Your Not-So-Obvious Best Fidelity LPs

I’ve spent over three years building up to the system I have now.  I’m really happy with it and my wife and I love sitting in our listening room spinning various vinyl most evenings.  Rather than researching and testing gear, I want to spend this year adding great recordings to our collection.

So what are the albums you have that every time you play it you're continually amazed at its fidelity?  You might have spent $80 on it or just $1 or maybe it was a hand-me-down decades ago.  Any genre really.

And if we can please avoid the most obvious choices (which are truly wonderful) such as Pink Floyd, The Eagles, Diana Krall, etc.  I’m looking for albums, (vinyl only please) that probably fly under the radar for most folks.

I'll start….

James Taylor - Dad Loves His Work - this was just given to me by a friend a couple of weeks ago as he had an extra copy.  I have plenty of JT albums but I didn’t have this one yet.  As soon as I put it on I could tell it was special.

Edie Brickell - Shooting Rubberbands at the Stars - My wife requested this one so I found a NM copy on Discogs for a reasonable price.  This kind of blew my socks off.  Sounds really wonderful and present and the music still holds up.

Counting Crows - August and Everything After - I surprised my wife with this one as it’s one of her favorite albums.  They really nailed the recording and pressing on this one.  It’s quite impressive. 

Ben Folds - What Matters Most - He’s one of our favorite songwriters but trying to find a copy of anything of his or Ben Folds Five for under $80 is nearly impossible.  This album was released just last year and they obviously paid special attention to the recording quality.  Sounds just phenomenal. 

Steely Dan - Northeast Corridor - Obviously everyone knows how amazing their studio recordings are but this album might be unknown to some as it came out just a few years ago.  I bought it on a whim knowing nothing about it.  It’s amazing.  As if they would release an album with less than stellar fidelity.  If you’re a Dan fan, this album is a no-brainer.

REM - Automatic for the People - Completely hypnotic.  Stunning recording.

OK, that’s enough from me.  


@paulietunes  totally with you on that Dan pick, my record store guy recommended it and it was in my top 5 of last years buys.

I’d like to add a couple of my go to’s

John Lee Hooker “The Healer”

The Secret Sisters debut album 

The Melvins “Houdini”

The Cactus Blossoms “Your Dreaming”



Doug McLeod- any on Reference Recordings

Odetta - Blues Everywhere I Go

Keb Mo - Just Like You

Greg Brown - Further In

Keith Richards - Main Offender

Sarah Jarosz - Build Me Up From Bones


I'm loving all of these suggestions!  

Thanks @doyle3433 I'll definitely look those up.

@zimwig - love these as well.  I was able to see Sarah Jarosz in concert here about a year ago when she toured with Marc Cohn and Shawn Colvin.  Such an amazing show and loved hearing her play Build Me Up From Bones!

Love your taste in music @coltrane1 and I'll check out those suggestions.  I've got a bunch of Stevie Wonder and most of them sound wonderful.

@paulietunes , if there was only one record that was an absolutely must have it would be Billy Paul’s 360 Degrees of Billy Paul. Each song is superbly well done, and a hit in its own right. His take on Elton John’s ‘Your Song’ and Al Green’s ‘Let’s Stay Together’ were the highlights of my high school days in 1971. Check it out on LP’s from eBay or even a CD. It’s an absolute must have!

And I don’t know if you’ve heard Eva Cassidy, but if you haven’t check her out on YouTube. First time I heard her sing Somewhere Over The Rainbow it brought me to tears. She’s got a voice from the Angels, and many compelling albums worthy of any collection. You and your wife will truly enjoy her!