- An incredible copy of Mother Lode with Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) sound from first note to last
- A surprisingly well-recorded album – with Demo Disc quality sound – and a personal favorite from way back
- I can’t recall another pop or rock recording that captures either the plucked energy or the harmonic nuances of the mandolin better
- Never a band to find favor with the critics, even Allmusic had to concede that the album was “Elegantly, tastefully accomplished.”
This superb Hot Stamper pressing of L&M’s fourth release demonstrates pretty convincingly just how well-recorded this album is! The bottom end is tight and punchy, and the clarity and transparency are truly off-the-charts.
When Jim Messina rips into his mandolin solo half way through Be Free, your jaw is likely to hit the ground. On the best copies, it positively LEAPS out of the left speaker. I can’t recall another pop or rock recording that captures either the plucked energy or the harmonic nuances of the instrument better. To hear such a well-recorded mandolin on a copy of this quality is nothing less than a THRILL.
This copy gives us full-bodied pianos; rich, lively vocals, full of presence and brimming with enthusiasm; harmonically-rich guitars, mandolins, dobros and the like, as well as a three-dimensional soundstage that reveals the space around them all. (more…)