I dunno, the pristine digital quality of the overall sound and the programmed, layered nature of the production and the keyboard sounds used and the precise, automated nature of the mixes place this square in '80s territory for me, even without the massive reverbs. It has more in common with Brothers in Arms than it does No Jacket Required.
― Le Baton Rose (Turrican), Thursday, 2 August 2018 20:47 (eleven months ago) link
As for the drumming on 'Big Love', my guess is the same as Josh's in that I think it's actually a combination of programming and overdubbed drum parts. My guess is that Buckingham laid down a basic drum machine part as a guide (to get the timing tight) and built the track up from that, and then got Mick to overdub toms, "real" snare fills, cymbal washes etc. It's possible that the guide track was replaced eventually, but it doesn't sound like it.
― Le Baton Rose (Turrican), Thursday, 2 August 2018 21:00 (eleven months ago) link
If anything that's another intriguing data point in favor of the production: it's hard to tell what is programmed and what is Mick fuckin' Fleetwood.
― Josh in Chicago, Thursday, 2 August 2018 21:32 (eleven months ago) link
Big Love is all about the Balearic masterpiece of a remix by Arthur baker imo
― i know kore-eda (or something), Thursday, 2 August 2018 21:34 (eleven months ago) link
*except where Stevie's songs fall over.
uh whassamatta. baby.
― Arthur Funzonerelli (stevie), Thursday, 2 August 2018 21:42 (eleven months ago) link
That alt Mystified is pretty awesome and weird, though there's a single recurring drum sound in it that I'm finding crazily distracting.
Framing "Big Love" as a missed opportunity presupposes that the live version had some notional existence at the time the original was composed - is there any evidence of that?
In this interview he talks about Big Love being about "the potential of a single guitar doing the work of a whole track", so that tells me he might have written it that way first, then added all the other elements later in the process
― enochroot, Friday, 3 August 2018 01:45 (eleven months ago) link
and the dream says I WANT YOUand the dream is gone
― morning wood truancy (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Friday, 3 August 2018 02:06 (eleven months ago) link
I never ever ever got burned out on 80s production styles/techniques. 90s and 00s, almost immediately.
― Johnny Fever, Friday, 3 August 2018 02:21 (eleven months ago) link
If anything, my appreciation for the technical skill of '80s production has only increased with time. There were a lot of legitimately stunning production achievements in the '80s. Of course, there are many examples of the trends of the time done badly, but that exists in every decade.
― Le Baton Rose (Turrican), Friday, 3 August 2018 06:24 (eleven months ago) link