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.  


@mckinneymike to be honest there are so many soul hits between 1963 and 1979. Between Motown, Stax, and Philadelphia International Music, for those of us who grew up during this period our musical experience was unequivocal. And to top it off we had the best of RR during this same period too. We lived a blessed existence never thinking that it would someday end. The period of the 80’s and 90’s was interesting too, for who could ever forget Whitney. But the days of who is killing who, or the disrespect of women, replaced some of the most positive music ever created. And did I even mention 3 of my favorite groups, Chicago, Tower of Power, and EWF?!

@dorkwad @coltrane1 This weekend I was able to listen to my new copies of Eva Cassidy Live at Blues Alley and Allison Russell The Returner as well as my new-to-me copy of 360 Degrees of Billy Paul.  All fabulous albums that I'm thrilled to have now.  Thank you for the recommendations! 

@paulietunes , I’m happy that you’re experiencing some wonderful albums, and each are very different singers. And it’s a pity that Eva Cassidy didn’t get the notoriety in life as she has after passing. She’s one of the most original and gifted musicians I’ve ever heard. Enjoy my friend!

Recently came across "redundant" maxi single I haven't listened in years asking myself a question why I decided to keep of 12" version Culture Club "Victims"   Culture Club - Victims (Vinyl, UK, 1983) For Sale | Discogs.

The mastering in this version is superior. Perhaps I have it in my collection for that reason, not the music though which is too far away from my habits. One of those weird cases that I very rarely do.