- An incredible copy of this ELP classic with both sides earing a Triple Plus (A+++)
- Both sides here are super big and full with a massive bottom end and huge amounts of energy
- Quiet vinyl for this title — Mint Minus to Mint Minus Minus throughout
- “A sufficiently bold use of Mussorgsky’s original to stimulate hours of delightful listening.” — Allmusic
This Island British Import LP has amazing sound! It’s super full-bodied with excellent clarity and transparency. The low end has real weight and heft, so when Emerson really lays into the organ it’ll rattle your walls!
As we said previously, it “has that big, fat, rich, smooth sound that we love here at Better Records. It’s warm and full, not thick and sludgy. It’s on the opposite end of the transistory spectrum.”
The domestic copies are a total joke as you might have guessed. You might think that you could just pick up any old Brit pressing to get Hot Stamper sound, but you’d be wrong. We’ve played a bunch of Original Brit Island pressings over the years that looked just like this one but sure didn’t sound like this. Many of them are thick, dull, smeary, veiled, congested and/or just plain lifeless. This one, on the other hand, sounds JUST RIGHT.
Listen to that GIGANTIC organ that plays the fanfare opening of the work. Honestly, I have not EVER heard a rock album with an organ sound that stretched from wall to wall and sounds like it’s seventy five feet tall. No, I take that back. The first ELP album has an organ that sounds about that big, but that’s a studio album. How did they manage to get that kind of organ sound in a live setting without actually having to build one inside the concert hall?
If you love this band and or this music, you will be amazed at this copy. We sure were.
Il Vecchio Castello
Ballet of the Chicks in Their Shells
Samuel Goldenburg und Schmuyle
The Market Place at Limoges
Catacombae, Sepulchrum Romanum
Con Mortuis in Lingua Mortua
The Hut on Fowl’s Legs
The Great Gate Of Kiev