I’m still early days in my journey back into vinyl, but I’ve been separating my best of the best reference pressings as well as my really good sounding albums. I’d like to share what I would use as my top 4-5 if you would stop by & I would love to hear what you would consider as your top reference if I would visit you.
Here are mine with some quick notes why they do it for me.
My top as of May 2021
Holly Cole AP boxset - fabulous bottom end and vocals are to die for - spot on
SVR Couldn’t Stand the Weather One-Step - wow, just wow.
Zeppelin II - Ludwig Hotmix - enough said about this over the years. It is the standard for this album.
Jeff Beck - Blow by Blow AP - great overall balance and provides details (eg nuance on brushes) I’ve never heard in other pressings.
Santana OMR - I’ve not heard the one-step, but this is hits the mark. I could see bringing the lead guitar slightly more forward into the mix, but that is my only real ask if splitting hairs.
Bonus - Ry Cooder OMR - listen to the digital copy first - more than likely you hear a very flat soundstage; but if you enjoy any of this album, I’d encourage anyone to get this as the soundstage depth and overall mix is so much better.
What are some of your reference vinyl pressings?