Anyone expecting music with superior sound quality should go away right now. See, the thing about Indian soundtracks, especially of the vintage kind, is that they often sound very very bad. Up until approx. 1977, all Indian film music was compressed to match the limited frequency range of film celluloid (don't ask me why they never bothered keeping better mixes for the albums; I have no idea). Secondly, vinyl pressings were dodgy in India, in the 70s especially (as they in fact were elsewhere as well). Thirdly, all of these albums have been bought second hand, many from India where they've been exposed to the region's climate; not the most vinyl friendly in the word.
So what you in many cases will get, is ace music with a less than desireable sound (distortion rules a lot of the time). And for that reason, I'm never going to encode these LPs in anything more than
128 192 kbps. Because it won't make much of a difference. OK?
On with the show then...
Saturday, December 30, 2006