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    Lots of my favourites in here already. Been listening to Sarah Jarosz lately . . .



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    Quote Originally Posted by bigweb View Post
    Not just a female group but The XX's female singer has an incredible voice
    Absoleutly, there are just so many

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    Quote Originally Posted by joe1978 View Post
    Indie Folky - Aldous Harding, live she's as mad as a box of frogs
    You are not wrong!!!

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    Stevie Nicks
    Chris McVie
    Sheryl Crow
    Paula Cole

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    Moya Brennan was pretty special at times. I remember seeing Clannad live in Southampton years ago. The interval was interesting; the band all disappeared and Moya just stood alone in the middle of the stage and sang with no accompaniment. It was haunting and truly spine-tingling.

    Moya's younger sister (Enya) wasn't too shabby either.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Phil Lee View Post
    Stevie Nicks
    Chris McVie
    Sheryl Crow
    Paula Cole
    Right there.

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    How about,

    Joan Armatrading.

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    I find that you cant beat Ella Fitz on a jazz classic to bring out the very best on a high end audio rig.

    As mentioned above; The London Grammar lady is sublime.

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    Sissel kyrkjebo

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    Quote Originally Posted by Skier View Post
    As mentioned by chime101 - Natalie Merchant. Either as part of 10,000 Maniacs or as a solo artist.
    Natalie's hi-res 'Natalie Merchant' album is a wonderful listen on decent equipment.



    Mo-Fi re-released her solo debut Tigerlily on LP a few years ago. It's a more uptempo record than the later eponymous release, and very nicely produced.



    And back in 10,000 Maniacs, Verdi Cries is an excellent showcase of her singing.


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    Has anyone mentioned the sublime Swing Out Sister?

    Should meet the OP’s requirements exactly.
    So clever my foot fell off.

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    Yes! ^^^
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    Thanks again. Using a Sonos Connect connected to my hifi, I've got access to my Napster subscription that came with the house. Should be able to find most artists if not all. Its going to be a busy night tonight.

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    In addition to what has been mentioned, Sinead O’Connor and Lorenna McKennitt.

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    Billie Holiday.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Asupercoolusername View Post
    Lorenna McKennitt.
    Must try her. Only know of her from her version of WB Yeats':

    "Where dips the rocky highland
    Of Sleuth Wood in the lake,
    There lies a leafy island
    Where flapping herons wake
    The drowsy water rats;
    There we've hid our faery vats,
    Full of berries
    And of reddest stolen cherries."

    Popped up on YouTube when looking for the Waterboys' version. Back on topic: Alison Krauss? (Edit: Already mentioned by jwg663)
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    Anyone mentioned Julie London yet?



    Cheers,
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    Surprised Mary Chapin Carpenter not mentioned
    Stones in the Road track and album immense.

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    The Corrs and Mary Black

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    Tina Turner.

    Hazel O'Conner though only "Will You", as the saxophone is amazing.

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    Mazzy Star
    Beth Orton
    London Grammar
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tifa View Post
    Billie Holiday.
    Her recordings with Lester Young, especially.

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    Love a bit of swing out sister but Corinne is not a great singer

    Spectacular vocals with a great Wilton Felder jazz tinged backing try merry Clayton emotions album. Particularly "when the world turns blue"

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    Don't think Etta James has been mentioned yet. I have the reissued 'At Last' album, which is outstanding.

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    Alison Moyet, Rumer, Linda Ronstadt

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    A few I believe not mentioned, various eras...

    Barbra Streisand
    Anne & Nancy Wilson (Heart)
    Terri Nunn (Berlin)
    Laura Brannigan
    Dolly Parton
    Donna Summer
    Christina Aguilera

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    Mavis Staples
    Lalah Hathaway

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    Nice thread. A couple of weeks ago I bought a triple CD complilation called "True Acoustic" from a charity shop. It has works from a number of the named women with whose works I am less familiar. So, I've been giving them a closer listen. I really like the songs from Suzanne Vega, Lori Watson, and, particularly, Joan Armatrading.

    It also had a nice piece by Sandy Denny, who I admire, but knew mostly as a part of Fairport Convention.

    Best wishes,
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    PS Janis Joplin -- Perl, in particular, is a happy making album.
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    Last edited by rfrazier; 16th August 2019 at 07:56.

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    I nearly forgot, Kate Rusby, one of the purest voices you will ever hear.


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    Older and softer but Nanci Griffith and either power lines or from a distance.. Soulful country voiced songs

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    Quote Originally Posted by SimonK View Post
    Don't think Etta James has been mentioned yet. I have the reissued 'At Last' album, which is outstanding.
    Love the Etta James - Tell Mama LP

    This thread inspired me to play PP Arnold all day yesterday.

    Total curveball and now fitting the 'female' category but the last vinyl LP I got is a 1st press of Antony & The Johnsons - I am a Bird now - its simply breathtaking.

    <sorry not sure how to embed the you tube like but click away :-) >

    https://youtu.be/r0YmSDR1ouM
    Last edited by chime101; 16th August 2019 at 11:03.

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    Quote Originally Posted by andytyc View Post
    I recently fell in love with music again. I had packed away my hifi when I moved house years ago and it stayed in my garage for years. Took them out to sell on gumtree as my new place is completely Sonos wired. Decided to test them before selling and that was it. 6 months down the line, I've got a hifi room, every component has been changed (all components of gumtree and eBay - absolutely amazing value bettered only by the sound) and I hardly watch TV anymore.

    Favourite music is female vocals, piano, a bit jazzy is fine.

    Currently love Melody Gardot, Madeleine Peyroux, Anne Bisson, Tracy Chapman, what else am I missing?
    What are you using for source OP? Tidal (now also has the hi-res stuff), vinyl or cd?

    I recently rediscovered my CD quality ripped files on my old FLAC player. Made me realise the bud I normally used are not being utilised enough with Spotify.

    I'm either going to transition to Tidal - the CD quality/hi res stuff is £20 odd a month, or restart buying music as either CD or CD quality FLAC.

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    lots of good ones already mentioned,

    if you like janis joplin etc my vote goes to saint jude


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    My top two female singers chosen by Simon, and I would add a heavy dose of Emmylou Harris and Linda Rondstadt

    Quote Originally Posted by SimonK View Post
    My faves in no particular order

    Eva Cassidy
    Sarah McLachlan

    Lykke Li
    Elkie Brookes
    Norah Jones
    Joan Osborne
    Aimee Mann
    Sade
    Sandy Denny with Fairport Convention
    Paloma Faith

    But head and shoulders abover all other female singers is, for me, Karen Carpenter.

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    Quote Originally Posted by crazyp View Post
    What are you using for source OP? Tidal (now also has the hi-res stuff), vinyl or cd?

    I recently rediscovered my CD quality ripped files on my old FLAC player. Made me realise the bud I normally used are not being utilised enough with Spotify.

    I'm either going to transition to Tidal - the CD quality/hi res stuff is £20 odd a month, or restart buying music as either CD or CD quality FLAC.
    When it comes to CDs, charity shops are your friend. I use FLAC for in house streaming, and convert to OPUS for my phone. (Using Shure SE215s, I cannot tell the difference between FLAC and OPUS on the phone.)

    Best wishes,
    Bob

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    This is a great thread that has certainly turned into a who's who of female vocalists. I would add two more into the mix.

    Firstly Skin from Skunk Anansie, if you want to hear pone of the most stunning acoustic concerts featuring Skins incredible voice and range this is a must-have album which is extremeely well produced too:



    Secondly, a South African singer called Miriam Stockley. She is best known as the lead vocal perfomer for Adiemus, a Karl Jenkins project but also has a few solo albums which contains some gems amonst some more average songs.


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    Quote Originally Posted by rfrazier View Post
    When it comes to CDs, charity shops are your friend. I use FLAC for in house streaming, and convert to OPUS for my phone. (Using Shure SE215s, I cannot tell the difference between FLAC and OPUS on the phone.)

    Best wishes,
    Bob
    Very much agree on charity shops/second hand - when I first got into some of the older jazz, picked up CDs for a couple of quid each.

    For phone - I agree not necessary to go FLAC. But you could use the phone as a source, to a proper DAC (say the Mojo) to headphones. Pretty much the epic mobile setup. On the go I am now favouring full wireless headphones, so limited by codec.

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    Many superb suggestions so far, some more below, with suggestions for especially well recorded/produced albums:

    Jennifer Warnes - Famous Blue Raincoat (an album of Leonard Cohen covers, really excellent).
    Mary Black - No Frontiers (check out the amazing acoustic bass on Columbus).
    Suzanne Vega - Solitude Standing.
    Gwyneth Herbert - All The Ghosts.
    Tina Turner - Foreign Affair.
    Rickie Lee Jones - Rickie Lee Jones (Chuck E's in Love)

    Pretty much anything by Everything But The Girl.

    I could go on...

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    Quote Originally Posted by crazyp View Post
    What are you using for source OP? Tidal (now also has the hi-res stuff), vinyl or cd?

    I recently rediscovered my CD quality ripped files on my old FLAC player. Made me realise the bud I normally used are not being utilised enough with Spotify.

    I'm either going to transition to Tidal - the CD quality/hi res stuff is £20 odd a month, or restart buying music as either CD or CD quality FLAC.
    I use CDs and a Sonos Connect as my source. I looked into TIDAL too but I've already got a lifetime Napster subscription. May give it a trial

    My system is Rega CD/ Sonos Connect>Linn pre-amp>Cyrus Monoblocks>Linn speakers. I did a A/B listening test with CD Vs Sonos running the same tracks at the same time and switching over on the pre-amp and whilst I do notice a difference with the CD being marginally better, I can say that I am very happy with the sound the Sonos Connect amp produces. The convenience though really does it for me. I find myself listening less and less to my CD player nowadays. Before that I bought lots of CDs off music magpie. Dirt cheap and huge catalogue.

    I've been slowly going through the suggestions, London Grammar is mesmerising. Really like Mary Chaplin Carpenter and Sara Watkins too.IMG_20190814_222629_resize_19.jpeg

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    Quote Originally Posted by andytyc View Post
    I use CDs and a Sonos Connect as my source. I looked into TIDAL too but I've already got a lifetime Napster subscription. May give it a trial

    My system is Rega CD/ Sonos Connect>Linn pre-amp>Cyrus Monoblocks>Linn speakers. I did a A/B listening test with CD Vs Sonos running the same tracks at the same time and switching over on the pre-amp and whilst I do notice a difference with the CD being marginally better, I can say that I am very happy with the sound the Sonos Connect amp produces. The convenience though really does it for me. I find myself listening less and less to my CD player nowadays. Before that I bought lots of CDs off music magpie. Dirt cheap and huge catalogue.

    I've been slowly going through the suggestions, London Grammar is mesmerising. Really like Mary Chaplin Carpenter and Sara Watkins too.IMG_20190814_222629_resize_19.jpeg

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    Thanks, a nice setup - do you need the pre-amp for the Sonos Connect? I currently have an older Denon CD/amp all in one with some monitor audio speakers. I do need a streamer, so I'll have a look at the Sonos Connect

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    Quote Originally Posted by crazyp View Post
    Thanks, a nice setup - do you need the pre-amp for the Sonos Connect? I currently have an older Denon CD/amp all in one with some monitor audio speakers. I do need a streamer, so I'll have a look at the Sonos Connect
    No, you can plug the Sonos Connect (ZP90) into any input of your amp much like a cd player. Be careful not to confuse it with the Sonos Connect AMP (which is more expensive)which you can hook your speakers directly to.

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    Quote Originally Posted by andytyc View Post
    No, you can plug the Sonos Connect (ZP90) into any input of your amp much like a cd player. Be careful not to confuse it with the Sonos Connect AMP (which is more expensive)which you can hook your speakers directly to.

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    Right gotcha!

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    Just listening to Patti La Belle ‘if only you knew’ ........ great track to settle you into a chilled weekend. Suspect the Bowmore 18 I’ve just poured myself is helping !!! Friends due round in about an hour and got some decent 2015 Rioja .... simple pleasures.


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    Just been listening to one I haven`t heard for ages.....Judie Tzuke.

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    Try Vanessa Fernandez or Melanie de Basio .

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    For Americana check out Eilen Jewel not mentioned so far. Well I like her anyway....

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    Gillian Welch, particularly the ‘Time (The Relevator) album.
    Most have heard her before singing ‘I’ll fly away’ on the O Brother where art thou? Film soundtrack

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    Stevie Nicks
    Skin
    Cheryl Crow
    The Cranberries
    Changing Faces
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    Roberta Flack
    Lauryn Hill

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