One of the few copies to ever hit the site and boy is it KILLER — Triple Plus (A+++) sound on the second side and Double Plus (A++) on the first
The sound is incredibly rich, full and Tubey Magical with tons of energy and a nice extended top end
Robert Christgau noted that “Charles tried many times, but except for Modern Sounds, he never again assembled such a consistent album in this mode.”
“Charles’ voice is heard throughout in peak form, giving soul to even the veteran standards.”
Tom Dowd engineered on Ampex 3 Track through an All Tube chain (this is 1959 after all), Quincy Jones did the arrangements, and Ray sang the hell out of this great batch of songs — all the ingredients in a recipe for soul are here.
Top tracks on the first side: Let The Good Times Roll, It Had To Be You and When Your Lover Has Gone.(more…)
An excellent sounding copy with solid Double Plus (A++) sound on both sides
This compilation gives you a taste of Ray’s great instrumental tracks, all in surprisingly good sound
Like any compilation the sound varies from track to track, but most of the material here sounds WONDERFUL!
You may have noticed that Tom Dowd, the recording engineer for these tracks, receives a fair amount of criticism on our site. We’re not always fans of his work on rock albums, but on jazz music he usually managed to do a great job. The sound is open, sweet, transparent, rich — all the stuff we like here at Better Records. (more…)
Folks, I have to hand it to Steve Hoffman — this is the BEST SOUNDING DCC LP we have played in years.
We’ve been harshin’ on DCC for quite a while now. Whenever we do a shootout for The Eagles or The Doors or Bonnie Raitt or Queen or you name it, the DCC pressing almost always gets a serious drubbing from our listening panel. Not so here. This one took TOP HONORS against the other copies we played and was head and shoulders better sounding in practically every way.
Do all the copies of the DCC sound this good? I would bet money right now they don’t. Folks, I’m guessing this is a Hot Stamper. It was pressed just right and all the Hoffman magic is in these grooves. But that’s just a guess, and I could easily be wrong. If you have a few copies at home, shoot them out! What, you don’t have a bunch of these? Me neither, so no shootout will probably ever be done. This album is just too rare and pricey these days.
Bottom line: We know a good record when we hear one, and this is a very good record indeed! Bravo to Steve for a job well done.