Willie Nelson – The Sound In Your Mind

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  • This Columbia Lone Star pressing is full-bodied and natural, with a nicely extended top end, plenty of space around the instruments and vocals, and few of the problems that plagued many pressings we played
  • “. . . an underrated gem! Great songs…his voice is in top form.”
  • If you’re a fan of Willie’s, a killer copy of his album from 1976 belongs in your collection

This vintage pressing has the kind of Tubey Magical Midrange that modern records can barely BEGIN to reproduce. Folks, that sound is gone and it sure isn’t showing signs of coming back. If you love hearing INTO a recording, actually being able to “see” the performers, and feeling as if you are sitting in the studio with the band, this is the record for you. It’s what vintage all analog recordings are known for — this sound.

If you exclusively play modern repressings of vintage recordings, I can say without fear of contradiction that you have never heard this kind of sound on vinyl. Old records have it — not often, and certainly not always — but maybe one out of a hundred new records do, and those are some pretty long odds.

What the Best Sides of The Sound In Your Mind Have to Offer Is Not Hard to Hear

  • The biggest, most immediate staging in the largest acoustic space
  • The most Tubey Magic, without which you have almost nothing. CDs give you clean and clear. Only the best vintage vinyl pressings offer the kind of Tubey Magic that was on the tapes in 1976
  • Tight, note-like, rich, full-bodied bass, with the correct amount of weight down low
  • Natural tonality in the midrange — with all the instruments having the correct timbre
  • Transparency and resolution, critical to hearing into the three-dimensional studio space

No doubt there’s more but we hope that should do for now. Playing the record is the only way to hear all of the qualities we discuss above, and playing the best pressings against a pile of other copies under rigorously controlled conditions is the only way to find a pressing that sounds as good as this one does.

What We’re Listening For on The Sound In Your Mind

  • Energy for starters. What could be more important than the life of the music?
  • Then: presence and immediacy. The vocals aren’t “back there” somewhere, lost in the mix. They’re front and center where any recording engineer worth his salt would put them.
  • The Big Sound comes next — wall to wall, lots of depth, huge space, three-dimensionality, all that sort of thing.
  • Then transient information — fast, clear, sharp attacks, not the smear and thickness so common to these LPs.
  • Tight punchy bass — which ties in with good transient information, also the issue of frequency extension further down.
  • Next: transparency — the quality that allows you to hear deep into the soundfield, showing you the space and air around all the instruments.
  • Extend the top and bottom and voila, you have The Real Thing — an honest to goodness Hot Stamper.


Side One

That Lucky Old Sun
If You’ve Got The Money I’ve Got The Time
A Penny For Your Thoughts
The Healing Hands Of Time
Thanks Again
I’d Have To Be Crazy

Side Two

Amazing Grace
The Sound In Your Mind

Funny How Time Slips Away
Night Life

Amazon Rave Reviews

. . . an underrated gem! Great songs…his voice is in top form. When you think of his very best [albums], Red-Headed Stranger, The Troublemaker, Phases and Stages, Stardust, Yesterday’s Wine…and then…it’s up for for debate, but this one deserves to be in the conversation. Also has the best version of Funny How Tome Slips Away and Night Life.


Awesome [LP]! I can’t say enough good about it and I got it based on the reviews here. So glad I did. You on the back porch with willie singing to you. What more could you want. I play it over and over. All of the songs are so good that it is hard to choose a favorite but I especially like The Healing Hands of Time and Amazing Grace. Just get the CD. You will LOVE it.


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