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Various Artists - Woodstock - Nearly White Hot Stamper

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Nearly White Hot Stamper

Various Artists
Woodstock

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$499.99
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Sonic Grade

Side One:

Side Two:

Side Three:

Side Four:

Side Five:

Side Six:

Vinyl Grade

Side One: Mint Minus Minus

Side Two: Mint Minus Minus

Side Three: Mint Minus Minus

Side Four: Mint Minus Minus

Side Five: Mint Minus Minus

Side Six: Mint Minus Minus

  • Woodstock his site with incredible Nearly Triple Plus (A++ to A+++) sound on ALL SIX SIDES - side five actually won the shootout
  • With Mint Minus Minus vinyl and no marks that can be heard, you will have a VERY hard time finding a copy that plays this well
  • We guarantee there is dramatically more richness, fullness, vocal presence, and performance energy on this copy than others you've heard, and that's especially true if you made the mistake of buying whatever Heavy Vinyl pressing is currently on the market
  • "As potent a musical time capsule as ever existed, it captures the three-day, 1969 concert event that united close to half a million members of what came to be known as the 'Woodstock Generation'. It topped the Billboard Charts for four weeks and sold two million copies."

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You will have a very hard time finding a quieter copy!

Folks, it was a struggle, let me tell you! Not as much of a struggle as putting on the concert itself to be sure, but a struggle for those of us charged with finding good sound on this famously badly recorded album.

First off there are six sides to play for every copy.

Secondly the sound is problematical at best; figuring out what the best copies do well that the run-of-the-mill copies don't takes quite a bit of concentration, and one has to stay focused for a long time (most of the day in fact). After a while it can really start to wear on your nerves.

What the Best Sides of Woodstock 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 1970
  • 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 Woodstock

  • 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.

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 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.

Side One

  • John B. Sebastian - I Had a Dream
  • Canned Heat - Going Up the Country
  • Stage Announcements
  • Richie Havens - Freedom
  • Country Joe & The Fish - Rock and Soul Music
  • Arlo Guthrie - Coming Into Los Angeles
  • Sha Na Na - At the Hop

Side Two

  • Country Joe McDonald - The 'Fish' Cheer / I-Feel-Like-I'm-Fixin'-To-Die Rag
  • Joan Baez feat. Jeffrey Shurtleff - Drug Store Truck Drivin' Man
  • Joan Baez - Joe Hill
  • Stage Announcements
  • Crosby, Stills & Nash - Suite: Judy Blue Eyes
  • Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young - Sea of Madness

Side Three

  • Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young - Wooden Ships
  • The Who - We're Not Gonna Take It
  • Stage Announcements
  • Joe Cocker - With a Little Help From My Friends

Side Four

  • Crowd Rain Chant
  • Santana - Soul Sacrifice
  • Stage Announcements
  • Ten Years After - I'm Going Home

Side Five

  • Jefferson Airplane - Volunteers
  • Max Yasgur
  • Sly and the Family Stone - Medley: Dance to the Music / Music Lover / I Want to Take You Higher
  • John B. Sebastian - Rainbows All Over Your Blues

Side Six

  • Butterfield Blues Band - Love March
  • Jimi Hendrix - Star Spangled Banner / Purple Haze & Instrumental Solo