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Worst recorded/Mastered Albums

Discussion in 'Music' started by dynasonic, Apr 30, 2010.
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  1. kcdkjqqr
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    My Bloody Valentine - Isn't Anything
    The lead guy who is a huge perfectionist said his record label didn't give him enough money to do this album properly, and it's very apparent. While his second album, loveless, was one of the best masters I've ever seen ( almost zero compression), this album is just horribly produced. It's far too sonically ambitious for the budget they were given. I still struggle to listen to this album, even though it's a good album, the production is terrible.
     
  2. pedalhead Contributor
    Anything by Snow Patrol - hideous dynamic compression, a complete assault upon the ears and to me completely unlistenable with headphones. We're talking <5 avg DR for rock/pop music.  Painful.
     
    Almost as bad, the 2009 remasters of the Rolling Stones catalogue...just a big wall of noise.  The 2002 SACD/CD hybrids are hugely better.
     
  3. parfaitelumiere
    elements pt 1 from stratovarius, just listenable on youtube, a shame because these guys are good.
     
  4. DecentLevi
    Nelly Furtado - Say it Right

     
    This has gotta be the worst mastered song of the last decade! The beats are so appallingly distorted with compression and the levels are as off as a lost llama in a jungle! This song actually sounded good on my non-audiophile setup, so if this sounds good to you then there is definitely something wrong with your 'rig. She is my favorite female vocalist but unfortunately many of her songs are mastered totally unlistenable.
     
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  5. WraithApe
     
    I would give you a thumbs up @DecentLevi, but wouldn't want to be mistaken for liking this drek. My headphones were pleading for it to stop.
     
    It's probably been mentioned before, but some of the worst mastering I've ever come across is on The Stooges' Raw Power. Awful - harsh, thin-sounding, levels all over the place. Iggy Pop screwed up the first mix by all accounts, but Bowie's remaster didn't do much to put it right. To be fair though, I think it was done in one day in a tin pot studio.
     
  6. alcyst
    Problem is I like that Iggy Pop material. Until you commented I just assumed that was the cheap & nasty low rent punk effect they were looking for. I tolerate a lot if the song does it for me.

    Just listening to it now and it sounds as if 4 people recorded their instrumental bits and it was all then played back on different speakers randomly thrown in a room with Iggy singing over them. A bit like it two kids were using random cheap boom boxes to hack some sort of karaoke. Brilliant stuff, great music and more punk than plenty of the self-regarding trash that came later.
     
  7. Leviticus
     
    I'm glad nothing seems to be wrong with my gear.[​IMG]
     
  8. WraithApe
     
    Yeah you're not alone in that - I think I'm right in saying it was one of Kurt Cobain's favourite albums. I guess it does encapsulate the punk ethos - I just can't get past my bleeding ears [​IMG] Always been more of a post-punk kinda guy!
     
  9. wijnands
    First aid kit. - Stay Gold. Everybody in Europe must have heard them on the Renault Kadjar commercial. I liked the sound so decided to give the album a go.
     
    Couldn't believe my ears so ran the DR plugin and got a DR of 6.  Weird drum effects, some other instrumentals and way, way at the back some vocals.
     
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  10. Yoga
    Anything by Meatloaf.
     
    Bat out of Hell is simply terrible!
     
  11. Jim85IROC

    The Guitar Hero rip is quite listenable.  I wouldn't go so far as to say it sounds "good", mainly because of the awful equalization on the drums (a little too similar to the St. Anger drum sound for my tastes), but the guitars sound great, there's some dynamic range, and that awful digital clipping is not present.
     
  12. wijnands
    Another for the "not worth it really" list

    Alanis Morisette, Jagged Little Pill 20th Anniversary Collector’s Edition

    Average DR of 8, sibilance all over the place and in all honesty a step back from the original CD
     
  13. WraithApe
     
    Isn't it ironic...
     
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  14. wijnands
    I guess I was asking for that. :p

    Funnily enough on one of the extra discs I found some really nice tracks from a small set for a Dutch radio show on the 9th of june 1995. DR of 13 and a wonderfully intimate feel.
     
  15. BasicOne
    Luke Bryan - Kill The Lights.
    Clutch - Pure Rock Fury
    Metallica - Death Magnetic
    Hinder (As a whole)
    I'll stop there.(would take weeks.)
    A CD Rip (to Flac) of the song "Move" for instance has a replay gain of -14.18 dB,(with tons of distortion)
     
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