Yeah, and then suddenly things became amazing. Suzanne Vega's Solitude Standing is an incredible production. And I'm still blown away by David Sylvian's Gone to Earth. Digital mixing really showed its worth very quickly.dvdrtldg wrote: ↑06 Aug 2023Yep, I love Blondie but have never really loved that album and the production is a big part of the problem. To my ears, it anticipates a really bad period in music production generally. People can be very nostalgic about the 80s and certain 80s sounds (gated reverb on the snare!) but I spent a good part of the 80s wondering what the fuck was happening in studios to make everything sound so weak and flat and tinny. There are quite a few 80s bands that I feel I should like, but can't get past their horrible-sounding recordings (e.g. The Smiths)
Of course, Paul Simon's Graceland set the bar for next level production in the mid 80s. I think that album alone sold a ton of CD players.