    *Pat Benatar: In The Heat Of The Night
    *Strunz & Farah: Misterio

    Those are my personal reference series of LPs.

    TONEPUB Forum Resident

    Portland, Oregon
    Boy that's tough...

    Are you demonstrating it to other people to blow them away
    or for your own reference?

    If its for you, I always suggest somthing that you have heard
    a million times, so you know the nuances. That's where you
    really hear the difference between things.

    If its to blow your friends away, think intimate vocals, male
    or female, perhaps something that is really dynamic
    and or something with a wide frequency range...

    This one will only end in tears.

    However, what works with me is to always ask a friend to
    play their favorite CD or LP. That usually is a good one
    for the same reason!

    good luck

  5. kdbrink

    kdbrink Well-Known Member

    The first one I usually reach for is Joe Jackson's "Body and Soul."
  6. Danny

    Danny Active Member

    That is a great sounding record! :thumbsup:

    If I were having friends over to listen to records, I would surely pull out my Quiex II pressing of Dire Straits "Love Over Gold". :agree:
  7. Some of the Oasis albums do I often put on to show people my system.
    What's The Story (Morning Glory) has in my opinion the best sound. But maybe you don't like the Oasis.
  8. chosenhandle

    chosenhandle Well-Known Member

    Garcia/Garcia Green WB
    PF/WYWH japanese half speed
    Earl Wild/Boston Pops Gershwin Shaded Dog (sorry not rock)
    Neil Young Zuma german reprise
    Supertramp Crime of the Century Speakers Corner

    anyone of those will come out, unless the guest has a request
  9. Steve Hoffman

    Steve Hoffman Your Host Your Host

    THE COTTON CLUB soundtrack LP on Geffen always comes out first..
  10. LeeS

    LeeS Audio Research Fan

    I have one for dynamics and soundstage:

    Scheherezade Fritz Reiner on Classic Records. Powerful stuff.
  11. crooner

    crooner Well-Known Member

    San Diego, CA
    Any of the vintage Soundstream recorded Telarc discs should do the trick for you. Beware of the 1812 overture release though. The cannons are virtually impossible to track!

  12. sacsongs

    sacsongs Well-Known Member

    St. Louis , MO
    Jeff Beck Blow by Blow CBS Masterwork 1/2 speed master LP
  13. crooner

    crooner Well-Known Member

    San Diego, CA
    Last night I was playing my Classic records reissue of Cannoball Adderley's Somethin' Else (stereo). And this is really of demostration quality. Highly recommended as jazz demo material!
    The title cut in particular is dynamite!
  14. Sound Dust

    Sound Dust New Member

    The The - Uncertain Smile from the self titled debut album.
  15. crooner

    crooner Well-Known Member

    San Diego, CA
    Good rock/pop demo material (some plentiful and cheap!). Hard to choose just one...

    - Steely Dan's AJA

    - Queen's A Night At The Opera

    - Rickie Lee Jones, Self -Titled. Domestic pressings are sometimes noisy though. My japanese pressed issue is very quiet but $$$$$


    - Sade: Diamond Life

    - Swing Out Sister: It's better to travel

    - Dire Straits: Brothers In Arms

    - Richard & Linda Thompson: Shoot Out The Lights. Hokey Pokey, reissue from the 80s is great as well.

    - Sting, Dream of the blue turtles and Nothing Like The Sun

    - The Police: Synchronicity and Ghost in The Machine (Nautilus is best here)

    - Cat Stevens, Tea For The Tillerman (MFSL seems to be the top choice).

    - Al Stewart, Year Of The Cat

    - Alan Parsons Project, Eye In The Sky
  16. Duggeh

    Duggeh Active Member

    When I want to show off my record player or I usually pick one of:
    Donald Fagen - The Nightfly
    Dire Straits - Brothers In Arms
    Jean-Michel Jarre - Zoolook
    or Alyson Moyet - Alf

    Alf is the best for illustrating the difference between CD and LP. All of them are great sounding albums.
  17. Steve G

    Steve G Forum Resident

    los angeles
    I still use Erich Leinsdorf conducting the Prokofiev 2nd for this

    so bump to whomever said "use what you know"!!!!
  18. Metralla

    Metralla Joined Jan 13, 2002

    San Jose, CA
    Thelma Houston: "I've Got The Music In Me" - Sheffield Lbs direct to disc.
  19. fmuakkassa

    fmuakkassa Well-Known Member Thread Starter

    Thanks for the responses. I'll start hunting for some of those titles. From what was mentioned, I have Cat Stevens "Tea for the Tillerman" (MFSL) nad Alan Parsons Project "Eye in the Sky"
  20. DustinTaj

    DustinTaj Member


    I have read on other threads that the opposite is true. I'm in that camp as well; I find that their recordings sound quite bad, even the SACD. It's unfortunate, too, because it's something I'd like to hear well done.
  21. Eric B

    Eric B Active Member

    Genesis - Trick Of the Tail -Mofi
  22. Eric B

    Eric B Active Member

    sometimes...Poco "legend" Mofi or domestic (both sound outstanding)
  23. Ski Bum

    Ski Bum Well-Known Member

    Long Island, NY
    To demonstrate just what the system is capable of doing, I think some of the old direct to disc vinyl is very effective. You can usually pick up something like the Sheffield Track Record at a reasonable cost.

    However, I find that if you really want to impress some friends, play something for them that they've heard hundreds (if not thousands) of times before BUT let them come to the realization that they really haven't heard a fraction of what is in the song until you've played it for them. Your system is now good enough that you should be able to pull this off. Two of my favorites for doing this:

    1. Take it Easy from the Eagles self-titled debut album. You must get the original gatefold pressing (apparently, the original master was destroyed and all reissues are at least second generation). The vocal and string complexity is amazing, but you'd never know it from hearing it on the radio a gazillion times.

    2. Whole Lotta Love from Led Zeppelin II. You guessed it; you must find one of those RL mastered versions (with the RL and small ss in the deadwax on side 1). Again, this song has been played about as much as any other song in history other than Stairway to Heaven but there is a lot more to hear with a good system.

    I'm sure you can find other examples on your own.
  24. crooner

    crooner Well-Known Member

    San Diego, CA
    I agree...
    That's why I put some run-of-the-mill ordinary stuff in there. Most folks from the 80's generation are very familiar with stuff like TOTO IV or Diamond Life. Playing this stuff back on top flight equipment would blow them away. Specially after years and years of low-fi reproduction on boomboxes, rack stereos, supermarket ceiling speakers and elevators!
  25. thinker10

    thinker10 Active Member

    Asia - Asia

    Prism - Armageddon

    Robbie Roberston - Include the song "Somewhere Down The Crazy River"

    Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble - Texas Flood

    The Mason Williams Phonograph Record

    Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers - Damn the Torpedoes

    Just to name a few

    Be careful with that Mason William Record !!!

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