The painstaking process begins by scouring the used market—from Salvation Army bins to eBay—for a dozen or more clean copies of an album. Grunt work completed, the hot stamper king and his minions meet in the Better Records listening room for a round of tests dubbed a "Shootout.
By the standards of your stereotypical tube-loving, power-junkie audiophile, the amp Port uses as the hub of his Shootout machine is shockingly ordinary: a s Japanese integrated transistor amp rated at a feeble 30 watts per channel, a typical thrift-store find.
That can sound nice, but I need accuracy. The other components are much more upscale. Everything has been carefully selected for sonic neutrality. This isn't about conjuring mega-bass or shimmering highs. The goal is flat frequency response, getting as close as possible to the sound on the original master tape. Nothing added or subtracted. When the shootout finally gets underway, lights are dimmed, eyelids fall and ears peak.
With each cut sampled, the usual things are carefully pondered: presence, frequency extension, transparency, soundstage, texture, tonal correctness, and an elusive quirk called "tubey magic" seriously. Every element is scrutinized in granular detail. If opinions diverge or memories fail, reference copies are pulled from the archive to check benchmarks. It's tedious work. When the grades are tabulated, a sonic pecking order emerges:.
It's tempting to dismiss hot stampers as pseudoscience, like cryogenically treated speaker cables , power amp fuses zapped with Tesla coils , and every other confidence scheme devised to separate affluent middle-aged audiophiles from the contents of their wallets.
Talk to enough studio engineers and record plant technicians, though, and it becomes apparent that the aural disparity between records that Tom Port prattles on about really does exist. Industry experts agree that copies of the same album can, and often do, sound different; sometimes a little, sometimes a lot. Not just from copy to copy, and from side A to side B, but from track to track, and, yes, even within the same track.
In fact, vinyl records made on the same stamper, during the same production run also can vary in sound quality. Other copies, bearing different record labels, pressed in different countries, using different equipment and personnel, will impart their own sonic flavor, which only muddles the issue further. Only the producer, the mastering, and cutting engineers really know what that record was supposed to sound like.
Most members of hobbyist web forums who discuss vinyl records are vehemently anti-hot stamper. It's the exorbitant markup, of course, that provokes all the outrage.
The first pressing, mastered by a young Bob Ludwig , beats every other pressing and reissue by a wide margin. This record is easily identified by scanning the matrix, a product code located in the run-out area next to the label. Known among dealers as the "hot mix," it has such energy and dynamic range that when it was released it caused the needles on cheap record players to literally jump out of the grooves.
This happened when Ahmet Ertegun, the president of Atlantic Records, brought a copy home to his daughter. Judging the record defective, he immediately ordered a new pressing with the signal dialed down and compressed. By the time Voodoo Lounge came out the Stones had a back-catalog of hits that stands today as classic.
A band on top of their game works that catalog to great effect with good mix and production throughout. A live stones treasure, very enjoyable. A personal observation: One aspect of the Stones' success is their ever present ability to "slot into the groove" of almost any song they want.
It is evident in every selection here, for sure. I am so gale that came it. It has 5 songs that were not on the original release. See all reviews from the United States.
Top international reviews. Translate all reviews to English. Those four songs though are amongst some of the best songs from the concert for me anyway. Thank you for your feedback. Sorry, we failed to record your vote.
Please try again. Feeling disappointed! This is not the uncut Voodoo Lounge, it is a concert they performed in in Miami!! Honestly, I believe the Rolling Stones want to sell lots of live concerts as they've done hundreds of performances. Unfortunately, that's all they have now.
However, if they would have published it as "The Miami concert" they wouldn't have sold as many records as "The uncut version" of the Voodoo Lounge. Sadly, in this "uncut" version you will find only a few songs from the Voodoo Lounge. The worst part of all, is that, as some people had commented before, the sound quality is V poor.
This is surprising as the recording quality by 's was excellent. If you want to have historic record and you don't bother about the sound quality, this 'bootleg' is suitable for you. Otherwise, you'll be disappointed. Amazon sortiert hier leider nicht ganz richtig Eine "Vault"-Reihe darf auch mal wieder tiefer graben.
So klingt der Sound insgesamt breiig und dumpf. Der Applaus und der Jubel des Publikums klingt ebenso distanziert und verwaschen. Schade, eigentlich erwartet man von einer vermutlich digital aufgezeichneten Aufnahme aus den 90ern wesentlich mehr. Allgemeine Aufmachung: Auch hier wird mittlerweile immer mehr gespart.
Die gibt es mittlerweile auch nicht mehr dazu und muss separat gekauft werden. Translate review to English. My son is a big Stones fan and collector. I know he wanted this and bought it for his birthday, actually on Christmas Day. He will love it!! One person found this helpful. Excellent recording and pressing. Sound on vinyl is superb. Load more international reviews. I like dvd. Whats to say its the Stones at thier best. I have no comment to make, it will be given at Christmas.
Husband loved it. Releasing DVD's as well as live album. The item was for my Stones collection. Joy to the World. Hoyt Axton. An Old Fashioned Love Song. Paul Williams. Never Been to Spain. The Family of Man. Black and White. Pieces of April. Dave Loggins. Let Me Serenade You. John Finley. The Show Must Go On. Off the Bone CD. Human Fly 2. The Way I Walk 3. Domino 4. Surfin' Bird 5. Lonesome Town 6. Garbageman 7. Fever 8. Drug Train 9. Love Me I Can't Hardly Stand It Goo Goo Muck She Said The Crusher Save It New Kind of Kick Uranium Rock Good Taste Live.
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