Have you ever bought a recording and found that you didn't like it as much as you could have, simply because the sound production was sub-par? I wonder how mature, well-funded bands manage to release recordings that, even if the songs themselves and the quality of the playing are good, just sound two-dimensional. Are people just afraid to tell them their baby is ugly? For instance, I was listening to Rush's "Vapor Trails" the other day. Not a bad album, but a seriously murky mix. Level 42's "Staring At The Sun" comes to mind also, and that album pretty much killed them as a commercial act. Any other examples?