Reply to "Does anyone else feel a bit let down about these Archive Releases?"

DennisC posted:
Bobby_G posted:
I still maintain the 12/31/75 Tower show has been the best so far.  The mix, clarity and ambience of that recording is outstanding.

 

This is truly mysterious.

As much as I agree with you, it´s beyond me that the same guy that mixed this show also mixed New Years Eve ´80. The former sounds great, the latter is a trainwreck beyond belief.

I thought I read that Jimmy Iovine recorded the 1975 Tower Show for a possible live album in '76.  That may have something to do with the high quality of the source recording.  NYE 1980 was, I believe, just a soundboard recording.  When it came time to mixing, I would guess that the Tower source recording was way better than the Nassau source recording.  

Max's snare sounds like a crisp gunshot on the Tower recording.  It sounds like a wet fart on the Nassau recording.

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