A distinguished member of the Better Records Rock and Pop Hall of Fame.
HOT STAMPERS FOR THIS NEIL YOUNG GEM FINALLY DISCOVERED. We’ve been trying for quite a while to find a copy of this album with the kind of wall-to-wall, floor-to-ceiling sound we get from the best copies of Zuma and After The Gold Rush, but it’s been quite the tough task. We love the music, but most of the copies we played left us wondering if we’d ever play one worthy of the Hot Stamper designation. Well, folks, I’m pleased to report that we’ve finally confirmed what we had imagined and hoped — that on the best pressings, this album can sound OUT OF THIS WORLD.
Before we get to discussing the sound of this album and this specific copy, I want to take a moment to acknowledge the string of superb albums Neil released from 1970 to 1976. I mean, look at these titles: After The Gold Rush, Harvest, On The Beach, Tonight’s The Night, and Zuma. Not a dog in the lot, to say the least. I can’t think of anyone else besides Led Zep (first five titles) and The Beatles (pick ’em!) who put out at least this many killer albums consecutively. We consider each of those albums a work of genius, and after this week’s progress with On The Beach, we can proudly claim to have found copies of each with the sonic credentials necessary to bring you these masterpieces at their absolute best — exactly the way you want to hear them.
That Live In The Studio Sound
On the best copies, the title track is OUT OF THIS WORLD. It’s got that live-in-the-studio sound we recognize and love from Zuma, but in this case it sounds like it was recorded at three in the morning in a room full of pot smoke. When you play a Hot Stamper copy, the soundfield is HUGE — big, wide, and deep — and there’s lots of space around each of the instruments. You will not believe all the studio ambience, and you can probably catch a contact high from it. (more…)