Records you truly love in spite of genuinely awful sound

Discussion in 'Music Corner' started by michael landes, Jan 29, 2013.

  1. michael landes

    michael landes Well-Known Member Thread Starter

    On a very short list for my very favorite rock-ish album is
    Strictly Personal ( Captain Beefheart). Admittedly my taste
    may run to the crank side. But what can't be denied is that this
    record sounds positively awful. I own copy of the original vinyl
    and it really does sound awful beyond my ability to understand.
    Yet I love this record above all others.
    Do you have any album with cringe-worthy sound, yet you love
    so much that you DON'T cringe when listening. You don't feel like
    you love it inspite of the bad sound, you just embrace
    the sound in all its awfulness because of your love of the performance?
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  2. Denti

    Denti Forum Resident

    The first two Silver Jews EPs, recorded on a crappy tape deck in a bedroom.

    Daniel Johnston's output would go in this category, too. Not sure I would want to hear these in good quality.
  3. LivingForever

    LivingForever Always one more tomorrow...

  4. WalterDigsTunes

    WalterDigsTunes Forum Resident

    King Crimson's Earthbound

    The Islands-era incarnation of Crimson was positively skrokin' a live setting, and the hideous sub-bootleg sound gives the proceedings a unique ambiance.
  5. stoneknuckle

    stoneknuckle Forum Resident

    reading pa usa
    First one that comes to mind is TIM by The Replacements. it's one of my favorite records of all time,but hated the sound of it then,and still hate it now....Come to think of it,most of their catalog sounds like crap,but I think Hootenanny somehow transcends that a little bit.
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  6. goodiesguy

    goodiesguy Real Wild Child

    New Zealand
    Electric Light Orchestra: TIME
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  7. hazard

    hazard Forum Resident

    yep, Roger Taylor's drums sounds like he is in the broom closet. But my fave Queen album, and pobably in my top 50 of all time.

    Another to add - Bat Out of Hell by Meatlof. My Oz pressing has no bass at all, so bright it makes your ears bleed.

    Wings Over America. Has no mid range. But a great album.
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  8. Thurenity

    Thurenity Listening to some tunes

    Snow Patrol - "A Hundred Million Suns"
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  9. margaritatoldtom

    margaritatoldtom Well-Known Member

    tucson az
    'white light. white heat', of course.

  10. throbbin tower

    throbbin tower Forum Resident

    Procol Harum- debut
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  11. spencer1812

    spencer1812 Forum Resident

    Fullerton, CA
    Congos - Heart of the Congos.
  12. Michael Bohannon

    Michael Bohannon Well-Known Member

    Lexington Kentucky
    "Contraband" Velvet Revolver CD. My Vinyl Lp of this title is my go to copy. I never take my cd on the road either.
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  13. Thurenity

    Thurenity Listening to some tunes

    Much better on vinyl? I have the CD as well, but man the LP is not cheap these days.....
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  14. Michael Bohannon

    Michael Bohannon Well-Known Member

    Lexington Kentucky
    Maybe not tons better but it is all I will listen to, unless im camping or
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  15. Steve Hoffman

    Steve Hoffman Your Host Your Host

    Useless thread without examples of classic music with dreadful sound.

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  16. Blastproof

    Blastproof Forum Resident

    Nice way to start a thread.... :righton:

    Auqalung 25th anniversary CD
    School's Out palm tree album
    Dressed to Kill
    Caress of Steel
    (+1 for) Queen 2

    Listen to these all the time. They are all me, but they all sound like "cereal box" records.
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  17. Joe Fornarotto

    Joe Fornarotto Forum Resident

    New Jersey
    That's what I was thinking Steve,
    How about "Go Now" The Moody Blues

  18. throbbin tower

    throbbin tower Forum Resident

    Yessongs....after the 1-2-3 punch of the great sounding studio albums preceding it, it sounds like a mess, but love it,none the less...
  19. heyday2day

    heyday2day Forum Resident

    First album that I can remember buying that sounded dreadful was Kiss' Hotter Than Hell when I was about 10 years old. I thought there must be something wrong with the vinyl itself but came to learn that all of the HTH pressings sounded dreadful. The Who's A Quick One comes to mind also. Recently bought a reissue of an obscure hard proto prog album by Arcadium, Breathe Awhile, that sounds a bit rough. The Church's Forget Yourself also leaves a lot to be desired. All great music though, love them all..
  20. zen

    zen Forum Resident

    Back in the 70's, I just pretended Yessongs was a decent sounding bootleg, and I enjoyed it a lot more.
  21. parkmebike

    parkmebike Stupidly Happy

    Kiss' Hotter Than Hell was the first that came to mind...then just about everything by Guided By Voices, up through Under The Bushes Under The Stars.
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  22. chumlie

    chumlie Forum Resident

    Blue Cheer: Vincebus Eruptum
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  23. throbbin tower

    throbbin tower Forum Resident

    Grand Funk Railroad- the "red album"- drums and bass sound alright, but Farners' guitar ? whoa....especially that wah-wah sound on "Paranoid"...yikes!
    Somehow, I still like it...
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  24. Culpa

    Culpa Forum Resident

    Philadelphia, PA
    The Fugs' First Album. Such beautiful songs, such a lousy sound.
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  25. Denti

    Denti Forum Resident


    LOVE that record.
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