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Letter of the Week – Bread

One of our good customers had this to say about some Hot Stampers he purchased recently:

Hey Tom, 

I’m listening to this Bread Hot Stamper… just stunning. The simple 3 minute songs… Keyboards coming out of the speakers and the bass from this pressing is just ridiculously deep, solid and tight. I can’t believe how much I love this music in all its glory.

Andy (more…)

Bread and Elektra Analog – A Double-Edged Sword that Cuts Both Ways (Don’t They All?)

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Another in our series of Home Audio Exercises with specific advice on What to Listen For (WTLF) as you go about critically evaluating your copies of Bread.

Manna has the clear signature of Elektra from the late ’60s and early ’70s. It’s unmistakably ANALOG, but that double-edged sword cuts both ways. Richness and Tubey Magic (the kind you had in your old ’70s stereo equipment) often comes at the expense of transparency, clarity, speed and transient information (the things your ’70s equipment probably had more trouble with).

We heard a lot of copies that were opaque, smeary and dull up top, so the trick for us (and for those of you doing your own shootouts) is to find a copy with the resolving power and transparency that will cut through the thickness. (more…)