Originally Posted by Owen Gillett
The last few Alan Jackson albums are all mastered with little or no compression/limiting. They harken back to the early 90's levels.
Good evidence that needing to be highly compressed to be "competitive" is bollox. I have a very limited taste for country music but I can genuinely enjoy listening to his albums.
Got the Jack white album blunderbuss too that has been mentioned here. Sounds great due to no bullshit production and uncompromised mastering!
All of Kate Bush's albums new and old are uncompromised in the mastering too.
There's plenty more I'm sure.
PS happy boxing day!
Happy boxing, Christmas, kwanzaa, postage stamp day, whatever y'all observe!
You bring up a good point in your second paragraph Owen:
There's a lot of music out today(of many different genres) that I wouldn't grant a second listen primarily because of how it was engineered/mastered!
It's that last step that can make or break how good or awful an otherwise well-produced group of session tracks will sound once it ends up on a CD or on Amazon/iTunes as a digital file.