- A stunning sounding copy with a Triple Plus (A+++) side two and an excellent Double Plus (A++) side one
- The overall sound here is rich, full and solid with a nice extended top end and excellent bass – Have A Heart sounds fantastic
- About as quiet as we can find them — Mint Minus to Mint Minus Minus
- 4 1/2 stars on Allmusic: “A great comeback album that made for a great story”.
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The sound here is POWERFULLY BIG AND BOLD, with meaty, deep bass (such a big part of the rockers here, Thing Called Love being a prime example) and some of the sweetest, richest, most ANALOG sound we’ve heard from any record Don Was has been involved with.
When you hear it like this — something probably pretty close to what he heard during the control room playback for the final mix — it actually makes sense. It works. It’s not exactly “natural,” but natural is not what they were going for, now is it?
We play albums like this VERY LOUD. I’ve seen Bonnie Raitt live a number of times and although I can’t begin to get her to play as loud in my listening room as she did on stage, I can try. To do less is to do her music a profound disservice.
What to Listen For (WTLF)
Note how silky the cymbal crashes are; not too many copies get them to sound that way.
Listen especially for how all the elements of the recording are clearly laid out and audible, never forced or hyped in any way. The sound can be so 3-D!
Key note for side two — listen for the sibilance on Bonnie’s voice on Too Soon to Tell. Some copies have really gritty spitty sibilance, others keep it well under control, with a much more silky quality. (more…)