Sonic Grade: F
A Hall of Shame pressing and another Half Speed debunked.
We had two copies of the CBS Half-Speed in stock, and having just done a big shootout for the album, we decided to play them to see how they stood up against The Real Thing, the real thing in this case being a pretty common pressing: a plain old Columbia original.
One copy was dead as a doornail, so smooth, opaque and lifeless it would put you to sleep.
The other literally sounded like a CD, and not a very good one at that! Grungy, gritty, hard and cold, it was everything we analog lovers hate about digital.
We grade both copies F for Failing. If you want a good sounding one steer clear of the CBS Half Speed. (more…)