Best POP audiophile recording/album...

Famous Blue Raincoat - Jennifer Warnes.

This is one of the best recorded/sounding 'POP' albums out there...

or do you know of one to beat this /one/?

Dewald Visser
XTC -- Apple Venus or Oranges and Lemons. Can listen to either of these over and over.
PORCUPINE TREE, "IN ABSENTIA" mix of old King Crimson, Jetro Tull and Genesis!!!
PORCUPINE TREE "IN ABSENTIA" kind of a mix between Jethro Tull, Genesis and old King Crimson
I agree 110% with your list, especially the Waters, Rickie Lee and Cassandra picks. Ill add Cassandra Wilson/Jacky Terrasson "Rendezvous", and Cowboy Junkies "Trinity Sessions".