“My Shining Hour:” Bobby Broom’s Rave Reviews from Record Collector News

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By Armand Lewis

When people listen to records, they think they are hearing just that — a documentation of an actual performance. But this has not really been the case with most popular music since the 1960s. With the advent of multi-track tape and certainly now with digital file-based recording, editing and mixing, musicians are generally recorded one at a time in isolation, building up instruments and vocals like layers of sounds to be edited, mixed and equalized to create a smooth, polished presentation. This recording process is more akin to the post-production of films than the documentation of a musical performance.

Yet today’s musicians…

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