What Albums Have a Great "Amp in the Room" Sound?

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    There are a lot of amp-in-the-room sounds. Some are in a big room a few yards from the amp. Others are like a night at home with your favorite amp just warm enough to fill a small room.

     
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    #1) put the amp in a good sounding room
     
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    The Black Crowes "Southern Harmony and Musical Companion"

    Tony Joe White "One Hot July"
     
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    U2, Unforgettable Fire. Assuming the "room" is a staircase in an old castle in Ireland miced at the top and bottom and the rig includes a Strat with massive amounts of tape delay into a distorted amp.



    I think the Edge spent the next decade with a rack of digital gear trying to reproduce live that highly ambient sound that Brian Eno had captured in the castle.
     
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    Steve Albini was a master of using room ambience in his productions. There are many beautiful examples from the 1990s.

    Pod, by the Breeders



    In Utero, by Nirvana

     
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    Any records by the Faces.
     
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    I totally agree. I’ve recorded at that studio. When I here Exile, I can picture it.
     
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    You’ve recorded in the basement of Villa Nellcote?
     
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    I think you may looking at the wrong picture. Maybe thinking of a couple of songs from Sticky Fingers from Muscle Shoals?
     
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    'This Is The Sonics' leads off with :



    And the rest is just as magnificent.

    It's not just the 'amp in a room' sound that's been lost, it's the whole band dynamic. The Stooges, MC5, The Sonics, and a fair few others, sound rough as a badgers fundament on the first few albums, but they make you want to flail around the room.

    Wilko was insistent this was recorded to a particular sonic recipe. It's still a joy to listen to.



    The pursuit of Hi-Fi and separation with timing perfection may be a fine exercise in and of itself, but it cuts the euphoria of a band rehearsed until they can't get it wrong, rocking the rafters. I'll take exciting over polish for my rock'n'roll.
     
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    For me, hands down it's the By Your Side album by The Black Crowes and especially the opener - Go Faster..... And then the drums come in.... Pow!

    +1 to the other Black Crowes mention and the early ZZ Top stuff - Brown Sugar a great example
     
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    First of heard of these but I’m bowled over. Stomach-punching good.
     
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    Hands down, any of the early Black Sabbath Albums, Put the vinyl on a descent turn table and Wham you are in the studio! Separation and tone maximus..one can actually picture where everyone is set up on their stage as if it is live!
     
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    Quick anecdote:
    When I was in my early 30's in 1992, the bass player in our Classic rock band left the DC area to go to Pittsburgh- Rather than work in a new bass player, I took this as an opportunity to get out too, and try to learn play some real authentic Chigago blues ( not just the SRV, Clapton, Rock I was playing- I call it ' guitar hero' blues)

    So I put an Ad ( pre-Internet) in the DC City Paper, looking for a band ( or something...) and basically a blues band that was losing their guitar player, hired me- BUT they gave me a bunch of great music to listen to:
    Little Charlie and The Nightcats
    Roomful of Blues ( Ronnie Earl, Duke Robillard)
    Anson Funderbugh
    The Fabulous Thunderbirds

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    The sound of James Harman's voice, harp, and his bands (s) were SO good, it was life changing- I never heard such intense, locked-in blues. And just how good each player sounded

    Was really lucky to see him play a few years later in MD. ( our band went and just drooled, got to say Hi, shake his hand)
     
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