Over the years we’ve had the pleasure of playing some copies of her mono album from 1957, but it has never sounded very good to us and we stopped buying them years ago.
If you see one for cheap, pick it up. The music is wonderful. Many of Peggy Lee’s performances are superb, if not definitive.
To make our case, check out Miss Lee’s wonderfully delicate rendering of “It Never Entered My Mind.” I know of none better.
This guy is pretty good too. We sell Hot Stamper pressings of this 1964 release, or at least we used to. Can’t find them anymore. The one album of his that belongs in every collection is this one, a collaboration of the ages.
We play mediocre-to-bad sounding pressings so that you don’t have to, a public service from your record-loving friends at Better Records.
You can find this one in our Hall of Shame, along with others that — in our opinion — are best avoided by audiophiles looking for hi-fidelity sound. Some of these records may have passable sonics, but we found the music less than compelling. These are also records you can safely avoid.
We also have an Audiophile Record Hall of Shame for records that were marketed to audiophiles for their putatively superior sound. If you’ve spent any time on this blog at all, you know that these records are some of the worst sounding pressings we have ever had the displeasure to play.
We routinely play them in our Hot Stamper Shootouts against the vintage records that we offer, and are often surprised at just how bad an “audiophile record” can sound and still be considered an “audiophile record.”