Sonic Grade: D
After playing a killer Hot Stamper pressing of the album a few years back we wrote the following:
If you own the Nautilus Half-Speed, a record we actually liked years ago even after we had forsworn those kinds of pressings, you are really in for a treat. THIS is what the band sounds like in the REAL world, not the phony audiophile world that so many appear to be stuck in.
Just listen to how punchy the drums are, a perfect example of what proper mastering does well and Half-Speed mastering does poorly. When you listen to a top quality Hot Stamper pressing you feel that you are hearing this music EXACTLY the way Little Feat wanted it to be heard. I just don’t get that vibe from the half-speed.
It sounds like someone messed with it, and of course someone did. That’s how they get those audiophile records to sound the way they do.
For some reason some audiophiles like their records to sound pretty and lifeless with blurry bass.
That is not our sound here at Better Records.