Arny, are you thinking of Bob Katz's modest proposal?
It's covered here http://www.digido.com/how-to-make-better-recordings-part-2.html
in tons of detail.
He also has good stuff on the loudness wars and, for younger folks who listen to new music and may may never have heard a music recording with significant dynamic range, he's got a hall of fame from which you might be able to extract an acceptabel-to-you reasonably well-mastered disc. one of my favorites, the Little Feat live album, is on the list but not in the top couple of tiers. He also says you can hear the harshness in the ADCs used at the time on that record (originally an analog recording - I have the vinyl SOMEWHERE). I can only hear what's there, not what would be there if it were mastered and/or ADC-ed differently. Guess that's why he is the mastering engineer and I'm just a guy.