Before the DAW, multi-track tape was how most music was recorded. Usually a 16 or 24 track tape machine. At the time, this was looked at as a limitation.
When producing and arranging a song you would spread all of your tracks across the available channels on the tape recorder, sometimes bouncing a group of tracks down to a single or stereo pair of tracks. This meant committing to many decisions for the outcome of the song during tracking.
With this track count limitation it forced producers and engineers to record one great guitar performance. One lead vocal track. One keys or organ track. The track count limitation required committing to the development of the song while recording.
With the modern DAW track count possibilities, it's not uncommon for a mixer to receive a song with 10 takes of the same or slightly varied guitar part played with different guitars and amps. And often ten vocal takes with no indication or organization.
Usually the idea behind this is, give the mixer options and they will know which is the best take to use in the mix. Having options when creating music is great. But these options should be considered and choices should be made during the arrangement and production phase of the song.
When mixing you should be doing just that, mixing. I'm repeating myself, but deciding which vocal take or guitar part to use in the mix should be decisions made before mixing, typically by the producer.
Whenever given a song to mix you should be able to pull up the mix and everything already work. The song contains the guitar track that will be used and all of the vocal take decisions already made. Sometimes guitars are doubled and vocals also, these takes and edit decisions should already be made prior to mixing. Meaning during production the decision was made what type of guitar sound this song needs. It's always nice to have a D.I. box recording of the guitar also to blend in additional amps if needed, or to replace the original recorded Plexi with a different Plexi amp. But when replacing the recorded amp the mixer knows the vision of the song was a Plexi guitar sound, the choice of amp has already been made before the mixer ever heard the song.
Another trend is to provide 4 different kick drums, not intended to be blended but options for the mixer. The same applies here. Commit to a kick sound before mixing. The mixer may replace your 808 kick with a different 808 kick, but if this decision for replacement is made during the mix the fundamental kick vibe doesn't change.
If you mix your own music, or someone else mixes your music then commit to things early on during the arrangement and production process.
What once was considered a limitation (tape track count) forced one to make decisions to be made during production. Some may think that the unlimited options of the modern DAW may be a good thing, I'm not so sure.