I believe all the records listed used tape for multi-tracking and mixing down, etc.
A good tape emulator?
I always note that I like the sound of my old tapes played on a quality machine. Has a certain sound.
Yes, I'm thinking that too.
"So" is a great album, but the recording quallity makes me cringe, the worst track sonically is "Sledge Hammer" hard as glass, and compressed to hell. If it was recorded on analogue fine, it must be other things that make it sound bad.
A lot of what I like about the sound I'm trying to describe is in the bass, a very soft compressed sound. I don't want this thread to become too animated about this, I'm not doing a great job of describing what I'm hearing, I'll probably listen to a few things and stumble over it by accident.