A lot of people complain about how they don't like the sound of modern rock music.
Classic rock from the sixties and seventies is still popular and I still see teenagers even today wearing Beatles and Led Zeppelin T-Shirts.
It's my contention that part of the reason music of that era has stood the test of time is because of the way those records sound.
In the new Sound on Sound magazine there is an interview with Andrew Scheps about his work on the new Black Sabbath album.
He says: "Rick Rubin told him to make sure he went back and listened to the first four Black Sabbath records. He did and immediately got it in terms of feel and balance, but also realised that, sonically, what we were going to do would have almost nothing to do with those records. As much as everybody says that the first Black Sabbath albums sound awesome, and they do, you could not put out a record like that now. They work because they're classic albums of their time, but it simply is not what records sound like today. If I had tried to mix their new album to make it sound like their first albums, nobody would have liked it. It would not make sense."
He goes on: "Today's productions typically have a much louder and denser sound with more low and high end" Then he talks about his analog workflow and that he went out and bought a Neve 8068 console.
So if people still like those old records and they "make sense" then why would they not like new music that was produced to sound like classic rock?
To me that makes no sense.