I love 50s and 60s Rock 'n' Roll. The original 45 RPM records bring
out the true meaning of the song of its day. Let's face it. In 1957,
teens wanted to hear loud, punchy quality just like teens and young
CD and re-issues are usually re-mastered by younger engineers who
tend to thin the sound down (probably for the older folks) therefore
CD compilations or re-issues of these classic are poorly mixed.
Most 45 where mixed in mono. Therefore these recordings were
designed to sound ballsy in monophonic; to sell these records on AM
radio and to playback on old, ceramic cartridge mono phonographs.
My pet peeve is when I hear songs like "Johnny B. Goode" on an
oldies station with saturated reverb and hollow bass. No kick. Or
the vocals override the complete contents of the song. Or even
worse, a terribly stereo re-mix where the vocals and bass are on the
left speaker, and the drums and guitars are on the right speaker.
Let me know what you think...
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