The War On Drugs ‎– Slave Ambient

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Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
SC190 The War On Drugs Slave Ambient(2x12", Album) Secretly Canadian SC190 US 2011 Sell This Version
none The War On Drugs Slave Ambient(12xFile, AAC, Album, 256) Secretly Canadian none 2011
SC190 The War On Drugs Slave Ambient(2x12", Album) Secretly Canadian SC190 US 2011 Sell This Version
SC190 The War On Drugs Slave Ambient(2x12", Ltd, Red) Secretly Canadian SC190 US 2011 Sell This Version
SC190 The War On Drugs Slave Ambient(CD, Album) Secretly Canadian SC190 US 2011 Sell This Version
HSE-69059 The War On Drugs Slave Ambient(CD, Album) Hostess Entertainment Unlimited HSE-69059 Japan 2011 Sell This Version
SC190 The War On Drugs Slave Ambient(CD, Album, Promo) Secretly Canadian SC190 US 2011 Sell This Version
SC190, MU16 The War On Drugs Slave Ambient(Cass, Album, C94) Secretly Canadian, Mirror Universe Tapes SC190, MU16 US 2011 Sell This Version
SC190 The War On Drugs Slave Ambient(2x12", Album, Club, Ltd, Num, RE, Blu) Secretly Canadian SC190 US 2017 Sell This Version

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.Richard.

.Richard.

October 1, 2018
referencing Slave Ambient, 2x12", Album, Club, Ltd, Num, RE, Blu, SC190

I agree that this release is far superior to the original release. My records were also flat.
SwitcherooU

SwitcherooU

July 6, 2018
edited 5 months ago
referencing Slave Ambient, 2x12", Album, SC190

This is the least essential piece of The War on Drugs' catalog, and to make matters worse, the pressing is poor. Secretly Canadian is pretty reliable, but this is a miss. And better versions of many of these songs can be found on the Future Weather EP (although you might want to be careful with that pressing as well). Thankfully, the rest of the band's LPs sound terrific on vinyl.
stashmusic

stashmusic

April 20, 2018
referencing Slave Ambient, 2x12", Album, SC190
I'm really pleased with the way this vinyl sounds actually. I'm reading some complaints about the "muddiness" or perceived lack of clarity in the music... I suspect the artist was going for a slight spacey, hazy, atmospheric vibe here... I believe the pressing is accurate to the production intent. It's also telling that this plays at 45RPM-- the sound quality is meant to be emphasized here, otherwise why they bother spreading out a 47-minute album over two records? The only issue I encountered was the needle jumps right out of the run-out groove onto the center label on side C! Never had that happen before.
aangen

aangen

April 20, 2018
referencing Slave Ambient, 2x12", Album, SC190

I bought my copy from the band at a gig when they were touring for "Lost in the Dream". I have had it for a couple of years and finally played it for the first time today. (I did a 24/96 recording of it) I also have the CD copy and have listened to that many times. I find my copy of this LP to sound very nice. Some of the complaints below lead me to think a few may not appreciate the different style this band has. I think the mix is correct for this album, with the vocals placed exactly how they want them to be. My copy is not off-center or warped and it sounds great. If you are thinking of picking up this 2 LP 45 RPM pressing I am going to encourage you to do so. I will admit to believing it is possible that some people got poor copies. I just want to say they are not all bad, as my copy is fine.
whitemoses

whitemoses

January 13, 2018
referencing Slave Ambient, 2x12", Album, SC190
To say this pressing is "bad" is not accurate. My version is unlistenable. I mean every song on my records as well. It sounds like it is being played with a weight sitting on the record making it play in slow motion. I really wish I could find a half way decent version.
espendo

espendo

November 17, 2017
referencing Slave Ambient, 2x12", Album, Club, Ltd, Num, RE, Blu, SC190
First records received badly warped. VMP sent a new one and that was much better. Nice and flat. Sound-wise a big step up from the original SC pressing which wasn't so nice. Much better soundstage on this, the "ambient" aspects of the record comes much better off than before.
wackerman619

wackerman619

October 22, 2017
referencing Slave Ambient, 2x12", Album, Club, Ltd, Num, RE, Blu, SC190
Nice job by VMP cleaning this one up. Sounds great. Recommend.
espendo

espendo

October 5, 2017
referencing Slave Ambient, 2x12", Album, Club, Ltd, Num, RE, Blu, SC190
Does anyone know whether this pressing has overcome the deficiencies of the Secretly pressing from 2011? That was badly warped, sounded flat (although some of it down to the sound of the mix I think) and was off center too. Really hope this VMP betters it, then I'll take the plunge.
killahwhale

killahwhale

September 26, 2017
referencing Slave Ambient, 2x12", Album, Club, Ltd, Num, RE, Blu, SC190
This album sounds killer - still available at VMP's website. Get it while you can!
sunspot72

sunspot72

July 24, 2017
referencing Slave Ambient, 2x12", Album, SC190
I have to add my dissapointment with this LP, not the music, but the pressing. I had to send back the first copy because it was off center and warped (most notably on disc 1). I recieved a 2nd copy and it's the exact same issue.