Over the years, many people have visited me at dealer events, trade shows and regional consumer shows and most everyone has commented on my selection of demo material. As you know, I have occasionally shared my "favorite demos" list in this newsletter and on our website forum. While the list remains consistent, with those tracks that are my all-time favorites - I play them again and again because they're so good - I also find new material all the time, some of it special enough they find a home on my demo play list in place of some of the long time residents of that list. Not that these aren't still great tracks, but it's always fun to have something no one has heard before too.
I should point out that I have always selected material that allows me to "suspend disbelief" when listening. What I mean is, I want to sit down to listen and in moments forget I'm listening to a stereo system and be transported to the performance or control room of the studio. Here are the latest additions to "Sandy's Demo Tracks", let's call this Part 3 ...
Gordon Goodwin's Big Phat Band, album titled
Life in the Bubble. The title track is great, modern big band, sounds very good and makes for a strong demo.
Live at Massey Hall 1971
with its intro puts you right in the middle of the hall and it's so intimate that you can almost see Young fidgeting and then playing the tune. This is one of those tunes that most people recognize
immediately and love the nostalgia, at the same time being amazed at the sound quality of this 46 year old recording.
Dean Martin, from the
Dream with Dean album. Track 04 - "
If You Were the Only Girl (In the World)" is another one that sounds so real you can almost reach out and touch Deano as he sings. Once again, people will be drawn to the nostalgia along with the incredible lifelike recording. If you are a "vintage" music listener, this track will bring you to tears!
The Beach Boys, from the
Surfer Girl album (yes, vinyl) from 1963,
"In My Room" is a spectacular vocals demo that will simply light up listeners. The clarity of the voices and the tremendous spaciousness of the recording is jaw dropping. And once again, those that have been around a bit will really latch on to this amazing track. This particular cut is actually a
24-96 vinyl rip that I got from Michael Fremer. We "down-rezzed" to 16/44.1 to put on my demo CD. Needless to say, if you have the record, play that!
Jean Guillou, the label is
Dorian Recordings, catalog number is DOR-90117 and the album title is
Pictures at an Exhibition - Petrouchka. Track 2,
"Gnomus" (from Pictures at an Exhibition) will test any system's deep bass capabilities. Crank this one up and stand back!
John McEuen, the album title
Made in Brooklyn,
Chesky label. Track 1
"Brooklyn Crossing". Listen for the purity of each instrument and the sense of space around each. This natural recording really shows off the tonal correctness of the GoldenEar speakers, as well as their ability to create instruments in their own defined space.
I hope you enjoy listening to these new demo tracks on your GoldenEar speaker as much as I do on mine. Onward and Upward!