Possibly the worst sound on record?

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RockerRocker Frets: 2575
The metal bodied resonator on the widely acclaimed Dire Straits album 'Alchemy' (used on the song Romeo and Juliette) is my suggestion on what is the worst sound recorded. Technically it must be a nightmare to amplify it for a large live venue but all that ended on the tape was a tinny scratchy sound - one that does not do justice to the song or indeed to the band.

So what do you think is the worst sound on record?
Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. [Albert Einstein]

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  • JalapenoJalapeno Frets: 3276
    Poppa Chubby Live in New York - mains hum throughout, really loud.  It's unlistenable.
    Imagine something sharp and witty here ......

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  • JezWyndJezWynd Frets: 2123
    /thread?

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  • vasselmeyervasselmeyer Frets: 2194
    +1 for Metal Machine Music

    Can I also submit the third disc of Neil Young's live album "Arc" which I believe was called "Weld" which is a compilation of feedback, guitar noise and vocal fragments.
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  • Phil_aka_PipPhil_aka_Pip Frets: 8444
    I've got a Clannad CD that sounds dreadful. IIRC it's this one: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Clannad_(album). It's like the tape they recorded it on was over-saturated.

    The electric guitar on T.Rex's Electric Warrior LP is pretty dire as well.

    The bass on Appetite for Destruction isn't that good, either.
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  • PerdixPerdix Frets: 20
    Keith Richards solo on sympathy for the devil. Feels like an ice pick jabbing in my ears.
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  • RandallFlaggRandallFlagg Frets: 5266

    The guitar on James Bay's new single "Pink Lemonade". It sounds like toothache

    "This is this"
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  • scrumhalfscrumhalf Frets: 4561
    The Lurkers, Shadow. I used to love this but I heard it recently and the guitar (go to 00:28) sounds as if it's being tortured.



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  • not_the_djnot_the_dj Frets: 5441
    Dylan's guitar sound on the album "Good as I Been To You"...I'm sure old Bob could have afforded (and was probably using) a very nice guitar, but somehow the recording made it sound like some cheap acoustic from argos.
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  • KKJaleKKJale Frets: 555
    edited May 22
    Though I have a deep affection for cheap psychedelic artyfacts, the guitar sound on Pictures Of Matchstick Men is a tough one to defend, even when pissed. 
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  • ICBMICBM Frets: 30909
    I love most of these!

    For me the worst sound on record is...


    Roy Buchanan.

    Worse than nails on a blackboard - like being stabbed in the ear with hot needles or something. Hideous ‘tone’, horrible playing.
    "Take these three items, some WD-40, a vise grip, and a roll of duct tape. Any man worth his salt can fix almost any problem with this stuff alone."
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  • GagarynGagaryn Frets: 1127


    Sounds like it was recorded under a duvet..

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  • Phil_aka_PipPhil_aka_Pip Frets: 8444
    ICBM said:
    I love most of these!

    For me the worst sound on record is...


    Roy Buchanan.

    Worse than nails on a blackboard - like being stabbed in the ear with hot needles or something. Hideous ‘tone’, horrible playing.
    I agree his tone was a bit shrill, but I can't agree that his playing was "horrible". However since you are always quick to defend Neil Young's dreadful guitar "playing" I guess we must conclude that our tastes differ considerably.
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  • ICBMICBM Frets: 30909
    Phil_aka_Pip said:

    I agree his tone was a bit shrill, but I can't agree that his playing was "horrible".
    It's the repetitive squealing over-bent notes and forced harmonics. Everything that's wrong with solo electric guitar playing in a nutshell - it sounds like a pig being tortured.

    Phil_aka_Pip said:

    However since you are always quick to defend Neil Young's dreadful guitar "playing" I guess we must conclude that our tastes differ considerably.
    I think so :). I like Arc...


    Can I also submit the third disc of Neil Young's live album "Arc" which I believe was called "Weld" which is a compilation of feedback, guitar noise and vocal fragments.
    Other way round - Weld is the album, Arc is the feedback disc.
    "Take these three items, some WD-40, a vise grip, and a roll of duct tape. Any man worth his salt can fix almost any problem with this stuff alone."
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  • mistercharliemistercharlie Frets: 295
    Pretty much all of Tin Machine’s first album. 
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  • ReverendReverend Frets: 1562
    Pretty much any modern metal album. 
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  • thecolourboxthecolourbox Frets: 2833
    I'll nominate the following:

    The weedy sounding guitar rising slide type sound that leads to the chorus of Harry Styles' Sign of the Times

    The whole of Hard Fi's output, but specifically the (I think) synth line over the top of "Living for the Weekend".

    Sam Smith's falsetto

    I want to be forgotten, and I don't want to be reminded

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  • Phil_aka_PipPhil_aka_Pip Frets: 8444
    Accept, their eponymous (first?) LP. Complete shite in every respect.
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  • TheBigDipperTheBigDipper Frets: 774
    edited May 22
    MC5 - Back In The USA.  It's a great, great record, but the final mix was clearly done to sound good on a cheap transistor radio that couldn't reproduce low frequencies. 
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  • proggyproggy Frets: 1619
    Geddy Lee's voice, sounds like Pinky and Perky.
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  • DopesickDopesick Frets: 962
    The whistle on 'Moves Like Jagger'.
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  • ICBMICBM Frets: 30909
    Dopesick said:
    Everything on 'Moves Like Jagger'.
    FTFY
    "Take these three items, some WD-40, a vise grip, and a roll of duct tape. Any man worth his salt can fix almost any problem with this stuff alone."
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  • AlexCAlexC Frets: 1266
    Was listening to The Animals t’other day. Guitar sound on House Of The Rising Sun... There’s clangy and then there’s that. Sounds like it’s amplified through an old tin can and recorded in a skip.
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  • dindudedindude Frets: 5193
    The whole production of Extreme Pornograffiti makes a great album almost unlistenable for me - especially in something like a car stereo.
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  • bigjonbigjon Frets: 606
    Pat Metheny Zero Tolerance for Silence
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  • bbill335bbill335 Frets: 604
    Jeff Healey's biggest secret was that he was deaf and blind. That's the only way to excuse his naff shred-blooz  
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  • JerkMoansJerkMoans Frets: 1299
    Dubstep
    Self-confessed Blues Lawyer
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  • Phil_aka_PipPhil_aka_Pip Frets: 8444
    JerkMoans said:
    Dubstep
    well, if we're going to get into dissing entire genres, then:
    • rap
    • hip-hop
    • modern "R&B" (has naff-all to do with Rhythm and Blues)
    • indie
    • disco
    • new wave
    • new romantic
    • whatever Radio 1 puts out these days
    • punk
    • country
    • anything else I don't like ;)

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  • mr-macmr-mac Frets: 151
    Actually for such a good band any CD by muse is compressed so badly to point it sounds like a awful constant bombardment of non dynamic crud sound if you try and play it on a good hi-fi.  Bloody travesty for that to happen from a band who obviously are very dynamic and offer great sound live.
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  • BloodEagleBloodEagle Frets: 3720
    Metallica - And Justice for All... - Horrible buzzy compressed guitars, no bass guitar at all.
    Metallica - St. Anger - Awful drum sound
    Metallica - Death Magnetic - So compressed its unlistenable, even if it werent terrible anyway

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