The Soul Cages – Sting
I had a chance to listen to this at a friend’s house last night. He owns a pristine vinyl copy and the sound is truly gorgeous. The Soul Cages came out just before some bad things started happening in the recording of pop records: too much studio tweakery and compression.
Just take a listen to Brand New Day for purposes of comparison. The music is great but is stuffed full of way too much knob-twiddlin’. The dynamic range (and life) has been squeezed out of it.
Maybe after commercial radio dies that same death coming to major labels this kind of everything-louder-than-everything-else practice will fall out of fashion.
(First posted on Mark Is Cranky)