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What album, in your opinion, is divinely/perfectly mixed?
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Based on the idea that a great record makes you feel something, even allowing for the technical limitations faced during the time of the recording (and the studio used to record it), the original "Switched-On Bach" by Walter (nee Wendy) Carlos is pretty sublime. Genius level orchestration skills, absolutely incredible attention to detail and, of course, some of the more remarkable music ever written, masterfully performed.
Old 4 weeks ago
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Chiming in again.

Already mentioned Damn The Torpedoes, really it's every Shelly Yakus record from the golden era. No matter if you like the music, but you will connect thanks to the production.

And a more recent one I always reference for folky singer/songwriter stuff: Stu Larsen - Vagabond!
That one's really awesome, carefully crafted arrangements with not one note too much and none too less, seemingly underproduced warm and natural sound, it feels like you're in the room with the band. A good example how a technically “better“ sound may have been possible but would have ruined the record's vibe.
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Leftism / Leftfield
Old 4 weeks ago
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'The Yes Album'.

I was just listening to it last night and amazed how well it holds up. The soundfield is sublime.


There is so much power, and space. Lost art.
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Einstürzende Neubauten : Halber Mensch and Tabula Rasa
Nine inch nails : the downward spiral
Fiona Apple : When the pawn
Garbage : debut album
Massive Attack : 100th window
Dominique A : Remué
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Depeche Mode - Delta Machine
Kanye West - Yeezus
Hoff Ensemble - Quiet Winter Night
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When the pawn!

Ugh, love those mixes.


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Einstürzende Neubauten : Halber Mensch and Tabula Rasa
Nine inch nails : the downward spiral
Fiona Apple : When the pawn
Garbage : debut album
Massive Attack : 100th window
Dominique A : Remué
Old 4 weeks ago
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Based on the idea that a great record makes you feel something, even allowing for the technical limitations faced during the time of the recording (and the studio used to record it), the original "Switched-On Bach" by Walter (nee Wendy) Carlos is pretty sublime. Genius level orchestration skills, absolutely incredible attention to detail and, of course, some of the more remarkable music ever written, masterfully performed.
Yeah man, that record blew my mind. I had an elementary school music teacher who played that in class. Very memorable moment.
Old 4 weeks ago
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Refused - the shape of punk to come

Cult of Luna - somewhere along the highway

Michael Jackson - off the wall
Old 4 weeks ago
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When the pawn!

Ugh, love those mixes.
Love Costey's work.
Old 4 weeks ago
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The new Vampire Weekend record (Father of the Bride)
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Ah, I always thought it was Brion, as that’s the only name listed for mixing on Wikipedia, but on AllMusic they each get mixing credit.

The whole album is so cohesive, do you know if they co-mixed it or mixed different songs, of if Costey was more in the details and Brion more big picture?

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Love Costey's work.
Old 4 weeks ago
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I've commented a lot on other mentions in this thread, but haven't given many of my own yet.

An album I come back to again and again is Ring by the Connells, produced by Lou Giordano. It has layers and layers of distorted guitars on it, but with absolute clarity. I've spent many years trying (and failing) to nail that sound. 74 75 was a smash hit in Europe, but is pretty unrepresentative of the great power pop sound of the Connells.

I've also listened to a bunch of other stuff recorded with Lou, and its all amazing! He did an album with The Bats (amazing New Zealand band) which sounds very similar to Ring, and the sound puts me in a very happy place immediately.
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Not sure if I mentioned this before, but Combustication by MMW is an amazing album. Both artistically and as a mix, in fact i try to use it as a reference mix all the time. I think that was their last album tracked and mixed analog, and it has a very cool darkness to it that is increasingly rare. Tons of vibe that is missing in most modern albums, probably due to OCD and the outdated need to be clean and bright. Clean and bright is what we wanted for so long as the ideal, that once we got it perfectly nailed, IMO it became clear that the ideal was a misguided one.

The track "Hey Hee hi ho" has probably the coolest clavinet sounds as of yet released (I hope my clav sounds/playing will transcend all that came before once i release my album, it's definitely unique. And though influenced by medeski, totally different). And i think this is due in large part to the mixing, as i have never seen MMW do a live version that could hold a candle to the studio version. I asked John once how he got that sound, and why he could not recreate it live, and he didn't seem to have an answer.

The clavinet is an incredible instrument that has suffered from cliche (funk clav) and little innovation use. Medeski took it to a whole new level using it more like a lead guitar as much as rhythm, which is what I do, but in a different style completely. It sounds very much like an electric guitar (and a rickenbacker bass) but the patterns forced by the keyboard and action and electronics are not only radically different from guitar, but also from other keyboards. Also each individual key is very unique from each other in timbre, and thus no clav sample I have ever heard is adequate for anything other than the standard funk/wah rhythm.

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Ben Harper - Welcome to the Cruel World is an album I constantly refer back to even 25 years later. Mikal Reid did exquisite work on it.

So many other great suggestions, loving the thread.
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Einstürzende Neubauten : Halber Mensch and Tabula Rasa
I think EN became a little more studio-adventurous after going digital, strangely. Ende Neu and Silence is Sexy are both really interesting productions, even if Tabula Rasa and Halber Mensch are more "classic" records.

My favorite modern EN record is the FINALLY reissued Grundstueck, but the production itself is fairly straightforward.


Anyway, quick list:

The Cure - Pornography
Phew - Phew
Wire - 154
Suicide - Suicide
Solid Space - Space Museum (I think a 4track cassette)

and obviously, Loveless and MBV
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Ah, I always thought it was Brion, as that’s the only name listed for mixing on Wikipedia, but on AllMusic they each get mixing credit.

The whole album is so cohesive, do you know if they co-mixed it or mixed different songs, of if Costey was more in the details and Brion more big picture?
According to this article is was a joint effort.

https://www.soundonsound.com/people/...ostey-producer
Old 3 weeks ago
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According to this article is was a joint effort.

https://www.soundonsound.com/people/...ostey-producer
In the booklet there's a pic of them together at the console which seems to be a mixing situation.
Old 3 weeks ago
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I like a lot of Tchad Blake's stuff, especially Mercury by American Music Club.
Old 3 weeks ago
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Okay, I'll play. Wildflowers by Tom Petty.
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I like a lot of Tchad Blake's stuff, especially Mercury by American Music Club.
100%. Mercury is flooring. The hardest to listen to yet most beautiful to listen to album of theirs. San Francisco by AMC is excellent as well.

On the heavier end Nothingface by Voivod. In 1989 at a time when near all producers/bands were gating drums Glen Robinson and Voivod did the exact opposite with minimal processing. When you put a phenomenal drummer on a great sounding kit that energy translates. That drum recording sounds better to my ears than any I've heard since from Voivod or any other heavy bands 30 years since.
Old 3 weeks ago
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Aphex Twin - Syro

really warm, fat, high fidelity, funky and spiritual

Smashing Pumpkins - Siamese Dream

it's way overproduced, but in the sense that it works "like a charm," I guess no, not at all. An achievement of artistic vision recorded to perfection.
Old 3 weeks ago
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When the pawn!

Ugh, love those mixes.
I was listening to it in my car this after noon. So freaking great.

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Ah, I always thought it was Brion, as that’s the only name listed for mixing on Wikipedia, but on AllMusic they each get mixing credit.

The whole album is so cohesive, do you know if they co-mixed it or mixed different songs, of if Costey was more in the details and Brion more big picture?
I've always had the idea that it was a team effort on that record.

Of course A LOT of the tracking is the many things Jon played, and who he brought in. Jon Brion records are largely about the tracking/production.
Old 3 weeks ago
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Steely Dan. Aja. Set bars. Really anything by them.
Old 3 weeks ago
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Sing the Sorrow, AFI. There is no aspect of that production & mix that I find off. Simply as it should be.
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Steely Dan. Aja. Set bars. Really anything by them.
I listened to Aja for the first time a few weeks ago and and then several times since on various media. The song is great, but the mix sounds so dull and flat, as if all the instruments were in neat little boxes and not in the same room. I don't get the hype.

I'm the first person to tell anyone my own mixes suck ass.
Old 3 weeks ago
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Talk Talk - The Colour Of Spring.
Old 3 weeks ago
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Mercury Rev - deserters songs. Was listening to it today for the first time in a while. Really atmospheric and a lot going on.
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Based on the idea that a great record makes you feel something, even allowing for the technical limitations faced during the time of the recording (and the studio used to record it), the original "Switched-On Bach" by Walter (nee Wendy) Carlos is pretty sublime. Genius level orchestration skills, absolutely incredible attention to detail and, of course, some of the more remarkable music ever written, masterfully performed.
That should be Wendy (nee Walter) Carlos of course.
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