Have you ever heard the 1997 remixed CD version of the Iggy & the Stooges album Raw Power? I mean, have you really experienced this motherfucker? This is one loud-ass CD. The original 1973 LP was mixed by David Bowie, but for the 1997 re-issue the record was given a fresh new remix by Pop himself, which brings the sound closer to what Iggy originally intended. I can dig. However, Mr. Pop also made sure to turn up the volume so you wouldn’t have to. From the LP’s Wikipedia:
On the other hand, some fans — guitarist Robert Quine among them — felt the new remix was as unfaithful to the material as the original 1973 mix, and further criticized the audible digital distortion in the new mix. In the reissued CD’s liner notes, however, Pop points out that one of his intentions in doing the new mix was to keep audio levels in the red (which would deliberately cause such distortion) while at the same time making the music more “powerful and listenable”. This new version is arguably the loudest album ever, reaching RMS of -4 dB, rare even by today’s standards.
Fuck. I love this album, but sometimes when listening with headphones my ears still feel like they want to imploded inside my head.
The screenshot above was taken from my Winamp analyzing and applying the ReplayGain audio option: which normalizes your loud music to prevent clipping and other distortions (on iTunes try their Sound Check feature). While it didn’t do much with Raw Power, this audio option helps with new, loud-as-shit music like the new Justin Bieber LP.
Sadly, I am not joking about that last part.