Hello to all...

Hypothetical question: You are going into an audio store to listen to a Cambridge Audio CDX81 Integrated amp and a CDX CD Transport thru speakers you are familiar with (or have at home in your system). You are allowed to bring only ONE CD TO LISTEN TO, by one group and/or one artist - WHAT IS IT AND WHY?

OF COURSE - there were those who will say I don't do CDs - so in that case you can only access ONE COMPLETE ALBUM OF MUSIC BY ONE GROUP OR ARTIST.



My Choice: BLOOD SWEAT AND TEARS  by Blood Sweat and Tears, 1962. Great tunes, fairly well recorded; lots of horns, drums and "odd sounds"; loud and soft levels throughout; different vocalists solo and in harmony - and lots of Toe-tappin' Music.

What would your choice be?
"Abbey Road." Once through, start to finish, and you'll know if what you are auditioning is right. (You'll know sooner than that, of course, but why not listen anyway.)

Excellent call re the BS&T self-titled album, in my opinion. (As an aside, though, it was released in late 1968, not 1962, which was several years before the group came into being. During the mid-60s two of its founders, Al Kooper and Steve Katz, were members of The Blues Project).

As one who listens mostly to classical music my choice would be Dvorak’s Symphony No. 9 (the "New World" symphony), remastered by Chesky as CD31, Jascha Horenstein conducting the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, and originally recorded in 1962 (!). Originally engineered by the great Kenneth Wilkinson for Decca.  A  tour de force both musically and sonically.

-- Al

I sold more hifi gear playing that Jeff Wayne War of the Worlds recording than any other back when I did such things. People would flock to the system just to listen and stay there when playing.

I bought it on a whim when it came out and was playing in  some record shop whose name I don’t recall somewhere near Wilmington DE.
Your question really takes me back. Been so long, kinda almost forgot there was even a time I was caught up in such things. If you would have asked me then I probably would have had a conventional answer. Now though its hard even to imagine going to a store where they would have even one component I was interested in, let alone two, and that they would have speakers I own is beyond fantasy. So the straightest answer I can give is I wouldn't bring a CD. Don't need a CD. Would listen to whatever they have. Seriously. So totally last millennium.