lördag 23 april 2016


At first glance a very promising compilation. Flaunting a stereo sampler 1973 may have been a little bit off, but tracklist is good sixties - including acts as Small Faces, Nashville Teens, Jimi Hendrix and B.B. King - with a couple of numbers that could be difficult to find in true stereo back then. As far as I can figure out this UK "Enterprise" label had nothing to do with the US Stax subsidiary, but belonged to, or maybe was a continuation of, shortlived UK budget label New World Records. Anyway it's a good collection of acts and songs, only downside the stereo outcome isn't very good. You almost get two-channel mixes, but rather muddy and unbalanced either having most of the music panned right or so confused they're hard to discern from fakes. For exemple the Small Faces track called "Tell Me Have You Seen Her" on cover, with the more accurate "Tell Me Have You Ever Seen Me" on label, may emanate from the mix on their eponymous Immediate stereo album (IMSP 008), but comes out so biased and obtused I can't decide. However pushing the mono button works wonders and suddenly makes it an ok mono sampler with much better audio. So if you have one of those converters on your equipment it's pretty good listening. If not and you got sensitive ears - better avoid. To my knowledge this was the only issue. It came with structured label as shown here and laminated cover. (SÄM*)

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