Serge Fiori - Serge Fiori (brick-walled badly, but......)

Johnny Vinyl

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I have been a fan of Serge Fiori since 1973 when he and his good friend Michel Normandeau formed Harmonium. That band only created 3 studio albums (and one live concert album) before disbanding. He then hooked up with Richard Seguin to record one more album (Fiori-Seguin) in 1978. After that he basically stayed very low profile and whatever efforts he put out are next to impossible to find and mostly unknown, unless you're a fan.

Last year came news that Serge was doing a brand new album, and the entire Quebec music scene has been waiting with much anticipation for its arrival. It has now just been released and shot to the charts in the #1 position immediately. The album has a strong Harmonium influence and Serge's voice, although matured, hasn't lost any feeling or passion. He still sounds great at the age of 62. The writing and delivery are first-rate and its a solid, solid album.

However, it is brick-walled badly. The CD comes in with an average value of DR6. Interestingly though, it still retains a really good feel and doesn't sounds nearly as bad as the numbers indicate. There's a good degree of "feel" or "warmth" that I perceive on several tracks. How can this be? And will the LP exhibit these same characteristics?

Do you guys have any examples of badly brick-walled albums that can still be enjoyed?
 
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If you follow the old "it's the music that matters" mantra then every piece of sonic drek that has ever been released is highly enjoyable to those who love the band/musicians that released the sonic drek.
 

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Life is short, and I have more choice than could happen in a hundred lifetimes, if the artist wants to put out brick walled sound, then I tend not to purchase but to get the song (if it really means that much to me...which it nearly never does if the artist does not care for the way it sounds either...in other ways......I am not paying for nasty sound......

IA2YQ, Of course, if he releases in vinyl, then it will have to sound better, you just cant compress like that on vinyl, and your particular cartridge will also give you more of "your" sound, as you did pick the cartridge for how it sounds...
I don't get why you think that vinyl can't be compressed to death just like digital. All you have to do is turn the level of compression up during the recording. Just because most of today's vinyl releases aren't compressed to death doesn't mean they couldn't be.
 

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Just ordered the LP......:D

I really like this album....
 

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