Nine Inch Nails ‎– The Fragile

Label:
Nothing Records ‎– B0025682-01, Interscope Records ‎– B0025682-01
Series:
NIN – Halo Fourteen
Format:
3 × Vinyl, LP, Album, Reissue, Remastered, Definitive Edition
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Credits

  • Lacquer Cut ByJG*

Notes

2017 Definitive Edition, Released during the last 2 weeks of 2016.

This digital version was remastered in 2016 from the original sources, and sold when the Nin.store.com pre-orders for the vinyl went live. These downloads were accessed through a unique link e-mailed to the purchaser after the sale was complete. No credits were provided other than the mention of Reznor & Crawford in the note below.

From the NIN store description:

“High resolution download available immediately

The definitive version of the Fragile, meticulously prepared by Trent Reznor and NIN Art Director John Crawford.

Remastered from the original sources in 2016 on 180-gram Vinyl, with lots of details that you may never notice, but we care about.”

Sticker on front:

The definitive vinyl edition of the Fragile, meticulously prepared by Trent Reznor and NIN art director John Crawford. Remastered 2017 audio on 180-Gram Vinyl, remastered artwork and more.

halo fourteen
Original release date: September 21, 1999

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode (Text, sticker, back of shrink wrap): 6 02557 14277 8
  • Barcode (String, sticker, back of shrink wrap): 602557142778
  • Matrix / Runout (Side A Runout, etched): B0025682-01-A HALO 14-A JG
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B Runout, etched): B0025682-01-B HALO 14-B JG
  • Matrix / Runout (Sides A & B Runout, stamped): GOLDEN P. USA -43731-
  • Matrix / Runout (Side C Runout, etched): B0025682-01-C HALO 14-C JG
  • Matrix / Runout (Side D Runout, etched): B0025682-01-D HALO 14-D JG
  • Matrix / Runout (Sides C & D Runout, stamped): GOLDEN P. USA -43733-
  • Matrix / Runout (Side E Runout, etched): B0025682-01-E HALO 14-E JG
  • Matrix / Runout (Side F Runout, etched): B0025682-01-F HALO 14-F JG
  • Matrix / Runout (Sides E & F Runout, stamped): GOLDEN P. USA -43734-
  • Other (Catalog number, sticker, back of shrink wrap): B0025682-01ST02

Other Versions (5 of 62) View All

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
0694904732 Nine Inch Nails The Fragile(2xCD, Album, Tri) Nothing Records, Interscope Records 0694904732 US 1999 Sell This Version
490 473-2 Nine Inch Nails The Fragile(2xCD, Album) Nothing Records, Universal 490 473-2 Argentina 1999 Sell This Version
006949047320 Nine Inch Nails The Fragile(2xCD, Album, Tri) Nothing Records 006949047320 Netherlands 1999 Sell This Version
0694904734 Nine Inch Nails The Fragile(2xCass, Album) Nothing Records, Interscope Records 0694904734 Canada 1999 Sell This Version
ILPST 8091, 490 473-1 Nine Inch Nails The Fragile(3xLP, Album) Island Records, Nothing Records ILPST 8091, 490 473-1 UK 1999 Sell This Version

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frakkinship

frakkinship

May 14, 2018
edited 4 months ago

This is a phenomenal pressing, but not the best in my collection. The claims below saying it is quiet is not entirely accurate.A deep clean, brand new and cleaned stylus, storage in anti-static sleeves, and a de-static of the record immediately before playback did not eliminate the pops and cracks. It's not super noticeable when listening with speakers. But when using headphones? It's noticeable. Listen on speakers for an ideal experience.
Pauu

Pauu

March 25, 2018

Absolutely fantastic job, well deserving of the so called definitive edition.
TomWhaley

TomWhaley

March 24, 2018
This is hands down the best sounding record in my 300+ (and always growing) collection! Reznor did a killer job on this. It's exciting to finally be able to own The Fragile on vinyl and I couldn't be more ecstatic with how well this definitive edition came out. Your ears can tune into every layer on every track perfectly with this super clean sounding remaster, making this an incredibly rewarding listen.
Kryo.Ymir

Kryo.Ymir

March 1, 2018

Has anyone had issues with their copy being slightly off-pitch?
Bunnahabhain

Bunnahabhain

December 31, 2017
Is there a specific difference between this (USA) and Europe versions ?
d_cline

d_cline

December 22, 2017
As others have mentioned, the mastering sounds incredible on this reissue and the vinyl is very clean and quiet. On my copy, Disc 2 has a bit of a warp near the outer edge causing the cartridge to shake significantly and creating a popping sound for the first 30 seconds or so of The Way Out Is Through. I saw one other comment below with a similar issue. Not sure if this is a defect related to the pressing, or if it's just the copy I bought. Anyone else have this issue?
vaughn.allison94

vaughn.allison94

December 21, 2017

"Definitive" is the ONLY way to describe this version of the album. Flawless pressing, gorgeous artwork, and the definition of what a remaster should be. Now to find a sleeve that fits it's gargantuan size.
gersz

gersz

December 2, 2017
The pixels on the waterfall image is really disturbing my eye. Only mine? I think they fucked up this picture, really.
jpmoser81

jpmoser81

November 28, 2017
The “definitive” reissues are some of the best sounding records in my collection. Stunning detail and high quality overall.
cbeltran49

cbeltran49

November 27, 2017
edited 10 months ago

The remaster job is absolutely impeccable. Thought it was odd that this album needed a remaster but I'm truly blown away by how damn beautiful a job Trent did at it. Indeed, some of the more subtle layers are further brought out, but the quality itself is even more immaculate. The surface noise is one of the quietest in my collection with exception of some pops at the tail end of The Great Below leading into the run out groove.

On a side note, as fantastic a pressing it is, there's some subtle, constant popping on Side D, particularly on The Way Out is Through. Dunno if it's the vinyl or part of the songs, cos there's some layers that are really brought out on some of these songs but dunno if the popping noises are part of the songs. Also, although I understand that the tracklist is staying true to its original vinyl release, I still really wish the Decay part of Ripe was added back on because that vinyl side could easily fit it on; I also kinda wish Ripe ended with a locked groove because that also really would have worked.