The National ‎– Sleep Well Beast

4AD ‎– 4AD0020LPE
2 × Vinyl, LP, Album, Limited Edition, Blue Translucent

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A1 Nobody Else Will Be There
A2 Day I Die
A3 Walk It Back
Written-By [Excerpt] – Ron Suskind
B1 The System Only Dreams In Total Darkness
B2 Born To Beg
B3 Turtleneck
C1 Empire Line
C2 I'll Still Destroy You
C3 Guilty Party
D1 Carin At The Liquor Store
D2 Dark Side Of The Gym
D3 Sleep Well Beast
Orchestrated By [Additional Orchestration] – Maaike van der Linde

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Limited indie exclusive 2xLP (TRANSLUCENT blue vinyl) release. Pressed on 2x12" standard weight translucent blue vinyl. Gatefold sleeve. Includes a 24" x 24" folded poster and 2 inner sleeves. Includes code for digital download.

Barcode sticker: 4AD0020LPE MADE IN EU

℗ & © 2017 4AD

Produced [...] at Long Pond, Hudson Valley, NY.

"Walk It Back" includes an excerpt from the article entitled "Faith, Certainty and the Presidency of George W. Bush" by Ron Suskind, first published in the New York Times Magazine.

All rights administered by BMG Rights Management (US) LLC (except for Ron Suskind, published by Music of Virtual (BMI) administered outside North America by Touch Tones Music Ltd.).

Recorded [...] at Long Pond. Paris orchestral sessions recorded [...] at Studio Saint Germain. Los Angeles vocal sessions recorded [...] at Illegoland. Additional sessions recorded at Future Past, Hudson, NY, Funkhaus, Berlin, and Michelberger Hotel, Berlin.

Mastered [...] at Sterling Sound, New York, NY.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode (Printed - sticker): 1 91400 00200 5
  • Barcode (Scanned - sticker): 191400002005
  • Other (Barcode sticker): 4AD0020LPE MADE IN EU
  • Matrix / Runout (Side A runout etching): 4AD0020LP-A BH80800-01 A1 RKS STERLING
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B runout etching): 4AD0020LP-B BH80800-01 B1 RKS STERLING
  • Matrix / Runout (Side C runout etching): BH80800-02 C1 4AD0020LP-C RKS STERLINGC
  • Matrix / Runout (Side D runout etching): BH80800-02 D1 4AD0020LP-D RKS STERLING
  • Rights Society: BMI

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Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
4AD0020LPE The National Sleep Well Beast(2xLP, Album, Ltd, Blu) 4AD 4AD0020LPE USA & Canada 2017 Sell This Version
4AD0020LP The National Sleep Well Beast(2xLP, Album, Ltd, S/Edition, Whi) 4AD 4AD0020LP USA & Canada 2017 Sell This Version
4AD0020CDJP The National Sleep Well Beast(2xCD, Album) Beat Records, 4AD 4AD0020CDJP Japan 2017 Sell This Version
4AD0020CDT The National Sleep Well Beast(CD, Album, Tar) 4AD 4AD0020CDT US 2017 Sell This Version
4AD0020CD The National Sleep Well Beast(CD, Album, Dig) 4AD 4AD0020CD Australia 2017 Sell This Version


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February 11, 2018
EU blue vinyl here which sounds clean as anything, with no pops and hisses to be found. Not saying they'll all be perfect but it's certainly not true to say that all copies of the album, or indeed all colour records, have the same sound issues.

And as for 'Turtleneck': I figure it's meant to represent the 'beast' that is kept at bay for the rest of the songs, but which is only 'sleeping' so makes an occasional appearance.


October 12, 2017
Great pressing with plenty of depth and delicacy. Sorry to hear others have suffered with dirt and surface noise - no such problems here. If it's faulty, return it - still no shortage of these in stock around the country.


October 9, 2017
This blue record version has some surface noise. Recording and mastering is very good so perhaps a black version would be an idea. Perhaps the coloured vinyl at last has seen its days, I hope. And to conclude I also hope that the country of origin of a pressing will be re-introduced instead of "Made in the EU". Pressing plant of this album is unknown as far as I know. Performance: 5 star. Pressing: 3 star.


September 28, 2017

I think this would be a 5 star release albeit the track Turtleneck. Every time the track comes on I feel like the flow of the album just breaks. Sounds like a midwest barband to me. Otherwise great album, tho, it's no Trouble Will Find Me. As for the pressing, it's FAIR. Clean for the most part, but when it has surface noise, it HAS surface noise.


September 23, 2017
Fairly good pressing, but a bit of surface noise throughout. My blue EU records were covered in cardboard flakes brand new out of the packet so pulling it out that first time sounded like nails on a chalkboard. Had to replace the inner sleeves with poly ones.


September 15, 2017

Just finished the first play through of my Blue vinyl EU issue. Not amazing but a good presing, I always clean records before playing (vinyl revival) a little bit of surface noise on the run ins but otherwise clean. I have the yellow vinyl of boxer and the quality is very similar to that, if not a bit better. No warping, pressed on centre. Packaging is good... would have been nice to get poly lined sleeves though. As for the music.... side b with the single on it stood out after the first listen... definitely a grower.


September 14, 2017

Good pressing. Did not find any noise or distortion.. if there is some, go change to a new one


September 9, 2017
My blue copy sounds pretty good. There is, unfortunately, always the possibility that bad pressings are out there. I always clean my records with my RCM before I play them.


September 8, 2017

I got this version of the LP today in my local record store (i.e. "4AD0020LPE MADE IN EU", translucent blue).
I like the songs/music after a first listen, but I am sad to say that I am disappointed with the pressing. Especially disc 1 has a lot of surface noise. Note that the noise is not due to particles that can be swept away with a record brush. It could possibly be due to microscopic vinyl particles still lying around in the grooves, I do not know. I will have to clean this album before I know if that might help.
I should add that on my disc 1, I find track B2, "Born To Beg", especially noisy, with almost a constant foundation of pops and audible, undesirable artefacts.
Disc 2, on the other hand, sounds much better. It is almost like the two discs were pressed at different pressing plants, or by different people.
I would be very interested in hearing other people's experiences with this pressing.