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A distinguished member of the Better Records Rock and Pop Hall of Fame.
We are HUGE fans of this album at Better Records, but it’s taken us a long time to pull together enough clean copies to make this shootout happen. Boy, was it worth all the trouble!
The presence and immediacy here are staggering. Get the volume just right and June will be standing between your speakers and putting on the performance of a lifetime. This is one of our three or four favorite female vocal albums (along with Clap Hands, Julie Is her Name and not many others!) and this amazingly good copy will show you why — the sound and music are As Good As It Gets.
This early mono pressing is the only way to find the MIDRANGE MAGIC that’s missing from modern records. As good as the best of those pressings may be, this record is dramatically more REAL sounding.
She’s no longer a recording — she’s a living, breathing person. We call that “the breath of life,” and this record has it in spades. Her voice is so rich, sweet, and free of artificiality you cannot help but find yourself lost in the music, because there’s no “sound” to distract you.
Both sides of this 1955 All Tube Recorded and Mastered record are just as rich and relaxed as you would expect. The balance is correct, which means the top is there as well as the bottom, with good vocal presence throughout.
Rich, smooth, sweet, full of ambience, dead-on correct tonality — everything that we listen for in a great record is here. You could certainly demonstrate your stereo with a record this good, even one that’s not nearly this good, because this one is off the charts.
But what you would really be demonstrating is music that the listener probably hasn’t heard, and that’s the best reason to demonstrate a stereo.
It’s very rare that a Shootout Winning copy — on both sides — of a classic June Christy album from the 1955 would have vinyl this quiet, Mint Minus Minus with no groove damage, even on the inner grooves. I can’t recall the last time that happened, and the more I think about it, I don’t believe it ever has.
Cisco Heavy Vinyl
We went back and played the Cisco version against both earlier and later Capitol pressings and were quite a bit less impressed with the sound than we were when the Cisco pressing first came out. On our copy side two was clearly better than side one. If you have a copy of the record see if you don’t recognize something odd about her voice on side one, a quality that is not heard on side two, at least it wasn’t heard on my copy of side two.