This commentary was written in 2007, and our system was not as revealing back then as it is now. Also we had not discovered the Walker Record Cleaning Fluids.
We tend to prefer the Gold Label Elektra pressings on this album now, but we like to keep an open mind, so that if a Red Label pressing wins a shootout, we don’t have to say we was wrong again.
As for other records we may have been wrong about, you can find some of them here under the heading: Live and Learn.
This is a Minty Elektra Red Label LP with two AMAZING sounding sides! Typical copies are dull and thin sounding, making Judy Blue Eyes’ beautiful voice sound honky and weak like she has a head cold. This copy is the remedy!
It has rich, full-bodied sound with the sweetest highs and tons of ambience, especially around the guitars and bass. Most importantly, there is virtually NO STRAIN on the her vocals, which is extremely rare.
Out of the three labels we listened to for this shootout, nothing could compare to this Red Label.
The Gold Labels could have some sweet, musical qualities, but they were consistently dull and lifeless.
Out of the multiple Butterfly Labels we listened to, we could not find one that didn’t sound like a bad cassette.
This Red Label was by far the best sounding copy of Judy Collins #3 we’ve EVER HEARD!