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We Was Wrong

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We Was Wrong
A section dedicated to the records we think we got wrong.

Say what?
You want to run that by me again?

It’s not really a problem for us: We see no need to cover up our mistakes. The process of learning involves recognizing and correcting previous errors. Approached scientifically, all knowledge — in any field, not just record collecting and music reproduction — is incomplete, imperfect, and must be considered provisional. What’s true today may very well be proven false tomorrow.

We’re so used to the conventional wisdom being wrong, and having our own previous findings overturned by new ones, that we gladly go out of our way in listing after listing to point out just how wrong we were. (And of course why we think we are correct now.)

A common misperception among those visiting the site is that we think we know it all. We don’t. We learn something new about records with every shootout. Each time we go back and play a 180 gram or half-speed mastered LP we used to like (or dislike), we gain a better understanding of its true nature. (The bulk of those "audiophile" pressings seem to get worse and worse over time, but that’s another story for another day.)


Record cleaning gets better, front ends get better, electronics get better, tweaks get better — everything in your audio system should be improving on a regular basis, allowing you to more correctly identify the strengths and weaknesses of every record you play. (I almost forgot: your ears get better too!) If that’s not happening, you’re not doing it right.


We don’t really have the resources to put all the records we were wrong about into this section, so this must be considered a mere taste of that much larger pool.

Keep in mind that the only way you can never be wrong about your records is simply to avoid playing them.

If you have better equipment than you did, say, five years ago, try playing some of your MoFi’s, 180 gram LPs, Japanese pressings, 45 RPM remasters and the like. You might be in for quite a shock.


It’s all good — until the needle hits the groove. Then you might find yourself in need of actual Better Records, not the ones you thought were better. (To that end we have a fairly large section devoted to
Debunking the Pseudo-Audiophile LP that contains a great deal more title-specific information along these same lines.)


 
 
 
 
 
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John Coltrane - Giant Steps

Live and Learn


(#coltrgiant_learn)
by Atlantic LP

Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young - Deja Vu

Latest Developments


(#crosbdejav_wrong_2016)
by Mobile Fidelity

Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young - Deja Vu on MoFi

Live and Learn


(#crosbdejav_mofi_debunk)
by Mobile Fidelity

Dave Mason - Alone Together

MCA Heavy Vinyl Debunked


(#masonalone_debunk)
by MCA Records

Led Zeppelin - Presence

What Changed?


(#ledzeprese_progress)
by Swan Song

The Beatles - Magical Mystery Tour

We Was Wrong (Circa the '80s)


(#beatlmagic_wrong)
by German Import LP

Genesis - A Trick Of The Tail

MoFi Debunked


(#genesatric_mfsl_debunk_2015)
by Mobile Fidelity

Little Feat - Time Loves A Hero

Nautilus Debunked


(#littltimel_debunk)
by Nautilus Audiophile Pressing

Cream - Disraeli Gears

Live and Learn


(#creamdisra_wrong)
by Atco LP

Led Zeppelin - Led Zeppelin

Classic Records Reviewed and Recommended


(#ledzeI_classic)
by Classic Records Heavy Vinyl

Aimee Mann - Bachelor No. 2

MoFi Debunked


(#mann_bache_mofi_debunk)
by Mobile Fidelity

The Rolling Stones - Goats Head Soup

Live and Learn, A Lesson from 2011


(#rolligoats_0411)
by Rolling Stones Records

Cat Stevens - Mona Bone Jakon

Live and Learn


(#stevemonab_wrong)
by A&M LP

Blind Faith - Blind Faith

MoFi Debunked


(#blindblind_debunk)
by Mobile Fidelity

The Doors - The Doors

Rating the DCC LP


(#doorsdoors_dcc)
by DCC

Cat Stevens - Tea for the Tillerman

Live and Learn


(#steveteafo_wrong)
by Island Records

Dave Brubeck - Time Out

Classic Records Debunked


(#brubetimeo_debunk)
by Classic Records Heavy Vinyl

Led Zeppelin - In Through The Out Door

Classic Records Debunked


(#ledzeinthr_debunk)
by Classic Records Heavy Vinyl

Led Zeppelin - IV

Classic Records Debunked


(#ledzeiv_debunk)
by Classic Records Heavy Vinyl

Santana - Santana

MoFi Debunked


(#santasanta_debunked)
by Mobile Fidelity

Steely Dan - Katy Lied

Live and Learn


(#steelkatyljpn)
by MCA Records

The Doobie Brothers - The Captain and Me

Nautilus Debunked


(#doobicapta_debunk)
by Nautilus Audiophile Pressing

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