More of the Music of Creedence Clearwater Revival
Reviews and Commentaries for the Music of Creedence Clearwater Revival
Sonic Grade: F
The last time I played the MoFi pressing mentioned below I found the sound so weirdly colored as to defy understanding. Ten years ago when I wrote this commentary I apparently found it more tolerable.
More recently I obviously did not. When an audiophile record sounds worse than it used to, there is a very good chance that you are making Progress in Audio.
Of course this is not something to be assumed. (Speaking of assumptions, you can find more on the subject here).
Rather it is something to be tested. (You can read more about some of the rigorous and extensive record testing we have conducted over the last twenty years here.)
Even if 99 times out of a hundred it turns out to be the case that the modern remastered record can now be seen for the fake it always was, there is still a one out of a hundred chance that the record may in fact be better than you remember.
These audiophile records are easily called out for their illusory superiority for the simple reason that the better your stereo gets, the more obvious their colorations and shortcomings become. This was my experience, and I pass this information on in the hopes that you will make progress with your stereo system and find them every bit as wrong as I do.
We’ve created a section for the worst of them, and even with 274 entries we could easily double that number if we were inclined to audition more of them and catalog their shortcomings.
With the number of Heavy Vinyl records being pressed today, triple or quadruple that number I suspect would be doable.
Thank god we are in the business of selling good records and not in the business of reviewing bad ones.
Records are getting awfully expensive these days, and it’s not just our Hot Stampers that seem priced for perfection.
If you are still buying these modern remastered pressings, making the same mistakes that I was making before I knew better, take the advice of some of our customers and stop throwing your money away on Heavy Vinyl and Half-Speed Mastered LPs.
At the very least let us send you a Hot Stamper pressing — of any album you choose — that can show you what is wrong with your copy. of the album.
And if for some reason you disagree with us that our record sounds better than yours, we will happily give you all your money back and wish you the best.