Originally Posted by comfynumb
When you see it on paper like you just stated it really hits home. They absolutely killed the dynamics on that 180 gram Steve Miller LP. They should have been arrested for destroying a great album.
I realized things were getting worse a few years ago but this past year recordings on CD have sounded for the most part terrible. I'm talking in the rock genre with the new masters. That's what pushed me over the edge into vinyl, so now I'm in search mode for all my favorites. It has for the most part been a blast.
Yes, I'm hoping that the music industry realizes this (soon). It's very easy to re-mix and give the maximum dynamic range that was in the original recording (most were done on tape, so still limited, but not as bad as the compression being done now).
I'm so glad that I have most of my albums that were cut in the 80's - all in mint condition. I've bought some re-mixes there were pretty decent (AC/DC Back in Black, and others). As you say, it's fun hunting for new treasures! A few years ago I stopped at a garage sale because I saw a box of albums. They were mint, so I bought the whole box (for only $30 - they wanted $1/LP, and I offered to buy all - over 50 albums from the 80's). So, keep an eye out when driving around, you never know what you'll land upon.