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Newbie32's picture
Last seen: 2 years 11 months ago
Joined: Feb 11 2013 - 10:58am
Hi-Res Recommendations - 60s/70s

Hello, After having spent the last 15 years of my life collecting MP3s (20,000 and counting) and listening to my JBL computer desktop speakers, I've seen the light and recently purchased some Thiel CS 1.2s, a Vincent SV-236 MKII and intend to get an Olive One, to be released in July. With my new hi-fi setup, I've come to realize that my 128 kbps MP3s aren't going to cut it and I'm looking to download 96/24 hi-res albums and re-build a new collection that will do justice to my new investment.

My research tells me, however, that a hi-res album is only as good as the original recording and that a lot of recordings aren't very good, especially ones made recently. Fortunately, while I love all types of music, I have decided to start out by building my collection of 60s and 70s rock, pop, and folk music - i.e. CSNY, the Youngbloods, Jefferson Airplane, Country Joe and the Fish, the Grateful Dead, Jimi Hendrix, Quicksilver Messenger Service, Bob Dylan, Moby Grape, Canned Heat, the Byrds etc. etc.

Can you offer some suggestions for some outstanding 96/24 recordings from this era and where I might find them? I read somewhere that the original CSNY is great, and I'm going to download it from HD Tracks, but I'm looking for lots more recommendations. I prefer downloads to SACD as I do not currently have a CD player and would rather not go through the trouble of ripping, anyway.

Thanks in advance for your recommendations!

Newbie32's picture
Last seen: 2 years 11 months ago
Joined: Feb 11 2013 - 10:58am
I'll also take

I'll also take recommendations of albums to avoid, if you've come across any recordings that were particularly bad or just mediocre.



jazzfan's picture
Last seen: 1 year 8 months ago
Joined: Sep 8 2005 - 8:55am
Here are a few good ones

Hi Newbie

It's not modern recordings that aren't very good but rather the mastering of these recordings that is doing the damage. There are plenty of very nice sounding modern recordings just not very many good mastering jobs especially when it comes popular music releases.

As for some recommendations of good hi-rez downloads. I second that the recommendation for the first Crosby, Stills and Nash album. The 24/96 release available on HDTracks is spectacular. I would also get both Grateful Dead releases "American Beauty" and "Workingman's Dead" and the Paul McCartney's "McCartney", "McCartney II","Ram" and "Band on the Run" - all of these sound very good.

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Joined: Feb 22 2009 - 5:01pm
Dark Eyed Cajun Woman from

Dark Eyed Cajun Woman from The Doobie Brothers Captain and Me 192 kHz sounds pretty good. Also Elton John Madman Across the Water from the same place.

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