I recently rediscovered one of the best engineered albums ever: Roger Waters' Amused to Death. Not only is a great album, but the engineering and production are amazing! Jeff Beck plays guitar on it, and there are times where his guitar sounds like a gospel singer screaming her lungs out. Wow. The imaging is impeccable - sounds spread not only left and right, but up and down too. How do they do that? It occured to me that I sometimes buy albums based on how they sound first and foremost, rather than buying them because I like the song (which isn't to say I'll buy stuff that sucks just because it sounds good). Here's some of my favorite engineered records: -Roger Waters: Amused to Death. Hands down best engineered album ever. -Seal: Human Being. Woefully underrated CD. One of my favorite of the past 5 years. -Metallica: the black album. I hated the album as a whole, but MAN does that thing sound good. I wish Master of Puppets sounded like this. -Nine Inch Nails: The Fragile. Another woefully underrated CD. It's easy to see why this took 4 years to make. -David Bowie: Heathen. Just incredible. David voice sounds so rich and full - and no pitch correction! -Depeche Mode: Ultra. It's just so... deep. And dark. I like dark. -Miles Davis: Sketches of Spain. I don't think the emotion in Miles' playing has ever been so evident as on this album. Even more so than Kind of Blue. -Radiohead: Kid A. It's amazing at how warm this one sounds, even on CD. -Sepultura: Roots. Two words: DAMN! Chime in gents! Give me something I can wrap my golden ears around.