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I don't think there is any good electronic music that sounds like sleazy corporate house.
They're pretty much mutually exclusive.
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Thanks to everyone who chimed in. Atomic Heart Mother it is. PF discs are pricier than a lot of other classic rock I've found-except Best Buys has some bargains.
I find the prices rather interesting for these go to big selling classic rock CDs. I guess it's the labels that set the costs....what the market bears, etc.
At Best Buys: $10-11 for most 2011 remastered Floyd except for The Wall-about $20-more than I want to pay.
$5.oo for Van Halen II, $10.00 for Janis Joplin 18 Essential songs, $6 for Aerosmith's Toy's in the Attic, $11 for double disc Zeppelin's Physical Graffiti. Yet-depending which store I go to-$15-20 for Sergeant Peppers. Dark Side is usually up there. I guess-two of the arguably "best" rock releases garner a few more bucks. But, why is Sergeant Peppers worth more than Revolver or Abbey Roadfor instance...?
BTW, I looked at Allmusic's reviews of PF, and their reviewer's pick for their entire discography was Pipers at the Gates of Dawn which I thought was interesting. Their reviewer seemed to think it is one of the best psychedelic albums ever recorded...so that also piqued my curiosity.
Edited by markm1 - 9/14/13 at 12:21pm
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No probs. I wasn't necessarily expecting a reply anyway.
Excessive loudness and digital clipping is sometimes an artistic decision, but I'd say that majority of the time it's just fear of wanting to be "competitive" and "commercial". There are very few examples I can think of where it would clearly seem to be an integral part of the experience. It is sad how many albums have been ruined due to the loudness war. My ears are very sensitive to compression so I'm definitely with you on preferring masters that are easier on the ears. At the same time I've grown a bit weary of constantly reading audiophiles – myself included – complain about over-compression in modern masters. Not that there's anything wrong with that. They should continue making their dissatisfaction known until things change for the better. It's just that sometimes it feels like we are forgetting a bit what's most important in the end: the music.
Grats on the turntable. Acquiring a turntable is something I've been considering for several years and feel now that I have one I should have done a lot earlier. I've enjoyed pretty much everything about the experience so far.
I am in the same boat when it comes to ear sensitivity. I think I confirmed this when working as a faculty member at my school last night for a concert. While the concert was great, the room it was held in is practically a meeting room (not a concert hall). It had this club like atmosphere. While working, I managed to catch the sound engineer mixing the group who was performing at the time. There were so many indications of clipping, and the sound did become unbearable to listen to even from far away. I felt terrible for the audience members who were much more closer to the speakers. Anyway, going back to the sound engineer, he just didn't seem to care. Now I know this was a live performance, but maybe this is done in the studio as well? I mean, what if this loudness war is all because the sound engineers who the majority put their trust in are really just growing deaf? It's a cynical point of view, but just a thought I had when watching this sound engineer mix. I can only hope things do change for the better. Still regardless, you are right. The music is what is important no matter what way it is reproduced or produced.
Thank you so much. I can't wait to hear what others have been hearing with vinyl. Plus, now I can go to a record store and actually purchase records. :)
Your experience (with the sound guy) is the same as I have had. It's not a real new phenomenon. I saw Mahavishnu Orch in 1972 and it was stupid loud. Then just a few years ago I went to a concert fearuring Chick Corea, mostly acoustic, and the sound was way too loud and distorted as well. Silly, dangerous and screwed.
Edited by bbophead - 9/14/13 at 4:38pm