Music industry types say "Stop us before we compress again…!"

Today I spotted a disc by someone called John Ralston. It is called “Sorry Vampire” and is due in stores in the US on October 2, 2007. It was completely unremarkable except for a note on the back:

This record is intentionally quieter than some to preserve the dynamics of the original performances. Visit for more information.

Apparently, the official copy now reads like this:

To preserve the excitement, emotion and dynamics of the original performances this record is intentionally quieter than some. For full enjoyment simply Turn Me Up! (

I’d be interested to see the list of folks who are signed up. How many of them have Top 10 rock hits from the last 3 years under their belt? How many belong to the major labels driving the loudness wars?