A distinguished member of the Better Records Rock Hall of Fame.
It’s hard to imagine any copy beating this one! The vinyl is Mint Minus throughout, and the sound is INSANELY GOOD! The chances of finding these surfaces with this sound — we’ll let you do the math. If you’re a fan of this album – and who isn’t – this is the copy you want. Side one blew our minds and earned a grade of A++++!
- A truly stunning copy, with top grades and exceptionally quiet vinyl
- We gave side one here a Four Plus grade, going way beyond what we were expecting – the soundstage is absolutely huge
- Triple Plus sound for side two, incredible in its own right with super high resolution and plenty sweet, rich Tubey Magic
- A 5 star album in the AMG, and a true classic
More A++++ Hot Stamper Pressings.
Our lengthy commentary entitled Outliers & Out of This World Sound talks about how rare these kinds of pressings are and how to go about finding them.
This is the band’s Masterpiece as well as a Desert Island Disc for yours truly.
What qualifies a record to be a Masterpiece needs no explanation. We will make every effort to limit the list to one entry per artist or group, although some exceptions have already occurred to me, so that rule will no doubt be broken from time to time. As Ralph Waldo Emerson memorably noted, “A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds…”
For a record to come to my Desert Island Disc, said record:
1) Must have at some time during my fifty years as a music lover and audio hobbyist been played enthusiastically, fanatically even, causing me to feel what Leonard Bernstein called “the joy of music;”
2) My sixty-something-year-old self must currently respect the album, and;
3) I must think I will want to listen to the music on the album fairly often and well into the future (not knowing how long I may be stranded there).
How many records meet the Desert Island Disc criteria? Certainly many more than you can see when you click on the link, but new titles are constantly being added, time permitting.
Good Times Bad Times
Babe I’m Gonna Leave You
You Shook Me
Dazed and Confused
Your Time Is Gonna Come
Black Mountain Side
I Can’t Quit You Baby
How Many More Times
AMG 5 Star Rave Review
Led Zeppelin had a fully formed, distinctive sound from the outset, as their eponymous debut illustrates. Taking the heavy, distorted electric blues of Jimi Hendrix, Jeff Beck, and Cream to an extreme, Zeppelin created a majestic, powerful brand of guitar rock constructed around simple, memorable riffs and lumbering rhythms. But the key to the group’s attack was subtlety: it wasn’t just an onslaught of guitar noise, it was shaded and textured, filled with alternating dynamics and tempos.