Disclaimer: I've had a duo of Russian imperial stouts, and however delicious, they impair judgment. This is gonna be fussy and mostly intended at getting under René's skin.
Always make sure to record a signal you are happy with
I say fuck that.
Okay, not as a be all end all rule, especially if you have the time, space, equipment, etc. (latitude) to do more takes and get the take where you want it, toy with your gear & material & rehearse until that magic moment happens.
But that's the thing, if all you have is a crappy board, no DI, a hum in the background, no compressor, it peaks at -6dB yet the RMS is -32dB, if during that take you hit something that you absolutely love and could listen to endlessly, what then? I'm not making a praise for low-fi, but when low-fi is your situation you can still find solace in musicality, artistry, resourcefulness, etc. and come up with things that still fulfill you creatively not in spite of, but in light of / with the means at hand.
and in case eq-ing is necessary, remove, do not push them. That being said: feel free to ignore this, it might yield resulting results... <- this is true for mostly any mixing "rule".
That's the part where I'm being fussy, but for example convolution reverbs, they work rather poorly on mid-highs to higher frequencies, getting them to sparkle and come to light, even in the box, is pretty essential. (learned the hard way...