An incredible sounding copy with Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) sound or very close to it on both sides
One of our favorite Hippie Folk Rock albums – the instruments and voices seem to be right in your listening room
The Tubey Magical acoustic guitars on this record are a true test of stereo reproduction – thanks Ken Scott!
“America’s debut album is a folk-pop classic, a stellar collection of memorable songs that would prove influential on such acts as the Eagles and Dan Fogelberg…”
This is clearly America’s best album, and on the better pressings like this one the sound is worthy of Demo Disc status. You’ll find the kind of immediacy, richness and harmonic texture that not many records (and even fewer CDs) are capable of reproducing.
The version we are offering here has the song A Horse With No Name. Some copies without that song can sound very good as well, but with grades these good this copy is going to be very hard to beat.
Interestingly A Horse With No Name never sounds quite as good as the rest of the album. It was recorded after the album came out in 1971 and added to later pressings starting in 1972. Unlike the rest of the album, it was not engineered by Ken Scott at Trident, but by a different engineer at Morgan Studios.(more…)
An outstanding copy of America’s second album, boasting Double Plus (A++) sound or BETTER on both sides
This is a simply wonderful Green Label original pressing – big and rich with excellent transparency and breathy vocals
Some of the most tubey, warm acoustic guitar reproduction you could ever ask for – this is the sound of real analog!
Ventura Highway sounds amazing here, as does everything else; it’s a Demo Disc for acoustic guitars and vocals
The guitars on this record are a true test of stereo reproduction quality. Most of the pressings of this record do not get the guitars to sound right. And when the guitars are perfection, the voices and all the other instruments are right as well. Let’s face it: they just don’t know how to make acoustic guitars sound like this anymore. You have to go back to 40+ year old records like this one to find that sound.
Warner Brothers Green Labels
Green label Warner Brothers originals are sonically all over the map. The biggest problem these pressings suffer from is a lack of extreme top end to provide harmonics for the guitars. The guitars on this copy sound just right, really sweet and open. On the average copy, they sound veiled and dull.(more…)