For better or worse, there's a solid chunk of albums released by iconic bands known for poor production values. Some folks insist that such production is a part of the charm, while others bash it as the factor that ruins a perfectly fine record. It's up to you to make the call, check out 8 albums by classic bands that suffer from poor production below.
Metallica - "Death Magnetic"
Representing one of the most prominent casualties of loudness wars, Metallica's "Death Magnetic" is very often criticized for being severely produced. It was recently branded the "loudest" album of all time, and not in a good way.
Rush - "Vapor Trails"
Another casualty of loudness wars - 2002 Rush effort "Vapor Trails." 11 years later, the error was corrected with the official 2013 remix.
Megadeth - "Killing Is My Business... And Business Is Good!"
"In 1985, Combat Records gave the band $8,000 to record and produce its debut album. After spending $4,000 of the budget on drugs, alcohol, and food, the band fired the original producer and finished the recording themselves."
Exodus - "Bonded by Blood"
Early thrash classics aren't exactly an example of polished production gems. And although it is easy to argue that the raw element is what gives the album its charm, Exodus debut "Bonded by Blood" could have definitely used some better production.
Iggy and the Stooges - "Raw Power"
Featuring the infamous David Bowie production, "Raw Power" is a fine example of what happens when the band and the producer are thinking in different directions.
Dream Theater - "When Day and Dream Unite"
Production and vocals is what made Dream Theater's debut album drastically inferior to the rest of their opus. Some neat stuff you can still find here, but the production quality is still low.
Death - "Scream Bloody Gore"
It's raw to the max, and if that's your thing, you'll dig it. But the low-quality production element still remains.
Nirvana - "Bleach"
Another representative of going too raw, but then again, it is very easy to argue how this gritty little thing was the beginning of a mini musical revolution.
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