There are quite a few example of badly recorded/engineered albums out there, and I'm curious to know the reason for it. Perhaps it is a money thing for new bands that can't afford better, and yes there are quite a few early recordings where the equipment was probably not the greatest, but that aside there are a number of modern era bands with poor recordings. A few that come to mind are oasis, smashing pumpkins, velvet revolver, and the who (just to name a few). Take something like melon collie from the pumpkins, amazing album, but it sounds awful. Do some bands just pick the wrong people to engineer the recording and/or do they not listen to what has been produced? I find it very frustrating at times, especially when you get other bands (eg. Steely Dan) where every album they put out 'sounds' fantastic.