On the 'heavy' side of contemporary rock, I like testing out systems with Metallica's S/T
. I'm far from being a Metallica fan, but this album is particularly well produced, and the original pressing does deliver quite well. Great separation and distancing on instruments, plenty of tonal low end, and crisp drum sounds.
Only half a decade later there's Soundgarden's Superunknown
. Beautifully mixed album, plenty of tonal variations on the sound palette.
Radiohead's OK Computer
... just fantastic.
I do have plenty of mid-60s to late 70s LPs making the majority of my collection, but all in all, these three records do stand out as well produced recordings, with plenty of guitar grunt.
Tony1954 wrote:You might try:
Hearing 'Nucleus' into 'Day After Day (The Show Must Go On)' is one of the first things I like to do when checking out a system