Mr Showbiz wrote:I'll qualify my opinion by first saying I know nothing about this type of music, but;
Don't buyers of this kind of music want 'authenticity'? Don't they want to see the band play live?
Won't finding out that it's been played by session players, rather than by a real band who 'believe' in what their doing render it musically valueless?
So there's no point in even considering it, is there?
The above applies to ALL types of music - you should see the number of edits and drop-ins required in classical music! Those classical guys are bonkers! Everything has to be perfect and almost nothing is real! The singers are Autotuned, the soloists are recorded separately and that brilliant and perfect piano recital is cut together bar-by-bar.
As for live playing . . . many of the larger acts that put just three or four band members on stage, have session musicians playing the real parts off stage. That's how major heavy metal acts get such full and rich sounds - by having a keyboard player or two in the wings.
I have worked on a few projects where everything had to be real and authentic, but nearly everything I have ever either recorded myself or was recorded in my presence was the very opposite of live. Live and authentic is just not how the cookie crumbles!
Millie-Vanillie, Boney M, DJ-Bobo, Far Corporation, Eruption were all produced by German former 'Schlager' singer Frank Farian. It's amazing how similar they all sound - especially the voices! In fact some of the lines and harmonies sound just like the magnificent basso-profundo voice of Farian himself! The other voices sound just like session singers Brad Howell and John Davis and the female voices seem to sound just like the Rocco Sisters.