Which bands/artists continued to sound (production/engineering) the same way they did in the 60/70s as they did in the last 40 years? I don’t mind if the song style changes, or if they explored or totally changed genres, but I think this would be quite helpful when it comes to recommendations for me (and hopefully others on here), since I’ve exhausted most of the other criteria in music.
For those who feel the same way, I’d recommend finding live versions. I prefer Queen’s “Radio Ga Ga” live, despite being almost always preferring the studio versions of songs.
Lately, I love going on YouTube (and here) and finding female vocalists (very refreshing) from all over the world, and when I like one, I’ll start chronologically, but by the 80s, it sounds bad, and not just the production, but the songs in general. Speeding up the tempo so much, for example. Vocals buried in the mix, drum machines, “epic” loud snares, cheesy keyboards, jangly cheesy Strats, plastic and sanitized. I also seem to prefer slower songs, in minor (sad-sounding) chords, or “dark” sounding diminished chords. I was born in the early 80s, and I’ve gone back to re-listen, but I didn’t hear much experimentation, and the songs seemed to be short in length - verse/chorus and a bridge if you were lucky. I love 70s prog-rock, and most of my favorites are 5-6 minute songs; it doesn’t need to be 18 minutes to be “prog”.
Basically, I need to stop revisiting Paul McCartney and The Rolling Stones discography, hoping I’ll find even one good/great song, because I’ve done that already. The older I get, the quicker boredom sets in. I notice the same with movies. In the last few years, I haven’t been able to watch more than one a month, and like music, I now watch movies centered around a woman, and it’s nice that difference, which is why 95% of my music evaluation have been strictly for the women and have been successful, but there aren’t as many ladies in the field, so feel free to throw rare stuff – as long as it’s on YouTube!