It'll take me awhile to address the mix question. Really tough question, but thanks. I listen to the song first, and if the mix stays out of the way, it get's my attention.
I can tell you I would have LOVED to have done:
"King Curtis Live At Filmore East"; in fact, anything that King Curtis ever did
Peter Gabriel's "So"
Mad Dogs & Englishmen / Joe Cocker Live
anything Beck's ever done.
(more to follow)