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    Default Music you love that's poorly recorded

    So what albums do you still have and listen to, even though they're poor recordings, because you like them enough to endure the poor quality? Another way to ask this question would be "What albums would you like better records of".

    I'll get the list started with Muse. I've loved their music for over a decade (long before they became popular), but their music is just horribly recorded. I find myself listening to them much less than I would otherwise because of the poor quality. I can listen to them in the car and that's about it, every other system I have at this point is transparent enough that they're really just unlistenable.

    It's a shame because I like all their albums.

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    I have 500+ Led Zep bootlegs and many are poor compared to a proper studio album. But I love them all and enjoy listening to them.

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    thousands of Grateful Dead bootlegs, both audience recordings and soundboards. Even a lot of the Dead's officially released live shows aren't very good recordings. The new Europe 72 box set is pretty damn good though, plus it's one of my favorite time periods for them.
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    Derek and the Dominos, Laya always comes to mind.

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    I guess I should have ruled out bootlegs, I was thinking regular albums
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    Iron Maiden all of them.. What a shame considering the band..

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    I love rock music from the 60's and 70's. Most of it was poorly recorded.

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    I listened to Nugent's Double Live Gonzo the other night."Remastered" version.It took me back to my teenage years in both music and crappy distorted sound quality.What a shame.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AsSiMiLaTeD View Post
    I guess I should have ruled out bootlegs, I was thinking regular albums
    How 'bout I rule you out?!
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    double post. whoops.
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    Any album by Rush. I've never heard a three-man-band over-produced like these boys. I blame it on Hugh Syme. I was in a Rush tribute band for about five years (we played at RushCon in Toronto once) and that stuff was STILL almost impossible to pull off live, and we were a 5-piece. The better my audio equipment gets, the less I listen to Rush and the more I listen to Jazz and acoustic stuff.

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    All the early Stones albums. I don't think it would be quite the same if they were well recorded. I love them as they are.

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    Rush, Stones......let me add that I can't find a good recording of any Foreigner stuff. Even picked up a SACD of their music and still sounded like arse.
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    I haven't found a Rush recording that's all that great in their entire catalog, including the remasters. I still listen to them, but wish Peart's drums were a bit more like drums and not sounding like a wooden spoon playing Tupperware bowls.

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    The Temptations,it seems most of the Motown cds are poorly recorded.

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    Anything Kevin Shirley has produced the last couple of Joe Bonamassa cd's are terrible, along with Black Country Communion, I still listen but wish these would get some remastering done. Rush Vapor Trails sounds awful I cant listen to that one at all.

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    This is both worrisome and comforting.

    Unless they are just awful, my gear probably wouldnt expose a bad recording to my old ears.

    Its troubling to hear much of my beloved 60s,70s,80s rock sounds bad on better gear, which i aspire to someday, but comforting in that maybe my future turntable and preamp upgrade might not be helpful after all.

    I have many well maintained albums of music i have loved, might just keep spinnin them on crappy technics tt.
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    Meat Loaf - Bat Out of Hell. I'm sure this was never a high quality recording but it sounds awful now when I try to take it up to any kind of decent SPL. Still enjoy it though. I'll second the GD bootlegs. Never going to be good sq but still great to listen to. Especially the ones that you attended.
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    Ever tried to listen to the Woodstock tapes? Either everybody was stoned or they used a Ratshack cassette recorder.

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    I have to agree about Rush recordings. Great music but I have never liked the recording mix. "A Show of Hands" sounds pretty much like being there at the concert, which also seemed to have an odd mix. Most of mine is on vinyl but I just tried "Grace Under Pressure" remastered and still kind of cringe at the recording. An exception is "Permanent Waves" MFSL which sounds pretty good.

    My worst that I listen to occasionally is an off the radio (92 WLPL in Baltimore) recording of Rush on King Biscuit Flower Hour that a friend of mine made with his radio / cassette boom-box. The batteries started going and the motors were slowing down. Therefore, the playback speed up as you go further into the recording. It really sounds horrible but it is kind of cool at the same time, like finding a weathered artifact.
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    Anything from Rush. Poor recording quality for such a good band.

    And anything from Slayer has issues as well. Most Heavy metal from the 90's.
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    dead and floyd bootlegs...like h9, i like them, but they don't sound so good, sonically...stones stuff is sub-par, but matches their gritty selves...i can't stand the overly 'hot' new recordings...an example would be, jj cale & eric clapton 'road to escondido' and some of jeff beck's new stuff...why do the engineers do this to great playing?

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    I've inherited about 50 original Elvis albums. I love listening to them, but the recording is awful.

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    Bad recordings? Way more than should be. The audio industry should have standards in place so the "hacks" occupying the studios can learn how to do their craft correctly.

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    Most of Eva Cassidy's catalog, unfortunately.

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    Quote Originally Posted by steveinaz View Post
    Bad recordings? Way more than should be. The audio industry should have standards in place so the "hacks" occupying the studios can learn how to do their craft correctly.
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    Quote Originally Posted by cubdog View Post
    Derek and the Dominos, Laya always comes to mind.

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    The Mahler Symphonies by the Chicago Symphony Orchestra under George Solti! Yes Classical on the Gramophone label! BRIGHT! I LOVE the tempi and what he gets out of the orchestra but if I was a bass or tympani player, I would have been pissed.

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