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Super Hot Stamper - Grateful Dead - Go to Heaven

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Super Hot Stamper

The Grateful Dead
Go to Heaven

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Sonic Grade

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Vinyl Grade

Side One: Mint Minus to Mint Minus Minus

Side Two: Mint Minus to Mint Minus Minus*

  • An outstanding coyp of Go To Heaven, with solid Double Plus (A++) sound or BETTER throughout - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • Bill Kreutzmann noted, "If you go back and (re)listen to it, you’ll find that time has been very kind to Go to Heaven. It plays better now than it did back then. That’s still no excuse for the cover, though – all six of us, dressed all in white disco suits against a white background."
  • Classic Rock Review wrote, "While this may be a far cry from the group’s lauded stage improvisation, it made for an enjoyable studio album which holds up decades later.... It still sounds good today and shows that this band had some vast talent away from the stage."
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*NOTE: On side two, the intro to Track 1, Lost Sailor, plays Mint Minus Minus.

This vintage Arista 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 outstanding sides such as these 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 1980
  • 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 Go to Heaven

    • Energy for starters. What could be more important than the life of the music?
    • 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 for the guitars and drums, not the smear and thickness common to most LPs.
    • Tight, note-like bass with clear fingering -- which ties in with good transient information, as well as 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 players.
    • Then: presence and immediacy. The musicians aren't "back there" somewhere, way behind the speakers. They're front and center where any recording engineer worth his salt -- Donn Landee in this case -- would have put them.
    • Extend the top and bottom and voila, you have The Real Thing -- an honest to goodness Hot Stamper.

      Vinyl Condition

      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 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.


      Side One

      A1 Alabama Getaway Written-By – Garcia*, Hunter* 3:36
      A2 Far From Me Written-By – Mydland* 3:40
      A3 Althea Written-By – Jerry Garcia, Hunter* 6:51
      A4 Feel Like A Stranger Written-By – Weir*, Barlow* 5:07

      Side Two

      B1 Lost Sailor Written-By – Weir*, Barlow* 5:54
      B2 Saint Of Circumstance Written-By – Weir*, Barlow* 5:40
      B3 Antwerp's Placebo (The Plumber) Written-By – Kreutzmann*, Hart* 0:38
      B4 Easy To Love You Written-By – Mydland*, Barlow* 3:40
      B5 Don't Ease Me In Arranged By – The Grateful Dead Written-By – Traditional 3:13