copression is a standard tool in the sound engineers box, but it really should be used in the mix on individual tracks / groups in order to maintain a consistant level. Compression at a mastering stage removes dynamic range and just makes the LP sound louder. It is quite often done solely for this purpose, as to the kids, louder means better!
Beggars the question yet again , how do final releases get past the actual band/artist sounding do bad.. Do they simply not care or like the label are they they more interested in how it sounds on the radio and on an ipod..
There was an interview with Duffy a year or two ago and she said how impressed she was with the production of her new album, specifically how 'amazing' it sounded when they had put all the compression on it, so now you know!
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