This is a super rare and quiet early UK Decca LP (SXL 2016) with two very good sounding sides!
Side one is spacious and transparent but could use a bit more extension on the top and bottom, rating an A+.
Side two is similar sounding, but has some added fullness that nets it an A+ to A++ grade.
Both sides play about Mint Minus with no inner groove distortion and only very light surface noise.
Radetzky March – Johan Strauss, Sr.
Bad’ner Mad’ln Waltz – Karel Komzak
Annen Polka – Johann Strauss
Accelerations Waltz – Johann Strauss
Tritsch-Tratsch Polka – Johann Strauss
Wiener Burger Waltz – Carl Ziehrer
Leichtes Blut Polka – Johann Strauss
Tales from the Vienna Woods Waltz
This is an Older Classical/Orchestral 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 started developing in the early 2000s and have since turned into a veritable science.
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.