The copy or copies we’ve auditioned in the past did not impress us sonically, so don’t expect to see Hot Stampers of this title on OJC coming to the Better Records website any time soon.
The music might be wonderful — we unreservedly follow the maxim de gustibus non est disputandum — but the sound of this pressing is not likely to be of audiophile quality.
There may be great sounding pressings of the album – how could we possibly know there aren’t without playing every version ever pressed — but we’re pretty sure the OJC pictured here will always fall short of the mark.
If you know of a great sounding pressing of the album, feel free to let us in on what pressing you have and we might just pick one up and give it a listen.
We’ve auditioned countless pressings like this one in the 33 years we’ve been in business — buying, cleaning and playing them by the thousands. This is how we find the best sounding vinyl pressings ever made. Not the ones that should sound the best. The ones that actually do sound the best.
If you’re an audiophile looking for top quality sound on vintage vinyl, we’d be happy to send you the Hot Stamper pressing guaranteed to beat anything and everything you’ve heard, especially if you have any pressing marketed to you as an audiophile.
And if we can’t beat whatever LP you own or have heard, you get your money back. It’s as simple as that.
A1 Ralph’s New Blues 7:09
A2 All Of You 4:26
A3 I’ll Remember April 5:07
B1 Gershwin Medley: Soon / For You, For Me, Forevermore / Love Walked In / Our Love Is Here To Stay 7:55
B2 Softly, As In Morning Sunrise 7:57
Bass – Percy Heath
Design [Cover] – Bob Parent
Drums – Connie Kay
Engineer – Van Gelder*
Liner Notes – Ira Gitler
Photography [Cover] – Courtesy Of French Government Tourist Bureau
Piano – John Lewis (2)
Supervised By – Bob Weinstock
Vibraphone – Milt Jackson
Recorded in 1955.