The copy we are selling is similar to the one pictured above.
Side One: Mint Minus Minus (often higher than this grade)
Side Two: Mint Minus Minus
- This outstanding early pressing boasts solid Double Plus (A++) sound from start to finish
- Produced by Mr. Paul Samwell-Smith, this album blends Carly's lilting vocals with lush, harmonically detailed acoustic guitars and BIG punchy drums
- Brimming with favorites, like Anticipation, Legend In Your Own Time and I've Got To Have You, this is clearly one of her most consistent albums
- "Carly Simon's second album found her extending the gutsy persona she had established on her debut album... a frankly passionate person whose vulnerability was a source of strength, not weakness, a valuable feminist trait and one Simon would pursue in her later work."
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The acoustic guitars sound particularly good on this copy, with just the right balance of pluck and body. The vocals are breathy and full-bodied with extraordinary immediacy. The tonality from top to bottom is Right On The Money. I don't think you could find a much better sounding copy of this album no matter how hard you tried. We went through plenty to find this one, I can tell you that.
What the Best Sides of Anticipation 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 1971
- 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.
If Those Guitars Sound Familiar...
When you hear the incredibly lush, highly detailed acoustic guitars on this record, you won't be surprised to find out that the album was produced by Mr. Paul Samwell-Smith, who handles the same duties on Tea For The Tillerman and Teaser And The Firecat. You'll hear his signature sound all over this album, particularly on the track I've Got To Have You.
That's not to say that we'd put this recording on the same level with those audiophile knockouts, but the richness and the sweetness of the midrange on the best copies is exactly what you'd expect from the team of Samwell-Smith and Carly Simon.
What We're Listening For on Anticipation
- 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.
The Big Sound We Love
Drop the needle on Legend In Your Mind for some of the best sound and music on here. The overall sound is open and transparent, with real depth to the soundfield and lots of separation between the instruments.
The one word that comes to mind is BIG -- this record gives you The Big Sound that Carly was no doubt going for.
Mint Minus Minus 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.
- Legend in Your Own Time
- Our First Day Together
- The Girl You Think You See
- Summer's Coming Around Again
- Share the End
- The Garden
- Three Days
- Julie Through the Glass
- I've Got to Have You
Carly Simon's second album found her extending the gutsy persona she had established on her debut album, notably on the title track and "Legend in Your Own Time" (both of them hit singles), and "I've Got to Have You." The latter especially suggested a frankly passionate person whose vulnerability was a source of strength, not weakness, a valuable feminist trait and one Simon would pursue in her later work.