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Thread: Worst-sounding recordings you know?

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    Lieutenant, Associate Concertmaster Progger58's Avatar
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    Thumbs down Worst-sounding recordings you know?

    There are some recordings that are hard to listen to through a good, revealing system. Too much compression, poor/inexistent soundstage, anemic dynamic range, muffled sound, among other problems.

    Some examples I can recall at the moment:

    - RUSH – Vapor Trails

    - ASIA – Live in Moscow

    - JETHRO TULL – Aqualung

    - NEKTAR – Remember the Future

    - GENESIS – Trespass, Nursery Crime

    - U2 – many of their 80's recordings sound awful

    - FLAMING LIPS – At War with the Mystics (over-compressed at worst)

    Other examples of poor-sounding recordings you know?


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    Commodore con Forza Andrew Roussak's Avatar
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    Well, I would add here an example that had always amazed me -

    The Beatles - The Magical Mystery Tour

    I ' ve heard it first time very-very long ago, and the very first thing I thought that time - something must had happened to my tape recorder. The were no basses and no trebles, only the middle. Much later I was surprised to find out that this album was really recorded this way.

    What was the reason for it ? Does anybody have an idea? Surely it could not be any budget problem .

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    Captain of Water Music Art Rock's Avatar
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    One that stands out for me isMahler's Das Lied von der Erde in the version with Fritz Wunderlich and Christa Ludwig. It is a gorgeous rendition, but let down by the sound.

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    Cryptic Slaughter - Stream of Consciousness

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    Evgeny Mravinsky's BBC recording of Shostakovich's eighth symphony.Though sound is not so bad there is a world record of coughing.

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    Seaman, Mezzoforte mrnickb's Avatar
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    all of test icicles songs. then again they pretty much do it on purpose

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    Seaman, Mezzoforte CScoot's Avatar
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    I recall a Jethro Tull album - one "A" one with Eddie Jobson on keys and Mark Craney on drums. I loved the songs (even though it was reportedly Ian Anderson's least fave). The compression was horrible. It sounded like someone put a 'sound blanket' over the whole sound spectrum.

    There was a Beach Boys recording (can't recall which song) where during a little keyboard interlude you can hear someone caughing up a lung.

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    Captain of Water Music pnoom's Avatar
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    Arkham - Arkham

    It's a great Canterbury-esque and Zeuhl-esque album with unfortunately poor production. I'm not a huge productionfreak, however, so I don't really mind.
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    Stand there with the lord
    With proper get up, hang his hat
    Only you're feeling sleepy-eyed"

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    The worst yet I know was my attempt recording the Elvis Presley back in 1996....never try to record something from a cassette-player!
    Aside from that, one's or twice crossed some old recordings on the studio songs of the Beatles and Metallica, they very pretty awful

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