Side One: Mint Minus to Mint Minus Minus
Side Two: Mint Minus to Mint Minus Minus
- With solid Double Plus (A++) sound on both sides, this was one of the better copies we played in our most recent shootout - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
- These killer British Island originals are the only way to go - this pressing (like every record we sell) is guaranteed to trounce any copy you have ever heard
- Tubey Magical, rich, smooth, sweet - everything that we listen for in a great record is on display for everyone to hear (everyone with audiophile equipment that is)
- "Ferry and company, plus various brass and string sections, turn on the showiness enough to make it all fun."
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Both sides of this record are just as rich and relaxed as you would expect from Rhett Davies and Island Records. The balance is correct, which means the top is there as well as the bottom, with good vocal presence throughout. You could certainly demonstrate your stereo with a record this good, even one that's not nearly this good, because this one is superb.
But what you would really be demonstrating is music that the listener probably hasn't heard, and that's the best reason to demonstrate a stereo.
Tubey Magic Is Key
These sides are blessed with the kind of early '70's Tubey Magical Analog Sound that's been lost to the world of recorded music for decades -- decades I tell you!
Nobody can manage to get a recording to sound like this anymore and it seems as if no one can properly remaster a recording like this anymore, if our direct experience with scores of such albums qualifies as evidence.
What the best sides of this 70's Glam Rock album 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 in 1974
- 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
What We're Listening For on Another Time, Another Place
- 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.
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 originals.
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.
The "In" Crowd
Smoke Gets in Your Eyes
Walk a Mile in My Shoes
Funny How Time Slips Away
You Are My Sunshine
(What A) Wonderful World
It Ain't Me Babe
Help Me Make It Through the Night
Another Time, Another Place
The album as a whole feels a touch more formal than its predecessor, but Ferry and company, plus various brass and string sections, turn on the showiness enough to make it all fun.
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