About a year ago, I found The Browns on Amazon.com in a random search prompted by the memory of “I heard the bluebird sing” from my puppyhood. I bought the album and couldn’t wait to play it.
Well, I should have because the sound that came out of my speaker was crystal clear and remastered from the original recording. What a disappointment.
My memory included not only the melody and words but also the pop and hiss of a diamond needle in a groove on a well-worn vinyl record. Yeah, I still like the album and I’m getting used to it, but it really isn’t the same. I’m thinking of “remastering” my own version of the songs and laying a track of pop and hiss over the track.
Then, today I downloaded “Big Rock Candy Mountain” from the O brother, Where art thou? soundtrack. There it was, in all it’s low-tech glory, popping and hissing all over the place. Wow! Heaven again.
So, Apple, if you are listening, why not provide an “LP” choice for us in your iTunes Store for music recorded pre-1986? Or, better yet, why doesn’t someone come up with a service that lays down a “pop and hiss” track on any music purchased digitally? not sure what the market is, but I’m pretty sure some GenY, living in his parent’s basement, blogging in his pajamas can easily write something like this and get into the biz.