In reference to John Atkinsons reply to letters about the loudness wars, where JA stated he first mentioned the issue in 1999.
This problem has been going on since the mid 80's. If you compare the 1983 CP35 japanase jazz releases with the 1986 CP32 releases, the later are louder, compressed and have been eq'd to bring out the upper mid range.
Same thing with all remasters, which started in the mid 80's. This is the old frog in warming water phenominon - people are complaining today, because weve reached near boiling point.