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Jul 8, 2006
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We are all in this hobby, for the most part, because we love music and we love the way our Logans reproduce it. There is a lot of music that I enjoy, but there are certain discs that just blow me away when I am listening to them through my Logans. This is the music that enraptures you, that brings out the goose pimples and puts you in a state of audio nirvana. I am always looking for more of this kind of music, so I like to seek out the opinions of others in a quest to find something new and special.

So, the question is: What are your two or three (or five or six) absolute favorite discs (cd or vinyl) to listen to through your Martin Logan system?

For me, the list would include: "Retrospective" by Natalie Merchant, "The Girl in the Other Room" by Diana Krall, and "Imagine" or "Songbird" by Eva Cassidy. O.K., so I am partial to female vocalists.

Runner's up from other music genres would include: "Tone Poems" by David Grisman and Tony Rice, "Beautiful Dreamer -- the Songs of Stephen Foster" by various artists, and "Bach Unaccompanied Cello Suites Performed on Double Bass" by Edgar Meyer.

All of these recordings simply blow me away on my Logans. So what knocks your socks off?


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Apr 14, 2005
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:) To be totally honest, I get the biggest rush hearing the music I compose on my synth on my speakers. After that, pretty much any female vocal, anything by Ken Nordine, Alan Parsons (instrumentals...my favorite) and for movies, soundtracks composed by Hans Zimmer.

I really liked his music from the movie, "The Weather Man."


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Steely Dan Gaucho on vinyl.

Any Nora Jones on CD or SACD.

Radiohead Kid A on CD.

Can't wait to get home and give 'em a go on this beautiful Friday!


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May 9, 2005
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I hope I can list them all...


Well, to be totally honest, Ive been purchasing almost every CD that has ever been recommended by other members on the ML Club site - for sometime now... ;) Folks here have excellent taste.
There are some wonderful CD's out there. Here is a list to get you started:

Thelonious Monk & John Coltrane - "The complete 1957 Riverside Recordings"

Kevyn Lettau - "Bye Bye Black Bird"

Kevyn Lettau - "Another Season"

Kevyn Lettau - "Universal Language"

Kevyn Lettau - "Little Things"

Keyvn Lettau - "The Color of Love"

Loreena McKennitt - "The Visit"

Loreena McKennitt - "The Book of Secrets"

Bette Midler - "The Rose: The Original Soundtrack Recording"

Bette Midler - "For The Boys: Music From The Motion Picture"

Melissa Manchester - "Singin"

Madeleine Peyroux - "Careless Love"

Amanda McBroom - "A Waiting Heart"

Diane Schuur - "Blues For Schuur"

Renee Olstead - "By Request"

Renee Olstead - "Renee Olstead"

Tierney Sutton - "Introducing Tierney Sutton"

Stevie Wonder - "Ballad Collection"

Cheryl Bentyne - "Talk of the Town"

Cheryl Bentyne - "Lights Still Burn"

Cheryl Bentyne - "Sings Waltz For Debby"

Cheryl & harmony Bentyne - "Moonlight Serenade"

Karrin Allyson - "Ballads: Remembering John Coltrane"

Karrin Allyson - "Footprints"

Radka Toneff - "Fairytales"

Dianne Revees - "Good Night Good Luck the Original Soundtrack"

Ricky Lee jones - "Duchess of Coolsville: An Anthology"

Lani Hall - "Brasil Nativo"

Alison Krauss - "Now That I've Found You: A Collection"

Alison Krauss - "Forget About It"

Ella Fizgerald - "Clap Hands, Here Comes Charlie!"

Jane Monheit - "Come Dream with Me"

Nora Jones - "Come Away with Me"

Billy Holiday - "Lady Day The Best of Billy Holiday"

Philadelphia Symphony Orch. - "Peter & The Wolf with Narrated by David Bowie"

Terence Blanchard - "Let's Get lost - The Songs of Jimmy Mchugh" (SACD)

Bill Evans Trio - "Moonbeams"

Allen Broadbent - "You and the Night

Charles Mingus - "Blues and Roots"

Chet Baker - "Chet"

Bob Dylan - "Planet Waves"

Chris Isaak - "Forever Blue"

America - "History: America's Best"

Allman Brothers Band - "Brothers and Sisters"

Crosby, Stills and Nash - "Crosby, Stills and Nash"

Dave Grusin - "The Fabulous Baker Boys the Original Soundtrack"

Danny Aiello - "I Just Wanted To Hear the Words"

Lionel Hampton - "Gole Vibes / Silver Vibes"

Lionel Hampton - "Hamp and Getz"

Lionel Hampton - "The Lionel Hampton Quintet"

Andris Segovia - "Segovia Collection 9Vol. 1) Bach"

Marvin Gaye - "What's Going On"

Patti Austin - "for Ella"

Carole King - "Tapestry" (SACD)

Scott Hamilton - "Ballad Essentials"

Playboy After Dark II - "Jazz After Dark, Vol. 1 & 2"

Sam Pilafian - "Makin' Whoopee"

Miles Davis - "Kind Of Blue"

Sonny Rollins - "Saxophone Colossus (20 Bit Mastering)"

Ray Brown - "Super Bass, Vol. 2"

Serge Chaloff - "Blue Serge"

Dexter Gordon - "Go"

Cannonball Aderly - "Somthing Else"

Dmitry Shostakovich - "Shostakovich: The Jazz Album"

The Academy Of St. Martin In the Fields - "Bach: 3 Oboe Concertos"

Oscar Peterson - "Night Train"

Oscar Peterson - "Solo"

That's some for now........ ;)

Plus all of the CD's..... I've here-to-for recommended in the "Recommended CD's" section on the ML Club.... :D

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Jul 8, 2006
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At the moment I'm giving Patricia Barber's 'Cafe Blue' a whirl. Also Frank Sinatra's 'Where Are You?'


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Jan 16, 2005
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For pure enjoyment: IQDark Matter (excellent Prog rock)

IQ is an astounding discovery for someone who has loved Prog rock since the early seventies and bands like Genesis. The recordings are quite good, not reference by any stretch, but upsampled to 88.2/16 via the PC, they are very good in Trifield multichannel.

For absolute reference quality multichannel High-Def audio and great tunes: Porcupine treeStupid Dream and Deadwing albums in DVD-A

Porcupine tree is also a modern Prog Rock band, with more of a metal bend to it in albums like Deadwing The 5.1 mixes are the best I've ever heard. Truly enveloping with great depth of stage as well.

For showing off how well a Martin Logan set can reproduce full spectrum sound and dynamics: The Jacques Loussier Trio Best of plays Bach on SACD

This one really demonstrates why one needs solid mid-bass performance in the center channel, as the upright Bass is often anchored in the center. There is a Bass solo that is stunning with a system that can deliver balanced dynamics in the bass and mid-bass. Clear highs also reveal every nuance of the piano and cymbals. You’s swear the quartet is in the room. The hit to chest of that Bass and Drum kit is astounding.


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May 22, 2005
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Oh, where do I start......first place has to go to:

Nils Lofgren - Acoustic Live, fantastic recording of fantastic music. Just try Track 5, Keith don't go.

Followed by (in no particular order)

Idea of North - Here and Now (Australia jazz a cappella quartet)
James Morrison - Gospel Collection
Holly Cole Trio - Girl Talk
Natalie Merchant - Tigerlilly
Patricia Barber - Cafe Blue
Ray Brown with McBride and Clayton - Super Bass
Eric Bibb - Spirit and the blues - SACD


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Jul 8, 2006
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Huntsville, Alabama
Great Recommendations!

Wow. Thanks everyone for all the great suggestions. Some of them I know well, but many I have never heard of. Lots of great ideas for my never-ending quest for new music. Keep them coming.

I would also highly recommend several of the recordings from Mapleshade Records. Their cds are less than $10.00 each when you buy four or more, and their recording techniques are second to none. Wonderful audiophile quality sound.

Particularly good is: "Harp, Steel, and Guts" by the Blue Rider Trio; "Austin Backalley Blue" by Sweetman and his Southside Groove Kings; and "Mojo" by Big Joe Maher and Jeff Sarli. These are all blues cds, but they have other genres too. Happy Listening. :)