what is WLP?
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It's (funny) that my response to "Tbromgard" several days ago, was never posted. Oh well, it's not the first time. I'm kind of the persuasion of Tom Port @ Better records. I have heard for myself, the difference between pressings of the same lp. This is why I (asked) others of their RECOMMENDATIONS for WLP. Knowing that these arer sometimes tipped up in balance, there are some that exceed normal pressings.
Ther, I did it, I explained myself!
A promo is the first stamp pressing sent out to radio stations.Everyone one I have sounds better than standard press.They are expensive and rare in mint condition.One of my best sounding promo's is Zappa Sheik Yerbouti,maybe the finest sounding guitar recording in my whole collection.Also Joe's Garage promo of guitar solo Watermellon in easter hay,awesome.
I have been checking out the sound of many WLP (mainly classic rock and prog) through the years - it seems WLP is US pressings only...examples of awesome sounding WLP in my experience is Free - same (1970 2nd record), Highway and At Last. Alice Cooper early recordings (BDB, Schools Out, Muscle Of Love and Love It to death) sounds better on WLP than any other I've heard...I also like the sound of WLP Cat Stevens Tea Tillerman for example...in general I feel you can't go wrong with late 60s/early 70s Warner Bros (original press - many of the big numbers were reissued many times with WLP label variations/later presses) WLP...there are a few WLP I've encountered that sounds much inferior, though - ELP 'welcome back' and Yes 'Relayer' comes to mind (banded for radio, both...)...