What to listen for on this album? That’s easy: The all-too-common ’70s EMI harshness and shrillness.
We could never understand why audiophiles revered EMI the way they did back in the ’70s. Harry Pearson loved many of their recordings, but I sure didn’t. To this day, some of the records on the TAS List seem to me better suited to the Stone Age Stereos of the ’70s than the modern systems of today.
I chalk it up — as I do most of the mistaken judgments audiophiles tend to make about the sound of records, my own judgments included — to the four basics:
- the limitations of the equipment,
- bad setups,
- bad rooms, and
- poor record cleaning
If you had vintage tube equipment back in the ’70s such as McIntosh, Marantz, etc. — I myself had an Audio Research SP3-A1 and a D-75a, later a D-76a — the flaws heard on most copies of this record wouldn’t be nearly as offensive as they are to those of us playing them on the much more revealing systems that exist today.
Today’s modern systems, painstakingly set up and tweaked through trial and error, in heavily treated rooms, using only records that have been subjected to the most advanced cleaning technologies — these are what make it possible to know what your records really sound like.
The more revealing, more accurate systems of today are in fact what make it possible for us to do our job.
We used to not do it as well, and we talk about it in our Live and Learn section.
You, of course, have the option of hearing our records any way you like. They should sound amazing on your system and in your room, and we stand behind that claim with a 100% Money Back Guarantee. The cleaning and evaluation of the sound has been done. The record is correct. All you need to do is play it back properly.
With each improvement you make in your system, the kinds of high quality pressings we sell — we call them Hot Stampers — will continue to reveal better and better sound in their grooves.
This is not true for the Modern Heavy Vinyl reissue. The better a system gets, the more the faults of those pressings come to light. This typically sad story is one that is all too common with our customers. (more…)