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Jxmmypop
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Post 2019-09-30 18:27   [Quote] 
I love this album don't get me wrong but the audio is terrible and I've never read a good explanation for it.

Does anybody here know why the quality on this album is so bad?

Thank you
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MrBolero
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Post 2019-09-30 20:07   [Quote] 
Depends on what version you have.
The 2012 remaster is ok in my ears.
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Jxmmypop
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Post 2019-09-30 20:12   [Quote] 
MrBolero wrote:
Depends on what version you have.
The 2012 remaster is ok in my ears.


Talking about the Barking Pumpkin 1981 release and the same on the Ryko 1990 release
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Post 2019-10-01 06:17   [Quote] 
Jxmmypop wrote:
I love this album don't get me wrong but the audio is terrible and I've never read a good explanation for it.

Does anybody here know why the quality on this album is so bad?

Thank you
I think it was mastered too fast, and too compressed. The arrangements are already very dense, so that tends to make the album very likely to cause ear fatigue

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MrBolero
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Post 2019-10-02 16:28   [Quote] 
Jxmmypop wrote:
MrBolero wrote:
Depends on what version you have.
The 2012 remaster is ok in my ears.


Talking about the Barking Pumpkin 1981 release and the same on the Ryko 1990 release


This issue is so badly mastered that it can be considered as defective...
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Jxmmypop
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Post 2019-10-02 20:00   [Quote] 
Pittylabelle wrote:
http://www.lukpac.org/~handmade/patio/vinylvscds/you_are_what_you_is.html


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Minkukel
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Post 2019-10-03 23:20   [Quote] 
I've thankfully never had to listen to the supposed bad versions of YAWYI, but I've heard the horror stories. I guess one advantage of being a younger Zappa fan is how easy it is to get all the albums in good quality these days.

I can see how YAWYI might end up sounding less that optimal, though. Honestly, I find the second side kind of hard to listen to now that I've heard the Crush All Boxes mix of those tracks, even on the excellent 2012 release. I wonder if there's still good "slow" mixes of the album's tracks in the vault? It would be pretty sweet for the album to get a 40th anniversary release or something.
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Post 2019-10-03 23:47   [Quote] 
Minkukel wrote:
I've thankfully never had to listen to the supposed bad versions of YAWYI, but I've heard the horror stories.


The first time I heard Sheik, Tinseltown and YAWYI was when I bought the Ryko CDs in 1990. Played them many, many times over the next few years and just was excited enough by the music that I didn't notice the audio problems. I replaced them with "good" versions later but have not heard those nearly as often.
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Post 2019-10-05 11:59   [Quote] 
I like the music and production of YAWYI. Would have loved to have an album of dense instrumentals like Sinister Footwear in that production style. I don't care for most of the lyrics - they seem largely prejudiced and inconsequential. Dumb All Over is good, as is Heavenly Bank Account and Teenage Wind. The low budget sociology elsewhere is too crass for my taste - which leaves a stale aftertaste.

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