GZ Media

GZ Media

Profilo:
Czech company, vinyl, CD and DVD manufacturer, operating under this name since 1 January 2014. Owned by Zdenek Pelc.
Successor to Gramofonové Závody (Gramophone Record Factory) and GZ Digital Media
Vinyl manufacture in Loděnice has taken place continuously since 1951. GZ temporarily used the internal trademark “GZ V!nyl”, also known as “GZ Vinyl”. Sometimes credited with a “www.gzvinyl.com” stamp in the vinyl runout area.

Vinyl matrix schemes
######X~/Z or ######X~~/Z
“X” = format
“~” = side number
“Z” = galvanoplasty

Main vinyl formats
E = stereo, 12", 33⅓ RPM
F = stereo, 10", 33⅓ RPM
H = stereo, 7", 45 RPM
M = stereo, 12", 45 RPM
N = stereo, 10", 45 RPM
O = stereo, 7", 33⅓ RPM - "O" can sometimes be mistaken with a "0" (zero)
X = stereo, 78 RPM (very rare)

(GZ may use "E", etc. on a pressing labeled as 'mono', such as on Aretha Franklin - I Never Loved A Man The Way I Love You. This is because all GZ cuts are now in stereo – they no longer have mono lathes. A recent GZ 'mono' pressing is in fact a stereo cut with identical audio on both channels, giving the effect of mono to the listener: 'simulated mono'. A true mono cut, in the days when they had mono lathes, had the codes A to D or V: see Gramofonové Závody.)

CD matrix scheme
X#####
“X” = year of matrix manufacturing
A=2014, B=2015, C=2016, D=2017, E=2018, F=2019, G=2020, H=2021, etc.
Mastering SID code is LD02

CD matrix will be stored for 2 years, i.e. any represses in that time window will bear the same number.
If the original CD matrix was damaged, a new one will be created with a new number.
Note that the CD matrix year codes “A”, “B”, “C“, etc. were already in use since 1989 by Gramofonové Závody and continued up to “Z” in 2013 by GZ Digital Media.


How to
Use this entity to list releases manufactured in 2014 or later only. All releases manufactured (and released) in 2013 or earlier should be listed under GZ Digital Media or Gramofonové Závody respectively. 115067E matrix number is known to have been made still in 2013: for this reason, 2014 releases that carry a matrix number lower than 115067E should be listed under GZ Digital Media because they were still made in 2013.
• When another company (such as Pirates Press and www.gzvinyl.com) is etched into the runouts alongside the GZ Media matrix number, a Manufactured By credit for that company should be added in addition to the Pressed By credit for GZ Media.
• Please refer to Precision Record Pressing when an additional etched number starting with 10- (example 10-83451) appears in the runouts alongside the GZ Media matrix number.
• Please refer to Memphis Record Pressing when an additional etched number starting with MRP (example MRP2329) appears in the runouts alongside the GZ Media matrix number.

LCCN how-to
Vinyl: Enter numbers and the letter only. For example: 130500E, with role: Pressed By
Note:
- Digit "2" can be mistaken with the letter "Z", digit "0" - with letters "D" or "O". Example.

CD: only the “X#####” string should be entered, without any “GZ” prefix or any optional suffix.

Note about the vinyl matrix numbering (Source)
"The so called matrix (stamper) numbers are not exactly matrix (stamper) numbers, but metal parts numbers - either for metal mothers or DMM copper plates. Therefore /A or /B indexes. Every copper plate cut (or a mother plate produced from a lacquer) receives an unique number consisting of a "premaster" number (e.g. 97460E1) and an index of cutting (mother producing), e.g. /B means a second DMM cut and /C means a third DMM cut. Or a lacquer cut. For lacquer technology or for externally supplied copper plates (e.g. from Abbey Road studios) where the 3-step technology has to be used it is more complicated as there may be additional indexes - /B would still be the first mother produced from a second lacquer (father/master). /B1 would be a second mother produced from the second lacquer/father, /C3 would be a fourth mother produced from a third lacquer/father etc."
Jiri Zita
Premastering manager
GZ Vinyl

Pressing rings on vinyl associated with this pressing plant:
-a pressing ring at 1 9/32" (32,6mm) diameter
Sottoetichette
Informazioni di contatto:
GZ Media, a.s.
Tovární 340
267 12 Loděnice
Czech Republic

Tel.: +420 311 673 111
email: [email protected]
VAT# CZ27380068
Siti:
[l430654]

Etichetta

N. cat  Artista Titolo (Formato) Etichetta N. cat  Paese Anno
8BIT-8079 Guild Wars 2: Path Of Fire (Original Soundtrack) Copertina album Maclaine Diemer, Wilbert Roget, II, Brendon Williams, Stan LePard Maclaine Diemer, Wilbert Roget, II, Brendon Williams, Stan LePard - Guild Wars 2: Path Of Fire (Original Soundtrack)(2xLP, TP) Iam8bit 8BIT-8079 US 2018 Vendi questa versione
64GSRLP004 You, Me And Everything In Between. Copertina album Belle Haven You, Me And Everything In Between.(LP, Album, Ora) Greyscale Records 64GSRLP004 Australia 2021 Vendi questa versione
112GONE Order Of Operation Copertina album Ausmuteants Order Of Operation(LP, Album) Goner Records 112GONE US 2014 Vendi questa versione
481-1 Eternal Blue Copertina album Spiritbox Eternal Blue(LP, Album, Ltd, Whi) Pale Chord 481-1 USA, Canada & Europe 2021 Vendi questa versione
690A Deus Vult Copertina album The Templars Deus Vult (Album) 690A US 2017 Vendi questa versione
2014 / HELLS LP 120 Meet Thy Maker Copertina album October 31 Meet Thy Maker(LP, Ora + LP, Yel + Album, RE) Hells Headbangers 2014 / HELLS LP 120 US 2014 Vendi questa versione
2014 / HELLS LP 134 Bury The Hatchet Copertina album October 31 Bury The Hatchet(LP, Album, Yel) Hells Headbangers 2014 / HELLS LP 134 US 2014 Vendi questa versione
2017 Influence Copertina album Everything In Slow Motion Influence(LP, Ltd, 180) Facedown Records 2017 US 2020 Vendi questa versione
5356 The Death Of Me Copertina album Polaris (21) The Death Of Me(LP, Album, Blo) SharpTone 5356 Europe 2020 Vendi questa versione
6364-1 Aquello Copertina album Jaime Roos Aquello(LP, Album, 40 ) Bizarro Records 6364-1 Uruguay 2021 Vendi questa versione
7686-1 Fuera De Ambiente Copertina album Jaime Roos Fuera De Ambiente(LP, RE) Montevideo Music Group 7686-1 Uruguay 2021 Vendi questa versione
7727-1 Viva The Underdogs Copertina album Parkway Drive Viva The Underdogs(2xLP, Album, TP) Epitaph 7727-1 Europe 2020 Vendi questa versione
11560M Gripless 12" Copertina album Dorsal Fins Gripless 12"(12", EP, Ltd) Not On Label 11560M Australia 2014 Vendi questa versione
11833M Woodwork Copertina album Further Reductions Woodwork(LP, Ltd, Cle) Cititrax 11833M US 2014 Vendi questa versione
11977E Oh, Common Life Copertina album Fireworks (11) Oh, Common Life(LP, Album, Ltd, Sil) Banquet Records 11977E UK 2014 Vendi questa versione
12488H Infinite Void / Arctic Flowers Copertina album Infinite Void / Arctic Flowers Infinite Void / Arctic Flowers - Infinite Void / Arctic Flowers(7", Single, Gre) Poison City Records, Contraszt! Records, Mass Media Records 12488H Europe 2016 Vendi questa versione
13590E Jackson Sisters Copertina album Jackson Sisters Jackson Sisters(LP, Album, RE) Polydor, Universal Music, Polydor 13590E Japan 2015 Vendi questa versione
14016E Vomiting Blasphemies Over The World Copertina album Impurity (2) / Sex Messiah Impurity (2) / Sex Messiah - Vomiting Blasphemies Over The World 14016E US 2016 Vendi questa versione
14261E House in the Tall Grass Copertina album Kikagaku Moyo House in the Tall Grass(LP, Album, RP) Guruguru Brain 14261E Japan 2021 Vendi questa versione
14263E II Copertina album Lasten Hautausmaa II(LP, Album, Ltd, Bla) Svart Records 14263E Finland 2016 Vendi questa versione
14466DE Bustin' Out Copertina album BT's Bustin' Out(LP, Album) Southpaw Records (2), King Rocker Records 14466DE US 2016 Vendi questa versione
14473E Corvus Copertina album Recondite Corvus(12", EP) Ghostly International 14473E US 2016 Vendi questa versione
14721SE Cymande Copertina album Cymande Cymande(LP, Album, RE, Gat) Alaska 14721SE UK 2017 Vendi questa versione
14950H Shelter Copertina album Porter Robinson & Madeon Porter Robinson & Madeon - Shelter(7", S/Sided, Etch, Ltd) Popcultur 14950H US 2016 Vendi questa versione
15481M Dealer Of Death Copertina album Liberty Corps Dealer Of Death(LP, Album, Ltd) Under Watchful Eyes 15481M US 2019 Vendi questa versione
15638E Twist Copertina album Dick Annegarn Twist(LP, Album) Musique Sauvage, Musique Sauvage 15638E Europe 2016 Vendi questa versione
16467E Stairgazing Copertina album Matt Edible & The Obtuse Angels Stairgazing(LP, Album) Farm Music (2) 16467E UK & Europe 2018 Vendi questa versione
16874E United We Swing: Best Of The Jazz At Lincoln Center Galas Copertina album Wynton Marsalis Septet United We Swing: Best Of The Jazz At Lincoln Center Galas(2xLP, Album) Blue Engine Records 16874E US 2018 Vendi questa versione
17261E Don't You Hear? Copertina album Trisomie 21 Don't You Hear?(LP, Ltd) Minimal Maximal 17261E Belgium 2018 Vendi questa versione
17746E Nexus Of Teeth Copertina album Hyperdontia (2) Nexus Of Teeth (Album) 17746E UK 2018 Vendi questa versione
17990M Amber &  Gold Copertina album Alunah Amber & Gold(12", EP, Num) Alunah 17990M UK 2018 Vendi questa versione
18631E Myths 004 Copertina album Cate Le Bon & Bradford Cox Cate Le Bon & Bradford Cox - Myths 004(12", EP, Ltd) Mexican Summer 18631E US 2019 Vendi questa versione
18935E The Bleakness Of Our Constant Copertina album Eneferens The Bleakness Of Our Constant(LP, Album, Ltd, Pur) Bindrune Recordings, Nordvis Produktion 18935E US 2018 Vendi questa versione
18992E Step In The Arena Copertina album Gang Starr Step In The Arena (Album) 18992E US 2019 Vendi questa versione
19713E In Cauda Venenum Copertina album Opeth In Cauda Venenum(2xLP, Album, Ltd, RE, Gre) Nuclear Blast, Moderbolaget Records, Nuclear Blast, Moderbolaget Records 19713E US 2020 Vendi questa versione
19735E Stone Crush (Memphis Modern Soul 1977-1987) Copertina album Various Stone Crush (Memphis Modern Soul 1977-1987) (Comp) 19735E US 2020 Vendi questa versione
19736E Ending Friendships Copertina album Laura Secord (2) Ending Friendships(LP, Album, Pur) Why not? Plötuútgáfa! 19736E Iceland 2019 Vendi questa versione
19909E There Is Only Now Copertina album Adrian Younge Presents Souls Of Mischief Adrian Younge Presents Souls Of Mischief - There Is Only Now(LP, Album, Pic) Linear Labs 19909E US 2014 Vendi questa versione
19979E La Leyenda Del Tiempo Copertina album Camarón* La Leyenda Del Tiempo(LP, Album, Ltd, RE, RM, Red) Philips 19979E Spain 2019 Vendi questa versione
20042E In A Lifetime Copertina album Clannad In A Lifetime(2xLP, Comp, Ltd, Smo) BMG 20042E Europe 2020 Vendi questa versione
20088E Death Throes Copertina album Motives (3) Death Throes 20088E US 2020 Vendi questa versione
20145E The Great Lost No Ones Album Copertina album The No Ones The Great Lost No Ones Album(LP, Album, Yel + 7", Single, Pur) Yeproc Records 20145E US 2020 Vendi questa versione
20524E Penumbra Copertina album Barrens Penumbra (Album) 20524E Germany 2020 Vendi questa versione
21144E Hi My Name Is Jonny Copertina album Jonny Polonsky Hi My Name Is Jonny(LP, Album, Ltd, RE, Pin) Ghostworks Recordings 21144E US 2021 Vendi questa versione
21511E Birthday Boy Copertina album Aaron Taos Birthday Boy(LP, Album, Cle) Not On Label (Aaron Taos Self-Released) 21511E US 2020 Vendi questa versione
21556E Live At Ruisrock Festival, Turku, Finland 22 August 1970 Copertina album Colosseum Live At Ruisrock Festival, Turku, Finland 22 August 1970(LP, Album, 180) Tiger Bay 21556E UK & Ireland 2020 Vendi questa versione
21776M Surut Copertina album Surut Surut(12", EP, Ltd, Bab) Petrichor 21776M Netherlands 2021 Vendi questa versione
22098E Missväxt Copertina album Blod (6) Missväxt(LP, Album) Grapefruit Records (2) 22098E US 2021 Vendi questa versione
22558E Sacrament Of Blood Copertina album Antichrist (9) Sacrament Of Blood(LP, Album, Ltd, RP, Red) Nuclear War Now! Productions, Ross Bay Cult 22558E US 2021 Vendi questa versione
22693E Standing In The Light Of A Brand New Day Copertina album Guy Verlinde Standing In The Light Of A Brand New Day(LP, Album) R&S Music (2) 22693E Belgium 2021 Vendi questa versione
54191E Post Copertina album Björk Post (Album) 54191E UK 2015 Vendi questa versione
54192E Homogenic Copertina album Björk Homogenic(LP, Album, Ltd, RE, RP, Gre) One Little Indian 54192E UK 2015 Vendi questa versione
55151E Dirty Reggae Copertina album The Aggrolites Dirty Reggae(LP, Album, RE) Pirates Press Records, Axe Records 55151E US 2019 Vendi questa versione
55253E Si Monvmentvm Reqvires, Circvmspice. Copertina album Deathspell Omega Si Monvmentvm Reqvires, Circvmspice.(2xLP, Album, RE, RP, 180) Norma Evangelium Diaboli 55253E France 2016 Vendi questa versione
56662E Debut Copertina album Björk Debut(LP, Album, Ltd, RE, RP, Bei) One Little Indian 56662E UK 2015 Vendi questa versione
57374H Bad Move / Why Not? Copertina album Dale Crover Bad Move / Why Not? 57374H US 2017 Vendi questa versione
57567H Eye To Eye Copertina album Blood Red Shoes Eye To Eye(Flexi, Shape, S/Sided, Red) Jazz Life (2) 57567H UK 2017 Vendi questa versione
58371E Ta Det Lugnt Copertina album Dungen Ta Det Lugnt(2xLP, Album, RE) Subliminal Sounds 58371E Sweden 2016 Vendi questa versione
63967E What It Meant - The Complete Discography Copertina album Judge What It Meant - The Complete Discography(2xLP, Comp, RP, Blu) Revelation Records (8) 63967E US 2014 Vendi questa versione
67474E Cairo Copertina album Taxi (8) Cairo(LP, Album, Ltd, Pic, RM) Universal Music Portugal 67474E Portugal 2018 Vendi questa versione
67783E The Too Late Show Copertina album The Lillingtons The Too Late Show(LP, Album, RE) Red Scare, Hi-Shock Schlock 67783E US 2017 Vendi questa versione
69282E Reflections Of The Solstice Copertina album Goatlord Reflections Of The Solstice (Album) 69282E US 2015 Vendi questa versione
69310E The Last Sodomy Of Mary Copertina album Goatlord The Last Sodomy Of Mary (Comp) 69310E US 2015 Vendi questa versione
70073M The Always Open Mouth Copertina album Fear Before The March Of Flames The Always Open Mouth 70073M US 2017 Vendi questa versione
71003E Fallen Angel Of Doom Copertina album Blasphemy (2) Fallen Angel Of Doom (Album) 71003E USA & Canada 2015 Vendi questa versione
71567E Mare Vitalis Copertina album The Appleseed Cast Mare Vitalis(2xLP, Album, Club, Ltd, Num, RE, RP, Bla) Graveface Records 71567E US 2015 Vendi questa versione
71692E Their Satanic Majesties' Second Request Copertina album The Brian Jonestown Massacre Their Satanic Majesties' Second Request(2xLP, Album, RE, RP, 180) A Records (4) 71692E Europe 2017 Vendi questa versione
72022E Self-Titled & Above The Earth, Below The Sky Copertina album If These Trees Could Talk Self-Titled & Above The Earth, Below The Sky(LP, EP, RP, Cle + LP, Album, RP, Cle + Comp, Ltd) The Mylene Sheath 72022E US 2014 Vendi questa versione
72245E Surreal Folk Blues Gospel Trash Vol 1 Copertina album Reverend Beat-Man Surreal Folk Blues Gospel Trash Vol 1(LP, Album, RP + CD, Album) Voodoo Rhythm, Voodoo Rhythm 72245E Switzerland 2015 Vendi questa versione
73430H Jumbie Jamboree / One Love Copertina album The Wailers Jumbie Jamboree / One Love(7", RE, Cle) Studio One, Coxsone Records 73430H US 2015 Vendi questa versione
73430H Where Will I Find / I Left My Sins Copertina album Bob Marley & The Wailers / Bob Marley & The Spiritual Sisters Bob Marley & The Wailers / Bob Marley & The Spiritual Sisters - Where Will I Find / I Left My Sins(7", Red) Tabernacle Records, Supreme Records (25) 73430H Unknown Vendi questa versione
74176E Live The Storm Copertina album Disfear Live The Storm(LP, Album, RP) La Familia Releases, Disfear Records 74176E Sweden 2017 Vendi questa versione
74476E Urgehal The Eternal Eclipse - 15 Years Of Satanic Black Metal(LP, Comp, Ltd, RE, RP) Agonia Records 74476E Poland 2016 Vendi questa versione
75040E Dandelion Gum Copertina album Black Moth Super Rainbow Dandelion Gum(2xLP, Album, Club, Num, RE, RP, Cle) Graveface Records 75040E US 2015 Vendi questa versione
75044E Red Of Tooth And Claw Copertina album Murder By Death Red Of Tooth And Claw (Album) 75044E US 2015 Vendi questa versione
75990E Warning Device Copertina album Teenage Bottlerocket Warning Device(LP, Album, RE, RP, S/Edition, Yel) Red Scare 75990E US 2018 Vendi questa versione
76631E Buried Death Copertina album Coffins Buried Death(LP, Album, RP, Ele) 20 Buck Spin 76631E US 2016 Vendi questa versione
78118E You Are The Conductor Copertina album Caspian (3) You Are The Conductor(12", EP, Ltd, RE, RP) The Mylene Sheath 78118E US 2014 Vendi questa versione
78154E Life...The Best Game In Town Copertina album Harvey Milk Life...The Best Game In Town(2xLP, Album, Ltd, RP, Rai) Hydra Head Records 78154E US 2015 Vendi questa versione
78636E Use Your Illusion I Copertina album Guns N' Roses Use Your Illusion I(2xLP, Album, RE, RM) Geffen Records, Uzi Suicide Records 78636E Europe 2016 Vendi questa versione
78733E Use Your Illusion II Copertina album Guns N' Roses Use Your Illusion II (Album) 78733E USA & Europe 2016 Vendi questa versione
79123M Red Album Copertina album Baroness Red Album (Album) 79123M US 2015 Vendi questa versione
79453E Préfabriqués Copertina album Trust (2) Préfabriqués(LP, Album, Pic, RE) Epic, Sony BMG Music Entertainment, Legacy 79453E France Unknown Vendi questa versione
79953E After School Session Copertina album Chuck Berry After School Session(LP, Album, RE, RP) Rumble Records (10) 79953E Europe 2017 Vendi questa versione
79954E New Jazz Conceptions Copertina album Bill Evans New Jazz Conceptions(LP, Album, Mono, RE, 180) DOL 79954E Europe 2015 Vendi questa versione
80003 Anthology Copertina album Swing Kids (2) Anthology (Comp) 80003 Europe 2020 Vendi questa versione
80240E Hits From The Bow // The Game Of Life Copertina album Arsonists Get All The Girls Hits From The Bow // The Game Of Life(Comp + LP, Album, Red + LP, Album, Yel) Process Records (2), Century Media, Process Records (2), Century Media 80240E US 2007 Vendi questa versione
80439M Bambule Copertina album Absolute Beginner Bambule(2xLP, Album, RP) Buback, Universal 80439M Germany 2015 Vendi questa versione
80505E Little Girl Blue Copertina album Nina Simone Little Girl Blue(LP, Album, RE, RP, 180) DOL 80505E Europe 2015 Vendi questa versione
80827E The Brondesbury Road Tapes (1968) Copertina album Giles Giles & Fripp* The Brondesbury Road Tapes (1968)(LP, Album, RM, RP, 180) Tiger Bay 80827E UK 2018 Vendi questa versione
80839E Give Me Fire! Copertina album Mando Diao Give Me Fire!(2xLP, Album, Ltd, RE, Ora) Musica De La Santa 80839E Europe 2020 Vendi questa versione
81038E Nerve Damage Copertina album Tragedy Nerve Damage(LP, Album, RE, RP) Tragedy Records 81038E Europe 2014 Vendi questa versione
81690E In Bocca Al Lupo Copertina album Murder By Death In Bocca Al Lupo(LP, Album, Ltd, RE, S/Edition, Blu) Tent Show Records 81690E US 2015 Vendi questa versione
81720E Origin Of Symmetry Copertina album Muse Origin Of Symmetry(2xLP, Album, RE, RP, Gat) Warner Bros. Records, Helium 3 81720E Europe 2015 Vendi questa versione
82154H The Drag / Maria Stacks Copertina album Thee Oh Sees / Ty Segall Thee Oh Sees / Ty Segall - The Drag / Maria Stacks(7", Single, Ltd, RP) Castle Face 82154H US 2016 Vendi questa versione
82264E We Are French Fukk You Copertina album Gronibard We Are French Fukk You(LP, Album) Apathic View Productions 82264E Germany 2018 Vendi questa versione
82284E Black Holes And Revelations Copertina album Muse Black Holes And Revelations(LP, Album, RE, RP) Warner Bros. Records, Helium 3 82284E Europe 2015 Vendi questa versione
82303E Lungs Copertina album Florence + The Machine* Lungs(LP, Album, Ltd, RE, Bur) Republic Records, UMe, Moshi Moshi Records 82303E USA & Canada 2019 Vendi questa versione
82307E 2 Copertina album Desire (16) 2(LP, Album, RE, RP, Bab) Italians Do It Better 82307E US 2015 Vendi questa versione
82410E Colossus:  The Discography Copertina album Citizens Arrest Colossus: The Discography(2xLP, Comp, Ltd, RM, RP, Blu) Cell, Fortress Records (2), Old Hardcore Records 82410E US 2014 Vendi questa versione

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SyntheticBiscuits

SyntheticBiscuits

22 settembre 2021
Worth reiterating for those having second thoughts: for the most part there is *NOTHING WRONG* with GZ's pressings. Are they the best-pressed records I've ever heard? No. But are they riddled with clicks, pops and noise? Also no. I have numerous records on both black an coloured vinyl pressed by GZ under its various names between 1996 and 2021 and they're all absolutely fine.

I'm listening on a £600 hi-fi system, not a Crosley, and unless it's basically impossible I always buy new or NM copies of my records. I consider myself fairly picky when it comes to vinyl condition and studied music & music technology at degree level so I'd like to think I have a good critical ear, so if I of all people think GZ's pressings are totally acceptable (especially for the price) then unless you're the kind of person who's impossible to please you shouldn't have any issues with their stuff, either. Just give your records a quick going-over with a carbon fibre brush and you'll be fine.
itchyring

itchyring

29 luglio 2021
My take on GZ is that it depends what is asked of them (and maybe also paid to them). Have a listen to ANY Data Discs record and you will see what they are capable of. On the other hand I have lots of GZ pressing that are pure shite - looking and sounding. I reckon labels get what they specify and if they don't then they get a budget service.
ElliottCrews

ElliottCrews

25 luglio 2021
The Bobbie Gentry RSD, The Wonders of the World came out the the jacket scratched up and full of ticks.
jcksn

jcksn

13 luglio 2021
Avoid whenever possible. QC does not exist and a lot of records are scratched/warped and dirty straight out of the cover. They also very often use slippery paper inners, which are a dust magnet and it results in even more scratches... but even a record that had poly-lined inners had a big scratch. Very rarely you can get a perfect copy of an album pressed by GZ and I'm talking about new and sealed records here...
ToddMeehan

ToddMeehan

2 luglio 2021
It's weird how all over the board GZ Media is with the quality control, some pressings sound great and others are trash, it's a crap shoot! My 40th Anniversary pressing of ELO "Out of the Blue" picture discs sound pretty good for the most part, but the latest OZZY "Ordinary Man" picture disc is a travesty! Loud static that fades in and out continuously throughout both sides of the album. Yeah I know, picture discs are notorious for sounding inferior, but that was the old days, I've had some absolute killer sounding picture discs in the last few years, The Beatles "Sgt Pepper" comes to mind as a very nice picture disc to listen to.
Of course it could be a case of too much music crammed onto vinyl, I have a feeling that's what's happening with the dicey CHEAP TRICK "In Another World" picture disc.
But I'm also curious to see if the Ozzy and Cheap Trick albums sound better on traditional black vinyl instead of the picture discs I have, that would lead me to believe it's simply the picture disc pressings that are inferior.
billw415

billw415

22 maggio 2021
I'm hopeful for GZ, and I've recently heard things are getting better there. When I was young and buying thousands of records in the early 70's through early 90's, I never had one bad pressing - not a single warp or non-fill issue, nada. Some may call me lucky, but to me, it was a statistical indicator of strict quality control. The last decade has not been as kind. I'm hoping quality control is returning to the forefront of record pressing operations, or we will lose tens of thousands of prospective vinyl fans - who will simply get frustrated and turn to hirez.
M.PistachioChambers

M.PistachioChambers

14 maggio 2021
As a collector of Metal vinyl, most of my recent records from Dark Descent, 20buckspin, NWN!, etc, all seem to be pressed at GZ, with XVINYLX or Pirates Press listed as the manufacturer. I have never received a warped album from any of these labels and the sound quality is excellent on all I've received. 20+ year collector here. There may have been problems in the past and there are likely problems with any shitty digital-rip reissue but my 2 cents: no issue with any of these labels' albums, as a whole, as long as the master was meant for vinyl.
mriggs

mriggs

22 marzo 2021
That feeling when you get a record at the show and it doesn't say who pressed it and you get home and GZ pressed it. :(
nopussyfooting

nopussyfooting

25 gennaio 2021
I wasted a lot of time tonight to figure which/how many gz pressed records I have, along with the quality of each. Here is the results if anyone cares:

(At the very least): 44 total records
Of these 44 records:
Badly Warped: 9
Bad Surface Noise: 3

Records I'd consider high quality: 9
Records I'd consider poor quality: 7
Records I'd consider average quality: 28

A lot of these records I haven't listened to in years, so I think a lot of those are the reason so many fell under "average". It's also important to note that a lot of these records are hardcore/metal records and things like surface noise are nearly impossible to notice, as the music overshadows it. Additionally, I buy a lot of new releases from Relapse records on CD still, and I never knew why I avoid relapse on vinyl, and later realized it's because Relapse constantly presses poor quality records w/ GZ. I went into this thinking the results would be a lot worse. Maybe it's because I'm not an audiophile, or maybe it's because in 2021 the bar set for new vinyl pressings is VERY LOW. With a lot of these new lps going from $15-25 or so, I don't think it's too much to ask for high-quality products. The consumer deserves better than average, which it seems to me is just about the only thing GZ is able to provide.

In summation, even with having more high-quality than poor-quality GZ pressed records, I can still confidently say that GZ sucks.
NielsLion

NielsLion

12 gennaio 2021
I have 9 LPs that are pressed by GZ Media. Pressings range between 2010 and 2018.

Some sound fantastic (Third by Portishead, and The Lonesome Crowded West by Modest Mouse).
Others just okay ( Goo by Sonic Youth, and Lincoln by TMBG)

So it's never a safe bet, just like the others here say.