- With two incredible Nearly Triple Plus (A++ to A+++) sides, this original Impulse pressing is close to the BEST we have ever heard, right up there with our Shootout Winner – fairly quiet vinyl too
- This copy was bigger, richer and clearer, with less smear and distortion, and more Tubey Magic, than practically all others we played
- Recorded in 1967, this vintage stereo pressing boasts exceptionally natural guitar sound, as well as note-like bass and the kind of energy you rarely get outside of a live performance
- Marks in the vinyl are sometimes the nature of the beast with these vintage LPs – there simply is no way around them if the superior sound of vintage analog is important to you
- 4 1/2 stars: “In 1967, guitarist Gabor Szabo had his finest working group, a quintet with the very complementary fellow guitarist Jimmy Stewart, bassist Louis Kabok, either Marty Morrell or Bill Goodwin on drums and percussionist Hal Gordon.”
This is a live recording that’s got that small jazz club feel. “Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds” runs almost ten minutes and gives everybody involved a chance to stretch out. “People” is also exceptionally good here.
It’s hard to find a recording Szabo did that isn’t full of Tubey Magic, huge studio space and right-on-the-money instrumental timbres. This album is right up there with the best of his recordings, courtesy of the two top engineers noted below.