- This killer copy has surprisingly natural sound for an ’80s release – Triple Plus (A+++) on the first side, Double Plus (A++) on the second
- Full-bodied, rich and warm, this album has the kind of analog sound we did not expect to find, thank goodness
- Consistently strong material: You Give Good Love, Saving All My Love for You, How Will I Know, All at Once, and Greatest Love of All (the last of seven (!) singles released from the album)
- “…introduced the world to “The Voice,” an octave-spanning, gravity-defying melismatic marvel.”
The copies that do well in our shootouts have qualities common to many of the other male and female Hot Stamper vocal pressings we offer. The best copies are big, rich, clear and transparent, with breathy, immediate vocals.
Hardness, thinness, shrillness and the like — the kind of sound you would expect from a 1985 recording* — will be very costly for any copy we play. I’m sure that sound can be found on the CD, and for a lot less money.
Energy and enthusiasm are key as well. You want to get the feeling that Whitney is really putting her all into these songs, and the best copies let you do that.
Space and depth are nice to have; otherwise you might as well be listening to the radio.
What We Want from Whitney
Having done this for so long — 2017 marks our thirtieth year in the record business — we understand and appreciate that rich, full, solid, Tubey Magical sound — even as late as 1985! — is key to the presentation of this primarily vocal music. We rate these qualities higher than others we might be listening for (e.g., bass definition, soundstage, depth, etc.).
The music is not so much about the details in the recording; rather it lives or dies by its ability to recreate solid, palpable, real people singing and playing live in your listening room. The best copies had an uncanny way of doing just that.
If you exclusively play modern repressings of vintage recordings, and here it’s important to keep in mind that these tapes are now more than thirty years old, I can say without fear of contradiction that you have never heard Whitney sound this good on vinyl. Old records have it — not often, and certainly not always — but less than one out of 100 new records do, if our experience with the hundreds we’ve played can serve as a guide.
*Don Henley made some albums in the ’80s, every one of which, as far as we can tell, is flat, dry, thin, hard, shrill — you get the picture. Why he didn’t make albums that sound like this one is beyond me. The vast majority of my CDs sound much better than his vinyl records, and that’s just plain wrong.
You Give Good Love
Thinking About You
Someone for Me
Saving All My Love for You
Nobody Loves Me Like You Do (duet with Jermaine Jackson)
How Will I Know
All at Once
Take Good Care of My Heart (duet with Jermaine Jackson)
Greatest Love of All
Hold Me (duet with Teddy Pendergrass)