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 boasts solid Double Plus (A++) sound or BETTER from first note to last
- If you love the swinging sounds of Oliver Nelson's Big Band arrangements behind Jimmy Smith, Frank Sinatra, Monk and others, you can't go wrong with this original Verve pressing
- The 1967 stereo sound here is clear, open and highly resolving, yet still rich, warm and smooth
- "Here's a driving high flying record from start to finish. It's jazz at it's exciting best as Nelson's arranging conducting and zippy sax work lead real quality playing..." - Billboard
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*NOTE: On side one, a mark makes 1 moderate pop, 1 loud pop, and 2 light ticks at the beginning of Track 1, Miss Fine.
What do we love about these vintage pressings? The timbre of every instrument is Hi-Fi in the best sense of the word. The unique sound of every instrument is reproduced with remarkable fidelity. That's what we at Better Records mean by "Hi-Fi," not the kind of Audiophile Phony BS Sound that passes for Hi-Fidelity these days. There's no boosted top, there's no bloated bottom, there's no sucked-out midrange.
This is Hi-Fidelity for those who recognize The Real Thing when they hear it. I'm pretty sure our customers do, and whoever picks this record up is guaranteed to get a real kick out of it.
A Big Group of Musicians Needs This Kind of Space
One of the qualities that we don't talk about on the site nearly enough is the SIZE of the record's presentation. Some copies of the album just sound small -- they don't extend all the way to the outside edges of the speakers, and they don't seem to take up all the space from the floor to the ceiling. In addition, the sound can often be recessed, with a lack of presence and immediacy in the center.
Other copies -- my notes for these copies often read "BIG and BOLD" -- create a huge soundfield, with the music positively jumping out of the speakers. They're not brighter, they're not more aggressive, they're not hyped-up in any way, they're just bigger and clearer.
And most of the time those very special pressings are just plain more involving. When you hear a copy that does all that -- a copy like this one -- it's an entirely different listening experience.
What the Best Sides of Live From Los Angeles 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 1967
- 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.
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.
- Miss Fine
- I Remember Bird
- Night Train
- Guitar Blues
- Down By The Riverside
AMG 5 Star Rave Review
Nearly 40 years have passed since Impulse released this live album...this is blazing big-band jazz at its finest - and done well in front of an appreciative crowd!!!
During his all-too-brief lifetime (gone almost 30 years now), Oliver Nelson raised the bar with his magnificent composing and arranging talents, and this album is one shining example. Any jazz band around today (even down to the high school level) ought to give this a listen to find out "how it was done back in the day."
Nelson surrounded himself with top-drawer musician talent from the LA studio scene and picked a superb selection of tunes.
Billboard Magazine Review
Here's a driving high flying record from start to finish. It's jazz at it's exciting best as Nelson's arranging conducting and zippy sax work lead real quality playing...