Another in our series of Home Audio Exercises with advice on What to Listen For (WTLF) as you critically evaluate your copy of For Sale.
I’m a Loser
Baby’s in Black
This song tends to be a bit dull on most pressings of the album, but on a superb copy you’ll get wonderful Tubey Magic, warmth and life.
Rock & Roll Music
I’ll Follow the Sun
It seems to us that I’ll Follow the Sun would have to be on any list of The Beatles’ very best. On a good copy the vocals are rich, sweet and delicate beyond belief.
Paul pops the mic on one word in this song — if your system has reasonable resolution and bottom end speed, you should be able to pick it out. [It’s been so long since I wrote this this I honestly do not remember what word it is!]
Kansas City/Hey-Hey-Hey-Hey! [Medley]
Eight Days a Week
Words of Love
A tough track to get right. There are some lively, jangly guitars behind the smooth voices. Many copies seem to sacrifice one for the other, leaving you with either irritating guitars or dull voices. The better copies get them both right.
Every Little Thing
I Don’t Want to Spoil the Party
What You’re Doing
The transient information on this song is often just a bit smeared. On the more transparent copies you’ll be able to hear each time the piano’s hammer hits the strings. Listen for the space between the notes when the piano is playing briskly.
This track is also a good test for how punchy the bottom is. With that big drum in the intro it won’t take long for you to figure out if your copy has much deep low end.
Everybody’s Trying to Be My Baby