The early sixties were not good for the sound of Julie London’s albums. As far as we can tell, her last good sounding album came out in 1961.
The album at the top is from 1963 and the one below it it is from 1964. We have never played a copy of either album that was especially good sounding, certainly not good enough sounding to charge the kind of money we charge.
There are many male and female vocal albums that actually did make the grade, most often by going through a shootout, and here are some of the categories we have separated them into:
- Here are some of our favorite Vocal Demo Discs
- These titles are in our Core Collection of Well Recorded Pop and Jazz Vocal Albums
- Here are some of the Pop and Jazz Vocal albums that are my Personal Favorites
- We consider these Pop and Jazz Vocal albums to be Masterpieces
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 these two in our Hall of Shame, along with others that — in our opinion — are best avoided by audiophiles looking for hi-fidelity sound. Some of these records may have passable sonics, but we found the music less than compelling. These are also records you can safely avoid.
We also have an Audiophile Record Hall of Shame for records that were marketed to audiophiles for their putatively superior sound. If you’ve spent any time on this blog at all, you know that these records are some of the worst sounding pressings we have ever had the displeasure to play.
We routinely play them in our Hot Stamper Shootouts against the vintage records that we offer, and are often surprised at just how bad an “audiophile record” can sound and still be considered an “audiophile record.”