Originally Posted by Destroysall
Ha ha. I have a friend who is also in love with Lulu.. I haven't taken the time to hear the whole album myself, but I recall it being a difficult listen in the first place. Of course, that opinion could change now. And LOL on Vlado Meller.. Is it anything worse compared to the mastering of Red Hot Chili Peppers latest release?? I find that album's mastering way too hot for my taste.
I like how you are approaching vinyl, TJ Elite. Seeing as how vinyl is much more costly than digital formats, it should be nice not having to skip a track when you can listen to the whole album in all its glory and know you'd love every part of it. In terms of Radiohead, I think Hail To The Thief is the one record I treasure as next to New Order's Get Ready, it was one of my first CDs. Since then I have come to love it and it is arguably one of my favorite albums of all time. I feel the mastering is also much "tender" than In Rainbows. However, if what they say about vinyl having more headroom is true, it might sound nice and warm. Hope you are finally able to get it soon and grow pleased with it!
I guess for most people Lulu might not be immediately accessible but I liked it instantly. The only system I've been able to listen to it on, though, is my main speaker rig; on anything else the mastering just kills my ears. I'm not sure why, but on my Classé+B&W combo many hypercompressed records are at least somewhat bearable. Same goes with very dense free jazz recordings like John Coltrane's Ascension or Ornette Coleman's Free Jazz; I simply need a good enough speaker setup to be able to follow them. I haven't heard a headphone rig that did that for me, maybe it's because the soundstage just isn't there in the same way as with speakers. There might be other factors as well, or maybe I just haven't heard the right phones with the right amp. I'm much more of a speaker person anyway, so it doesn't really matter all that much one way or the other.
I haven't heard the lates Red Hot Chili Peppers, so I can't comment which sounds worse, that or Lulu. I don't think I've ever heard an album that was mastered by Vlado Meller that wasn't way too loud. He has definitely earned his place on my mastering engineer blacklist. That mas has ruined / been asked to ruin way too many albums already. Sadly that will probably continue to happen to otherwise good albums for years to come.
My top three Radiohead albums are probably In Rainbows, Hail to the Thief, and The King of Limbs - possibly in that order. I really like Amnesiac as well. I do think that the typically highly regarded The Bends, OK Computer, and Kid A are good records as well, but I've never liked them even close to as much as a lot of people seem to.
Edited by TJ Elite - 5/28/13 at 5:46am