Classic Records remastered this album back in the day, and I can see why: the average pressing on Roulette is borderline unlistenable. Of course we didn’t know that when we started this shootout. We had found a nice sounding copy and subsequently went on the hunt for more. Little did we know how wide the variation in sound quality we would find on the original Orange Label pressings. There was simply no denying that many of the copies we played were just too thin, shrill and pinched in the midrange to be of any interest to our audiophile customers.
As mediocre as Bernie’s Classic cutting may be, it’s still better than the average Roulette original one might throw on the turntable.
And you can forget the monos completely; they were by far the worst sounding of them all.