If you own the Classic Records reissue from the early 2000s, hearing a Hot Stamper pressing is sure to be a revelation.
The Classic pressing was dead as a doornail. It was more thick, it was more opaque, and it was more compressed than most of the originals we played, originals which we noted had problems in all three areas to start with.
Bernie did the album no favors, that I can tell you.
Head to head in a shootout, our Hot Stampers will be dramatically more solid, punchy, transparent, open, clear and just plain REAL sounding, because these are all the areas in which heavy vinyl pressings tend to fall short.
Here are a few commentaries you may care to read about Bernie Grundman‘s work as a mastering engineer, good and bad.