I was driving back from a rehearsal last night (or is it the night before last, it is 1:48am???!!?!?!? Anyway, I digress!!!) and me and the other guitarist were listening to stuff on my cars hard-drive, flirting between Queen, STP etc... and went onto REM, Automatic, and its the first time in ages I have listened to it NOT on ear buds, and then Frequency, Strange Currencies and Tongue from Monster. We talked production and it was the same for him, having only heard it on the shady iPod buds that come with it for such a long time. Driving back from his place, I just forgot how much space and quality there is on albums like that (irrespective of if you appreciate Georgia's finest (worksong)! Ha, a pun in parenthesis!!!!) and how much detail that you can hear.
I would love Mike to dissect something like that, a track where the quality of the production shines through. I know there is Classic Tracks and Secret of the Mix Engineer, by that is more of a anecdotal piece.
I remember being in my friends studio, a proper commercial jobby, not like mine in my garage, and he got the multi-track masters for Queen, Bob Marley etc... that had been floating around and he said that by studying those, in about a week he had learned more about production than he had in the 15 years previously.
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