Blog Archives

Best Sounding Albums

Spring-boarding from a conversation happening elsewhere in the community this week, about sound quality and compression on albums, here’s a simple question that is sure to open the floodgates of answers:

What are your favourite best sounding albums? Not necessarily the music alone, though that can be a part of the overall picture for sure, but I mean production-wise. You’ve all heard a zillion albums by now, and could probably even pick out this or that producer by sound. I’m after YOUR personal favourites, not necessarily even the ones we all know are landmark recordings, or important albums, what are your faves? Bonus points: what about live album versus studio?

The one I always use for testing new stereos is Wynton Marsalis’ Standard Time Vol. 3: The Resolution Of Romance. It’s so clear and roomy, and you can even hear the vibration of the strings on the upright bass. It’s like you’re in the room with them. I also always thought radiohead’s OK Computer’s sound perfectly matched the songs, creating a server room of sound for the songs to be in.

For live sound, I always liked Midnight Oil’s Scream In Blue album, it’s a monster. And Rollins Band’s The Only Way To Know For Sure is a great-sounding record that went from the stage to the truck to the CD.

And there are tons of others. Let’s use the comments section to start a list!

Which albums, for you, have the best sound?

Midnight Oil – Scream In Blue

To my ears, this is one of the best-sounding live recordings I’ve ever heard. In terms of sonic quality (I’m not comparing the Oils to these other artists, per se) it’s right up there with James Brown’s Live At The Apollo, the Rolling Stones’ Flashpoint and a few others that rock me completely. The sound is crisp, clear, and full. A lot of live albums suck because it’s apparently rather difficult to capture what is heard in a venue on tape, even after all these years of people doing just that. Frankly, I don’t think a lot of those people are trying too hard. Sucks to be them, having this record to live up to… This one does it right. 

Even better, the songs themselves are great! This record just kicks ass.

I owned a copy of this years ago, I think it was on cassette, and have always remembered it as brilliant. I recently grabbed a CD of it, for nostalgia’s sake, and was thrilled to find that my memory of this record was indeed correct. What a joy to play this again!

Now, I know it depends on how a person feels about Midnight Oil. Some find them too preachy, some find Peter Garrett’s voice obnoxious, some relegate them to the past as “that 80’s thing” and forget about them. Some have never given them a moment’s thought (imagine that!). Then again, some just love the band and everything they do, and give them proper respect for all of their hard work. Over the years, this band has always been one that sparked a strong reaction in the people with whom I’ve talked about them, whichever way they felt about it.

Personally, I think the message is strong, and it is something we need to hear, although I wonder how many times we have to hear it (and from how many sources) before we do something about it. That they took their message out into the world and did their best with it gets top marks in my books. But it’s the songs as a whole that keep me coming back, not just the words. Listening to this record now, I’m thrilled by the guitar sound, from gentle to buzz saw, with heavier riffing than you might remember from their album releases. The drums bash away gleefully, in tight tandem with the bottom-heavy bass. What’s caught on this recording is the undeniable energy of their shows, which was massive.

Yeah, this is straight-up rock and roll, and it’s played very, very, very well. Yummy.

The Oils stood for something and tried to do something about it, and that’s more than a lot of us can say. This record is a snapshot of them in action, and it sounds absolutely great. I’ll be playing this one a lot. Again.
 

Track Listing:
01 Scream In Blue
02 Read About It
03 Dreamworld
04 Brave Faces
05 Only The Strong
06 Stars Of Warburton
07 Progress
08 Beds Are Burning
09 Sell My Soul
10 Sometimes
11 Hercules
12 Powderworks
13 extra track – Burnie

rhymeallnight.com/

1 Shot Spitune

Cincinnati Babyhead

Speaks his mind on music & movies!

Steve For The Deaf

Certain Songs Get Scratched Right In

BuriedOnMars

The World Revolves Around Mars

Aphoristic Album Reviews

Personal Album Review Website

My (life in) music lists

These are the songs that have and will continue to soundtrack my life.

timeweleftthisworldtoday

This world's so mixed up everywhere you go

Little Bits of Gaming & Movies

REMEMBERING THE GAMES & MOVIES I GREW UP WITH AND MUCH MORE

RAN Ink Writes

What It Sound Like?

Stuff and That.

We do reviews, ya dig?

stoneygate

relaxing music

Every number one

Journey through all the songs that topped the charts

The Audible Stew

Salt to Taste

Metal-Nerd Blog

by Kingcrimsonprog

1537

Because we really need something trivial right now

HEAVY METAL OVERLOAD

... and classic rock too!

Metal Odyssey > Heavy Metal Music Blog

Welcome to Metal Odyssey, it will be quite the Metal trip!

This is the story of the overly ambitious eagle...

...who evidently found a deer head in the landfill.

The Ü Reviews

Movies / Music / Odds & Ends

Songs on a Theme

pop, jazz, & other by subject

Living a Beautiful Life

~ Short Stories, Flights of Fancy and Everyday Anecdotes ~

Complex Distractions

conversations about music, life, and the alien overlords

vinnieh

Movie reviews and anything else that comes to mind

mixolydianblog

music is life, music is breath, music is us

A (Mostly) Music Blog

Some other stuff too, but mostly music.

Boppin's Blog

Albums, concerts, reviews, audio gear, how to's

TAKE 94

Short Films, Stories, and Music/Film Reviews

Mike Slayen ~ Guitarist

Guitarist, Composer, Instructor

LP on 45

Celebrating how rock music sends us, saves us, and shows us our true selves—one single at a time

Free City Sounds

Album Reviews by Marshall Gu

80smetalman's Blog

Just another WordPress.com site

Every record tells a story

A Blog About Music, Vinyl, More Music and (Sometimes) Music...

KamerTunesBlog

Revisiting my extensive music collection, one artist at a time

CD & Festival reviews

by Jon Wilmenius

the EARL of SWIRL

"to be average scares the hell out of me"

1001albumsin10years

Just another WordPress.com site

Thunder Bay Arena Rock

Hard Rock Album and Concert Reviews! (Odd Book Review as well!)

Caught Me Gaming

Confessions of a Casual Core Gamer

%d bloggers like this: