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Import versus domestic? You would be hard pressed to find better sound than on the best of these DOMESTIC pressings, and that includes Low Spark of High Heeled Boys!
We just finished a huge shootout for this album and didn’t find a copy that could hold a candle to this one in the huge stack we played. This may not be the best Traffic album ever, but on a copy that sounds this good it’s very enjoyable and certainly an impressive sonic spectacular.
Side one earned an A+++ grade and side two was close behind at A++. The vocals sound just right and the percussion is full of energy, which really kicks up the excitement here. Check out how open, spacious and transparent the soundfield is, letting you appreciate everything that’s going on musically.
You get real weight to the bottom end and tons of richness, qualities that we always look for on a classic rock album like this. The immediacy here is OFF THE CHARTS. That brings the music out of the speakers and into your listening room, and if you’re playing this at the proper levels (read: LOUD) this copy will put you smack dab in the middle of a stony Traffic jam session. (They recorded this album in Jamaica, and you’ve gotta imagine the room was thick was pot smoke. It sure sounds like it was!)
We have a number of entries in our new Import Versus Domestic series, in which we debunk the conventional wisdom concerning which country’s records are the best sounding for specific artists and titles.
Other recordings that we have found to be especially Tubey Magical can be found here.
Transparency, the other side of the Tubey Magical coin, is also key to the better pressings of this album as well as many of our other favorite demo discs.
The entries linked here may help you gain a better understanding of the issues surrounding Hot Stampers.
And finally we’ll throw in this old warhorse discussing How to Become an Expert Listener, subtitled Hard Work and Challenges Can Really Pay Off.
Because in audio, much like the rest of life, hard work and challenges really do pay off.
Shootout at the Fantasy Factory
Roll Right Stones
(Sometimes I Feel So) Uninspired