Your "In The Room" Moment

Discussion in 'Music Corner' started by DannyC, Jul 5, 2012.

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  1. DannyC

    DannyC Active Member Thread Starter

    Have spent the evening reading quite a few threads and historically going back in the archives at peoples highs and lows..

    So what would you consider a track or album that sounds so good it gives you an -eyes closed - band / singer in the room moment.. Or that feeling of being sat in the sweet spot at a concert.

    Tonight for me it has been Shawn Mullins and a couple of the simple acoustic tracks from "Souls Core"..
  2. Dave

    Dave Esoteric Audio Research Specialistâ„¢

    Greater Vancouver
    Dark Side Of The Moon was the first one for me. I'd heard discussion from Steve H on this and when it happened the old light bulb went on. :idea:
  3. Stone Turntable

    Stone Turntable Forum Resident

    New Mexico USA
    Nat King Cole, "Love Is the Thing" SACD
  4. rockclassics

    rockclassics Forum Resident

    Arkansas, USA
    Echoes - Pink Floyd The recent remaster of Meddle released last fall just blows me away. When I listen to it, it is like the band is right there in front of me. I think the primary reason it hits me like this is the drums - just perfect sound.
  5. Jazz Nut

    Jazz Nut Active Member

    I just got the "St. Louis Blues" Nat King Cole SACD, and the recording is VERY lifelike---as are all of the recordings in this series. Also, the Ben Webster recording "Gentle Ben" on SACD. Probably the most realistic recording of his tenor saxophone sound I've ever heard. Let me think of some more.
  6. MIPIE

    MIPIE Well-Known Member

    Neil Young - Greendale
  7. Jerquee

    Jerquee Forum Resident

    New York, NY
    Muddy Waters - Folk Singer
  8. willy

    willy hooga hagga hooga

    Donovan's 'Get Thy Bearings'

    Van Dyke Parks' entire Discover America album
  9. Doug Sclar

    Doug Sclar Forum Legend

    The OC
    The closest I've come is some of my live recordings or any of Barry's releases. The main reason is because they're not processed as are most commercial records. Having distance on the mics also goes a long way towards conveying realism.

    The problem is that most commercial records are not made to sound natural. You may feel the presence of the singer, but I could never close my eyes and think he's actually in the room. EQ, reverb, compression, proximity effect, tube warmth and other processes can all make the vocal sound great, but never real to me.
  10. tubesandvinyl

    tubesandvinyl Forum Resident

  11. DoctorDave

    DoctorDave Well-Known Member

    Dublin, Ohio
    +1.....possibly the most lifelike recording (and mastering) I have ever experienced! Truly jaw-dropping.
  12. apple-richard

    apple-richard Overnight Sensation

    I had the aha moment listening to Bob Dylan's John Wesley Hardin. I had been playing Blonde On Blonde for weeks and put on JWH. The harmonica and Dylan's voice just seemed so lifelike. This was back when I was 15.
  13. stumpy

    stumpy Forum Resident

    South of Nashville
    The first Joe Cocker album. With A Little Help... had stopped me in my tracks one afternoon while hangin' out in my bedroom, so I went out and bought the album.
  14. paradoxguy

    paradoxguy Well-Known Member

    Admittedly my "in-the-room" moment occurred 30 years ago, when I was in high school, but I have never forgotten it. I was performing an "all-nighter" to get a paper done for AP English [teacher offered 15% extra credit on the grade if paper was turned in 1 day early] and around 4-5AM was repeatedly listening to the Who's "Won't Get Fooled Again" [The Kids Are Alright version, although I hadn't yet seen the movie] on a cassette Walkman (recall those?). On the 2nd or 3rd listen, I apparently hit a sweet spot; I could visualize the four members working themselves into a frenzy on stage, especially Moon and Townshend.
  15. onlysleeping

    onlysleeping Active Member

    Chico CA, USA
    Tommy Emmanuel - Only. I can picture him sitting in my living room pickin' the guitar.
  16. heepsterandrey

    heepsterandrey Forum Resident

    When I hear Blue Öyster Cult's debut album (the MoFi gold cd) Last Days Of May specifically I feel as if I'm in this big warehouse where the band is jamming out to it. It just gives me this great feeling man. It's no audiophile recording but it's got this certain sound to it that I love.
  17. john lennonist

    john lennonist There ONCE was a NOTE, PURE and EASY...

    First one to pop into me mind was the first time I played my MFSL Gold Muddy Waters "Folk Singer" :bigeek:

    Sounded like he was strummin' and singin' right in front of me!

    EDIT: I responded after only reading the OP... and have since seen that two others above chose the same recording!
  18. dat56

    dat56 Well-Known Member

    SW Missouri
    I've had more than one, but the one that came to mind first was "All My Trials" from the Peter, Paul & Mary CD, "In The Wind". The strummed guitars and Mary Travers voice has on more than one occasion startled me with the exceptionally lifelike sound. It's almost like they are standing in the room in front of me. :cool:
  19. windfall

    windfall Forum Resident

    DVD-Audio Jackson Browne Running on Empty... Cocaine. Set up to make you feel like the musicians are sitting in a circle around you as they play (it's a backstage dressing room recording, as I remember). Stunning.
  20. fishcane

    fishcane Forum Resident

    Stella Blue ca 1973 or 1994(believe it or not)
  21. Picca

    Picca Forum Resident

    Modena, Italy
    Perro sessions, especially Blows Against The Empire by Kantner's Starship. I'm still amazed by the fact that I wasn't a member of the Frisco mafia at that time. Me and Crosby and Grace and Kantner could have been great buddies.
  22. SteveS1

    SteveS1 Forum Resident

    Weald, England, UK
    Many of these but a MOFI Roy Orbison GH is having that effect as we speak.
  23. Donutsss

    Donutsss Well-Known Member

    Neil Young at Massey Hall
  24. Synthfreek

    Synthfreek Please label the photos you post

    Austin, TX
    Not sure how people are "in the room" with all these albums listed that are filled with overdubs and studio trickery. Muddy Waters - Folk Singer is an obvious choice with the track "Feel Like Going Home" the one that puts me there.
  25. Cassiel

    Cassiel Sonic Reducer

    NYC, USA
    A few of Jandek's records.
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