Side One: Mint Minus to Mint Minus Minus
Side Two: Mint Minus to Mint Minus Minus
- With excellent Double Plus (A++) sound from first note to last, this copy will be very hard to beat - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
- We were shocked to find out that this album actually sounds very analog - rich, smooth, sweet and natural
- Elliot Scheiner (Royal Scam, Aja, Nightfly) produced and also did some engineering - he is to be commended for his excellent work here
- "Though I left Detroit and went to California to cut my teeth on country-rock, I've remained obsessed with the music of my adolescence, the great soul hits of the '60s and early '70s."
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The best copies are both rich and open, with the sound we tend to associate with the better '70s recordings and rarely hear on records from the '80s. But here's a record from 1988 that sounds the way we like our records to sound - like analog. We don't really know if it is or not, or mostly is or mostly isn't, but we've never really cared about those sorts of things as long as the record sounds good.
It's our one and only criterion. Any other criterion is a sign that you're not really listening, you're reading.
What to Listen For (WTLF)
What are the criteria by which a record like this should be judged? Pretty much the ones we discuss in most of our Hot Stamper listings: energy, vocal presence, frequency extension (on both ends), transparency, harmonic textures, rhythmic drive, tonal correctness, fullness, richness, and on and on down through the list.
When we can get all, or most all, of the qualities above to come together on any given side we provisionally award it a grade of "contender." Once we've been through all our copies on one side we then play the best of the best against each other and arrive at a winner for that side. Repeat the process for the other side and the shootout is officially over. All that's left is to see how the sides matched up.
It may not be rocket science, but it is a science of a kind, one with strict protocols that we've developed over the course of many years to ensure that the results we arrive at are as accurate as we can make them.
The result of all our work speaks for itself, on this very record in fact. We guarantee you have never heard this music sound better than it does on our Hot Stamper pressing -- or your money back.
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 later 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.
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