Well, that got me thinking. Sadly enough, I'm no stranger to truly poor sound, because I've added a number of records to my collection over the years that I, quite literally, wanted to toss out of a window upon first listen. Thinking back on one in particular, it was a good learning experience and taught me a valuable lesson--to approach 7-inch records with caution--but I never quite got over the trauma. Yes, it's been languishing in my collection, and there's no urgency to play the damn thing ever again.
The record in question, 3 Inches of Blood and Angelus Apatrida's split, is a hot mess. It's fuzzy, grainy, and generally not an enjoyable listen, so, if you're one who values the extolled virtues of vinyl and "perfect" sound quality, this won't be up your alley. It doesn't help, either, that it's a 7-inch record. More often than not, those aren't particularly good examples of sound quality, anyway.
As my friend put it--in a text message, no less--people seem to flock to records like this, despite the awful sound because it's, well, vinyl:
"They're probably caught up in their ideals of vinyl, and what they think it was. It's more of a worshipped form, rather than taken seriously for what it's worth, sort of like religion."
|3 Inches of Blood's side of the split.|
The point here is to avoid 3 Inches of Blood and Angelus Apatrida's split, right? Obviously, but it's more than that. Not all vinyl sounds better than CDs, even though vinyl addicts would like you to think otherwise, and not all CDs sound better than vinyl. In the end, it varies greatly depending on mastering, production, and a myriad of other odds and ends.
Just some food for thought.