For Vinyl Junkies Only: Review of 200 gram vinyl Sugar Mountain
This review is for vinyl junkies only, so if you're an MP3 iPod type, you may want to just move along. (Because sound matters, even Dylan The Dog gets it).
So here's a stellar review of the 200 gram vinyl edition of Neil Young's Sugar Mountain - Live at Canterbury House from My Vinyl Review:
This vinyl package promised to be super-premium and has delivered in every way. The dual 200 gram discs, pressed in Japan at Toyokasei, arrived perfectly flat, clean, and were both extremely quiet during play. Not a single mark or fingerprint could be found on either disc, which are housed in anti-static poly sleeves inside of a Stoughton gatefold cover made of extra-heavy cardstock.
In preparation for this review, I became well acquainted with this recording by repeatedly listening to the cd version. While the cd sounds very good, the vinyl beats it in direct comparisons. Like the material itself, the recording was a very simple two-track affair, and both the cd and vinyl contain a significant amount of hiss that thankfully wasn't futzed with by either the digital engineer, or by Chris Bellman, who mastered the vinyl release.
Once you get used to the hiss, which easily happens once you turn up the volume, it's just Neil and his guitar with you in your living room. While this recording doesn't have quite the presence of Massey Hall, the simplicity of the performance and the recording should deliver genuine satisfaction to the audiophile purist.
More of review on my vinyl review: Neil Young: Sugar Mountain - Live at Canterbury House 200 gram vinyl.
Also, see more Neil Young's "Sugar Mountain Live" Reviews.