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.  


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!

Some time ago I bought a SACD player and it had a ripped copy or Mary Chapin Carpenter's Time*Sex*Love That sounds wonderful. I am sure the LP it was ripped from is even better.

10,000 Maniacs Blind Man's Zoo

Peter Gabriel So

Tim Buckley Happy Sad

Jeff Buckley Grace 

Jackson Brown Late For The Sky

Gene Clark

Priscilla Ahn A Good Day

Lera Lynn Plays Well With Others

Cowboy Junkies - Pretty much anything. Whites Off Earth Now and Trinity Sessions Revisited are the best recordings but not my favorites of their songs.

Ditto Mark Knopfler

Kate Bush The Kick Inside




Thank you for your JT reference.. I dug out my complete collection of his LPs, long ago put away.

Indeed they all sound great, especially the early Warner Brothers.