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This British original EG Super DeLuxe pressing of Avalon has White Hot Stamper sound on BOTH sides. We guarantee you have never begun to hear this music sound this clear, open and present. Right from the start the synths on track one were breathy and floating on a bed of cool studio air — we knew this side was going to be awesome, and of course the more we played it the better it got. Nothing could touch it.
By the time we got to side two and heard its sonic equal we knew we had the Shootout Winner in hand. With quiet import vinyl, this copy sets a standard not one out of fifty Avalons could hope to meet.
This album rewards a stereo with many of the qualities that audiophiles prize most highly when selecting equipment — spaciousness, transparency, clarity, detail, depth, soundstaging, speed, high frequency extension, and the like. Those qualities are important but not enough for big speaker rock and roll guys like us, but on this record they are key to reproducing the best of what Avalon has to offer.
We would add to that list presence and energy, along with warmth, fullness and lack of smear on the transients. Whomp and rock and roll power do not seem to play much part in separating the best from the rest, although it’s nice when the bottom end is big and solid.
That said, the copies that are exceptionally open, clear and big present this music the way it was meant to be heard. The mix is as dense as any we know. Only the best copies have the ability to show you everything that’s on the tape. Credit must go to the amazingly talented Rhett Davies for creating the space to put so many instruments and sounds in.
A+++. The vocals are full and rich yet the percussion is delicate and clear, surrounded by so much space. My notes read “Wow! Just right!”. Nothing could touch it. (more…)