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  • Joy Division - Unknown Pleasures
    Not a "good" or "nice" sounding record, but odd, bleak and desolate, just like the music. Very cool.


    But you bring up a great point because first and foremost, great engineering and sound should support the artistic statement and emotion. If it doesn't do this, then it really doesn't matter how great the microphone was or how "hi-fi" or "lo-fi" the sound is or how great the editing was or any of it. Every single creative and sonic decision should support the artistic and emotional statement.
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    • But you bring up a great point because first and foremost, great engineering and sound should support the artistic statement and emotion.


      I think that's the definition of a good production... Cheers

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      • For simplicity with analog glory:

        "Every Picture Tells a Story" - (Rod Stewart (not long after he was jammin' with Jeff Beck, and before he went into "other directions" musically)).

        Listen to 'dat snare, the fat guitar solo sound, 'da bass . . .

        Want the real effect - - pop on a record on a decent turntable and system.

        Oh, the old days . . .

        Gutter Grandpa Pup

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        • I'm glad someone finally got around to mentioning Autolux's "Future Perfect". With T Bone Burnett at the helm that's half the battle.

          And I LOVE the sound of QOTSA "Rated R", "Songs for the Deaf", and "Era Vulgaris"

          A couple relatively obscure recordings by Verbena: "Into the Pink" and "La Musica Negra" sound great to me. Dave Grohl produced "Into the Pink". I'm not sure who produced the other. The guitars and the vocals just sound like rock.

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          • I can't believe no one's mentioned:

            Jennifer Warnes - Famous Blue Raincoat....Quite cheesy, but the sound is phenomenal..especially the Acapella "A Singer Must Die"

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            • I'm going to have to go with This Binary Universe by BT.

              I believe it was mastered and produced by himself, which is certainly understandable... he knows that field probably better than anyone else in the business, having developed not only many of the techniques now being used by other electronic artists but also his own programs which he used on the new album.

              It was created specifically for 5.1 surround

              http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0YaGOuFNuZU
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              • But you bring up a great point because first and foremost, great engineering and sound should support the artistic statement and emotion. If it doesn't do this, then it really doesn't matter how great the microphone was or how "hi-fi" or "lo-fi" the sound is or how great the editing was or any of it. Every single creative and sonic decision should support the artistic and emotional statement.


                Good point. This could explain why we see so many nods for Nine Inch Nails. Most of their/his almost have "intentionally bad" production, so while I'd hesitate to call it "good", it certainly works in the context of the group's music.

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                  • Depeche Mode, Violator

                    David Bowie, Lets Dance

                    Robert Plant, Principle of Moments

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                    • Please don't dismiss this right off because of a prejudice that you may or may not harbor against the Dave Matthews Band, but I think Steve Lillywhite did an incredible job on their Before These Crowded Streets album. If you're not familiar, a few good examples from that cut would be The Stone, Crush, and Dreaming Tree.

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                      • Good point. This could explain why we see so many nods for Nine Inch Nails. Most of their/his almost have "intentionally bad" production, so while I'd hesitate to call it "good", it certainly works in the context of the group's music.


                        You where I think the great engineering for NIN comes in? The creativity, which you touch upon, and the mixing. Anybody who can mix all those distorted and midrange elements together into such a gorgeous sounding work of art should be hailed as a genius. Even though NIN is "effed up" sounding, I think it's still technically (and artistically) great engineering.

                        Also, Trent Reznor had said before that he wanted much of his music to sound really loud even at low volumes. And I think he's achieved that.
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                        • Please don't dismiss this right off because of a prejudice that you may or may not harbor against the Dave Matthews Band, but I think Steve Lillywhite did an incredible job on their Before These Crowded Streets album. If you're not familiar, a few good examples from that cut would be The Stone, Crush, and Dreaming Tree.


                          He has fantastic sounding stuff. There's a song from a ways back called "Crash" which I actually really love, and I'm not a DMB fan (they're okay, I don't dislike 'em either). Also, it really helps that he's working with fantastic musicians. I especially like their drummer. It's difficult to say something different and interesting and new on drums in a pop format, but I think he manages to do that while still keeping a nice pocket going.
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                          • He has fantastic sounding stuff. There's a song from a ways back called "Crash" which I actually really love, and I'm not a DMB fan (they're okay, I don't dislike 'em either). Also, it really helps that he's working with fantastic musicians. I especially like their drummer. It's difficult to say something different and interesting and new on drums in a pop format, but I think he manages to do that while still keeping a nice pocket going.


                            I agree with you about Carter. If you like his studio stylings, you should check out some of the things he can do live, he has such amazing control.

                            As for Crash, that entire album is another Lillywhite masterpiece. I particularly like Carter's kick sound (Check out So Much to Say or #41).

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                            • I've watched my friend's DVD of DMB before. Don't ask me which one. All the way through it Buford sounds fantastic on the drums.
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                              • any king crimson album is perfect.
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