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<br>Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young - So Far<p>Our Shootout Winner from 2012</p>

Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young - So Far

Our Shootout Winner from 2012

A distinguished member of the Better Records Rock Hall of Fame.

We've put together two Shootout Winning White Hot Stamper sides to give you the ultimate So Far. It took two separate records to do it, however, as most copies of the album do not rise above the level of mediocre, and mediocre is not what we sell here at Better Records.

The killer sides here sound like they are made from the MASTER TAPE. They trounced any and all comers during the shootout. No other copies earned Three Pluses, only these two.

More So Far / More CSN&Y

Sku # : crosbsofar_2012
Manufacturer : Atlantic LP

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The sound is BIG and BOLD as it gets -- the music practically LEAPS out of the speakers. That's what we call Hot Stamper sound.

This is a very difficult record to find with proper mastering (and good vinyl, ouch!). It seems that all of Crosby, Stills and Nash's albums are that way. The average domestic pressing rarely even hints at how well recorded this band really was. In my experience not even one out of ten LPs sounds right; I put the figure at one out of twenty. Most of them are shrill, dull, grainy, flat, opaque, harsh and in varying degrees suffer from every other mastering and pressing malady known to man.

But the best ones have some tracks in superb sound. When you hear the Hot Stampers for records like this you will simply be AMAZED. If you've ever heard a really good If Only I Could Remember My Name, an album that CAN be found with proper mastering, that should give you some idea of how good the first two albums can sound.

Side One - Record One

A+++, so rich and tubey, that is the Barncard sound we love! Lots of space, huge amounts of bottom end, a full-bodied, solid piano -- these are qualities that are rarely heard on So Far, but they can sure be heard on this copy.

On Find the Cost of Freedom the voices are jumping out, so big and powerful but still rich and not strained. That is the right sound for this music and no other copy we played had it.

The other side here is veiled and small and slightly thin. It's not bad, better than average, but far from what it should be.

Side Two - Record Two

A+++, pretty much the same sound we describe above, which makes sense: we found the sound we were looking for on side two, we just happened to find it on another record. Listen to how lively the sound is, with especially punchy drums on the first track.

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