Sonic Grade: D
The tonal balance is right on the money on the better pressings, but because this is a compilation, it is made from copies of the master tapes, not real master tapes themselves, so it will always have that blurry, smeary, opaque, airless, sub-generation-tape sound.
Love the music, but you really need to have the complete albums to hear these songs at their best.
Hey, that’s what we hear on most of the Heavy Vinyl we audition. Imagine that.
One high point though: the complete nine minute long version of Bluebird. If you see the album for cheap, but it for that song
A PUBLIC SERVICE
We play mediocre-to-bad sounding pressings so that you don’t have to, a public service from your record loving friends at Better Records.
You can find this one in our Hall of Shame, along with more than 350 others that — in our opinion — qualify as some of the worst sounding records ever made. (On some Hall of Shame records the sound is passable but the music is bad. These are also records you can safely avoid.)
Note that most of the entries are audiophile remasterings of one kind or another. The reason for this is simple: we’ve gone through the all-too-often unpleasant experience of comparing them head to head with our best Hot Stamper pressings.
When you can hear them that way, up against an exceptionally good pressing, their flaws become that much more obvious and, frankly, that much less excusable.
A1 For What It’s Worth 3:00
A2 Sit Down, I Think I Love You 2:30
A3 Nowadays Clancy Can’t Even Sing 3:26
A4 Go And Say Goodbye 2:19
A5 Pay The Price 2:35
A6 Burned 2:14
A7 Out Of My Mind 3:05
B1 Mr. Soul 2:35
B2 Bluebird 9:00
B3 Broken Arrow 6:13
B4 Rock ‘N’ Roll Woman 2:44
C1 Expecting To Fly 3:29
C2 Hung Upside Down 3:24
C3 A Child’s Claim To Fame 2:09
C4 Kind Woman 4:10
C5 On The Way Home 2:25
C6 I Am A Child 2:15
D1 Pretty Girl Why 2:24
D2 Special Care 3:30
D3 Uno Mundo 2:00
D4 In The Hour Of Not Quite Rain 3:45
D5 Four Days Gone 2:53
D6 Questions 2:52