A classic case of Live and Learn
We listed a White Hot copy of This Was in 2008 on the Island Pink label, and noted at the time:
Be forewarned: this ain’t Stand Up or Aqualung. I don’t think you’ll be using any copy of This Was to demo your stereo, because the recording has its share of problems. That said, this record sounds wonderful from start to finish and will make any fan of this music a VERY happy person. We guarantee you’ve never heard this album sound better, or your money back.
Now we know a couple of things that we didn’t back in 2008.
1). This album is a lot better sounding than we gave it credit for years ago. It’s not perfect by any means but it is much better than the above comments might lead you to believe.
We chanced upon an exceptional sounding copy of the album a couple of years back, and that taught us something new about the record:
2). The Pink Label pressings are not the ideal way to go on this album.
Once we heard the exceptional copy alluded to above, we played it against our best Pink Label copies and it was simply no contest.
The Pink Label original British pressings can be good, but they will never win a shootout up against copies with these stampers (assuming you have more than one copy – any record can have the right stampers and the wrong sound, we hear it all the time).