Favorite Musical Decade

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What is your favorite musical era?

  1. Current (2000s)

    4 vote(s)
    9.8%
  2. 1990s

    10 vote(s)
    24.4%
  3. 1980s

    8 vote(s)
    19.5%
  4. 1970s

    10 vote(s)
    24.4%
  5. 1960s

    7 vote(s)
    17.1%
  6. 1950s

    1 vote(s)
    2.4%
  7. Ancient

    1 vote(s)
    2.4%
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  1. Deuce Wayne

    Deuce Wayne Damnit, I cant find my driving moccasins anywhere!

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    Record (wax) quality was terrible. I hate to be the time-traveler here and spoil it for you guys. lol
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  2. avvie

    avvie Ke ali'i o na okole Tip Jar Donor

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    Oh, thanks, we were unaware... :suspect:

    See, LPs had to be recorded onto at a much lower volume to keep the needle from jumping out of the grooves. This was compensated for by listening to them on extremely powerful stereo systems with ample equalization methods.

    The digital format can be tracked and burned to disc at a much higher volume, but at a great cost: loss of dynamics to the music, rendering it difficult to listen to. On top of that, the electronics industry decided that we don't need to have any control over the equalization any more, leaving us with a few irritating presets that can only be altered by pressing buttons and scrolling through tedious menus... which is ridiculous, because if there's any time that we need greater access to equalization, it's now. Why?... because we're making iPod mixes of vastly different musics made by vastly different recording budgets which when played back-to-back reveal vastly different production values and vastly different equalization flaws.
    Assembling pre-recorded loops and talking into a stage mic is not record production and hardly qualifies as engineering. Did you record all the loops? Play all the instruments? Do you have a building with adjustable acoustic environments to record in? Etc, etc, etc.... What you're actually "producing" is a musical equivalent of the Spirograph. Sit down, fish.
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  3. asus64

    asus64 Camp Fodder

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    Wow! I've just watched Lucia's video. Just fantastic! Then again she used music that is not made anymore and hopefully it will again. She was able to transmit the power and energy of a classic from one of the greatest: Kashmir by Led Zeppelin

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  4. asus64

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    It stands to reason that with today's technology we can make higher quality recordings from our own home computer than back in the days , but at the end that is not the point. The point is making better music, having something to say and having musical taste to say it. If musicians from the 60's and the 70's remain current is because their message still is, and newer generations havenĀ“t been able to say it better. I agree that there are some more recent bands (U2, Nirvana, Radiohead, Maroon 5, Keane) that have been very good in their own right but bands like The Beatles, Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd just to mention some, changed music by using it to express ideas like never before, from protesting against governments to describing trivial everyday moments using music as shocking as the ideal or as soothing as an ice cream in a sunny afternoon. More doesn't mean better.
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  5. Broken Record

    Broken Record Biscuit Eater Staff

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    To answer the question of who was competing with Lynyrd Skynyrd in the 1970s for record sales, here are a dozen + Southern Rock bands from that era. This abbreviated list is just off the top of my head. There were scores of others.

    The Allman Brothers
    Molly Hatchet
    Blackfoot
    The Charlie Daniels Band
    The Atlanta Rhythm Section
    The Marshall Tucker Band
    The Outlaws
    Little Feat
    Barefoot Jerry
    Elvin Bishop
    The Ozark Mountain Daredevils
    The Amazing Rhythm Aces
    Black Oak Arkansas
    Pure Prairie League
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  6. Hoffa

    Hoffa Not Family?Then freak you you freakin' freak

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    Free bird!!!!!!

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    updated to today's rockon app...

    I guess your favorite musical decade depends on your drug of choice...?
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  7. CRUDS

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    I'm glad you said it. I was sitting with a local mastering guy getting some stuff done recently and we had a long discussion about this very thing - the lack of dynamics in modern recordings. He is then requested to further squish things to the point of oblivion..

    The argument of digital vs analog /old vs new only leads to a headache. It's all in the ear of the listener and there are still plenty of folks who prefer the dynamics and sweet compression of vinyl and tape over even the highest resolution digital. Neil Young has practically written a book on it..
    Recording studios with the massive analog tape machines still command top dollars..
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  8. avvie

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    It's called the Volume Wars, CC. The record execs don't understand how sound works at all... they just tell the producers that "the kids want it LOUDER!". Metallica just took a bunch of heat for making one of the worst sounding albums ever* and the execs are completely oblivious to the complaints... "the record sold, so people must like it, so nothing's wrong!"

    Asshats.


    *...but it's hard to top Rush's "vapor Trails" or "Live in Rio" for worst engineering job ever.
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  9. CRUDS

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    I think the worldwide consensus would have to be Iggy's Raw Power...
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Raw_Power
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  10. avvie

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    Good like to the Loudness War in that article.
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