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Herb Alpert - Christmas Album Product No: AHRB 70201
Available: InStock
Category: 180 Gram Vinyl Record
Label: Herb Alpert Presents

Superb mastering; sub-par vinyl

3 Stars
Posted Wednesday, January 6, 2016 by RCG The pressing quality of this record is not as bad as my copy of Whipped Cream, which suffered a very wavy surface and hazy looking vinyl, symptoms of an overheated vinyl biscuit. Here again, we have wavy vinyl, and the slight haze. This time, the playback is mostly acceptable but still, two different titles pressed at the same plant with the same sloppy press operators? Not good.

I and anyone else buying vinyl would gladly pay an extra $2 to have RTI, QRP, Pallas, etc. press these competently. And, to get something other than the thinnest paper sleeve I've ever seen.

And this is a shame. Bernie Grundman's mastering is once again superb, allowing me to hear details in this lifelong favorite which I have never heard before. The music is a nice change, Alpert's arrangements upending the tiredold Christmas songs to create something unique. Musically, I highly recommend it. Otherwise, be prepared for disappointing pressings on this and other Herb Alpert Presents titles.


Herb Alpert's Tijuana Brass - Whipped Cream & Other Delights Product No: AHRB 20099
Available: InStock
Category: 180 Gram Vinyl Record
Label: Herb Alpert Presents

Great music, superb mastering...but terrible pressing!

3 Stars
Posted Wednesday, December 23, 2015 by RCG I purchased this a few weeks ago. Having grown up with it, I've owned it in several different configurations. I can clearly say that Bernie Grundman has done his usual stellar job in bringing out the quality of this 50 year old recording! It is a delight to hear. Well...almost a delight.

The problem here is that the pressing quality is terrible. I did not have any problem with noise--a few more ticks than I'd like, but nothing intrusive. Yet the record came to me filthy, in a cheap paper sleeve, covered in dust and a hazy film. After a few trips through the record vac, the dust and dirt is gone, yet that film will not come off.

What's worse is that the vinyl is wavy. It is wavy to the point where any piano or sustained horn is wavering in pitch, and there is ba. Not only that, on side two there are clearly scratches from mishandling at the pressing plant.

The "Christmas Album" was similarly dirty and hazy, and still wavy, but at least it was



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