- With outstanding Double Plus (A++) sound from first note to last, Janis is ROCKIN’ on this very quiet original copy
- This pressing has the ideal combination of openness and transparency, coupled with the richness and solidity of vintage analog
- When Janis starts singing, watch out – her voice positively jumps out of the speakers, something we heard on very few copies in our shootout
- Features Try, one of Janis’s All Time Classics — and with these grades you can be sure it sounds positively amazing here
This Columbia 360 Label is the cure for Dem Ol’ Kozmic Blues!
Drop the needle on the great song Try and just listen to how crisp, punchy, and BIG the drums sound. When Janis starts singing, watch out — her voice positively JUMPS out of the speakers, something we didn’t hear her do on any other copies quite as well.
The bottom end has real weight and the top end is silky and extended. The overall sound is richer, fuller, and smoother than any side one we’ve ever played.
ENERGY is the key element missing from most copies, but not on this bad boy (or girl if you prefer). The electric guitars are super Tubey Magical and the bass is solid and punchy.
On many copies — too many copies — the vocals are pinched and edgy. Here they’re breathy and full — a much better way for Janis to sound. There’s a slight amount of grit to the vocals at times and the brass as well, but the life force on these sides is so strong that we much preferred it to the smoother, duller, deader copies we heard that didn’t have that issue.
On copy after copy we heard pinched squawky horns and harsh vocals, not a good sound for this album. Janis’ voice needs lots of space up top to get good and loud, and both of these sides have it in spades.
No other copy had this combination of openness and transparency on the one hand, and full, rich tonality on the other — this is as good as it gets, people!
What outstanding sides such as these 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 1969
- 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
You Can Find One Yourself
(Assuming you’ve got time and money to spare…)
You’re going to have to clean and play a big pile of copies if you want to find one that sounds this good and plays this quietly. That’s sure to set you back some dough because clean pressings are expensive and getting more expensive by the day in the Classic Rock Record market.
So you could find one on your own, or you could save yourself a whole lot of trouble and just take home one of our Hot Stamper copies. Heck, it’s even hard for us to cover our costs on a shootout like this, but its worth the trouble, because we know the folks who throw one of these on their turntable are going to have quite a thrill hearing it better than they ever thought possible.
Try (Just a Little Bit Harder)
One Good Man
As Good as You’ve Been to This World
To Love Somebody
Little Girl Blue
Work Me, Lord
Fronting the short-lived Kozmic Blues Band, the arrangements are horn heavy and the material soulful and bluesy… “Try” is one of her best soul outings, and the reading of Rodgers & Hart’s “Little Girl Blue” is inspired.