Sonic Grade: B+
One of the best Half Speed Mastered Records we have ever played.
In our recent shootout we were shocked — shocked — to hear how good our old copy of Diamonds and Rust on Nautilus sounded head to head against the best first pressings. Hard to believe, but it actually beat every one.
If I hadn’t heard it with my own two ears I wouldn’t have believed it.
OUR MOST RECENT HOT STAMPER COMMENTARY
- If all you know are the originals you will be surprised at just how rich, natural and Tubey Magical the sound here can be
- Guaranteed to handily beat the Nautilus Half-Speed as well as the TAS List-approved MoFi (which is awful by the way)
- Five Stars: “…the real hit was the title track, a self-penned masterpiece and… her finest moment as a songwriter…”
Wonderful sound — rich, full, warm, and sweet. The vocals are full-bodied and breathy. The acoustic guitars are fairly natural for a pop recording from 1975.
Play Jesse on side two to hear the lovely space of the studio, as well as more harmonic extension on the acoustic instruments. Watch out for track two; the EQ on the vocal is always a problem. (more…)