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What albums were so badly produced not even SACD CD DDD Re-Mastering Re-Mixing could save them?

You know the albums I mean-the drums sound like someone hitting a biscuit tin covered with  a tea cosy-The bass- muffled muddy, indistinct.Vocals hazy & garbled.

For me nothing can make Genesis' 'Duke' sound any better, a really weird sounding album on all hi-fi I've ever owned.

Also,always had trouble with Elton John's 'Someone saved my life tonight'.

 

Some albums sound so bright,clean & warm even when played on humble equipment.

What albums have you found to be badly produced?

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I know what you mean about Duke, really strange one for the time it was made.

Metallica's ...and Justice for All is another that winds me up every time I listen to it.  Some of my favourite 'tallica tracks and it sounds horrific!  The clickiest drums ever heard and you have to wonder if Jason Newsted actually played on the album - where's the Bass Guitar???

A friend of mine got the vinyl reissue last year and like a few other LP's he's got I've been able to rip them to FLAC (a bloody awkward job and no mistake).  It's not massively different on Vinyl but an improvement none the less.

Rush's Presto album is another that I'm keen to hear a vinyl version of (tbh I dont know if it even exists on vinyl).  The CD is easily one of the brightest sounding in my collection.  I'm not saying the sound is poor, just lacking in much mid range/warmth.

Don't get me started on recent CD releases |( but we all know where the fault lies and it is something that could be fixed if the record companies were inclined to do so. :wall:

 

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RE: What albums were so badly produced ...

pete9012s wrote:

You know the albums I mean-the drums sound like someone hitting a biscuit tin covered with  a tea cosy-The bass- muffled muddy, indistinct.Vocals hazy & garbled.

For me nothing can make Genesis' 'Duke' sound any better, a really weird sounding album on all hi-fi I've ever owned.

Also,always had trouble with Elton John's 'Someone saved my life tonight'.

 

Some albums sound so bright,clean & warm even when played on humble equipment.

What albums have you found to be badly produced?

 

I used to agree about Duke, but then clapped hands on the Barry Diament mastering, which you'll find on a US Atco label, usually a Japanese pressing and they go for lowish money on Ebay.  Then found the UK releases, I think one of mine is on Nimbus and found they were streets ahead of the vinyl versions I'd heard.  Same goes for Trick of the Tail which I always felt was lightweight, but now it's probably my favourite Genesis album.

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Trick is a belter, no arguments there.  Hell, Ripples and Squonk (just for the title alone lol) are two of my favourite Genesis songs.

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All of Arcade Fire's albums - the most hideous slabs of over-compressed aural GBH, ever? I assume the band records its work on one of these (in a cavernous floor-to-ceiling tiled bathroom):

 

Shame, cos the music's rather fine and they sound great live  :doh:

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What albums were so badly produced

 

Sepultura - "Bestial Devastation and Morbid Visions"

Possibly the worst sounding album ever. It contains one of their greatest tracks too, "Troops of Doom".

 

Ah well.

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RE: What albums were so badly prodot

All Coldplay albums?

Older culprits are:

The Rolling Bones Exile on Main Street (if your system can resolve this one I'd like to hear it)

Rush Vapor Trails (everything turned up to 11. I have a couple of tracks that have been remastered on a compilation CD and they show what the album could have been - incredible)

Can't think of any more right now. A lot of albums produced in the 70s sound like the drummer didn't bother to take the kit out of its cardboard boxes.

PS. Presto is available on vinyl and sounds ok to me.

PPS. Good 99 character subject title lol. Biggrin

 

 

 

 

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