James Brown - Live At Home With His Bad Self (Oct. 25, 2019)

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  1. Hatchet Jack

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    Don't know about the vinyl release of this album, but the CD is unlistenable to me, it hurts my ears like nothing else. The same with the Dallas show CD, just unlistenable. I'm sick and tired of this loud masterings! How come regular people from a forum knows more about what makes a good mastering than the so called "professionals" that make a living doing this crappy job? You can't find a good sounding Rick James album nowadays, cause they ruined his entire discography with terrible loud masterings! The same happened with Mr. James Brown discography. And i don't buy vinyl anymore, just digital or physical CDs, so i don't have many options. I guess things don't look good...
     
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  2. Hatchet Jack

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    One more thing: the original version of the "Sex Machine" live album has the same emcee introduction (The star of the show, hardworking...) four times during the album, one for each side of the records? Cause it's a strange choice and i don't like it. I know some later CDs don't have that, but they don't sound that good.
     
  3. Barnyard Symphony

    Barnyard Symphony I'm the chairman of the bored.

    Hatchet Jack, what, pray tell, is a great live James Brown recording in your estimation?
     
  4. Hatchet Jack

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    They're all great, some of the best live recordings of all time in any genre. I'm complaining about the masterings. The "Revolution of the Mind" '93 Polydor CD sounds great, for example, and so does the '92 Japanese Polydor CD of "Sex Machine". But the new "Live at Home with His Bad Self" CD, to me it's unlistenable. Terrible mastering.
     
  5. Mook

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    It sounds amazing to me.
     
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  6. Barnyard Symphony

    Barnyard Symphony I'm the chairman of the bored.

    Yeah, it sounds great to me as well. Just a fantastic record to listen to on headphones.
     
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  7. Hatchet Jack

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    Well, to me it sounds terrible. I can't even listen to the extended version of "Live at the Apollo Vol. II". Because of the mastering, i prefer to stick with the edited Polydor CD.
     
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  8. asdf35

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    Yeah, I gotta say the mastering is pretty peaked-out and brickwalled on the new set. It might sound big, loud and raw on the stereo - but if you compare "Mother Popcorn" on the new set to MP from Foundations Of Funk (same performance), it's a huge difference. FOF version has great dynamics, the horns move all around the sound spectrum. I was really hoping the new set would be mastered like that.

    Here's the FOF version:
     
  9. Hatchet Jack

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    That's right, "Foundations of Funk" is a great sounding compilation. Most of the 80's and 90's James Brown CDs sound very good. It's in the 2000's that things started to get ugly.

    PS: I talked about the Dallas show being unlistenable, but i meant to say the "Live at the Garden" extended 2CD. It's horrendous! Never heard the original edited LP though, maybe it's bad too. But the Dallas CD ain't that too good either.
     
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  10. Man at C&A

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    I've just picked this up on vinyl. A great album but I'm regretting not going for the CD. It doesn't work on vinyl. The end of side three is particularly annoying. I was lost in the music totally enjoying it, then it abruptly stops dead in the middle of a medley when all the band are playing. It sounds wrong. Side one also ends abruptly with James Brown talking, but then you have to turn over to hear the song.
     
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  11. Solace

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    Can someone post the DR numbers for this? Just curious. Thanks.
     
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  12. Barnyard Symphony

    Barnyard Symphony I'm the chairman of the bored.

    Buy the cd then. When the album is good enough, I'll get the cd and the vinyl.
     
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  13. Man at C&A

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    I don't have enough money to buy albums twice. Even if I did I'd rather buy another album. I'll pick up the CD if it turns up cheap sometime.
     

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