No compression? Have you been listening to vinyl? Most modern CDs seem to be too loud to me (grumble, grumble, youth of today etc etc), with no emphasis on quality as such
See: The Loudness Wars. There's a RHCP album, forget the name, that's regarded as being the worst recording ever, because there's no dynamic range to it, it's all loud! Thing is, there's stacks of modern music which is recorded sensitively, with respect to loud and quiet passages; ie wide dynamic range. It's just not stuff you'll hear on mainstream pop radio. Listen to Laura Marling, or Elbow, or Laura Viers, or The Paper Aeroplanes, Thea Gilmore, etc.
The reason a lot of early CD transfers sounded crap was because they'd been mastered from stereo masters EQ'd for vinyl, so there was compression to stop grooves running into one another and jumping, like my vinyl copy of Rumours. I can't listen to 'Go Your Own Way' on CD without expecting it to jump; you can see the grooves cross over. Properly re-mastered CD's can sound fantastic, like the Buddy Holly album 'From The Original Master Tapes',
which is astonishing, just an incredible set of recordings.
It's usually crap mastering that makes older recordings sound poor, pretty much the same as now, really.
As Ian Gillan once said, 'let's have everything louder than everything else'.