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What year in music sounds the best to you?
Old 6th August 2009
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80`s no specific year thru a telefunken jubilee radio.
Old 6th August 2009
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This sounds good, its the 40's . . .

Old 6th August 2009
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This one's 1944 ...excellent recording . . .

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My view from the inside was that the 16 track 2" era, 1969-1973, was really golden.

24 track machines never sounded as good as the 16s and the last of the great non-automated, shop-tweaked consoles like APIs and Quad-8s were pretty much everywhere. Most folks had modified their 20 input 8 track boards up to 16 but needed to buy a new console to go 24. Lots of them bought an MCI that would soon be replaced by an SSL.

16 track still required the same kind of discipline and decisive production approach that 8 track had only without all of the track bouncing mush. We also hadn't all gone nuts eqing our control room mains yet and single-instrument overdub parties weren't very common.

It was an era when most major label releases sounded pretty damned good. Almost as good as the late '50s and early '60s when everything was still mostly recorded live.
Old 6th August 2009
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1969-1973, was really golden
Amen to that.

Let me throw something else out there -- my other favorite time period --

1991 to 1994.

A Tribe Called Quest -- Low End Theory (1991)
Pete Rock and CL Smooth -- Mecca and the Soul Brother (1992)
Wu Tang Clan -- 36 Chambers (1993)
The Roots -- Do You Want More !?!?! (1994)
Nas -- Illmatic (1994)

Gritty sound, great feeling, the golden era of hip hop as far as I am concerned. Samplers like the SP1200 and Akai MPC 60 held 10 - 26 seconds of audio -- 12 bit resolution made it crunchy. Producers were making great beats, real musicians were still laying it down in the studio.

The East Coast sound is what I really love but I'd be remiss if I didn't also mention Dr Dre -- The Chronic -- 1992.
Old 6th August 2009
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Pete Rock and CL Smooth -- Mecca and the Soul Brother (1992)

Killer stuff. More recently, I also love Soul Survivor II and NY's Finest Instrumentals. I feel like Pete Rock has stayed extremely true to his form, while maturing nicely.


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Old 6th August 2009
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So, Mr. OP,

Five pages now... Do we have a winner? If it is what I think it should be (1975) and I'm the lucky winner, please pm me for my adress so you can send me a hot-rodded FATSO UBK, ok?heh



Old 6th August 2009
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My view from the inside was that the 16 track 2" era, 1969-1973, was really golden.

24 track machines never sounded as good as the 16s and the last of the great non-automated, shop-tweaked consoles like APIs and Quad-8s were pretty much everywhere. Most folks had modified their 20 input 8 track boards up to 16 but needed to buy a new console to go 24. Lots of them bought an MCI that would soon be replaced by an SSL.

16 track still required the same kind of discipline and decisive production approach that 8 track had only without all of the track bouncing mush. We also hadn't all gone nuts eqing our control room mains yet and single-instrument overdub parties weren't very common.

It was an era when most major label releases sounded pretty damned good. Almost as good as the late '50s and early '60s when everything was still mostly recorded live.
Thank you Bob! The reason why that era stands out makes sense now.
Old 6th August 2009
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Why '88? Sub-pop? Manchester? Chicago?( Mr Albini,of course)
There Were So Many Great Sounding Albums That Came Out In 1988...Way Too Many To Name...If you'd like, I can name about a dozen or so that sounds EXCELLENT!
Old 7th August 2009
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So, Mr. OP,

Five pages now... Do we have a winner? If it is what I think it should be (1975) and I'm the lucky winner, please pm me for my adress so you can send me a hot-rodded FATSO UBK, ok?heh



Héhé, well but the interesting thing is that a lot of people choose around a period decades ago.
maybe the sound of their youth? In my case it's not as I wasn't born in my favourite period.
Old 7th August 2009
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My view from the inside was that the 16 track 2" era, 1969-1973, was really golden.
I would agree. I love the sound of this period of music. "Who's Next" sounds awesome as does "Sticky Fingers".
Old 8th August 2009
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Compare Joni Mitchells ladies of the canyon to Blue or Blonde on Blonde to Blood on the tracks or Sgt peppers to Abbey road and we have the difference between valve desks,tape machinese eqs, to transistor .
I mean all great music but i do prefer the earlier sound.Sure its not just the desks but i think this represented a big shift in how things sounded.
Blonde on Blonde is a good example .
It has in many ways a clouded over sound but it is also a very magical sound.
Obviously great sounding rooms in all these records.

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Old 4th November 2009
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1987 - Rush's Hold Your Fire, Michael Jackson's Bad and Def Leppard's Hysteria
Old 4th November 2009
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I love the tools of the trade in todays world, the artist is what we lack....
Old 4th November 2009
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I love the tools of the trade in todays world, the artist is what we lack....
It goes togheter IMO... We developped tools to be able to do better work even when the artist is not that good. We can keep 200 takes of bad drumming and edit it to taste with infinite undo/redo until it sounds like good drumming (but never great drumming tho...)

I think why those decades often metionned here (60's 70's) sound so good is also because of the limitation. When you only have 8 or 16 tracks, and the possibility of keeping 2 or 3 takes, everybody, artists and musician, has to be into the moment.

I'm a big fan of the sonics quality of recording a whole band playing live to tape, but I realized that what even more than the sound, I like the fact that we have to create a "moment".

With the 80's and the ssl's, and then the digital in the 90's-2000's, it became a matter of "let's decide later", "we'll fix it in the mix", etc.
Still, amazing music was created in those years that could not have been made before and some of my favourite records are from the 90's. But there's something about the sound of the mid 60's to late 70's that just moves me...

Just one year?? 68 I guess...
Old 4th November 2009
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What year in music sounds the best to you?

1973 Transformer
Lou Reed, David Bowie and Mic Ronson

YouTube - Lou Reed - Transformer - 1a Parte
Old 4th November 2009
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Imagine if you could slather your productions with the tone and vibe of a particular 12 month period, past or present, what would it be?

I'm not even talking about how good the music was, most of us seem equally jazzed by sound as by music. I'm talking purely about the sonics that were in vogue.

What are the qualities that you find yourself admiring, or wanting?

Me, it's a tossup between 1975 and 1977, but I'm gonna go with 1977. 77 just had the fatness, the dryness, the density, and the clarity in all the right proportions.

Honorable mention to 1998, that was the last year I still heard a lot of what I would call massive but tasteful compression that wasn't totally killed by brickwalling. By 99, the limiting had pretty much taken over and crushed all the remaining transients to my ears.


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Old 30th December 2009
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My view from the inside was that the 16 track 2" era, 1969-1973, was really golden.
... with a special mention for '72:

EXILE ON MAIN STREET (Stones)
TALKING BOOK (Stevie)
HARVEST (Neil)
HONKY CHATEAU (Elton)
LETS STAY TOGETHER (Al)
BE ALTITTUDE: RESPECT YOURSELF (Staple Singers)
MACHINE HEAD (Deep Purple)
PINK MOON (Nick)
NEVER A DULL MOMENT (Rod)
YOUNG GIFTED AND BLACK ('Retha)
TRANSFORMER (Lou)
CAN'T BUY A THRILL (Steely Dan)
INTO THE PURPLE VALLEY (Ry)
CARAVANSERAI (Carlos)
ALL DIRECTIONS (Temptations)
THE HARDER THEY COME (Soundtrack)(Jimmy)
ZIGGY STARDUST (David)
SOMETHING/ANYTHING? (Todd)
ROCK OF AGES (The Band)

and first album of JACKSON BROWNE, EAGLES, PAUL SIMON, ROXY MUSIC, BIG STAR, LITTLE FEAT...

WHAT A YEAR...
Old 14th January 2011
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81 for me ...
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1959. Tom Dowd starts using Atlantic's new 8 track with Ray Charles' "What'd I Say."

Old 15th January 2011
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There's a lot of seventies here, ahhhh high school, what a time...

I have a tossup between 97/98

faves from then...

'97
Buena Vista Social Club
Jonatha Brooke - 10 Cent Wings
k.d. Lang - Drag
Lisa Loeb - Firecracker
Oasis - Be Here Now
Radiohead - OK Computer
Smash Mouth - Fush Yu Mang
U2 -Pop

'98
Atheneaum - Radiance
Bob Mould - THe Last Dog and Pony Show
Bonnie Raitt - Fundamental
Duncan Sheik - Humming
Gillian Welch - Hell Among the Yearlings
John Scofield - A Go Go
Lyle Lovett - Step Inside This House
Marc Ribot & Los Cubanos Postizos - The Prosthetic Cubans
McKinley - Big Top Shop Talk
Sheryl Crow - THe Globe Sessions
Talvin Singh - OK


I'd be more than happy if I was stranded with only this batch of music to listen to...
Old 15th January 2011
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What year in music sounds the best to you?

Well, judging by all the rehash crap unleashed at Namm today, it won't be 2011.
Old 15th January 2011
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1991-1992

RATM
PJ Harvey
NoFX
Pharcyde
Charlatans
Pavement
Nirvana
Manic Street Preachers
Happy Mondays
Tori Amos
Aphex Twin
Stereolab

Golden Age.
Old 15th January 2011
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What year in music sounds the best to you?

I'll try to be optimistic and say, hopefully one in the very near future!
Old 15th January 2011
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1977
1975
1978.

Some great sounding albums and talented artists.

Second place would be late 60's early 70's because the music and production, within the limits of technology, were fantastic. Motown and all that.
Old 15th January 2011
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Mid-to-late 90s for me. And I'm in my mid 40s.
Old 15th January 2011
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March, 1973
Old 16th January 2011
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i am amazed looking at 1976 - i was nine - i have all of these records
List of number-one albums of 1976 (U.S.) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

and while I am not crazy about all of them - "frampton comes alive" hasn't stood the test of time......i am not a huge Eagles fan or a Chicago fan, all
of these other records I have on both cd and vinyl and are really things that
lasted.........

so different from 2010-2011



be well


- Jack
Old 17th January 2011
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them Les Paul & Mary Ford records from around 1951 sound pretty unbelievable.

mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm
Old 26th February 2011
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Can't decide between jurrasic or ice age
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