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.  


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!

Hey @coltrane1 on your word, I just bought a copy of 360 Degrees on Discogs!  Can’t wait to give it a listen.  Plus I do love soul and funk.  And I’ll definitely be looking for some Eva Cassidy as you and so many others have recommended her.

Thanks!  I’ll let you know how it sounds in a week or so.

@paulietunes , Congratulations Paulie! If you dig soul check out anything from the Philadelphia International Records catalog released from 1971-1977. The owners of the company, Kenny Gamble and Leon Huff, were actually superb songwriters and producers themselves, and produced many if not most of the biggest soul hits released during that timeframe. They operated from Philadelphia, and built a multi million dollar corporation producing the greatest hits. Philadelphia had surpassed Motown by hits and music production by this time as Motown had been sold. Just a bit of musical history my brother. Enjoy!