Check out the last two Simon & Garfunkle albums. Highly influential, they are probably 50% of the reason I'm into sound now, almost 50 years later. Bookends is particularly remarkable. John Simon's beautiful collage effects were for that time ear-opening. Roy Halley's sound is impeccable, an integral part of the music. The follow-up won a Grammy for best engineering. Halley also worked magic on Garfunkle's Angel Claire, a lovely record, and the brassy Blood, Sweat & Tears. All sound great on anything, anywhere.

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Subject: Re: [ARSCLIST] need suggestion re stereo imaging.

Unfortunately it can only be heard on LP but "The Swingin' Nutcracker" on RCA by Shorty Rodgers has superb imaging.  It was common practice in the '60s and '70s to position big band recordings so that all the reeds were on one channel and all the brass on the other with bass and rhythm in between.  The "Nutcracker" LP has a big band laid out before you as big bands were - trumpets on one side, trombones on the other and reeds across the front running between the channels.   There is a CD issue of this recording by RCA from Spain but for some reason it was released in mono and the sound quality is like good AM radio.  This is the situation as it was several years ago and I don't know if a stereo issue has subsequently been released.

     On Wednesday, December 17, 2014 2:53 PM, John Gledhill <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

 It has been a while since I designed digital audio processing for the telephone industry, which of course was mono work.

I never really gave much thought about stereo processing until now, save for the music I listened to when I was 15 years old in the 70's. I had occasion to digitize 100 or so albums for customer a couple of years ago and can now hear all sorts of distortions I was happily unaware of when I was young.

One note I did make as went through the old albums was that I hit upon one in particular, the greatest hit of the Association (or something like that) and it was extremely clean without notable distortion. 
Somebody did a good job on that one and I probably would never have bought it as a kid but have listened to it many times now just because of the nice sound.

Never gave thought to the difference between listening to stereo music through headsets versus speakers.

Here is my question.

Can someone suggest a 1970's album I can pick up on CD that has extremely well engineered stereo imaging while listening through a pair of speakers?

Same question for headphones?

This is all in my quest to get wiser.

John Gledhill
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