It's a common criticism but Jazz, Queen's seventh studio LP, sounds like it was recorded in a tin can. After successfully stripping things back on 1977's (punk inspired) News of the World (self produced with Mike Stone), Queen re-teamed up with Roy Thomas Baker (coming off producing The Cars) and made Jazz in 1978. Why did the fidelity suddenly revert back to something near the debut album's sound? The drums sound unnatural, the guitars shrill and the vocals are swamped in the mix. Yes, there are those nice sonic tricks like mono to stereo to make things punchy but it's a sonic mess overall. Things went the opposite way with the arrival of Mack for The Game and thankfully some sonic order was restored (if not songwriting quality, hello Hot Space). So just WHY does Jazz sound like it does? Burnt out ears from band and producer? Too much hi-jinks? Lack of faith in the material? Over to you..