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Please suggest some good acoustic recordings

Discussion in 'Music & Music Streaming Services' started by milpai, Aug 22, 2005.

  1. milpai

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    Hi All,

    I am pretty new to hi-fi and notice that my tasted have changed of late. I have moved away from pop music. That prompted me to buy some decent starter system (Quad 21L+NAD C352+Marantz SA8260+Nordost 4Flat bi-wire+Signal Cable Silver Resolutions).

    What I really need now is some good software. I listen to Rebecca Pidgeon, Diana Krall, Tracy Chapman, Steely Dan, Pink Floyd (DSOTM), Sade, Dire Straits (Sultans of Swings), Zakir Hussein, etc. Don't get me wrong..but I tried to listen to classical and jazz - but found that I have not yet developed a taste for them (Mahler, Vivaldi, Coltrane, Miles Davis, etc). I don't understand them at all. I have not yet tried World Music with acoustic instruments.

    Can you please suggest me some good recordings, based on my preferences above?

    Thanks

    Milind
     
  2. Kenny Glasgow

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    Milpai

    James Taylor - Hourglass , Apple album
    A Girl Called Eddy - A Girl Called Eddy
    Alison Krauss - Forget About It
    Barb Jungr - Love Me Tender
    Beth Neilsen Chapman - Sand and Water
    Blue Nile - A Walk Across The Rooftops, Hats, Peace at Last , High
    Bonnie Prince Billy - Greatest Palace Music
    Boo Hewerdine - Anon
    Daniel Lanois - Shine
    Darden Smith - Circo
    Eddi Reader - Candyfloss and Medicine
    Elvis Costello - King of America
    Gene Clark - No Other
    Jayhawks - Tomorrow The Green Grass
    John Hiatt - Bring The Family
    Julia Darling - Figure 8
    etc etc etc

    that should keep you going for a while :thumbsup: :D
     
  3. milpai

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    Thanks a lot Kenny :hiya: . I will check out the mucis that you have suggested online today. I was a bit worried that I will be bashed for my take on Classical/Jazz. But I appreciate your inputs :thumbsup: .

    Best Regards

    Milpai
     
  4. eviljohn2

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    Don't worry about what music you like - classical and jazz don't do much for me either. There's no such thing as a "grown-up" musical taste to aspire to, just your own. :smashin:

    Depending on what you mean by acoustic recordings you could do worse than the American Recordings (there are 4 albums) by Johnny Cash. If you want to try something a bit different that's heavily influenced by world music then try Global A Go-Go by Joe Strummer & the Mescaleroes. The Fleetwood Mac Greatest Hits collection should suit you as well.

    For a slightly heavier slant I'd recommend Thirteenth Step by A Perfect Circle which is very well recorded if a little more intense than you seem to be after. :)
     
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    If you want a really exciting acoustic album get this

    Friday Night in San Francisco

    John McLaughlin, Paco DeLucia, Al DiMeola
     
  6. Toasty

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    I rate Jack Johnson, Brushfire Fairytales is a nice album.
     
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    I like Jack Johnson's In Between Dreams better.. Brushfire is a bit raw songs are just as nice maybe (I just prefer Dreams, I guess :) )

    (listen to samples at Amazon)
     
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    Yep, I like in between dreams too, however, I'm more familiar with Brushfire fairytales. I'm not so keen on "On And On", but then again, I've not listened to it much, its by no means a bad album.
     
  9. Gary D

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    Colin Verncombe* - Abbey Road Live. many of his classic numbers with just him and a guitar - beautiful.

    "let me watch you make love" kills me everytime.

    i wouldn't class the Blue Nile (the best band in the world ever!! and anyone who wants to argue can see me in the car park later!!!) as acoustic - but they make the most beautiful music i've ever heard.

    Hats is the greatest album i've ever heard - i've played it at least once a week for the last 16 years. "Lets Go Out Tonight" and "From a late night train" still make me cry - they are so beautiful and perfectly formed. also the music doesn't seem to age - which is werid.

    Gary



    *You'll know him as "Black" - Wonderful Life mid 80's
     
  10. milpai

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    Wow, Thanks a lot everyone :hiya: . I will spend this entire weekend exploring the music you guys have suggested :smashin:

    Milpai
     
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    Add Eric Roche - Spin ....and you've got the two best acoustic guitar recordings I've heard to date... :thumbsup:
     
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    Gary D - I loved Black in the 80's, didn't realise Colin was still going, I have seen Blacks bass player "Roy Corkhill" many times playing with Ian Mcnabb - I love his fretless bass on the Black album (sweetest smile i think) I havent heard "everythings coming up roses" for 17 years (no turntable :( )

    Is he still touring?
     
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    Eric Clapton Unplugged is a pretty good disc to spin
     
  14. Gary D

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    Yeah he's still touring seen him a few times - hes a superb adult recording artist. i'd provide you with a link to his website but at this early ans with little sleep i cant work out how to spell his name :( www.insert-his-name-here.com

    Gary
     
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    Hmmm, Acoustic music? Well, in this regard, my collection consists of the following (note that I'm taking "acoustic" in a very broad sense :cool: ):

    Beth Neilsen Chapman
    Diana Krall
    Nick Drake
    Antonio Forcione
    Jack Johnson
    Ray Lamontagne
    Mice Parade (amazing stuff, but not purely acoustic :D )
    Aimee Mann
    Love & Rockets (purely for Saudade of course ;) )

    With lots of Naim samplers thrown in for good measure. I very strongly suggest you invest in a copy of True Stereo - Unprocessed Analog Recordings, which is probably the best sounding red book cd I've ever heard. More jazzy than acoustic though.

    Rgds,
    DT
     

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