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Great Headphone Albums

Discussion in 'Recordings [BG]' started by Deluge Of Sound, Sep 16, 2008.

  1. Deluge Of Sound

    Deluge Of Sound Banned

    Nov 8, 2007
    I'm surprised that I couldn't find a thread on this when I searched, so let us right this wrong and compile a list of Great Headphone Albums.

    I'll start with Pink Floyd's Dark Side Of The Moon
  2. Zeppelin II
  3. Lots of great music sounds even better through a pair of hi-end headphones. Or even monitors, for that matter. You'll hear things you've never heard before.
  4. Deluge Of Sound

    Deluge Of Sound Banned

    Nov 8, 2007
    But there's a difference between sounding better and being a great headphone album--it really has to do with records that take advantage of the stereo experience to the fullest, though that's probably an oversimplification.

    Radiohead's Kid A is a prime example.
  5. Rocinante_x1

    Rocinante_x1 Plus ça change, plus c'est la même chose Supporting Member

    Aug 22, 2004
    Washington State
    Are we talking Headphones or Earbuds?
  6. Mharris


    Sep 25, 2007
    Missoula Montana
    Shpongle is BY FAR the greatest audio experience you will ever have. Listen to either Tales of the Inexpressible or Are you Shpongled?.I still cannot get over how intensely awesome it truly is. Master pieces! Make sure you have really good headphones though. Trust me, you don't want to miss this.
  7. rfclef


    Jan 19, 2007
    Woodburn, Oregon
    Hemispheres - Rush
  8. nad

    nad 60 Cycle Humdinger Commercial User

    Sep 22, 2005
    Not Mars
    The Overlord of Nordstrand Pickups
    Future Sound of London - Lifeforms
    Pink Floyd - Meddle, most others
    Nine Inch Nails - The Downward Spiral and Fixed
    King Crimson - The Power to Believe
    Ulver - Silence Teaches You How to Sing and Silencing the Singing
    The Jimi Hendrix Experience - Axis: Bold as Love
    maudlin of the Well - Bath and Leaving Your Body Map
    Supertramp - Crime of the Century

    Lots and lots more.
  9. Genesis-Seconds out
    Sixun - Nomads Land (It's like weather report on steroids. Michel Alibo on bass, amazing)
    Anything from Bruce Hornsby
    Both heads up Jaco big band tribute discs are just a pleasure in the phones.
    Anything by Zeppelin
    I could go on but it's late
  10. Alvaro Martín Gómez A.

    Alvaro Martín Gómez A. TalkBass' resident Bongo + cowbell player

    No other album does it better than this one. Unfortunately, it is extremely hard to find. I have it in LP format and transferred it to mp3 some years ago. Just in case some of you are interested, just let me know and I'll gladly send you a copy.
  11. +1
  12. Benjamin Strange

    Benjamin Strange Commercial User

    Dec 25, 2002
    New Orleans, LA
    Owner / Tech: Strange Guitarworks
    Roger Waters - Amused to Death
    Radiohead - Kid A
    Seal - Human Being
    Strapping Young Lad - Alien (you need four ears to listen to this)
    King Crimson - The Power To Believe
  13. 9mmMike

    9mmMike Would you happen to have a cookie for me? Supporting Member

    YES - Close To The Edge
  14. Lateralus.
  15. SteveC

    SteveC Moderator Staff Member

    Nov 12, 2004
    North Dakota
    RUSH - Power Windows
  16. Mystic Michael

    Mystic Michael Hip No Ties

    Apr 1, 2004
    New York, NY
    Absolutely... :cool:

  17. Mystic Michael

    Mystic Michael Hip No Ties

    Apr 1, 2004
    New York, NY
    Love, Devotion, Surrender - John McLaughlin & Carlos Santana

  18. Baryonyx

    Baryonyx Banned

    Jul 11, 2005
    Marathon Man

    A great record! It's fanastic to hear John and Carlos's notes flying back and forth! Add to this John Mclaughlin, Paco De Lucia and Al Di Meola's "Passion Grace and Fire" record, which is also a stereo masterpiece!

    Paul Simon's "Graceland" album reveals a lot of wonderful complexities on headphones, with it's multitudes of layers and sounds. As does Rush's "Hold Your Fire".
  19. kelleysdad


    Dec 12, 2007
    Twelve Dreams of Dr. Sardonicus

    "I could say this record doesn't truly represent the psychedelic movement, but then I'd be wrong."
  20. MY favorite is "Aja" by Steely Dan.

    TREMENDOUS use of the spaces in the music.

    You can, literally, follow any instrument in any song that you choose.

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