- Spacious, rich and smooth – only vintage analog seems capable of reproducing all three of these qualities without sacrificing resolution, staging, imaging or presence
- Tonality is the hardest thing to get right on this album, and here it is practically right on the money
- For those of you who like to do your own shootouts, good luck, you will need a lot of early pressings to find one that sounds as good as this one does
- The biggest selling album of the ’60s – 54 weeks at Number One (!)
- 5 stars: “The soundtrack of the West Side Story film is deservedly one of the most popular soundtrack recordings of all time, and one of the relatively few to have attained long-term popularity beyond a specialized soundtrack/theatrical musical audience.”
- If you’re a fan of Leonard Bernstein’s, and what audiophile wouldn’t be?, this Top Title from 1961 belongs in your collection.
This album is at least five times more common in mono than it is in stereo, and finding enough clean early stereo pressings takes us years nowadays.