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Rock music test albums

Discussion in 'Music & Music Streaming Services' started by eviljohn2, Jul 25, 2002.

  1. eviljohn2

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    I'm mainly into rock/alternative music and was wondering if anyone can recommend any good test tracks/albums.

    I've found "Aenema" and "Lateralus" by Tool and "...And out come the wolves" by Rancid to be quite good but want to test my system further without acquiring CD's which I might never listen to again since I'm on a students budget!

    Cheers

    John
     
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    I find the best music to test any gear with is stuff that you know inside out.

    Never seen the point of just having a few CD's kicking around that are just used for testing out new kit.
     
  3. eviljohn2

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    That makes sense, and explains why I listed Rancid earlier on!

    I find the main problem with alternative music to be the poor production on the albums limiting the dynamics when compared to other more "mainstream" tastes. Any opinions?
     
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    I listen to similar stuff, a little lighter maybe (I'm a punk wimp;) ) and I find english stuff has better production values than american i.e. Radiohead (NOT the new s**t). Also, emo albums like Jimmy eat world and Incubus are well recorded, if you can stomach that sort of stuff.
     
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    Thanks Gambit,

    I like to think I have an open mind regarding my music, although I don't think much of Radiohead's stuff (although I can fully appreciate their contribution to the music industry). My bro has the newest Jimmy Eat World album and I'll see if I can acquire that for a while.

    As I've posted elsewhere, if you're interested in the more emo side of things I suggest you look into "The Get Up Kids" and "Wilt" who are both excellent. Plus I've yet to come across anyone who claims to be alternative who doesn't like "...And out come the wolves" - it has everything you could ask for!
     
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    Why not give your system (and ears) a good bashing and listen to enything by Slayer
     
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    Hey EvilJohn

    I do recommend having test tracks, regardless if you like the song/artist.

    When choosing songs, you have to think about the production. For example, a group like the Beastie Boys is listened to people in their cars and on walkmans and mp3 players. These people are on the go, sound quality is less of an issue.

    Choose songs that are by famous, and i mean world famous bands on well-known record labels.

    Examples:
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    U2 - The Joshua Tree track 6 called Red Hill Mining Town i think
    Madonna - Ray of Light tracks 1,3 and 6
    REM - New Adventures in Hi-Fi - the whole album!

    PJ Harvey - Stories From the City, Stories From the Sea


    But like someone said before, have songs u know inside out, so you know how they're meant to sound. That way, u'll know if its improved straight away.
     
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    This one sounds lifeless and flat to me :( .
    REM one of my favourites.
     
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    I use Nirvana "Smells like Teen Spirit". If your "rock system" can handle this, it can handle anything. Also old rock like The Clash and Led Zeppelin - like Alanrob says: it helps if you know the music and like it.
     
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    If you like drums in your music, try and get hold of a copy of either Kiss 'Creatures of the Night' or Prong 'Beg To Differ'. Two of the best ever recorded rock albums from a drum-sound viewpoint.
     
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    Bad Company - Here Come's Trouble. First track - How About That has a really deep and tight bass guitar track. Good tester of a subwoofer.
    The rest of the production is pretty good, too. Nice and open.
     
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    Some more to try that I absolutely love... and production qualities are extremely high (for this type of music):

    Alice in Chains - Unplugged
    Alice in Chains - Jar of flies / Sap
    Pearl Jam - Live on two legs
    Rage Against the Machine - Rage Against the Machine
    Nirvana - Nevermind
    Puddle of Mudd - Come clean
    Nine Inch Nails - (Various - can't remember which)

    All the Foo Fighters stuff is great but sound quality is not up to the above. Fantastic live though!

    Re: REM New Adventures in Hi-Fi
    Me too... there's much better.
     
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    yeah there are better songs, why it was slated by critics. but the production, i thought, was very slick
     
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    Sorry, yes, production is very good.
     
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    Though not strictly rock (exactly what category they fall into is another matter...) is Mezzanine by Massive Attack. The first track, Angel, is astounding and tests any system. Their other albums test any system too. I'm biased though, they're my favourite artists by a long way :)

    For bass try PJ Harvey's To Bring You My Love. The new album is also very well recorded.

    Another highlight for sound quality is the Help War Child album by various artists. Much of it was recorded in simple sessions and not heavily produced. Eg the Stone Roses track.

    I agree with most people here it has to be something you know backwards, hence my choices.
     
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    This is not well recorded IMO it is rather compressed. I think the music is fantastic though.



    This is rather harsh generally. If it



    Yes, I agree this is very well recorded.

    Jimmy Eat World is a good example a a well recorded recent LP.

    Red Hot Chilli Peppers - Bloodsugarsexmagic is well recorded. Unfortunately their latest whilst being an excellent LP is rather poorly recorded with frequent distortion and over forward vocals IMO.


    It is good to know some albums well to evaluate changes in your setup. These need not all be very well produced, but should highlight deficiencies and strengths in your existing system.
     
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    Sisters of Mercy 'A Slight Case of Overbombing', their greatest hits volume one, used to sound FANTASTIC on my old Alpine car system... maybe not everyones cup of tea music-wise, but superb sound.
     
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    Good stuff to try out equipment in the rock genre:

    Muse: Plug in Baby

    Garbage: Stupid Girl

    Nirvana: Smells like Teen Spirit

    Bruce Dickinson: Tears of the dragon

    The Metallica S&M album is great for checking out a sub woofer.

    Some CD's are much better produced than others, so it pays to use 'good' ones for demoing stuff.

    G
     

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