I took Frank Zappa’s advice

I’ve never actually heard this album but apparently Frank and I have the same taste. I listen to everything that way. 

Zappa - Ship Arriving Too Late to Save a Drowning Witch:

"This album has been engineered to sound correct on JBL 4311 speakers or an equivalent. Best results will be achieved if you set your pre-amp tone controls to the flat position with the loudness control in the off position. Before adding any treble or bass to the sound of the album, it would be advisable to check it out this way first. F.Z."


In a similar but less serious vein, the liner notes from Jeff Becks Truth album contain a few gems like, “ This must be played at maximum volume whatever phonograph you use”,  and “Probably the rudest sounds ever recorded. Intended for listening to whilst angry or stoned”. 

But will it make that Dinah-mo Hum?


I whipped off her bloomers 'n stiffened my thumb
And applied rotation on her sugar plum
I poked 'n stroked till my wrist got numb
But I still didn't hear no Dinah-Moe Humm
Dinah-Moe Humm

Favorite audiophile liner notes, Steely Dan, Katy Lied:

Read the booklet that comes with "Jazz At The Pawnshop 30th Anniversary" SACD box.  

It could almost be a sound engineer's Master's Thesis.

I have Ship Arriving Too Late to Save a Drowning Witch (and more than 10 others) and I find the sound harsh and fatiguing in a way like no other record. Does it lose some of its' bite using Zappa's recommended speakers?