Are recordings from the 60s and 70s any good?

December 31, 2018
 by Paul McGowan

3 comments on “Are recordings from the 60s and 70s any good?”

  1. Paul, You answered with a brush stroke too broad, although you did very briefly mention the Mercury Living Presence recordings. Also, you seemed to be talking primarily about popular music, not classical. There were some excellent classical recordings back then. The Mercury Living Presence, RCA Living Stereo, Command Classics (using 35mm tape). I immediately think of two examples: the first classical album to go Platinum (Van Cliburn, Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto No. 1 on RCA Living Stereo) and the Command Classics recording of Virgil Fox at the keyboards of the John Wanamaker pipe organ. Even today, the DSD transfers of those recordings, and others like them, are unmatched.

  2. Got the 9 Symphonies of Beethoven, Berliner Philharmoniker, directed by Herbert von Karajan, recorded 1961 or 1962 by Deutsche Grammophon. I would have expected good recording but at the third record it simply sounds destorted, like overamplified. I cleaned the needle put my reference record (Dire Straits, Brothers in Arms) on to Check the system, it worked fine and then put that record back on. Did the Deutsche Grammophon engineers really sleep or is that record overaged.m? Funny thing is it’s only with a couple of record from the collection. What a shame.

  3. Hey Paul

    C’mon man, some of the most beautifully recorded and engineered rock albums ever made come from the early 60s. The late, great, legendary Bill Porter’s astounding work on the RCA Living Stereo issues of Elvis’ earliest stereo studio albums Elvis is Back, His Hand in Mine and Something for Everybody (as early as 1960 -61 for heaven sake) recorded at Studio B Nashville, remain some of the most audiophile, organic, tangible, tactile and dimensional recordings ever committed to vinyl. Bass? Masses of it! Imaging? You betcha! 3 track tape? You got it! Bill further engineered Roy Orbison’s Monument recordings a couple years later. Truly astonishing. All the late 60s stereo recordings from A. N. Else pale to nothingness. Yes I’m talking Sgt Pepper et al.

    Its not just classical stuff thats any good from that era. And I do own the Mercury Living Presence and RCA Living Stereo boxsets. Blissful indeed!

    Cheers dude!

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