Genre – Rock – Glam Rock

David Bowie – Pin-Ups – Our White Hot Shootout Winner for 2016

Our White Hot Shootout Winner for 2016


  • For the first time ever on our site, here’s a Triple Triple (A+++) pressing of this Classic Bowie album from 1973
  • Both Triple Plus sides are huge, clear and rich with phenomenal amounts of Tubey Magic, thanks to Ken Scott
  • A really fun listen, with Bowie running through covers of his favorite 60s hits in true Demo Disc sound
  • Turns out he’s a great interpreter, turning in passionate versions of songs by The Who, Pink Floyd, The Yardbirds and more
  • He brings a fresh perspective to this material, just as Bryan Ferry did so brilliantly on his first two solo albums

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The music on this album is wonderful. Bowie puts a unique spin on tracks originally played by The Who, The Yardbirds, Pink Floyd and other British rockers. It’s a fun, intriguing album that stands up well to repeated plays. Bryan Ferry did the same thing in 1973 with some of his favorite pop songs. Oddly enough both albums entered the charts on the very same day in November of that year.

The sound is lively and full-bodied with nice transparency throughout. Bowie’s voice sounds correct and the bottom end is huge, as would be expected from anything Ken Scott recorded, and if you don’t believe me check out Baby You’re a Rich Man off MMT.

The bass here is deep and not nearly as sloppy as on most copies. Listen to the vocals, which sound just right and have lots texture to them. The harmonica on I Wish You Would is AMAZING. When has a harmonica ever sounded so rich and full? You’ll also want to check out the sax solo on Sorrow, which just plain ROCKS.

So what were some of the worst copies we heard? One was a British Original, believe it or not. They tend to be dull, thick, and lifeless — not a good match for this punky, energetic material. There are some very good sounding Brit originals but, having said that, to date they have never won a shootout.

On the other side, many of the other copies we heard were bright and grainy. It’s tough to find a copy that strikes the right balance, but this copy sure did. Triple Triple means it’s doing everything right and then some. (more…)

T.Rex – Electric Warrior – Our White Hot Shootout Winner for 2017

Our White Hot Shootout Winner for 2017


  • An incredible copy of this T.Rex classic with both sides rating a Triple Plus (A+++)
  • Both sides here are absolutely Out Of This World — so full of richness and Tubey Magic
  • We’re selling this one at a big discount due to some condition issues (see grading tab below)
  • “… it’s that sense of playfulness, combined with a raft of irresistible hooks, that keeps Electric Warrior such an infectious, invigorating listen today.” – All Music

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Incredible Triple Plus (A+++) sound or close to it on both sides. This is a classic album, but it’s not an easy one to find great sound for. We’ve attempted this shootout multiple times in the past, only to come up empty handed. Most copies are just too beat to play and if they’re not beat they typically sound terrible. But after years of trying, I’m glad to report that we’ve managed to unearth some amazing sound!

It’s very very tough to find good clean copies of this title (same goes for The Slider), let alone copies with White Hot sound, so any fan of the band should probably snap this up.

What amazing sides of this Glam Rock Masterpiece from 1971 have to offer is not hard to hear:

  • The biggest, most immediate staging in the largest acoustic space
  • The most Tubey Magic, without which you have almost nothing. CDs give you clean and clear. Only the best vintage vinyl pressings offer the kind of Tubey Magic that was on the tapes in 1971
  • Tight, note-like, rich, full-bodied bass, with the correct amount of weight down low
  • Natural tonality in the midrange — with all the instruments (and effects!) having the correct timbre
  • Transparency and resolution, critical to hearing into the three-dimensional studio space

No doubt there’s more but we hope that should do for now. Playing the record is of course the only way to hear all of the above. (more…)