Hot Stamper Pressings of The Three Available Now
Reviews and Commentaries for The Three
There are two takes for the Direct Disc, the first of which is terrible and the second of which we offer Hot Stamper pressings of.
The first take is so bad I simply cannot stand to listen to it anymore, no matter how good the sound is. And most of the direct disc copies do not sound all that good anyway, truth be told.
The only combination of music and sound that makes any sense to us here at Better Records is take 2 of the direct disc, the 45 RPM from tape, and the 33 from that same tape which can be found on the Inner City label.
Four takes, and this is the best one!
This White Hot stamper side two was either the equal of, or BEAT, three out of the four 45 RPM Japanese pressings in our shootout, and all the Direct Disc pressings as well. There was a time when this Demonstration Quality sound would have easily have won our shootout. We know now that it’s possible for the sound to get even better, on 45, but at the cost of two out of the six tracks.
Which simply means that if you want to hear all six songs that were recorded that day by the three guys that make up The Three, this is the best way to go. The album as a whole is so good that I would not want to live with less than the complete album, that’s for sure.
Unless you have the 45 made from these same tapes, we guarantee you have never heard a better sounding jazz record than this side two or you get your money back. And it’s not the Direct Disc. It’s better than the direct to disc. It’s live to TAPE.
The Inner City LPs are exceptionally difficult to find in quiet condition on flat vinyl. I can’t tell you how many I run across that are noisy and warped. I used to buy them off eBay but I got so many bad ones I finally just gave up and threw in the towel.
This is that rare copy that actually has decent surfaces, is not noticeably warped, and, most importantly, sounds amazing. (more…)