- This original RCA stereo pressing boasts KILLER Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) Living Stereo sound or close to it from first note to last – fairly quiet vinyl too
- Spacious and transparent, this copy has the three-dimensional soundstaging and layered depth that makes these kinds of records such a joy to play
- There is plenty on offer for the discriminating audiophile, with the spaciousness, clarity, tonality and freedom from artificiality that are hallmarks of the better Living Stereo recordings
- “Big Hits actually is a powerhouse anthology: the first definitive, stereo collection of mambo hits. All were re-recorded for stereo in ‘new arrangements’ as the jacket advertises… easy to find [but not in audiophile playing condition with sound this good] and very worthwhile.”
*NOTE: On side 1, there is a mark that plays 5 times lightly near the start of track 4 on side 1, “Guaglione.” On side 2, there is a mark that plays 8 times at a light to moderate level at the end of track 3, “Ruletero.”
This copy of Big Hits By Prado has a lot in common with the other Decca and Living Stereo titles we’ve listed over the years, albums by the likes of Henry Mancini, Esquivel, Dick Schory, Edmundo Ros, Arthur Lyman and a handful of others. Talk about making your speakers disappear, these records will do it!
An album like this is all about Tubey Magical Stereoscopic presentation. For us audiophiles, both the sound and the music here are enchanting. If you’re looking to demonstrate just how good 1960 All Tube Analog sound can be, this killer copy may be just the record for you.
This pressing is super spacious, sweet and positively dripping with ambience. Talk about Tubey Magic, the liquidity of the sound here is positively uncanny. This is vintage analog at its best, so full-bodied and relaxed you’ll wonder how it ever came to be that anyone seriously contemplated trying to improve it.
This IS the sound of Tubey Magic. No recordings will ever be made like this again, and no CD will ever capture what is in the grooves of this record. There may well be a CD of this album, but those of us in possession of a working turntable and a good collection of vintage vinyl could care less.