This A&M LP has PUNCHY LOW-END that really drives this rhythmically charged music! Sting’s pulsing bass lines and the massive assault of Stewart Copeland’s kick drum really come to life on this Hot Stamper pressing.
Though it lacks some of the high end extension and midrange “prettiness” of the half-speed, we feel that this copy presents the music much more correctly. This is Reggae-Rock; it needs good tight bass to drive the music and keep up the pace, and half-speed mastered records almost never get the bass to sound deep, solid and punchy the way full-speed-mastered records do. (more…)
Finally, a killer copy of Zenyatta Mondatta worthy of the White Hot Stamper designation! It is brutally difficult to find great copies of this album, which explains why only a handful have gone up since 2006. And given our expanded resources and refined shootout process, not to mention the expertise we’ve gained in the thousands of hours of listening we’ve done since that time, I have to believe that this is one of the best sounding copies we’ve ever found. Police fans, this is the ONE.
This copy did everything we wanted and then some. It’s big, bold and lively with the kind of powerful bottom end that brings out the best in The Police. The vocals are present, the bass is well-defined, the guitar has harmonic texture and the drums are punchy and lively. I don’t think you could find a better sounding version of this album no matter how hard you tried.
As for the music, the album is an absolute classic — it leads off with Don’t Stand So Close To Me and never lets up.(more…)
The choruses get LOUD and are so POWERFUL on the best copies they make a mockery of most of the pressings out there. This is a Big Speaker Record if ever there was one.
In-Depth Track Commentary
One of the two title tracks on this record (huh?), it’s also one of the quickest ways to hear what is happening sonically on this side. It’s a high energy, take-no-prisoners rock track that usually ends up sounding bloated and brittle on the typical pressing. However, when it’s cut right it’s amazing! The bass guitar and kick should be driving the track, not making you want to skip to the next one. Also, when you can hear the separation and detail in the multitrack army of Stings during the chorus, you’re in good shape.
Walking in Your Footsteps
Is that a pan flute I hear? More than likely it’s a synth, but if you can hear the “air” going through it and all of the ambience surrounding it, you’re not off to a bad start. Also, the percussion should actually sound like a drum and not like a stack of textbooks getting smacked.(more…)