Yes, much of that old Dire Straits stuff is very well recorded considering it is compressed and was recorded so long ago.
Speaking of well recorded old rock, some of you old farts (like me, you know who you are) might remember Alvin Lee and Ten Years After. If you are too young to have experienced Alvin Lee's music, do yourself a favor and seek it out if you are a fan of classic rock.
I recommend Lee's album - Zoom. Cut #8 is called Remember Me. This song features an amazing guitar riff. On this recording, Lee and his guitar seem to be in the room with you and the guitar sounds like it's alive! Truely awe inspiring.
All of Lee's recordings sound like the recording engineers took great care to do them right-remarkable considering how long ago they were recorded.
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