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Boston
Boston

  (Item #: bostobosto_1901_1) 

Our Price: $249.99

  • Both sides of this Top 100 Title offer superb Demo Disc Analog sound and earned Double to Triple Plus (A++ to A+++) grades for sound, just shy of White Hot
  • The multi-tracked multi-layered guitars are as big as life on this copy and are guaranteed to rock your world
  • Top sound for all the hits: More Than a Feeling, Long Time/Foreplay, Rock & Roll Band, Peace Of Mind...
  • 4 1/2 stars: "Boston is essential for any fan of classic rock, and the album marks the re-emergence of the genre in the 1970s."
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Boston - Boston

CBS Half-Speed Debunked

  (Item #: bostobosto_cbs_debunk) 



Sonic Grade: C

Another Half Speed debunked.

Lack of weight down below, or as we like to call it, Whomp Factor, is the main reason half-speed mastered records are so consistently bad. (If not bad, certainly wrong.) You can be sure that Boston would not have wanted, nor would have been willing to accept, that kind of anemic sound.

The CBS is cut clean from a good tape, so it easily beats the bad domestic pressings, of which there are many. But it can't rock. What good is a Boston record that doesn't rock? It's a contradiction in terms; the band, as well as their debut album, have no other reason to exist.

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Boston - Boston

MoFi Half-Speed Debunked

  (Item #: bostobosto_mfsl_debunk) 



Sonic Grade: F

A Hall of Shame pressing and another MoFi LP debunked.

The MoFi Anadisc has the same problems that plague the whole series: turgid, thick, blobby, murky, mucky sound. A real slogfest. Audiophile trash of the worst kind. People still pay money for this kind of bad sound? Yes they do! Go to ebay and see the high prices these records are fetching. (This is equal parts shocking and disgusting.)

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Boston - Boston

Our Shootout Winner from 2010

  (Item #: bostobosto_2010) 



A distinguished member of the Better Records Rock Hall of Fame and another in the long list of recordings that really comes alive when you Turn Up Your Volume.

MASTER TAPE SOUND! We just finished another big Boston shootout; stop me if you’ve heard this one before, but most copies are pretty darn mediocre. If you want to deal with grainy highs, hooded mids, leaned-out bass and on overall lack of enthusiasm on the part of the band, I suppose that’s your prerogative, but this music is a heckuva lot more fun when it sounds like it does on this White Hot Stamper!

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Boston Hot Stamper Testimonial

Shooting Out the Big Three

  (Item #: bostobosto_testimonial) 



This week’s letter comes from our good customer Roger, who did a little shootout of his own among three very different sounding pressings: two Half-Speeds, one by MoFi and one by CBS, probably the two most popular pressings among audiophiles, and our very own Hot Stamper LP. Here are his findings. Keep in mind that Roger bought a copy priced at $125, half the price of the best copy in our shootout.
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Dvorak / Cello Concerto - Munch / Boston

Hard to Recommend in Living Stereo

  (Item #: dvoracello_22490_test) 



I have never heard a copy of this record sound better than decent. This title is very unlikely to have the wonderful sound of the best Living Stereo pressings that you can find on our site, each of which has been carefully evaluated to the highest standards.

If you can get one for cheap, go for it. Otherwise I would pass.

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Everything But the Beer / Fiedler Conducts a Boston Pops Concert

Reviewed in 2012

  (Item #: varioevery_6082_2012) 



A distinguished member of the Better Records Orchestral Music Hall of Fame.

This VERY RARE 2 LP Shaded Dog pressing has Super Hot Stamper sound. Much of what's good about Golden Age recordings is heard here, with side one for example having the sound of a HUGE hall and that Three-Dimensional quality that the best vintage recordings are able to convey so well.

We constantly knock Heavy Vinyl here at Better Records for the simple reason that we play vintage recordings such as this by the score every month and can hear what they do so well. Unfortunately the huge hall and the 3-D soundstaging they effortlessly reproduce cannot be found on any Heavy Vinyl pressing we know of.

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Fiedler / Boston Tea Party

Reviewed in 2010

  (Item #: fiedlbosto_2213_2010) 



A distinguished member of the Better Records Orchestral Music Hall of Fame.

This original Shaded Dog pressing has EXCELLENT SOUND AND QUIET VINYL ON SIDE TWO, where you'll find a wonderful rendition of Hernando's Hideaway! The sound is excellent -- lively, full-bodied and super three-dimensional. Check out how great the castanets sound!

Side one is nothing special and a bit noisy in the right channel, so we're really only charging you for the strong side two. Hernando's Hideaway is really worth the price of admission alone, you'll see! As I'm sure you know by now, Fiedler on this sort of material is very hard to beat.

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Gershwin / Concerto in F / Boston Pops (LSC 2586)

Classic Records Debunked

  (Item #: gershconce_2586_debunk) 



Sonic Grade: C-

I must admit Classic did a passable job with this one. The two things that separate the good originals from the reissue are in some ways related. Classic, as is their wont, boosted the upper midrange, and that, coupled with their transistory mastering equipment, makes the strings brighter, grainier and yet somehow lacking in texture and sheen compared to the originals. Once you recognize that quality in the sound of a record it's hard to ignore, and I hear it on every Classic Record I play.

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Gershwin / Concerto in F / Boston Pops (LSC 2586)

Reviewed in 2005

  (Item #: gershconce_2586_2005) 



A distinguished member of the Better Records Orchestral Music Hall of Fame.

The best copy I've ever heard. Takes this recording to a new level beyond the best shaded dogs. It's plainly cut cleaner. One dead giveaway is that the tape hiss is reproduced accurately for the first time, which means that all the high frequencies and their attending harmonics are fully evident, for the first time in my experience anyway.

The explosive opening on this wonderful LP is a prime example of DEMONSTRATION QUALITY sound. Incredibly deep and powerful bass. Great brass.

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Letter of the Week

Boston MoFi = Crappy Soggy French Fries!

  (Item #: bostobosto_letter) 




This week’s letter comes from Ed, another satisfied and enthusiastic Hot Stamper fan. Apparently one of our Killer LPs made him want to take his MoFi pressing and turn the damn thing into a frisbee. When you hear what MoFi did to Boston you might want to toss their version out the window yourself. That pressing is bunk! We have a whole section of records like that that we've debunked to date, and if we had the time we could put hundreds more in it.
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Offenbach / Gaite Parisienne / Boston Pops / Fiedler

Reviewed in 2008

  (Item #: offengaite_2267_2008) 



A distinguished member of the Better Records Orchestral Music Hall of Fame.

12s Hot stampers. The best sounding copy I’ve ever heard.

Jim Mitchell is famous for pointing out that many of the RCA's that were re-recorded a few years later are inferior to their earlier counterparts. This record is no exception. LSC 1817 is an amazing record. This record is merely good, with depth, soundstaging, nice string tone, etc., but not the kind of sonic fireworks to be found on the 1954 2-track recording that RCA first did of this work. A very good Sabre Dance as a bonus, check it out! It's the lead off track on Destination Stereo (LSC 2307) for good reason: it sounds great.

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