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    Post The Official Demo Song Thread

    I thought this thread might be a good idea, we'll see if the idea catches on.

    Yes I know we already have demo material threads created in the past, but those typically revolve around an album and commonly turn into statements like "Anything by Steely Dan" ranging all the way to "Anything by lady Gaga". Leaving the (in)accuracy of those statements aside, they're not always that helpful.

    So the point of this thread is to create a usable list of demo SONGS. I'm not the boss of you, but it would be great if we could keep this thread nice and tidy so that it can serve as a good reference. Ideally your post would contain the following elements:

    - Artist
    - Album
    - Track
    - Any note about a special pressing or special version
    - Application, used for speakers, headphones or both
    - Why you selected this track for demo material and what you're listening for.

    If we do this right this could be a tool not only for us but with enough activity may get some internet traffic as well so let's try not to muck it up.
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    Ok, I'll bite and start first. One 'song' per post.

    Media: SACD

    Artist: Doobie Brothers

    Album: Captain and Me

    Track: South City Midnight Lady

    Note: Mobile Fidelity Remaster

    Application: Overall system demo

    Reason: Superb mix and clean sonics. Great for showcasing what separation, detail and spacious soundstage is all about.

    H9: If you don't trust what you are hearing, then maybe you need to be less invested in a hobby which all the pleasure comes from listening to music.

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    I'll bite on this one, I use Lad... Uhh...

    Old Crow Medicine Show
    Old Crow Medicine Show
    Tear it down
    All I own is the CD
    Don't do head-fi
    Love this, great blend of instruments, good vocals, very good flow to the track.
    I love most of the middle of this CD, the whole album is great although, a little rockin' bluegrass. There is some great back round mandolin, or guitar, that on lesser systems I've had a hard time picking out (PUN!) - If you've never heard this band or CD, I'd really recommend them, some good time music!

    Ahhh.. Erik - Nice post, a lot cleaner then mine, but I'm too lazy to clean it up, I can't wait to get an SACD player, soon enough...

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    Media: CD

    Artist: Bryan Ferry

    Album: Boys and Girls

    Track: Stone Woman

    Note: none

    Application: Overall system demo

    Reason: Very clean CD. This song is very layered with different sounds and nuanced sonics. Great for using to see if system components can resolve each layer distinctly with detail, or if details get 'mushed' - you should be able to push in and out of each layer and hear each separately, yet part of the whole. Good driving bass line, too.

    H9: If you don't trust what you are hearing, then maybe you need to be less invested in a hobby which all the pleasure comes from listening to music.

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    Media: CD

    Artist: Hans Zimmer

    Album: Gladiator

    Track: Barbarian Horde

    Reason: This one is a tough track for many systems, but is a great test of dynamics, it'll let you know real quick how well your system can handle dynamics. It's one of the first tracks I always use to demo gear.
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    Media: CD

    Artist: Larry Carlton

    Album: Collection

    Track: High Steppin'

    Note: none

    Application: Overall system demo

    Reason: Another very clean CD. This track has soft and loud passages - good for demo'ing system reactions to track details when the music levels go very soft, then punch louder. Good sonics top to bottom - sublime guitar work w/ spacious sonics.

    H9: If you don't trust what you are hearing, then maybe you need to be less invested in a hobby which all the pleasure comes from listening to music.

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    I'll take a turn here also
    Media :cd
    Artist:Jimi Hendrix
    Album:Axsis Bold As Love
    Track:Bold As Love
    Note:Stereo Seperation ,Instrument phasing
    Aplication:Demo app for speakers
    Reason: CD has effects never used on albums before and the phasing shifting of feedback was controlled and deliberate.Guitar work beyond reproach only to be copied never to be surpassed.

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    Def Tom Petty "Wildflowers" the whole CD sounds awsome. Also, Collective Soul and eventhough it's old "Talking Heads" Little Creatures.

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    Default Cortez the Killer.

    Media- Youtube..but I'm sure a CD would totally sound better.

    Artist- Grace Potter, Joe Satriani, Steve Kimock, Reed Mathis, Willy Waldman and Stephen Perkins

    Album- Cover @ the Jammy's

    Track- Cortez the Killer

    Note- Just go listen to it!

    Application- Vocal and Instrumental Sm?rg?sbord

    Reason- Grace Potter is easy on the eyes...and the music is good too!

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    Media: CD

    Artist:
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    Album: Heligoland

    Track: Splitting The Atom

    Application: Great for speakers and Headphones

    Reason: Very good bass, great dynamics, great range of vocals. This track WILL test your system. It'll sound good on alot of gear, but to get the most out of this track you'll need a well rounded system.
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    Clapton's "Pilgram" will give your system's low end a total workout. Still stays smooth and it sounds like he is in the room playing.
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    Please read the first post, let's try to stick to the formula
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    Ok...i could never really follow directions ;)
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    Media: CD/SACD

    Artist: The Eagles

    Album: Hell Freezes Over

    Track: Hotel California (Live)

    Application: Speakers & Headphones

    Reason: In short, Midbass, Imaging, "liveness" (is that even a word?)

    To stretch it out a little bit: The percussion section is mixed well with the shaker using both speakers. The kick drum has a nice, strong midbass attack that precedes a hearty tuned thump, instantly giving you an idea of a system's bass tightness/boominess. I also love the way the guitars are detailed, but not overly detailed to the point where they're edgy and annoying. I particularly enjoy the guitar solo at the end, as that really gives you an idea of the imaging of the system. Typically they sit just a hair inward from each speaker, but I've had systems present them outside of them, which absolutely blows my mind. The vocals are fantastic as well. Even the audience cheering comes through excellently.
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    Media: CD

    Artist: Chris Botti

    Album: Night Sessions

    Track: All Would Envy

    Note: Standard initial release

    Application: Overall system demo

    Reason: Scoff if you will - smooth jazz...so be it - but this track will make you weep at the composition and the clarity. Sure - redbook cd, but this is a clean track top to bottom and left to right. Female vocals by Shawn Colvin will reveal if your speakers have what it takes. Great demo track.

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    Media: Flac / CD

    Artist: The Crystal Method

    Album: Vegas

    Track: High Roller

    Application: Low-end (Bass) test

    Reason: I use this song to demo every singe speaker before I buy it. At the 00:34 second mark a very low drum kicks in. Many many systems I have auditioned the speaker rattles and distorts badly when this note hits. If a speaker can't handle it then I move on. My LSi25's handle it perfectly!

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    Media: FLAC / CD / SACD

    Artist: Dire Straits

    Album: Brothers in Arms

    Track: Brothers in Arms

    Application: Overall

    Reason: I actually created a CD of demo tracks last year when I went to audition the KEFs. I found that this song, more than the others, helped me assess the overall capabilities of the speakers (other demo gear being different aside). I find that the song's intro (before the drums kick in) is a great indicator for clarity / higher frequencies. While it's not a fast song, there is a solid bass drum 'thump' and if a speaker can hit it solidly, it's a good sign. Finally I like to gauge the midrange based on the guitar riffs and Knopfler's voice itself. It's one of my favorite songs and (at least to me), that album is well recorded. It's probably one of the most frequently played tracks on my Q900s.
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    - Artist: TEARS FOR FEARS
    - Album: SONGS FROM THE BIG CHAIR
    - Track: THE WORKING HOUR
    Vinyl

    I listen to this song or ROXY MUSIC Avalon SACD when testing new rigs.
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    Media: Vinyl

    Artist: Pink Floyd

    Album: Meddle

    Track: Fearless

    Reason: Lot's of great detail. Nice bass line. Good vocals. Acoustic guitar parts should really snap.
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    Media: CD

    Artist: Jack Johnson

    Album: In Between Dreams

    Track: Better Together/Never Know

    Application: 2.1

    Reason: Both tracks are super smooth and easy on the ears even at high levels. Better Together has a great descending bassline that will make whether or not you've chosen the correct crossover setting painfully obvious. Never Know has great kick drum sounds that are punchy but not too in-your-face. I actually used these two tracks when integrating my sub.
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    Media: CD

    Artist: Radiohead

    Album: Amnesiac

    Track: Packt Like Sardines in a Crushd Tin Box

    Application: 2.1

    Reason: It was really hard to follow the rules with this album. I could have listed nearly every track for a variety of reasons. Instrument separation is fantastic. Great full range demo track. It's amazing how the synth sounds can seem super forward, but never overpower the vocals in this track.

    Runner up here was the next track on the album, "Pyramid song." Love the way the drums sound after they come in around 2:00. I've also used "Hunting Bears" for more than one speaker demo.
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    Media: CD

    Artist: NIN

    Album: The Fragile

    Track: Even Deeper/The Pilgrimage

    Application: 2.0 or 2.1

    Reason: Even Deeper: If you have a nice subwoofer and aren't sure around the structural integrity of your home proceed with caution here. Even in 2 channel this is a fun one to watch the drivers bounce.
    The Pilgrimage: The soundstage in this is positively enormous. It makes my baby Totems sound like 6 foot tall towers. I'd love to hear it on an actual set of 6 foot towers...
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    Media: CD

    Artist: David Bowie

    Album: Station To Station (Bowie remaster)

    Track: TVC15

    Application: imaging/dynamics

    It's a very well-produced cd; on this particular track, there's a significant difference in dynamics between the "chorus" and the rest of the song; there should be an effect of the entire track projecting more aggressively during that chorus. If it's there, you're good.
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    Media: CD

    Artist: Steely Dan

    Album: Everything Must Go

    Track: Everything Must Go

    Note: Tone out the wazz... the intro tells it all

    Application: Test Complete Audio Spectrum

    Reason: From bass to female vocals, cymbals, vocals, sax,piano,percussion and guitars are all spot on and the mix is perfect as you would expect from the guys who named the band after a sex toy.
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