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Old 3rd January 2011
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This topic opens up more questions than answers for any engineer or producer...but as a performer and as a listener, there is no doubt in my mind that a great performance will always have more impact than a great recording.

When the magic is there, you have to run with it. If the recording environment wasn't to your liking, then you might need to go ahead and rough it up. But in the choice between two takes, one which was recorded better and one which was performed better...I would never hesitate to choose the performance over the recording.

It's the show, not the TV, that people watch. Give me a great show on a noisy TV...it's always better than a lousy show in ultra-perfect High Definition.