Helium (3) ‎– The Dirt Of Luck

Matador ‎– OLE 124-1
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The original US pressings did not have a barcode on the jacket, it was on a shrinkwrap sticker.
Gatefold sleeve.

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  • Barcode (Sticker on shrink wrap): 744861012412

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Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
OLE 124-2 Helium (3) The Dirt Of Luck(CD, Album) Matador OLE 124-2 US 1995 Sell This Version
OLE 124-4P Helium (3) The Dirt Of Luck(Cass, Album, Promo) Matador OLE 124-4P US 1995 Sell This Version
OLE-124-1 Helium (3) The Dirt Of Luck(LP, Album, RE, RM) Matador OLE-124-1 USA, Canada & UK 2017 Sell This Version
OLE-124-1 Helium (3) The Dirt Of Luck(LP, Album, Ltd, RE, RM, Blu) Matador OLE-124-1 USA, Canada & UK 2017 Sell This Version
OLE 124-2 Helium (3) The Dirt Of Luck(CD, Album, RE) Matador OLE 124-2 US 1999 Sell This Version


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April 6, 2017
One of the best alt rock albums of the 90s.


January 19, 2017

This is a great LP through and through. I can probably do without Honeycomb but the rest is good 90s fun. Mary Timony may not be outright part of the feminist music movement but she definitely has songs relating to her experiences as growing up as a woman (particularly the track Oh The Wind and The Rain, probably my favourite on this LP next to Silver Angel). When I meet people that really enjoy feminist rock I always refer them to Mary Timony and specifically this LP. Her later solo LP, Ex Hex (not the band!), is really damn good as well.

Regarding the sound quality of this vinyl pressing I had some terrible sibilance issues until I maxed out the recommended weight for my cart (a Stanton 500.V3 on a 1962 Empire 298 Turntable with a 980 tonearm). Adjusting VTA, or cheating with stacking/removing turntable mats did nothing to help. Once the weight is maxed out it sounds pretty good. It's still cut a little too hot, but still very enjoyable. If you have a very revealing/unforgiving system it may not be fun to listen to.

When I upgrade at some point to a Denon DL-110 I'll report back if the sound quality issue persists. But, I'm not holding my breath on it as most of my collection sounds just fine. It's mostly this LP in particular and a few modern repressings (mostly the Radiohead stuff) that seem to have issues with my setup unless the weight is maxed out or the VTA is readjusted.


March 9, 2014
Helium's first full-length album expands on Timony's feminist lyrical bent and adds more colors to the band's musical palette. Full of what Timony calls "cartoon and monster movie music," The Dirt of Luck is a tight, focused album that is also diverse. The sludgy "Pat's Trick" mingles with the sweet-sounding and sweetly named "Honeycomb," which shares space with the nasty-sultry sounds of "Medusa" and the shimmery drone pop of "Baby's Going Underground." It's tied together by the album's spacious sound and Timony's singing, which is fuller and richer than on the group's debut.