Geez, listening to these wrecked classical LPs, with something like 60% of the sonic data just cut out and gone, is GREAT.

Pretty much as long as I have been aware of my taste, I have always preferred stuff that was imperfectly reproduced and the immediate downstream material created by people excited by their own misunderstandings.

These old, scratchy, lo-fi records can only reproduce a fraction of the performance they purport to bring to the listener. The balance is in the listener’s head. And there’s no music in the universe that can trump that.