Warner Brothers German Import LP. This is the only vinyl version of this album from 1991. As I recall the sound is pretty good.
The Other Side Of Summer 3:57
Hurry Down Doomsday (The Bugs Are Taking Over) 4:06
How To Be Dumb 5:13
All Grown Up 4:17
Invasion Hit Parade 5:34
Harpies Bizarre 3:44
After The Fall 4:35
Georgie And Her Rival 3:38
So Like Candy 4:37
Interlude: Couldn’t Call It Unexpected No. 2 0:22
Playboy To A Man 3:19
Sweet Pear 3:37
Couldn’t Call It Unexpected No. 4 3:48
This is an Older Review.
Most of the older reviews you see are for records that did not go through the shootout process, the revolutionary approach to finding better sounding pressings we developed in the early 2000s and have since turned into a fine art.
We found the records you see in these older listings by cleaning and playing a pressing or two of the album, which we then described and priced based on how good the sound and surfaces were. (For out Hot Stamper listings, the Sonic Grades and Vinyl Playgrades are listed separately.)
We were often wrong back in those days, something we have no reason to hide. Audio equipment and record cleaning technologies have come a long way since those darker days, a subject we discuss here.
Currently, 99% (or more!) of the records we sell are cleaned, then auditioned under rigorously controlled conditions, up against a number of other pressings. We award them sonic grades, and then condition check them for surface noise.
As you may imagine, this approach requires a great deal of time, effort and skill, which is why we currently have a highly trained staff of about ten. No individual or business without the aid of such a committed group could possibly dig as deep into the sound of records as we have, and it is unlikely that anyone besides us could ever come along to do the kind of work we do.
The term “Hot Stampers” gets thrown around a lot these days, but to us it means only one thing: a record that has been through the shootout process and found to be of exceptionally high quality.