Albums with instructions for playback (i.e. This Record Should Be Played Loud)

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  1. jon9091

    jon9091 Master Of Reality Thread Starter

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    Midwest
    Here's a couple to start:
    The Rolling Stones- Let It Bleed (This Record Should Be Played Loud)

    David Bowie-Ziggy Stardust (To Be Played At Maximum Volume)

    Others?

    They don't necessarily have to pertain to volume.
     
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  2. rockclassics

    rockclassics Forum Resident

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    I remember my copy of Instant Karma by the Plastic Ono Band said "play loud" on that side and "play soft" on Yoko's side. I thought that was good advice and always followed it.
     
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  3. bRETT

    bRETT Forum Resident

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    The Fiery Furnaces' live album "Remember" (Two CD's or three LP's): "Do not attempt to listen to all at once."

    Chicago II: "This endeavor should be experienced sequentially".
     
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  4. Mal

    Mal Phorum Physicist

    Ogdens' Nut Gone Flake

    "FOR AMAZING RESULTS THIS RECORD SHOULD BE PLAYED AT FULL VOLUME"

    [​IMG]
     
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  5. Lilainjil

    Lilainjil Forum Resident

    Mike Oldfield "Tubular Bells"

    "In Glorious Stereophonic Sound - Can also be played on mono-equipment at a pinch" and "This stereo record cannot be played on old tin boxes no matter what they are fitted with. If you are in possession of such equipment please hand it into the nearest police station".
     
  6. Diamond Dog

    Diamond Dog Cautionary Example

    Nickleback - Silver Side Up

    Imagine the confusion and mayhem this created among their fans. Some may yet to have heard this album even at this late date...
     
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  7. Toby

    Toby Well-Known Member

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    The Pretenders s/t:

    "This album has a longer running time than most average LP's therefore to achieve maximum effect
    PLAY THIS ALBUM LOUD"

    Rolling Stones, Sticky Fingers:

    "A bit of advice from Jimmy M: Maximum cycle characteristics and frequency response of high decible level have been set according to standards suggested in the GUY STEVENS Producers Manual, chart B-357 in index, page 304. These recommended standards were compiled by the same authority having recently measured audible damage created by supersonic aircraft. If for any reason you do not agree with the standards -- turn it up."
     
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  8. Davey

    Davey very clever with maracas

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    In the liner notes of the Cure Disintegration, "THIS MUSIC HAS BEEN MIXED TO BE PLAYED LOUD SO TURN IT UP"
     
  9. blackholesun

    blackholesun peace among worlds

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    Kate Bush - The Dreaming

    "This album was made to be played loud."
     
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  10. Mal

    Mal Phorum Physicist

    One of the less "rock 'n' roll" ones:

    Joe Jackson - Blaze Of Glory

    For the CD edition of this 12 song album, this was added to the back cover:

    "This album is intended to be heard as two continuous sequences of six songs. Starting points for each track have been inserted at the most musically logical points; however, endings will tend to come during musical transitions - or when you hit the stop button. Timings are therefore approximate."
     
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  11. kippenhok

    kippenhok Forum Resident

    Type-O-Negative's October Rust has: "Please be considerate of others: kindly play this recording at low sound pressure levels."
     
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  12. Efus

    Efus Forum Resident

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    Yer Album by The James Gang came with this:

    Producers note: This recording was mixed to be played at the highest possible volume,
    and not to be listened to in stereo headphones until after at least three (3) times through the speakers.
    Those of you with manual turntables, don't tell your friends about the last grooves, as they will break their
    automatic turntables trying to listen to them.
     
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  13. profholt82

    profholt82 Resident Blowhard

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    Hahaha, of course that is probably a good thing. Whenever I hear their lead singer I cringe. He always sounds like he's trying to pass a kidney stone.
     
  14. off_2_the_side

    off_2_the_side Forum Resident

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    Rush s/t - "For best results play at maximum volume."

    Rush - Fly By Night - "For best results play this album"

    Samson - Survivors - "For best results play loud when wrecked!"
     
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  15. profholt82

    profholt82 Resident Blowhard

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    I haven't listened to it in years, so I don't remember which song, but on 'The Chronic' album by Dr. Dre, one of the songs began with a recording of a guy stating, "This should be played at high volume, preferably in a residential area."

    I always got a kick out of that.
     
  16. Wufnpoof

    Wufnpoof Well-Known Member

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    Brian Eno - Discreet Music:
     
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  17. curbach

    curbach Some guy on the internet, ain’t talkin’

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    The ATX
    Graham Parker's Human Soul album contains the instructions "PLAY LOUD".

    Ironically, the lp was cut a little too hot so it doesn't really sound very good loud :) (I don't think I've ever tried cranking the cd on my main system. Maybe it's better. This was a 1989 release after all.)
     
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  18. stingraex2000

    stingraex2000 Forum Resident

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    Ted Nugent and The Amboy Dukes The Ultimate Collection, "Mastered By Steve" says 1 hour of music PLAY LOUD!
    Uriah Heep Power to the Rockers "Mastered By Steve" says 1 hour of music PLAY LOUD!
    And you actually can with these and they sound great.
     
  19. Arjan

    Arjan Forum Resident

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    Amersfoort
    Marillion - Brave contains instructions

    "Play it loud with the lights off"
     
  20. Gordon Crisp

    Gordon Crisp Forum Resident

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    Voodoo Glow Skulls - Firme, on the CD. "Play It Loud ****er"
     
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  21. martinb

    martinb Forum Resident

    Flaming Lips - Transmissions from the Satellite Heart

    "Please play all tracks at maximum volume"
     
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  22. BongRattlingBass

    BongRattlingBass Forum Resident

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    Plainfield, IL
    Mountain's "Climbing" and "Nantucket Sleighride."

    "This record was made to be played loud" is indicated on both LP's.
     
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  23. pbuzby

    pbuzby Forum Resident

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    Chicago, IL, US
    An unusual one is in Frank Zappa's Ship Arriving Too Late To Save A Drowning Witch where he recommends playing the album on JBL 4311 speakers.
     
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  24. Pete Norman

    Pete Norman Forum Resident

    Why can't they put 'play loud' on cd's. Instead we have cd's that are completely over modulated to the extent that you don't even need a volume
    control!
     
  25. 99thfloor

    99thfloor Forum Resident

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    Sweden
    Mountain - Nantucket Sleighride: "Play this record at high volume for Maximum sonority... Loud!"

    Edit: Ooops, I was a little late... Yes, Climbing says: "THIS RECORD WAS MADE TO BE PLAYED LOUD", in capital letters.
     
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