Recommendations for really well-recorded music for high-end audio system demo

I’m using my system to give some local high-end audio demos for fun, and although I have a good selection of tracks I can always use more and am sure you guys have some great ones out there.  First and foremost I’m looking for really well-recorded material that shows off what a good system can do — you know, the “wow your friends” tracks we all have, and if it happens to be good/fun music as well that’s a nice bonus although not necessarily a requirement.  I’d recommend listing the artist, album, and track so it’s easier to find the right version, and if you feel like elaborating on anything notable that makes it particularly good for a demo that’d be helpful/interesting but not necessary.  As an example…

  • Patricia Barber, Companion, “Like JT” — Great live jazz club vibe, fun instrumental with excellent imaging/depth/3D soundstage.

Thanks for anything ya got!


Live recording, but most of the cuts from Joe Jackson's "Summer in the City" album are great takes recorded well live.

Unfortunately the first song/title cut is a bit mucked up, but they remedied whatever the problem was by the 2nd song.

Don't have a link, but David Bowie did a live double album in the early-mid 70's (David Bowie - Live, I think) that has a lot of good cuts. Haven't seen a copy in decades.




Alabama 3- Exile on Cold Harbor Lane

Not sure there is anything else like this. Jumps out of your speakers.

You should remember the third track from the Sopranos.

Uninvited - Alanis Morissette 

To Sheila - Smashing Pumpkins 

Dire Straits - Money for Nothing (or almost any of their stuff)

Mark O'Connor's Hot Swing Trio - 'In Full Swing'

Many different styles, all cuts well recorded, especially the Jane Monheit ones.  


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