Why would you need suggestions from others as you may not like what I or other people like? I would make a list of all your favorite music and go from there. Your question is like asking others what you should eat for breakfast.
If you can stretch the budget, MFSL One-Step Ultradisc are about as good vinyl records get IMHO:
1. Muddy Waters - Folk Singer
2. Eric Clapton - Unplugged
3. Crosby Stills and Nash
This is what Michael Fremer said about the Santana Abraxas MFSL Ultradisc:
"Halfway through this "one step"’s side one I said to myself "This might be the best record I’ve ever heard". I meant by that the technical quality of the record and how much it resembles tape in four critical parameters: the wide dynamics and low bass response, the unlimited dynamic range, the tape-like sense of flow and especially the enormity of the soundstage presentation. More importantly I got a greater appreciation for the music, the musicianship and the showmanship too."
High praise indeed! You can read the full review here:
Kind of a silly question since any pressing will sound different than another. Hence get ready to spend some big bucks searching for the best sound of any record.
Example, someone mentioned Electric ladyland. The newest 2010 edition remastered by Eddie Kramer himself, a supposedly top pressing, absolutely sucks. Instead the original naked ladies cover that was outlawed in the UK still rules.
Point is there is no quick road to owning the best sounding vinyl, it's a journey. The reward is researching for the better versions usually pays off if you can afford it.
I always find these kinds of posts interesting as I, like everyone else I'm sure, looks at so many selections and thinks somewhat incredulously, WTF? How could anyone feel "that" record is a must have? 🤣
Sounds like you’ve got lots of pop feedback, and lots of people will steer you to the classics like Barber’s Adagio. And modern serious stuff is mostly pretentious garbage, IMO, but there are a few exceptions, and they are sublime.
Modern serious music:
- Hearing Solar Winds, David Hykes and the New Harmonic Choir, Ocora label, number 558 607. Said to be the best classical album of 1981, Four singers each singing a chord (yes, it’s for real) in a medieval stone church. Must have because it’s meditative, original, and unique.
- Sound track for the French movie ’Police’, which just happens to be no more and no less than Gorecki’s Symphony III (of Sorrowful Songs), and the only vinyl rendition. Erato 9275, S. Woytowicz, soprano. A huge harmonious landmark piece of voice, piano, and orchestra. Just don’t look it up to see what it’s all about - you don’t want to know. Really.
- Tabula Rasa composed by Arvo Part (sometimes spelled Paert). Mainly piano and strings, give ’Fratres’ a few minutes until the piano part comes in - although you may prefer the transcription for the 12 cellists of the Berlin Philharmonic. Must have because it’s fascinating, strange, and haunting, the best of modern Baltic music. ECM Records, New Series, ECM 1275.
So @stereo5, what should I have for breakfast? Good grief...you ever heard of asking a question to strike up a conversation? I find threads like this enjoyable and informative -- if you play along you might discover some "new to you" music.
Difficult but fun question, @hbarrel. Trying to narrow it down to JUST three albums would lead to many nights tossing and turning going over the pros and cons of each finalist. But, I did my best -- and number one on the list was a no-brainer for me.
1) Pink Floyd -- "Animals"
2) Led Zep -- "IV" (or Zoso as some Led Heads call it)
3) Opeth -- "Damnation"
Dire Straits -- "Love Over Gold" & "Dire Straits"
Porcupine Tree -- "Fear of a Blank Planet" & "Deadwing"
Led Zep -- "Physical Graffiti"
Pink Floyd -- "Dark Side of the Moon" & "Wish You Were Here"
Dream Theater -- "Images & Words" & "Metropolis Pt. 2: Scenes from a Memory"
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