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Mellow music suggestion

 

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Username: Tzeleung

Post Number: 9
Registered: Oct-04
What is the best mellow female vocal music is good for test the speaker and amp in showroom?
 

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Username: Tlake

Sumpter, SC US

Post Number: 2
Registered: Nov-04
I would say either Tricia Yearwood, or Anne Murray, doesn't get any mellower than that IMO.
 

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Username: Cheapskate

Post Number: 48
Registered: Mar-04
darn it! i replied to this string once already and my reply disappeared. arrrrrrrrrrgh!

mellow music is subjective. are you talking about mellow acoustic music, or just music that's laiid back?

the main recommendation that i gave in my 1st reply was:
solex: solex vs. the hitmeister
it's very electronic, but it's also laid back and i always bring it along as a demo disc as it features MOST of the things one should listen for when demoing speakers.
it has super deep bass that puts many "rap" CDs to shame
it has one track with such high frequency treble content that i've barely heard it on my speakers and have only really heard it on B&W's super extended titanium tweeters
the vocals are by a "cutsey voiced" female
there's one track that opens with a plate reverbed electronic "whistle" that's and excellent test for imaging depth
and there is some panning in the mix that is a good test for left to right imaging.

solex vs. the hitmeister makes a great demo disc for imaging, low and high frequency extension and dynamics. it would surely strain any crapfi speakers or amps.

another mellow electronic album with female vocals that i'd recommend is marta sebyestyen's apocryphia (spelling?) that has similar qualities to solex, but is sung in hungarian and includes one track (tavasz tavasz) that i've always considered the best electropop lullabye

if you want an acoustic album, badi assad's rhythms albums is considered one of the highest fidelity acoustical guitar albums ever. it's kind of jazzy, and the "a primiera vista" track is absolutely beautiful. i've never heard ANY female vocal that cativating ever.

i'd recommend the CD "chants of india" for a demo disc as it includes male and female vocals, is very mellow, and because the ensembles are an excellent test of loudspeaker imaging. the "prahbujee" track is particularly moving and haunting.

a good recent choice would be norah jones. i've seen her CD marketed by stores that specialize in hi-fi discs and her "i don't know why" song (or whatever it's called) truly is mellow.

regardless of whatever discs you settle on, make sure that you're totally familiar with them before you go auditioning speakers so that you can pick apart all of the the things that the speakers you're listening to do right and wrong.

if you're a big fan of female vocals, i'd recommend magnepan speakers as at least 'must hear" speakers for you. they make super realistic vocals. they are lightnng quick, flat sounding and coherent throughout the frequency range.

their downsides are:
they're power hungry
at 4 ohms, they're amp picky
they are a little rolled off at both ends of the frequency spectrum (B&Ws have more upper treble clarity)
and because their drivers are so huge, they don't have the imaging precision of tiny minimonitors

but to their credit, they are super fast, detailed and have no typical box speaker resonances.

i've always been a "tiny acoustic suspension minimonitor fan" because of their imaging abilities, but maggies are awesome with female vocals. they sound the least like speakers for anything i've ever heard.

hope something here helps you.

p.s. tube amps are often considered the "most magical" for fans of female vocals but have other tradeoffs.

just find music that you love and are familiar with before you go hunting for the "perfect reproduction interface" so that you'll know it when you hear it. ;)
 

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JACK JOHNSON - i have all of his albums and it's All feel-good music to the MAX...the type of music you turn up loud in your car on a hot summer day while driving to the lake...mellowist of the mellow i promise...Jack Johnson is a genius
 

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Username: Sem

New York USA

Post Number: 460
Registered: Mar-04

quote:

Jack Johnson is a genius



Perhaps, but he is not a female.
 

i say dido
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i would suggest Dido for some mellow music
possibly "It's Not So Bad (S & S remix)"
 

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Username: Thx_3417

Bournemouth, Dorset United Kingdom

Post Number: 153
Registered: May-05
Don't know the name of this song, but my girl friend likes it, it goes something like this.

Lick it good lick it nice lick it lick it? what is that suppose to mean anyway...

The guy singing I think he is q*u*e*e*r though.

 

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Username: Artk

Albany, Oregon USA

Post Number: 1052
Registered: Feb-05
Shirley Horn..."You Won't Forget Me", and Jane Monheit "Taking a Chance On Love".
 

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Username: Project6

Post Number: 3438
Registered: Dec-03
How about Karen Carpenter?
 

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Username: Mango_joe

Orlando, Florida Usa

Post Number: 13
Registered: Oct-05
yuk
 

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Username: Gavincumm

New York USA

Post Number: 774
Registered: Feb-05
for female vocals...

obviously Diana Krall's "Love Scenes"

but... I have one better....

Elaine Elias "Dreamer"

her vocals are reminiscemt of Astrud Gilberto, but with the production worthy to be played on a Wilson Audio WAMM.
 

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Username: Rovin

Trinidad & T...

Post Number: 6224
Registered: Jul-05
creator of this thread last logged on November 10, 2004 ............
 

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Username: Project6

Post Number: 6664
Registered: Dec-03
Yes, but great music lasts forever.
However, that racist scumbag that goes by the name of shamuchef who criticized the Carpenters so eloquently by the going "yuk" has absolutely no staying power.:-)
 

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Username: Ayeshaslover

Durham, Nc Usa

Post Number: 16
Registered: May-06
for acoustic guitar and female vocal anadulterated and terribly well micd, hands down TUCK AND PATTI.
 

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Username: Willy_57

Moerbeke waas, Oost-vlaanderen Belgium

Post Number: 5
Registered: May-06
Nick Drake
Sandy Denny
 

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Username: Rovin

Trinidad & T...

Post Number: 7979
Registered: Jul-05
um - how come no 1 mentioned CELINE DION !?

also
CARLY SIMON
DONNA SUMMER
TINA TURNER
DIONNE WARWICK
STEVIE NICKS
LINDA RONSTADT
DIXIE CHICKS
PATTIE LABELLE

......
 

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Username: Project6

Post Number: 8151
Registered: Dec-03
Because Celine Dion is annoying:-)
All she talks about is herself.
 

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Username: Nuck

Post Number: 2690
Registered: Dec-04
Celine Dion walks into a bar and the bartender says 'hey, why the long face?'

Don't tell that one in Quebec, BTW.
 

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Username: Daniel_canada

Canada

Post Number: 53
Registered: May-06
Yeah Celine yells too much for my taste. She does not need an amp at her shows!
 

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Username: Project6

Post Number: 8201
Registered: Dec-03
Her husband annoys me too.
 

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Username: Nuck

Post Number: 2760
Registered: Dec-04
You mean the 50 yr old bald guy who was her manager since she was 14, and groomed her into a huge star, only to wed the kid, guru style, and lose millions of dollars at the tables, while crying about treatments, and driving the product in Vegas? All the while hiring a surrogate to impregnate the product and pose for the pic's?

Is that the one?
 

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Username: Gavincumm

New York USA

Post Number: 1187
Registered: Feb-05
oh...you mean the girl that lip-synchs all her live shows because she can't sing a lick live? come on! Even madonna can sing her music live (yes, Ive seen madonna live to know)

add wynonna judd to your list for female vocals too.
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