Carole King – Tapestry

Another well-ridden audiophile warhorse, Tapestry has been remastered a number of times on multiple formats. Do you need this one?  Not if you have one of the others cut in recent years. Classic Records’ 33RPM single-LP still gets the nod for overall clarity and a stronger, more well-defined bottom end. However, the collector market pushed its price to as high as $400 for an unopened copy.

Expertly mastered by Bernie Grundman and pressed at Pallas in Germany, this freshly minted edition is one of the better versions available. However, the loss of high-frequency information and smoothness makes itself known, suggesting that perhaps these tapes are ready for retirement.  -Jeff Dorgay

ORG Music, 180g 45RPM 2LP