I agree with mapman! I recently picked one up at a yard sale, I was blown away with the quality. Inside the booklet revealed the secret, apparently King Biscuit recorded several live events using state of the art mobile studio gear, all I know is the quality jives with the explanation. I will be looking for more King Biscuit recordings!
Has to be Bruce Springsteen's Born to Run. The all-time worst recording of otherwise great music, probably due to being overdubbed countless times. I have tried probably 20 different versions of this record and apparently it is trying to put lipstick on a pig.
Hi Spencer, I haven't found a great copy of Who's Next(the MCA double LP reissue with the live at the Vic is good except for surface noise), but most from the Decca, Track, and MCA periods sound good to great: Sell Out, Tommy, Leeds, By Numbers, Who Are You(particularly the half-speed master version). Nothing amiss with a US Track Quadrophenia either.
Okay, any Red Hot Chili Peppers album sonically sucks because the mastering with those god awful limiters squash all dynamic life out of otherwise good music. How’s that? And there are countless examples of death by the loudness wars. Destroy those digital limiting amps!!! Now!
I'll tell you what category of LP's are dynamically compressed. Half-speed masters. What a total rip-off they are. When I was young and dumb (I am now old and dumb) I collected these things basically without listening to them, and when my rig improved, I learned just how bad they are. Except for a few A&M half-speeds, I sold almost all of mine and bought the originals of the titles I wanted. I also bought a lot of great new hardware with the proceeds.
Brian Ellis Group- Escondido Sessions. Suffers from home brew DIY production but damn!
Agree with op on War on Drugs
i have yet to pick up an original but I do have an A&M half speed, "audiophile" series of Jobim's Wave that I may have listed as a letdown, it wasn't exactly cheap either, but that wouldn't be totally fair till I hear the original.
Ditto Bruce's Born To Run. I went all out on that one & bought the half speed master. I could tell it was bad even on the Scott table I was using at the time. It doesn't sound like the original master was any better. What a shame. Within the last 10 years I've tried a couple of Flaming Lip albums which were also very disappointing. Another shame.
"Tales of Topographic Oceans" Warner Bros. 2013 remaster ? To me it sounds so lame that it must be digitally redone. The AcousTech "Fragile" is surprisingly good, it must be an analog remaster ? Of course, the original albums are the best. Jon Anderson & Co. achieved harmony & perfection in "Tales", 1973, it´s also the finest concept double album epic in Prog´s History. The highest achievement musically, featuring a classic stunning Roger Dean fold out cover. The original album is perfect in everything.
These are remaster series from 78rpm records placed onto CD. The job was done sufficient enough to appreciate the great work of talented composer and maestro, but there are certainly limitation on clarity of these vintage recordings. All these distortions, imperfections, noise after all decay against an incredible spiritual performance of all pieces played.
McLaughlin/de Lucia/di Meola - Passion Grace&Fire. Digital recording and mastering from early 80s. It is listenable but still terrible. Original Japanese LP is best by far. If you can find pro - even better.
"Passion, Grace & Fire" was so dry and lame (no fire) back in the day that I sold it right away (in 1984) and never looked back. "Friday Night in San Francisco" live is truly fire, sounds quite incredible even on a cheap German reissue. I wonder how ´s the Japanese original, Inna ?
I of course disagree about Passion Grace &Fire if you are talking about music. Sound is bad, very digital. Friday Night sounds excellent on original Japanese pressing, I never compared it to anything else. I always go after original Japanese wherever possible. Not necessarily best in everything in all cases but so far I have never had a bad copy. And Japanese vinyl from 70s and 80s that I have is so quiet and looks as if it had been made recently.
I run from almost any remaster unless I hear from a member otherwise .I have a thread here about there dismall performance. If i want a digital sounding lp i will buy a cd. Not to mention the compression and pumped up low end.reminds me of the loudness button on my ole pioneer lol
Not LPs, but the two Ned's Atomic Dustbin CD's I own - "God Fodder" and "Are You Normal" are both fun early '90's alternative rock. I enjoy them both playing on my car system or earbuds, but they are horrible when played on my big rig. Flat, compressed, makes my head hurt..........