This goes back to a thought I had about 10 years ago, and a conversation I had with my friend Jeff(The Rocker).
Let's put aside the fact of changing musical tastes, and the way commercial radio/MTV has changed the musical landscape.
When our favorite/classic bands were first starting out, whether it was the late 70s, or the 80s...the had a hunger...a FUCK THE WORLD attitude. Badass brothers in leather, chains, spandex, ripped jeans....etc.
They wrote, recorded, and LIVED the lifestyle of the songs they were singing...consequently, each bands 'signature sound' was born.
Fast forward 25/30 years...singers can't hit the notes anymore, and have to write songs in a tuned down key. That signature sound changes. ALWAYS to the detriment of the glory days. Can Geddy still sing 'Bastille Day'? Nope. 'Anthem'? Hell no! They don't even try to write songs like that anymore.
So I was thinking....it would have been better(too late now) to just write and record like crazy, capturing THAT classic sound while the pipes and the original drive was still in its infancy. Not only RUSH(the only reason I chose Rush in my example was because of the high notes), but every melodic rock/hair band. Each group compiling a vault of material, in that original style....SLOWLY releasing the songs on subsequent albums. I really see ABSOLUTELY NO need for a release like 'Hysteria'. While the album is classic, top to bottom, it puts TOO much pressure on a group to equal or top it on the next release...which they've never done. Although 'Adrenalize' was close, or at least the closest.
Bands tend to stick to the same 'style' on an album. I bet if a band released an album of bonus tracks, and unreleased material...and never said which album each was from - you could tell what era it was from...pretty easily. Ignoring production values.
ok, I'm rambling now...but you get the point.
Just record like crazy at the beginning, and release the material at a slower rate...take 3 tracks off 'Hysteria'- and put them on the next album. And so on...
Thoughts? Suggestions? Criticisms?