Three things to make me run from the room screaming, 'Please make it stop!' are:
- Simple Minds were a synth pop band in the late seventies/ early eighties who rode on the coat tails of Magazine. I did not hate them, but they did nothing for me.
- Acoustic versions, along with cover versions and re-recorded versions, are something I just do not want. Remember those 'Unplugged' things? Although a response to the overuse of synthesizers, many were not completely acoustic anyway.
- Duets. The horrors of Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga spring to mind.
Probably out of ideas, Simple Minds decided to record an 'acoustic version' of Promised You a Miracle with KT Tunstall. A synth pop band doing an acoustic duet should be terrible beyond description, but it isn't:
Listening to some of today's music can be an assault on your ears in so many ways, including poor production. There is little decible range in the sounds you hear. The guys behind the mixing boards just don't create the masterful soundscapes of yesterday.
Back in the day David Bowie released Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars with a proclamation on the sleeve "To Be Played At Maximum Volume". This album has beautiful production!
Not everything from the Classic Rock era had good production, but with masterful reproduction, many of those albums have been redone to excite any hi-fi audiophile. A good example would be the 2009 Abby Road remaster.
However, there are a lot of albums that had exquisite production upon release.....like 1977 Fleetwood Mac - Rumors. Ken Caillat & Richard Dashut were masters at production....