If anybody wants to know why the major labels don't pay much attention to audiophile sensitivities, the best place to start is to look at what audiophiles actually listen to and purchase. Let's start with the Records to Die For in the February 2012 issue. Exactly ONE album released in 2011, and that was Rob Reina's selection of Lady Gaga's Born This Way. Perhaps not what one might have expected, but at least Rob was thinking out of the (audiophile) box. But not a single Stereophile writer bothered to spend enough tome with the Foo Fighters' Wasting Light? Or the Decemberists' The King is Dead or The Black Keys' El Camino? Not even the Trucks & Tedeschi Band's Revelator, despite coming from the Allman Brothers gene pool. And with all of the mention of Dianna Krall and Patricia Barber over the course of a year's issues, how about Florence and the Machine? At least JA mentioned Adele in the TAD Compact Reference CR1 review.
But seriously folks, Led Zeppelin IV ?!?!? Robert Plant does have it right. By now, Led Zep belongs in the Museum of Natural History, along with the other pre-historic creatures. Message to Fred Mills, listen to Stairway to Heaven every day for a few more years, and you'll start agreeing with Robert Plant and me. And hey, if EMI can figure out how to come out with yet another Dark Side of the Moon re-release every few years, it could spend even more time on the audiophile charts as it did on the Billboard charts the first time around.
So I'd like to pass along something I heard from wise DJ a few years ago (when they were still allowed on the air), that everyone should listen to at least three kinds of music. So audiophiles might consider putting aside their Pink Floyd and Neil Young albums occasionally, and check out some current releases. Then we can go back to the music industry and ask for better recorded sound quality. Most popular music nowadays is listened to on iPods and computer speakers. Since audiophiles are willing to pay a lot of money for quality vinyl and gold cd's, they just might listen to us and offer remastered versions of current albums. After all, the audiophile re-issues make at least some money, which is better than the a lot of the rest of the music industry.