Two stunning sides each earning Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) grades – a big step up over every other copy from our recent shootout
Richer, clearer and more tonally correct, with more energy and presence, all qualities that help to bring this music to life
Janis’s vocals sound right on the money here – smooth enough to let you crank this one up good and loud without the sound getting hard and edgy
5 stars: “Janis Joplin’s second masterpiece (after Cheap Thrills), Pearl was designed as a showcase for her powerhouse vocals, stripping down the arrangements that had often previously cluttered her music or threatened to drown her out.”
Vintage covers for this album are hard to find in clean shape. Most of them will have at least some amount of ringwear, seam wear and edge wear. We guarantee that the cover we supply with this Hot Stamper is at least VG, and it will probably be VG+. If you are picky about your covers please let us know in advance so that we can be sure we have a nice cover for you.
Both sides are noticeably sweeter and more open up top than the average copy. Most everything that we look for in a Hot Stamper Pearl is happening on this copy: presence to the vocals; weight to the piano; texture and definition to the bass; a Tubey Magical midrange; freedom from grit and grain and so forth.
It’s not a perfect record — no copy of Pearl will ever be — but it’s better in all the ways that make the music really work. That’s what a Hot Stamper is all about!
None of this is to say that you’ll put this one on your top shelf with your Ajas and your Tea for the Tillermans, but this copy has the kind of sound you’d never guess was possible listening to the average copy.(more…)
This album has got that trippy ’60s San Francisco sound, no doubt about it. Those of you who are familiar with Jefferson Airplane’s Surrealistic Pillow or the early Grateful Dead albums know what I’m talking about. Like you might expect from this mixture of blues and psychedelic rock, the sound can be a bit raw. That’s surely the way the band wanted you to hear it, and this copy gives you, more than anything else, the right sound for this music.(more…)
A distinguished member of the Better Records Rock and Pop Hall of Fame.
This Columbia 360 Label White Hot Stamper pressing is THE CURE for Dem Ol’ Kozmic Blues.
This side one takes the album to places only hinted at on the other copies we played. Drop the needle on the song Try and just listen to how crisp, punchy, and BIG the drums sound. When Janis starts singing, watch out — her voice positively JUMPS out of the speakers, something we didn’t experience on many other copies. The bottom end has real weight and the top end is silky and extended. The overall sound is richer, fuller, and smoother than any side one we’ve ever played. (more…)
With outstanding Double Plus (A++) sound from first note to last, Janis is ROCKIN’ on this very quiet original copy
This pressing has the ideal combination of openness and transparency, coupled with the richness and solidity of vintage analog
When Janis starts singing, watch out – her voice positively jumps out of the speakers, something we heard on very few copies in our shootout
Features Try, one of Janis’s All Time Classics — and with these grades you can be sure it sounds positively amazing here
This Columbia 360 Label is the cure for Dem Ol’ Kozmic Blues!
Drop the needle on the great song Try and just listen to how crisp, punchy, and BIG the drums sound. When Janis starts singing, watch out — her voice positively JUMPS out of the speakers, something we didn’t hear her do on any other copies quite as well.
The bottom end has real weight and the top end is silky and extended. The overall sound is richer, fuller, and smoother than any side one we’ve ever played.
ENERGY is the key element missing from most copies, but not on this bad boy (or girl if you prefer). The electric guitars are super Tubey Magical and the bass is solid and punchy.(more…)