You might want to precise the version to make sure everyone's on the same page.
I prefer everyone just bringing their own music and dumping it on everyone's machines so they can judge with what they're used to. Worked well at the Boulder meet, save for some initial confusion and learning each other's machines, software, and directories where music is stored.
Die Walkure from Sheffield Labs?
Oh yeah Sheffield Labs Drum Improvisation. The Stax stator breaker (if your gear is dynamic enough).
Dire Straits - "Money For Nothing" (original mastering vinyl or CD)Why Dire Straits? That intro makes or breaks your audio gear. When that intro sounds wrong the audio set-up is wrong.
For pure 1980ties goodness may I suggest a fun listen? David Hasselhoff's recent single "True Survivor" is pure fun and crafted by people who love that Jan Hammer 1980ties sound. The Kung Fury soundtrack is now on vinyl and digital, including Spotify so access should be no problem.
Also proposing any track from Eric Clapton Unplugged album. Everyone should this album have and it is recorded/mixed very well.
Are these roughly the same thing?
Did you just ask me if a Wagnerian Opera was the same as a modern Drum improvisation?
It's Hotel California from Hell Freezes Over.
Anything from Sheffield Labs works but my personal favorite is Die Walkure.
Layla should be the most popular one from Unplugged.
Aphex Twin is mainly my test track for cabinet resonances. Useful for pinpointing headphone bass distortion as well.
"Ombra mai fu" (a.k.a. the Largo from Handel's Xerxes) sung by Andreas Scholl, countertenor, on his Decca album "Heroes."Useful for quick identification of the most obvious FR problems, textural roughness or thinness, and soundstage gaps / double image.