Was thinking this one over the other day. There are some semi-absolutes to quality production but it's mostly a matter of taste. As such, I figured it'd be worth asking what albums "stand out" to you folks?
Totally non-metal, but this one plays in my car on the way to work regularly and everything sounds so transparent, you can hear everything very well and there's extremely subtle panning used for separation:
[VIDEO]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A6rUb_m9M2o&hd=1]YouTube - San Andreas Fault - Natalie Merchant[/VIDEO]
For an older recording, I'd definitely consider the song "Shine On You Crazy Diamond" by Pink Floyd but there aren't any HD versions on YouTube for me to use as an example.
So, what else?
Savatage's Edge Of Thorns is one of my absolute favorites.
[VIDEO]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZL-iBxF9UtQ]YouTube - Savatage - Edge Of Thorns[/VIDEO]