This Is a Test: Analog Music For Evaluating Audiophile Gear

With more and more of us keeping to ourselves during these difficult health circumstances, what better way to spend some alone time than with a high-quality music mix based on an all-analog song set. My thanks, as always, to our resident DJ and music expert Scott Eastlick for coming through with such an evocative mix of tracks and genres. – Rafe Arnott

With the other mixes I’ve done for AudioStream and InnerFidelity having run the range of musical genres, there is of course a contingent of readers who have an aversion to electronic music. With the recent selections of music I’ve compiled favoring new music, much of which was wrought by digital means, I felt inclined to offer something of a course correction for the classic audiophiles who proudly hold their ground.

My inaugural mix for this publication was a selection of what I considered some of the best produced music for the use of evaluating audio gear. While that mix contained both electronic and analog sounds, its sequel favors analog production and live instrumentation. – Scott Eastlick

  • David Axelrod - The Warnings Part 1
  • Television - Marquee Moon
  • Janis Joplin & Big Brother & The Holding Company - Ball and Chain
  • A&R Machines - A Book’s Blues
  • Muddy Waters - Rolling Stone
  • Nina Simone - Funkier Than a Mosquito’s Tweeter
  • Fairport Convention - Who Knows Where the Time Goes
  • The Velvet Underground - Pale Blue Eyes
  • Crosby, Stills, and Nash - Find the Cost of Freedom
  • The Beach Boys - I Just Wasn’t Made For These Times
  • Steely Dan - Black Cow
  • Bee Gees - Stop (Think Again)
  • 10cc - I’m Not In Love (Rework of Art Mix)
  • Peter Gabriel - Lay Your Hands On Me
  • Enya - Only Time
  • Mark Nauseef - With Space In Mind
  • Vos Flores Rosarum - Voices of Angels
  • Alexander Nevsky - Russia under Mongolian Tyranny
  • Chopin - Prelude, Op. 28 No. 4
  • George Michael - They Won’t Go When I Go
  • Chet Baker - I Get Along Without You Very Well
  • Miles Davis - So What (With Studio Sequence)
  • Sam Cooke - Any Day Now
  • Minnie Ripperton - Expecting
  • Louis Armstrong - La Vie En Rose
  • Ry Cooder - Cancion Mixteca
  • Angelo Badalamenti - Laurens Walking
  • Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross - Sugar Storm (Reprise)
  • Audio Test - Left Channel, Right Channel
  • This Mortal Coil - DD and E
  • Deutsche Wertarbeit - Deutscher Wald
  • David Bowie - Sound & Vision
  • Daft Punk - Fragments of Time
  • Wildbirds & Peacedrums - There Is No Light
  • Fleetwood Mac - Dreams
  • Spiritualized - Lord Can You Hear Me
  • Steve Reich - Music For 18 Musicians: Section One
  • Audio Test - Soundstage Test

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