A distinguished member of the Better Records Rock and Pop Hall of Fame.
White Hot on side one, and by far the best sound we heard in our shootout for these 1975 pressings. The originals from 1967 have never impressed us. Much more folk than pop, for the most part the sound here is tubey, rich and sweet. Re-released when HLAW hit big, this album features three great Linda solos.
This copy was clearly the best we played all day, but the sound certainly varies a fair amount from track to track. The best tracks are rich, tubey and clear; the worst thin, bright and hard.
The first track on side one rarely stayed clean when loud, but here it does. It’s a good test for whether or not you have a copy with low distortion mastering. Listen for the least amount of smear and congestion and the most resolution.
The second track is richer and tubier and is the proof that side one is mastered correctly.
On side two the first track is rough, the second track better, the third richer, sweeter and smoother still. (more…)