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<br>Bonnie Raitt - Nick Of Time<p>What to Listen For</p>




Bonnie Raitt - Nick Of Time

What to Listen For


Another in our series of Home Audio Exercises with advice on What to Listen For (WTLF) as you critically evaluate your copy of Nick of Time.

One of the biggest problems we ran into over and over again with this album is a lack of top end. The sound gets a bit smooth and some of the ambience and spaciousness of the studio disappears. (This, to a much stronger degree, is the problem from which the DCC suffers.)

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On the best copies note how silky the cymbal crashes are; not too many copies get them to sound that way.

The sound has the potential to be POWERFULLY BIG AND BOLD, with meaty, deep bass (such a big part of the rockers here, Thing Called Love being a prime example) and some of the sweetest, richest, most ANALOG sound we've heard from any record Don Was has been involved with.

When you hear it like this -- something probably pretty close to what he heard during the control room playback for the final mix -- it actually makes sense. It works. It's not exactly "natural", but natural is not what they were going for, now is it?

What to Listen For (WTLF)

Listen especially for how all the elements of the recording are clearly laid out and audible, never forced or hyped in any way. The sound can be so 3-D!

Key note for side two -- listen for the sibilance on Bonnie's voice on Too Soon to Tell. Some copies have really gritty spitty sibilance, others keep it well under control, with a much more silky quality.

We play albums like this VERY LOUD. I've seen Bonnie Raitt live a number of times and although I can't begin to get her to play as loud in my livingroom as she did on stage, I can try. To do less is to do her a great disservice.


Further Reading

...along these lines can be found below. Here are some of the other records we've identified with Sibliance Issues.

Here is a list of more records that rank high on our Difficulty of Reproduction Scale. Do not attempt to play them using anything but the best equipment.

Here's a link with advice for setting up your Table, Arm and Cartridge that can be found in a section containing Audio Advice of all kinds.

This listing is a general guide to Getting the Most Out Of Your Records.

Using the techniques we lay out in Hot Stamper Shootouts -- The Four Pillars of Success, you can find your very own Hot Stamper pressings.

Record shootouts are also the fastest and easiest way to hone your listening skills, a subject we discuss often on the site and directly address in this commentary from way back in 2005.

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