Hot Stamper Pressings of Albums from 1978 Available Now
More of Our Favorite Titles from 1978
We dropped the needle on this one and heard EXCELLENT SOUND, which is not always what you hear when you play the average copy of this album.
And the music is GREAT. I’m a giant fan of this band, which never got the public acclaim they deserved, although they were critic’s darlings from day one. If you like adventurous pop, this should be right up your alley. If you’re the kind of person that was into the Talking Heads in the ’70s, this band is every bit as original and compelling.
This album checks off a few of our favorite boxes:
It’s an Outstanding Debut Album
It’s Their Best Sounding Album
It Sounds Best on Big Speakers at Loud Levels
It Sounds Best on the Right Early Pressing
You Just Don’t Wanna Know
Black Fever Sleep
Lovers by Rote
Got No Breeding
Soul of Many Places
Love It Again
Following Every Finger
Driftwood from Disaster
This is an Older Review.
Most of the older reviews you see are for records that did not go through the shootout process, the revolutionary approach to finding better sounding pressings we developed in the early 2000s and have since turned into a fine art.
We found the records you see in these older listings by cleaning and playing a pressing or two of the album, which we then described and priced based on how good the sound and surfaces were. (For out Hot Stamper listings, the Sonic Grades and Vinyl Playgrades are listed separately.)
We were often wrong back in those days, something we have no reason to hide. Audio equipment and record cleaning technologies have come a long way since those darker days, a subject we discuss here.
Currently, 99% (or more!) of the records we sell are cleaned, then auditioned under rigorously controlled conditions, up against a number of other pressings. We award them sonic grades, and then condition check them for surface noise.
As you may imagine, this approach requires a great deal of time, effort and skill, which is why we currently have a highly trained staff of about ten. No individual or business without the aid of such a committed group could possibly dig as deep into the sound of records as we have, and it is unlikely that anyone besides us could ever come along to do the kind of work we do.
The term “Hot Stampers” gets thrown around a lot these days, but to us it means only one thing: a record that has been through the shootout process and found to be of exceptionally high quality.
The result of our labor is the hundreds of titles seen here, every one of which is unique and guaranteed to be the best sounding copy of the album you have ever heard or you get your money back.
Helpful Advice on Cleaning Your Records
Helpful Advice on Doing Your Own Shootouts