Worst mastering you've ever heard?

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  1. jroyen

    jroyen Active Member

    New York City
    1. Andrew W.K. | I Get Wet - fun party music that is otherwise a tortuous listen, a solid 2x4.

    2. Ricky Martin | Ricky Martin

    3. Red Hot Chili Peppers | Californication - one of the best releases of the nineties totally destroyed
  2. MerlinMacuser

    MerlinMacuser New Member In Memoriam

    no contest....."Just For Love" by Quicksilver Messenger Service.
  3. JA Fant

    JA Fant Well-Known Member

    Most remastered cds.
  4. Barnabas Collins

    Barnabas Collins Forum Resident

    Thanks for the warning on Hoelderlin. I only have the self titled 1975 album, I think on the WMMS label, and it sounds great to me. I guess I'll just hunt for vinyl copies of "Rare Birds" and "Clowns and Clouds" on Ebay.
  5. WestGrooving

    WestGrooving Forum Resident

    California, U.S.A
    I have a Japan pressing of this CD. It's like listening to the Byrds on old AM Radio in your car. However, I think I'd prefer to listen to this than anything mastered for that ridiculous LOUDness War.
  6. longjohn

    longjohn New Member

    Ontario, Canada
    This is the only cd I ever bought that I got rid of, and mighty quick at that. It sounded so horrible I thought at the time there must be something wrong with it. Let me rephrase that, I thought it was defective. It was in the bargain bin and I still paid too much for it.
  7. Johnny Connor

    Johnny Connor New Member

    I concur.One of the best late-90's albums destroyed by the worst mastering jobs ever.:sigh:
  8. Vinophile

    Vinophile Active Member

    Cambridge, UK
    The CD perhaps but not the original LP's.
  9. andyinstal

    andyinstal Runner for Others

    Allen, Texas
    Sheryl Crow greatest hits, or Tina turner greatest hits 2 cd collection. These are just compressed and loud as humanly possible.
  10. full moon

    full moon Forum Resident

    rush= vt....
  11. Galaga King

    Galaga King Forum Resident

    My copy of this CD has distortion and cracks/pops throughout. I thought maybe it was just my particular copy of the CD?
  12. SamS

    SamS Forum Legend

    Gin Blossoms "New Miserable Experience" 2CD Deluxe Edition. Erik Labson took an average-dynamic recording (with no mastering compression) and crunched the hell out of it. Now, it's even more bright, with severely less dynamic range. A great album, and great second disc bonus tracks, ruined by awful mastering.
  13. johnny 99

    johnny 99 Down On Main Street

    Glad I never got the Deluxe Edition (came close once when I saw it used...)
    I just had it on the other day and the original CD sounds fine. One of the best pop/rock albums of the 90's!
  14. Harry Krishner

    Harry Krishner Forum Resident

    I picked up, The Kaiser Chiefs - 'Yours Truly,Angry Mob' today and the material is fantastic however it's waaaaay to loud.
  15. 16/44.1

    16/44.1 Forum Resident

    All hardlimited/to much treble stuff.................
  16. The Keymaster

    The Keymaster Forum Resident

    So Cal, USA
    This is an infamously bad one, isn't it? The granddaddy of poor mastering?
  17. The Keymaster

    The Keymaster Forum Resident

    So Cal, USA
    I'd give that honor to "Yellow Submarine Songtrack."

    "1," on the other hand, is one of the worst things I've ever heard. It sounds like it was mastered on a sheet of cardboard covered with ice.

    And hi, AKA!
  18. audiospirit

    audiospirit Active Member


    I recommend you to try early west german polydor cds,you will be surprised,I guarantee you.No, it is not hi-end sound (unfortunately Jimi almost all was recorded originally so-so),but this sound is the best existed for this moment.Even better than vinyl.

    I can not listen today Jimi cd with castrated highs (thanks NR) & killed scene.
  19. All the Rhino remastered CD's of Chicago.

    Loud, compressed, No-noised, you name it.
  20. audiospirit

    audiospirit Active Member

    Alos I hate last Eloy (german prog-space-rock-band) remasters from EMI. Highs is too strong,compression,all flowers of bad remastering.
  21. john lennonist

    john lennonist There ONCE was a NOTE, PURE and EASY...

    With all of the lack of love for the "Californication" disc, what's the consensus of the sound of the 1991 "Blood Sugar Sex Magik" disc and 2003 "Red Hot Chili Peppers Greatest Hits" disc?
  22. john lennonist

    john lennonist There ONCE was a NOTE, PURE and EASY...

    What's the best-sounding CD and LP version of this album?
  23. mrdiscman

    mrdiscman Forum Resident

    A tie...

    Rush - Vapor Trails

    ELO - Zoom

  24. kevinsinnott

    kevinsinnott Forum Coffeeologist

    Chicago, IL USA
    Two in a tie for 1st place in my library:

    Third Eye Blind - Blue. Great music but the brickwalling caused me to attempt to order a Japanese mastering, or so I thought. I get a German mastered CD, which is no different than my US master.

    Brahms Symphony No.3 - Leopold Stokowski conducting. Becol records. This is so no-noised that there is virtually no echo and so rolled off that it has no high end or low end. Too bad because Stokowski's reading with the Houston Symphony is one of my favorites. Thankfully, it was remastered and released on a completely different label: Everest, which is owned by Vanguard - I think. The original Bert Whyte engineering is fine and now well represented on CD.
  25. elgreco

    elgreco Forum Resident

    Good question. BSSM sounds fine to me, not compressed at all (it's from 1991, which was supposedly a 'good year' for mastering). But, like john lennonist, I wonder how the GH sounds, especially the Californification tracks. Are these any better? Anyone?
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