Incredible songs that are recorded poorly

Discussion in 'Music Corner' started by The_Shocker, Oct 12, 2017.

  1. The_Shocker

    The_Shocker Member Thread Starter

    What songs do thing are just amazing works of music, but you wish you could go back in time and have them re-record the song, because it was just recorded so poorly that no amount of remixing or remastering can fix it.
  2. rjp

    rjp Senior Member

    i think there are some really good songs on fleetwood mac's 'say you will' and on springsteen's 'magic' that suffer form just wretched mastering and production'

    and CSNY's "looking forward' is the most muddied HDCD CD that i have ever heard.
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  3. mahanusafa02

    mahanusafa02 Forum Resident

    The great majority of the Byrds' first four albums, IMO.
  4. Mr-Beagle

    Mr-Beagle Forum Resident

    Shel Talmy era Kinks.
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  5. The Allman Bros. SUNY Stonybrook concert. The performances are fantastic, on a par with At The Fillmore, IMO, but the SQ is terrible.
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  6. Ryan Capuano

    Ryan Capuano Well-Known Member

    Cranston, RI
    Any song off of "Surrealistic Pillow." Sounds like it was recorded under water.
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  7. Frozensoda

    Frozensoda Forum Resident

    Amazing music, muffled and muzzled sound.
  8. Chris Schoen

    Chris Schoen Forum Resident

    Maryland, U.S.A.
    Ron Wood's "Gimme Some Neck". It's a shame, because I think this album is better than many Stones albums.
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  9. pig bodine

    pig bodine God’s Consolation Prize

    Syracuse, NY USA
    Worst drum sound ever

    There are cases where a murky sound brings the song to a new level (Flamingos I Only Have Eyes For You, Moments Love On a Two Way Street, Delfonics Hey! Love, Billy Stewart Sitting In the Park but I can't think of a single instance where I heard a song with Fairlights and gated drums and thought, "hey, this sounds really good!"
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  10. Headfone

    Headfone Forum Resident

    In The Year 2525
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  11. Champagne Boot

    Champagne Boot The Passion of the Was

  12. savemenow

    savemenow Forum Resident

    SE Pa
    John Fogerty - Comin' Down The Road (From 7 Single 1973)

    Way too harsh, but coulda shoulda woulda been yet another Fogerty classic. This was recorded when all the issues began with Fogerty's band and Saul Zaentz, thus got zero promotion, etc.

    On second thought it IS a Fogerty classic. Listen to the lyrics, expresses his true love of R n R and pays tribute to HIS rock inspirations.
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  13. nosticker

    nosticker Forum Resident

    Ringwood, NJ
    GO NOW by the Moody Blues. Oy.

  14. George Blair

    George Blair Forum Resident

    Portland, OR
    Kinks "20th Century Man."
  15. djemar

    djemar Well-Known Member


    On second thought, maybe this doesn't fit this thread, because although it's recorded poorly, it doesn't need any fixing.
  16. savemenow

    savemenow Forum Resident

    SE Pa this song. Any specific "beefs" you have?

    Kinks have a few poorly recorded songs. Money Talks is one, it sounds like a low quality rehearsal to me.
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  17. Giant Hogweed

    Giant Hogweed Forum Resident

    Exeter, Devon, UK
    'Jet' from 'Band on the run'
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  18. Spear and Magic Helmet

    Spear and Magic Helmet Forum Resident

    Nashville, TN
    Anything from Oasis' Be Here Now. I always felt it was some of Noel's best and most interesting songwriting buried beneath layers of guitars and compressed all to hell. Particularly All Around the World. Short of rerecording it to tighten up the sound (and cutting off 4 minutes of an intermitable chorus) , I'm not sure that song can be reclaimed. Too bad- could've been his masterpiece.
  19. boiledbeans

    boiledbeans Forum Resident

    The Smiths - S/T

    'Hatful of Hollow' or the 'Demos and Outtakes' bootleg had better produced versions of the songs.
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  20. William Barty

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  21. mr. steak

    mr. steak Forum Resident

    tempe az
    Any early Guided By Voices redone in higher fidelity would be cool as long as the original lo-fi versions are still there. They'd sound more like this.

  22. Siegmund

    Siegmund Forum Resident

    England, UK
    I've always found the 'steep fade' at the end hilarious: like the whole group is falling off a cliff.
  23. George Blair

    George Blair Forum Resident

    Portland, OR
    I never liked the sound of this great song - vocals buried, muddy mix.
  24. sekaer

    sekaer Forum Resident

    New York City
    I posted GBV too then deleted it because the lo-fi is intentional
  25. Devotional

    Devotional Forum Resident

    Oslo, Norway
    13th Floor Elevators - The Psychedelic Sounds Of + Easter Everywhere. I generally love lo-fi/no-fi stuff (the early Daniel Johnston track above is a good example), but there's just a tad too much magic buried in the production of those two absolute masterpieces.
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