Yet another recording that really comes alive when you Turn Up Your Volume.
I’ve seen Richard Thompson on a number of occasions over the years, and as loud as my stereo will play, which is pretty darn loud, I’ve never been able to make his guitar solos 20 dB louder than everything else, because they’re simply not on the record that way. That’s why live music can’t be reproduced faithfully in the home: the dynamic contrasts are much too great for the typical listener, or his stereo.
Having said that, when you actually do turn this record up, way up, you get the feeling of hearing live music, and that’s not easy to do.
Only the best recordings, in my experience, can begin to give you that feeling. (And of course it helps to have big dynamic speakers.)
On the best copies the sound is very dynamic, the soundstage HUGE. The overall presentation in terms of size and weight just makes you want to turn your stereo up as loud as it will go. In that sense, it has some of the qualities of “live” music, because live music is loud.