6S/ 5S. RCA Soria pressing in like new condition, which means it plays about M–, maybe a little better.
This is the best sounding copy of this album I have ever heard.
Far from the best RCA Living Stereo has to offer, this copy is not nearly as dreadful as I remember the last one sounded. The quieter passages are especially lovely. The climaxes are strained as usual but I’ve never heard a copy of this record that didn’t have that problem.
The record comes with a gorgeous heavyweight slipcase and the 12-page libretto complete with custom artwork.
This is an Older Classical/Orchestral Review
Most of these older reviews are for records that did not go through the shootout process, the revolutionary approach to finding the best sounding pressings we started developing in the early 2000s. We found the records you see in these listings by cleaning and playing a pressing or two of the album, which we then described in the listing and priced according to how good the sound and surfaces seemed to us at the time.
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 then.
Nowadays, 99% (or more!) of the records we sell are cleaned, then auditioned under rigorously controlled conditions along with a number of other pressings, awarded sonic grades, then carefully condition checked 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 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, would ever be able to do the kind of work we do.
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