The copy we are selling is similar to the one pictured above.
Side One: Mint Minus Minus
Side Two: Mint Minus Minus
- An insanely good sounding with both sides earning Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) grades or very close to them - one of the best copies to hit the site in years
- We guarantee you have never heard Space Cowboy and Brave New World sound remotely as good as they do here
- Engineered by the one and only Glyn Johns - until we heard this specific pressing we had no idea the album could sound as good as this one does
- Reasonably quiet vinyl throughout, Mint Minus Minus, with no marks to speak of - I defy anyone to find an early Capitol pressing that plays better than this one does
- 4 1/2 stars: "Brave New World was more fully realized, and rocked harder, than the Steve Miller Band's first two albums."
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Vintage covers for this album are hard to find in clean shape. Most of them will have at least some amount of ringwear, seam wear or edge wear. We guarantee that the cover we supply with this Hot Stamper is at least VG, and it will probably be VG+. If you are picky about your covers please let us know in advance so that we can be sure we have a nice cover for you.
We just finished a big shootout for this fun Glyn Johns-engineered album, and one thing we can tell you without fear of contradiction is that the average copy of this album simply won't cut it for serious audiophile listening. This copy had some of the best sound we heard, with the kind of open, extended top end and big, solid bottom that really lets this music come to life!
If you're not familiar with this album, it is certainly not the Steve Miller Band sound that you'd expect after hearing Fly Like An Eagle and The Joker a million times on classic rock radio. This is the grungier psych-blues side of the band. one that most of us have probably long forgotten by now.
All Music Guide gives the album 4 1/2 stars, and we enjoyed it as well, so its sonic and musical credentials are certainly in order.
What the Best Sides of Brave New World 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 1969
- 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 Brave New World
- 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 -- Glyn Johns in this case -- would have 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.
Brave New World
Can't You Hear Your Daddy's Heartbeat
Got Love 'Cause You Need It
Lt's Midnight Dream
My Dark Hour
Steve Miller's guitar playing is the star of this album, blazing across the whole affair more prominently than on any other release in his lengthy career; many of the songs have a power trio feel. In addition to the fine guitar work, Miller's vocals are stronger here, and during this era in general, than they would be in his hitmaking days in the mid-'70s, when he was much more laid-back and overdubbed. Ever the borrower, adapter, and integrator, Steve Miller shapes the blues, psychedelia, sound effects, sweet multi-tracked vocal harmonies, and guitar-driven hard rock into one cohesive musical statement with this release.
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