I was listening to the latest CD by Bruce Cockburn, probably my single favorite musical artist, today, and it depressed me. The CD is a collection of his more recent "greatest hits" with two new songs throwin in for good measure. The CD, particularly the new songs, are so compressed that the whole thing sounds lifeless. It really sounds awful, I could barely stand to listen to it. His last full fledged studio album "Breakfast in New Orleans, Dinner in Timbuktu" is just as bad, too. Bruce Cockburn is not a big "radio play" artist, he's a true "art" rocker with compelling poetry and wonderful music in his songs. One of the most talented songwriters alive today as far as I'm concerned. And his new CDs sound like absolute dogshit. There's a card insert that touts new remastered versions of his older albums. If this is what they're going to sound like, no thank you! Recently I've been mastering many of my LPs to compact disc using my MiniDisc deck to convert to analog and a digital connection to my computer. The results are excellent, these CDs sound really great. What is so striking is that my old LPs where I can only manage an average 45-60dB dynamic range have much better dynamics than current CDs. It's depressing. Music that I otherwise would enjoy on a medium capable of fantastic quality is pumping with compression out the wazoo and sounds like total shit.