A distinguished member of the Better Records Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and one of the better late-period Stones albums, in this case from 1980.
Side two of this copy ranks up there with the very best we’ve ever heard, earning an A+++ grade and DESTROYING our preconceived notions about the kind of sonics we might get from the ultimate copies. This one DOES IT, plain and simple. It’s got serious punch down low, superb clarity, all the extension up top, and a HUGE open soundfield that lets you hear every last detail. She’s So Cold sounds amazing, we’ve never heard it sound better.
We had a great time shooting this one out — we had forgotten how good the music was and were pleasantly surprised by how good the better copies can sound. It’s tough to get great Stones sound, I’m sure most of you know that, but there’s lots of it here and a bunch of good songs. She’s So Cold, Summer Romance, Dance, the title track… not a bad line-up, and probably the last great album these guys put out.
Side one is almost as amazing as side two, earning an A++ grade and giving you many of the same qualities described above. While it didn’t quite earn the full three pluses (just a tad less open than side two) I wouldn’t classify the sound as anything less than excellent. Just drop the needle on the first track and you’ll hear what I’m talking about.
As you might expect, while the best copies can sound incredible, the typical copy is nothing to write home about. We heard lots of dry, grainy, thinned-out sound on the copies that didn’t make the cut. When you get a Hot copy with a punchy bottom end and some richness, it’s an entirely different story. A song like the leadoff track Dance really comes to life, giving you bigger, livelier, fuller sound than you probably would expect from this record.
You’re going to have a hard time finding a better copy, but you’ll have a hard time finding any Stones record that sounds this good period!
Send It to Me
Let Me Go
Where the Boys Go
Down in the Hole
She’s So Cold
All About You