It’s not easy to find copies that get the tonal balance right the way the best copies do. Most err in one of two ways — either they’re rich, full and a little veiled, or they’re clear and transparent, but leaned-out and boosted.
The clear ones of course are the ones that initially fool you — they present an illusion of transparency because everything is easy to hear right from the get-go, but they quickly wear out their welcome with their more “modern”, leaner sound.
The choruses are telling here. With so many background singers, the size and weight and energy of the singers only comes through on the copies that are full and rich.
What Else to Listen For (WETLF?)
The jug on Walking Slow — you gotta love it!