Originally posted by adidasman:
you'd think guys like Bob Ludwig would have the clout to say, "Nope. Not gonna do that." But I guess he has to work, too.
Thing is, you have to remember that musicians aren't engineers. The act of getting sound down on tape (or onto disc) and then mixing it and mastering it isn't always something bands themselves get into.
Also, beyond the recording and (sometimes) mixing processes, bands don't tend to listen to their own music for fun. Too much like bringing the day job home, I'd imagine.
So two things: 1) "loud" music sounds better to many on smaller equipment, especially mp3 players when used where there's lots of ambient noise, 2) artists aren't audiophiles.
And yeah, engineers do have to work too. Sure, some will go "niche" like Steve Hoffman and Barry Diament, and only work on projects where they get to control how the music sounds, but these are often archive projects, limited runs on boutique labels that command a relatively high premium. You just need to check out a forum like steve.hoffman.tv to get an idea of just how much gets done to music that isn't what you'd call "textbook".
Obviously, this is all a matter of taste so I don't think there's a "right" or "wrong" view. Certainly, I wouldn't suggest anyone was "wrong" if they like the sound of VVB. But I've had a listen and, quite frankly, I prefer the sound of the original albums for EVERY song bar, possibly, those off Time On Earth. That's just how it sounds to my ears.
I will also say that cropping the videos to make them "widescreen" is truly unconscionable. I just don't understand the logic. I just don't believe that watching a 16:9 image on a widescreen TV is in any way bad. Chopping off material to make the remaining image bigger is, frankly, crazy. It would be like lopping off the first and last 5 seconds of every song in order to get an extra one on a CD.
Bottom line: if I want to watch the videos I'll pick Dreaming: The Videos (although, of course, EMI handily left Instinct off that collection). If I want to listen to the songs, I'll go to the trouble of making a compilation from the original albums.
And yeah, if EMI are considering "remastering" the original albums to sound like this, they'll be the first CH releases I've ever passed on. So there