The copy we are selling is similar to the one pictured above.
Side One: Mint Minus to Mint Minus Minus
Side Two: Mint Minus to Mint Minus Minus
- This outstanding pressing of Time and Tide boasts solid Double Plus (A++) sound or BETTER from start to finish - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
- The sound is rich and Tubey Magical, yet transparent and spacious in the way that only the best vintage pressings ever are
- Allmusic: "This is sophisticated pop music that sounds ideal for playing in any number of upholstered locations -- a black-tie cocktail party, a fashion-show runway, the back seat of a limousine. Basia's lightly accented voice adds an exotic flavor to the Euro-disco style of the music."
100% Money Back Guarantee on all Hot Stampers
FREE Domestic Shipping on all LP orders over $150
Man, here is the Audiophile Pop Sound we go absolutely CRAZY for here at Better Records. Toto Shmoto, THIS is Pure Pop for Audiophile Now People like nothing you have ever heard.
You will have a very hard time finding another modern recording (this one is from the '80s so those of you who don't like synths steer clear) with the kind of formidable MIDRANGE POWER heard here.
It must be on the tape, right? Who knew?! Somehow it managed to make it to the record.
Demo disc qualities? Too many to list! Spacious, rich, present, punchy bass, yada yada yada, you know all our favorites by now I'm sure. They're all here and more.
YOU Pronounce It
Basia (nee Barbara Trzetrzelewska) exploded on the scene with this outstanding debut. Songs like New Day For You and Promises were all over AOR radio, which made me immediately dismiss her as a TOP 40 One-or-Two-Hit-Wonder, but I was wrong. This whole album is overflowing with cleverly arranged, beautifully sung, well-written popular songs about the stuff pop songs are mostly written about: love.
Time and Tide
Her one Killer Pop Song for the Ages is here: Time and Tide. If you aren't impressed by the complexity and sheer length of the melody line, then you are one hard-to-please pop person. That song ranks up with the greatest Three Minute Wonders ever produced.
This vintage Portrait/CBS pressing has the kind of Tubey Magical Midrange that modern records can barely BEGIN to reproduce. Folks, that sound is gone and it sure isn't showing signs of coming back. If you love hearing INTO a recording, actually being able to "see" the performers, and feeling as if you are sitting in the studio with the band, this is the record for you. It's what vintage all analog recordings are known for -- this sound.
If you exclusively play modern repressings of vintage recordings, I can say without fear of contradiction that you have never heard this kind of sound on vinyl. Old records have it -- not often, and certainly not always -- but maybe one out of a hundred new records do, and those are some pretty long odds.
What the best sides of Time and Tide have to offer is not hard to hear:
- The biggest, most immediate staging in the largest acoustic space
- The most Tubey Magic, without which you have almost nothing. CDs give you clean and clear. Only the best vintage vinyl pressings offer the kind of Tubey Magic that was on the tapes even as late as 1987
- Tight, note-like, rich, full-bodied bass, with the correct amount of weight down low
- Natural tonality in the midrange -- with all the instruments having the correct timbre
- Transparency and resolution, critical to hearing into the three-dimensional studio space
No doubt there's more but we hope that should do for now. Playing the record is the only way to hear all of the qualities we discuss above, and playing the best pressings against a pile of other copies under rigorously controlled conditions is the only way to find a pressing that sounds as good as this one does.
What We're Listening For on Time and Tide
- Energy for starters. What could be more important than the life of the music?
- Then: presence and immediacy. The vocals aren't "back there" somewhere, lost in the mix. They're front and center where any recording engineer worth his salt would put them.
- The Big Sound comes next -- wall to wall, lots of depth, huge space, three-dimensionality, all that sort of thing.
- Then transient information -- fast, clear, sharp attacks, not the smear and thickness so common to these LPs.
- Tight punchy bass -- which ties in with good transient information, also the issue of frequency extension further down.
- Next: transparency -- the quality that allows you to hear deep into the soundfield, showing you the space and air around all the instruments.
- Extend the top and bottom and voila, you have The Real Thing -- an honest to goodness Hot Stamper.
A Final Note
The CBS Gold CD of the album is far better than the stock copy I own, and actually quite good. But it sure won't sound like this.
Mint Minus Minus and maybe a bit better is about as quiet as any vintage pressing will play, and since only the right vintage pressings have any hope of sounding good on this album, that will most often be the playing condition of the copies we sell. (The copies that are even a bit noisier get listed on the site are seriously reduced prices or traded back in to the local record stores we shop at.)
Those of you looking for quiet vinyl will have to settle for the sound of other pressings and Heavy Vinyl reissues, purchased elsewhere of course as we have no interest in selling records that don't have the vintage analog magic of these wonderful recordings.
If you want to make the trade-off between bad sound and quiet surfaces with whatever Heavy Vinyl pressing might be available, well, that's certainly your prerogative, but we can't imagine losing what's good about this music -- the size, the energy, the presence, the clarity, the weight -- just to hear it with less background noise.
- Run for Cover
- Time and Tide
- Freeze Thaw
- From Now On
- New Day for You
- Prime Time TV
- How Dare You
- Miles Away
Wisely going only by her first name, Polish-by-way-of-England pop singer Basia Trzetrzelewska ("pronounced Basha Tshetshelevska"), joined by her musical partner Danny White, steps out of the band Matt Bianco to launch her solo career with Time and Tide. She and White create a series of keyboard-based dance-pop arrangements to support her smooth alto. This is sophisticated pop music that sounds ideal for playing in any number of upholstered locations -- a black-tie cocktail party, a fashion-show runway, the back seat of a limousine.
Basia's lightly accented voice adds an exotic flavor to the Euro-disco style of the music. By dedicating a song to "Astrud," she gives away her intention to be another Astrud Gilberto, but despite declaring in "New Day for You," "I am here, your femme fatale," she isn't really the ice queen that Gilberto was. Actually, "From Now On," which finds her singing over an acoustic guitar, with a luxurious saxophone solo wafting in later on, is closer to "The Girl from Ipanema" than the song written for Gilberto...