It's strange that Atlantic has been mentioned as one of the worst 45s for Q-Burn. IMHO, the Spinners' "I'll Be Around" was one of the toughest, cleanest 45s pressed to vinyl. A copy from my collection has zero q-burn, although the fade is a bit crispy, most likely due to turntable and manilla shuck residue. The ultimate Quiet-Q-Burn test for Atlantic or any other label has to be Roberta Flack's "The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face." We transferred it to 15 ips reel and cart when it was added. The cart (yes, gray Fidelipac with rattling metal tension bar) had too much flutter so it was most often played from tape. Thankfully, it's available on CD for those stations/formats that might play the song in Leap Year Double Lunar Rotation.
I'll always remember calling up DB as "American Pie", KB's #1 song of 1972, was playing to finish the 8-hour magnum opus of a 1972 Year-End Top 100.
That was the year I wrote down each week's Top 10 and gave each song a 1-10 point value...all based from the on-air explanation Debaser gave during the previous year's countdown. When my #1 song turned out to be "Alone Again Naturally" and 'KB's was "American Pie"...I called to explain what I'd done and ask about the discrepancy. DB answered (IIRC) they'd combined their chart with Billboard's, BB's #1 was actually Roberta's "The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face"...and here's the part I remember verbatim..."but it just wasn't palatable".
12/31/72. Chas learns countdowns are theater of the mind too.
Here's what blows my mind after all these years about "Face"...such a quiet (yet powerful) record to begin with...how it did so well in those days of still-pretty transparent processing, just before the Orban revolution. That was a song that demanded you listen close.
While I type this, Adele's recent "Someone Like You" comes to mind, yet it was recorded and mixed to grab you from the beginning notes. It's probably the closest Top 40's come in recent years to the "quiet storm" emotion of "Face"...yet the two stand in sharp contrast.
Good thing Roberta Flack was on Atlantic...she might not have made it to #1 on Columbia or Bell for all the cue burn.