1. Travo


    Same here. It just sounds so good, especially in comparison to their other albums.
  2. Dracul


    Notorious B.I.G - Life after Death

    The album may be long with some filler, but the production is top notch.
  3. Kasey


    Merriweather Post Pavilion by Animal Collective

    It’s perfect.
  4. Zing


    I always felt that Siamese Dream by Smashing Pumpkins was recorded and produced beautifully.

    One engineering choice I think is fantastic for this album is track fading. Instead of the usual quick cut to the next track or a skit, the tracks actually fade out like the old days.

  5. I am not that fond of this production. The album itself is good but the sound quality not so much imo. I think Lullabies and Era Vulgaris are much cleaner and full in their sound.

    I go with Nirvana- Nevermind and Radiohead- Kid A.
  6. Daitokuji


    Yes - Fragile

    Daft Punk - Random Access Memories

    Both of those albums have such a clear sound where all the instruments are perfectly separated that you can literally listen to every single song by focusing on one single instrument and just follow it through the entire song, and you can do that for every instrument including vocals. Not only do I love the music on those albums but just listening to the sounds themselves is great.
  7. A lot of my choices have already been posted.

    But fuck me if BT's "This Binary Universe" doesn't fuck me up every time with how well it's put together.
  8. Dan-o


  9. ArachosiA


    Came to post The Fragile. I listened to that album over 100 times and I still hear new layers to this day. It blows my mind that they were able to get so many layers to work so beautifully well together.
  10. kvetcha


    Not one mention of Rumours. Heathens, all o’ ye.


  12. RionaaM


    Boston is a fantastic album. The fact that it was mostly made in Scholz's basement makes it even more impressive.

    In my opinion Tango in the Night is overproduced. There are too many synths, too many vocal overdubs, it gets kinda tiresome. And "When I see you again" sounds absolutely horrible, with those butchered and recreated Stevie Nicks lines. I think Mirage is infinitely better, both musically and sonically.

    It's amazing how you can hear every single one of Jon Anderson's vocal tracks separately. Great, now I wanna listen to Fragile in its entirety. I'm going to do that right now!

    This album is an impossibility come true. It's really not possible for a band with so many problems (every member was breaking up with or dating each other, sometimes at the same time) to come up with something this good, but they did it. That's truly amazing.
  13. Anal bum covers?
  14. Lucky241


    Lana Del Rey - Born to Die

    I wish she stayed in that sound.
  15. At the Drive-In - Relationship of Command


    Perfect sound. I know some of the band members have stated they don't like the production, but for me it definitely factors in why I love this album. The bass sounds so gritty (the intro to Quarantined may be my favorite bass part ever), the guitars are amazing (just liusten to the wall of sound in Cosmonaut), and in general the mix is pretty great. I like At the Drive-In's earlier albums, but with a production like this some songs could have a much larger impact. And I think their comeback album suffers from a forced lo-fi sound


    The Mars Volta - Frances the Mute


    Most discussions about this album are an endless circlejerk about whether, you like the ambient parts are not. (Full disclosure: I do, give me more of that 5-minute frog chirping! ;) ) Ignore all that, and besides being an all in all fantastic piece of music, the production is also pretty great, imho the best of all Mars Volta albums. While I love De-Loused (and the sound is generally great), it has some serious loudness issues, for me it's exhausting to listen to in one go. The mix of Amputechture is pretty muddled, while Bedlam lacks any dynamics and the high-pitched singing can sound pretty flat. Frances has the best dynamics.
  16. Mona


    not entirely sure what that means, but im gonna go with Dark Side Of The Moon and The Wall by Pink Floyd
  17. mikehaggar

    Developer at Pixel Arc Studios Verafied

    Totally agree with OP on Dr. Dre's "2001". However, you really need to add in Dr. Dre's "The Chronic" and Snoop's "Doggystyle" albums. The production and mixing on those is fantastic as well.
  18. Laserdisk


    Seven wonders is a mixing masterclass
  19. ghostemoji


    You Come Before You by Poison The Well is one of the best engineered records in heavy music of the last couple decades. It's a step above.

    The bass is so alive and the mix is so well done.



    Unfortunately the YouTube quality is really lacking. Stream it! It's worth it.
  20. Pezking


    Peter Gabriel - Us
  21. Timeaisis


    The Moody Blues big seven albums all have incredible production. Everything is so crisp, there’s really nothing quite like the sound they achieve.
  22. MattWhite924


    There's an early CD version of The Wall that sounds fantastic. It uses pre-emphasis, a rarely used method of improving the signal to noise ratio on cds. You have to take that into account when you rip the disc, or else the audio files you get will be wrong. For years I didn't know that was the version I had, and I just assumed that it had a very harsh high end, It sounds fantastic when played correctly though.
  23. Wackamole


    Roxy Music's albums are insanely well produced considering the time they were made.

    Nowadays a lot is produced well.
  24. AlteredBeast


    Ctrl + F "The Beatles"


    Kids, come on.
  25. This and Discovery are instant classics. Allow me to throw another one that surprised me: SYRE by Jaden Smith. Lyrically it’s ok, but the production is godly.
  26. AlteredBeast


    Actually. It's exactly the opposite. A high percentage of music is crushed to hell and back. The loudness war is real and detrimental as all hell to the quality of music being made and produced today.

    Check The Mars Volta "Deloused in the Crematorium" vs "Amputecture" and it is noticeable. Hell, the latest couple Metallica albums versus Ride the Lightning or ...And Justice for All.

    One of my picks that is probably fairly unknown but absolutely perfect is Ben Folds' "Songs for Silverman."

    Then the tri-fecta from The Flaming Lips, "The Soft Bulletin", "Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots", and "At War With the Mystics"
  27. Wackamole


    Yeah that's true. Loudness war sucks. Fat sausage wav files.
  28. RepairmanJack


    Two that instantly come to mind for me are:

    Bon Iver - Bon Iver


    James Blake - James Blake
  29. Arkestry


    Glad to see J Dilla and Madlib mentioned, as well as Burial.

    My vote goes to The Avalanches' Since I Left You. The sheer amount of samples they wrestled to produce something so lush and rich, is astonishing. Wildflower is pretty fantastic too.

  30. DeathPeak


    Good post. Personally I prefer how De-Loused sounds more. Both blow my mind with how they can possibly contain so much sound and still make each instrument stand out.

    I wanna throw in Thrice's Illusion of Safety. That album sounds so biting and dangerous. Each riff sounds like it can stab you. I can't imagine those songs having the impact they do had they been produced any other way. Not perfect though. Sometimes the snare is at the level it needs to be to add to that piercing sound, but then sometimes they really needed to turn it down.
  31. Skiptastic


    Beastie Boys - Paul's Boutique
    Kanye West - 808s and Heartbreak
    Beach Boys - Pet Sounds
  32. ScandiNavy


    I have no idea how to answer that.
    If it sounds good it sounds good.
    I bet I like several “bad” ones from that standpoint, but I wouldn’t know.
  33. Daft Punk's Random Access Memories has impeccable mixing.

    This year I am absolutely in love with the Against All Logic' (Nicolas Jaar) comp 2012-2017
  34. wolfshirt


    Jurassic 5 - Power in Numbers

    To this day this is one of the best mixed/engineered hip-hop records.
  35. Arkestry


    Nicholas Jaar is absolutely incredible. If you ever get the chance to see him live I thoroughly recommend it.
  36. DopeToast


    Paul’s Boutique by Beastie Boys
  37. pantsattack


    Any examples of hardcore or metalcore with notable production?
  38. kvetcha


    I love all three of those Lips albums, but it is amusing that you complained about the loudness war and then chose three records by a band that was in the vanguard.
  39. wenis


    anything Quincy Jones put out from 60's into the late 80's.
  40. Servbot24


    The production on Daft Punk - RAM is pretty amazing. Unfortunately the production doesn't save it from being a bad album.
  41. machine


    The corrected polarity edition of Skylarking was a revelation for me.
  42. Bitanator


    Pet Sounds is brilliant

    I also really love A Christmas Gift for You from Phil Spector

  43. kittens


    I'm obsessed with music, I'm constantly seeking out new songs and sounds, and I could nerd out about music all day... but I never know how to answer this question! I don't think I really know what people mean when they say good production. Can someone elaborate for me some more?
  44. Tomasoares


    No love for Porcupine Tree?

    Porcupine Tree - Deadwing
  45. CopperPuppy


  46. Bitte Orca, the S/T and Lamp Lit Prose have some of the most inventive and well executed art-pop/indie rock production of the last decade.

  47. Arkestry


    I consider good production to be something that really achieves what it's trying to do acoustically. When you can hear the different elements clearly, and at the correct levels, without any one element overriding anything else (unless that's the intent, although it rarely works out like that). Crisp percussion, warm textures on softer instruments like strings, depth to trumpets or woodwind, and vocals that either aren't washed out or overbearing, etc.

    It's also means knowing what you're trying to achieve tonally; whether you want the sound to feel close and intimate, like the singer is right there next to your ear, or if it's some massive, concert/arena sound.
  48. Lupe has had so much mileage out of this album. Even now 'The coolest' KNOCKS.
  49. collige


    RAM is a good call, even if the album kinda blows musically

    I'm kinda confused by the Burial mentions though, since his mixdowns are lo-fi, muddy messes by his own admission and that becomes really clear the second you try to mix them.
  50. Unseen


    On "React" the alternating panning of the double snares is the type of nuance I appreciate.

    D12's Devil's Night might be one of the most ridiculously offensive records released at the right time, but the production has aged impressively well. Extremely high quality instrumentation by Dre, Em and Bass Brothers all who would carry the rock sound first heard here to The Eminem Show a year later.

    And to jump to a completely different genre, I can't imagine trying to build, layer, mix and keep together tunes such as...