You Can’t Improve on Perfection, So Leave it the Fuck Alone

Oh, my God, the arrogance! There is a 2009 remaster of Neil Young’s “Everybody Knows This is Nowhere.” One reviewer, who knew guitar, said it brought out the midrange of some guitar notes, etc., and that if you liked the rough low notes (paraphrasing) of the original (well, YEAH), then best stick with the original. No brainer. I can’t believe someone thought the guitar sound on intro to “Cowgirl in the Sand” needed ANYTHING done different. This makes me so afraid that some label jackass is going to ruin every great album out there dicking with it and that one day, we won’t be able to find the originals. Are we going to have to establish a historical society to protect music mixes??


2 responses to “You Can’t Improve on Perfection, So Leave it the Fuck Alone

  1. Remastering can be a good thing, and as you point out a bad thing. Bad most commonly because it is done to get you to once again pay for the music you probably already own/have owned (on early versions of CDs, cassettes, LP, 8-track, etc…). Good lord…how many versions of Beatles albums do I have now??? Label "jackasses" have sales quotas to hit, and re-mastering, re-mixing, re-packaging is a time-tested method to help reach those goals.Okay…now the good thing part. The historical society suggested should have been established about 6 months after the initial release of albums on CD. Many artists catalogs suffered early on (and at times for many years forward)from poor production processes yielding disapointing sound/mix "product" that didn't even come close to what you had with vinyl pressings. In these cases, it serves justice to finally have the quality/historically protected offering in the market.If you are still in possession of your LP versions of "classsic" recordings…do yourself a favor and get a turntable (or maybe all you need is a needle) and enjoy a remarkably rich dynamic sound and mix that allows you to hear the middle, low, and high.

  2. Hi Tracy, I totally agree that the control on preservation should have started ages ago. Don't you wonder if they will ever be able to regain the little packet of punch analog has over digital? (Not saying digital isn't better in some ways, but there is just that bottom, the thing you feel/hear when you are standing in front of an amp…) It just seems like they should be able to capture that. I do listen to albums a lot, but since my home stereo isn't a proper one, I don't have a way of hearing it like it on analog. I am keeping my eyes open for an old stereo. I have tried the new ones and don't like them as well. I mainly listen in my car, though, and I really miss that Delco cassette player that came with my old Firebird. It's the best sound I ever had.

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