1986 – Not the best year for recording quality
Exhibit A: Paul Simon’s Graceland.
Exhibit B: Peter Gabriel’s So.
Nothing further, your honor.
1970 turned out to be a great year in music. I wouldn’t want to be without any of the 17 albums listed below.
Tea for the Tillerman,
Bridge Over Troubled Water,
Tumbleweed Connection and the Self-Titled Album,
After the Goldrush,
The Yes Album,
McCartney / Self-Titled,
Stephen Stills / Self-Titled,
Van Morrison / His Band And Street Choir,
Let It Be,
Twelve Dreams of Dr. Sardonicus
and there are surely many other Must Owns from 1970 we could name if we simply took the time to list them.
Here is a more complete list of our favorite albums from 1970.
The complete list of titles from 1970 that we’ve reviewed to date can be found here.
Note that on any given day we do not have a single Hot Stamper pressing on the site of more than a few of the albums you see listed.
All of them are getting very hard to find with the right stampers in audiophile playing condition.
The book below tells the story of four of these albums well, and comes highly recommended:
We’re big fans of this album, and a Shootout Winning Hot Stamper copy like this one will show you exactly why. It’s a favorite recording of ours here at Better Records for one very simple reason: Candy-O has got The BIG ROCK SOUND we love!
Drop the needle on Let’s Go and check out the sound of the big floor tom. When the drummer bangs on that thing, you FEEL it! It’s similar to the effect of being in the room with live musicians — it’s the difference between hearing the music and feeling the music. That difference is what you get from our best Hot Stamper copies when you turn them up good and loud and let them ROCK your world.
A New Wave Classic
What other New Wave band ever recorded an album with this kind of demonstration quality sound? The sound of the best copies positively JUMPS out of the speakers. No album by Blondie, Television, The Pretenders or any of their contemporaries can begin to compete with this kind of huge, lively, powerful sound, with the possible exception of the Talking Heads’ Little Creatures.
We are HUGE fans of the album at Better Records, but it’s taken us a long time to pull together enough clean copies to make the shootout happen. Boy, was it worth all the trouble.
The presence and immediacy here of Nat King Cole’s vocals are ’50s Capitol Recording Magic at its best. Set the volume right and Nat is right between your speakers, putting on the performance of a lifetime. The selection of material and the contributions of all involved are hard to fault.
The sound is big, open, rich and full, with loads of Tubey Magic. The highs are extended and silky sweet. The bass is tight and punchy.
Midrange Magic to Die For
This Rainbow Label Capitol LP also has the MIDRANGE MAGIC that’s missing from the DCC reissue (and no doubt any others that will be coming down the pike). As good as some think that pressing is, this one is dramatically more REAL sounding. (more…)