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In 2005, after doing a big shootout with a British original, Japanese pressings and domestic pressings, I was shocked to find that I actually think my Hot Stamper domestic pressing gets the sound of this side [two] better than any of the others. The Brit is silky smooth, but it’s a little too smooth and doesn’t rock on this song the way the domestic copy does.
I was also shocked to note that the American original seems to be made not from a dub but rather from a real master tape. The tell tale signs of a sub-generation tape are inaudible.
The domestic copy I am discussing here has the same stampers as a White Label Promo that I sold a while back. Most domestic copies of Bare Trees are not very good and don’t sound like this one. (more…)