MASTER TAPE SOUND on BOTH sides of this British White Hot Stamper LP! Having played scores of copies over the years, this is As Good As It Gets as far as we know. Want to be blown away by Beatles sound you never imagined you would ever have the chance to experience for yourself? Drop the needle on Taxman on this very side one — that’s your ticket to ride, baby! We were blown away and we guarantee you will be too.
Both sides of this killer pressing have all the qualities we look for on this album: vocal presence, Tubey Magic, huge weight to the bottom end, and most importantly of all, SERIOUS ENERGY. It’s also very smooth, sweet and above all analog-sounding — the grit and grain that ruin the typical pressing are nowhere to be found here.
Life As We Know It
This knockout copy clearly had the most ENERGY of any copy we played. Unlike so many copies of the album, the band here is enthusiastic and rockin’ like crazy. Right off the bat the electric guitar transients were just jumping out of the speakers in a way that no other copy managed to achieve. This copy brings the music to LIFE in a way that no other we have heard could. That’s our definition of White Hot Stamper sound in a nutshell.
A+++, super clear and clean and rockin’ like you will not believe. Zero smear. Zero distortion. As BIG and SOLID as a rock record can sound. Not as Tubey-Magical as some other copies we heard, but is that sound really on the tape, or is that a mastering coloration? We don’t know, no one does, but we love the fact that this copy has ZERO coloration. It lets us think we are sitting in the control room for a playback with Geoff and George.
A+++ again, but not in the same way. This side is richer than side one, but every bit as big and clear. I was tempted to award it our famous Four Plus grade, but what the hell, Three Pluses is supposed to be As Good As It Gets, and this side is definitely that.
Listen to how grungy and smooth the guitars are on And Your Bird Can Sing — they are perfection! My notes say this copy is by far the best side two we heard, and that pretty much says it all.
The Revolver Revolution Beginning in 2007
Finding amazingly good sounding copies of Revolver used to be almost impossible. The typical British Parlophone or Apple pressing, as well as every German, Japanese and domestic LP we played a few years back just plain sucked. Where was the analog magic we heard in the albums before and after, the rapturously wonderful sound that’s all over our Hot Stamper Rubber Souls and Sgt. Peppers? How could Revolver go so horribly off the rails for no apparent reason? (more…)