Records where the band gives you an instruction to TURN IT UP LOUD on the sleeve

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#1

Noticed this on the new Blanck Mass album and it reminded me of these others:

The Cure - Disintegration
65DOS - Destruction of Small Ideas

Are there any others? I’m sure there are loads

What do you think? Is it justified for certain types of production that sounds better at volume or is just true of pretty much every record that it sounds better louder?


#2

This, for me.


#3

The The - Mind Bomb. Strangely enough.

I have no idea if it makes the tunes sound better.


#4

Think research has proved music is more enjoyable at higher volumes, think the human ear has a flatter frequency response at higher volumes might be another factor, so may not be hearing the correct balance at lower volume. I like moderate volume personally


#5

Sigur Ros - ( )


#6

That 65dos record is frustrating in that it only sounds as good as it is at an absurdly high volume. Live it sounds like planets exploding, just listened to normally it’s very flat and their weakest IMO.


#7

first Pretenders lp


#8

Was actually toying with the idea of doing a does Destruction of Small Ideas need a critical reappraisal?? thread but maybe it would be a better subthread here…

I love that record and I never got the hate (or sense of being underwhelmed) that seemed so common on here. Maybe it’s just because I always listen to it cranked up at home…?


#9

I definitely don’t hate it. It’s my least favourite record by my favourite band, that puts it well ahead of most stuff.

I think it’s the one with the biggest disparity between the live versions of the tracks and the studio versions though, I’m far, far from being any kind of an audiophile but the vinyl version sounds way better than the CD/MP3s, something about compression or whatever.

I just remember getting back from seeing them tour it back in 2007 having been absolutely blown away by how enormous it sounded and then being disappointed listening to it via earphones or whatever subsequently. That’s never been the case for any of their other stuff.


#10

SUNN O)))

MAXIMUM VOLUME YIELDS MAXIMUM RESULTS


#11

It’ll always have a soft spot in my heart because it got me into Circle Takes the Square and what is now my favourite record of all time ‘As The Roots Undo’.

Listening to it (loud and on vinyl!) at the weekend and it sounded absolutely superb (and far better than ‘Wild Light’ which actually sounded rather generic by comparison to me anyway).


#12

See, I was underwhelmed by Wild Light initially but had the exact inverse reaction to the record that I did to TDOSI after seeing them tour it. It’s now probably my second favourite after The Fall of Math (joint with WWEA perhaps). That final three track run is some of their finest work IMO and I only got a full appreciation of the studio versions after being stunned by how good they were live. There’s so much dynamic range and stuff to focus on which isn’t the case with TDOSI for me.


#13

(Revisiting it now fwiw)


#14

don’t forget to TURN IT UP :slight_smile:


#15

I actually think it’s quite underrated too, for me it’s easily one of the most emotional 65daysofstatic records, plus it felt like it really marked a change in direction for them as it seemed like they more or less shed most of their post-rock elements afterwards.

There were other records that had more bombast and dynamism but I quite like the fact that TDOSI was able to express subtleties in a way that I don’t think they’ve really explored on that many other records possibly because of the aforementioned recording process :thinking:


#16

WHAT!? WHAT DID YOU SAY!? I’M SORRY I CAN’T HEAR YOU BECAUSE I’M LISTENING TO THE 65DAYSOFSTATIC ALBUM THE DESTRUCTION OF SMALL IDEAS VERY LOUDLY AT THE MINUTE


#17

Not quite the same thing but somewhere on the sleeve of Nirvana’s classic second album In Utero it shows suggested bass and treble settings which I found interesting.


#18

Oh to answer the question Black Swan does this for most of their releases

They’re incredibly polite about it though:

The sound contained on this album is intended for headphone use and without equalization. Uninterrupted listening at highest (but tolerable) volume is kindly advised.

New album out soon apparently


#19

Ran out of cash to master it properly. Fact


#20

Really?