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Nine Inch NailsThe Fragile

Label:Nothing Records – B0025682-01, Interscope Records – B0025682-01
Series:NIN – Halo Fourteen
Format:
3 x Vinyl, LP, Album, Reissue, Remastered, Definitive Edition, 180g
Country:US
Released:
Genre:Electronic, Rock
Style:Industrial

Tracklist

A1Somewhat Damaged
Written-By, Guitar [Additional Guitars]Danny Lohner
4:31
A2The Day The World Went Away
Backing Vocals [Backing Chants - Credited To The Buddha Debutante Choir]Christine Parrish, Fae Young, M. Gabriela Rivas*, Heather Bennett, Judy Miller, Martha Wood, Melissa Daigle
5:04
A3The Frail1:54
A4The Wretched5:36
B1We're In This Together
Drums [Chorus]Jerome Dillon
7:19
B2The Fragile4:32
B3Just Like You Imagined
Guitar [Additional Guitars]Adrian Belew, Danny Lohner
PianoMike Garson
3:52
B4Even Deeper
Mixed By [Mixing Assistance]Dr. Dre
Written-By, Drum Programming, Synthesizer [Additional Synthesizers]Danny Lohner
6:16
C1Pilgrimage
Choir [Chanting]The Buddha Boys Choir
Percussion [Additional Marching]Steve Duda
TrumpetCherry Holly
3:41
C2No, You Don't3:36
C3La Mer
CelloWillie
DrumsBill Rieflin*
VocalsDenise Milfort
5:10
C4The Great Below
Effects [Atmospheres]Charlie Clouser
Guitar [Ambiences]Danny Lohner
Guitar [End Melodic]Adrian Belew
5:17
D1The Way Out Is Through4:17
D2Into The Void
Backing VocalsKim Prevost
Drum ProgrammingCharlie Clouser
4:49
D3Where Is Everybody?
Guitar [End Melodic]Adrian Belew
5:40
D4The Mark Has Been Made4:46
E110 Miles High
Mixed By [Reconstructed Mixed By]Keith Hillebrandt
5:09
E2Please3:31
E3Starfuckers, Inc.5:00
E4Complication
Guitar [Additional Guitars]Danny Lohner
2:27
E5The New Flesh3:42
F1I'm Looking Forward To Joining You, Finally4:20
F2The Big Come Down4:12
F3Underneath It All2:47
F4Ripe
PianoMike Garson
ViolinSteve Duda
5:18
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Notes

2017 Definitive Edition. Includes bundled download card.

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.”

Recorded and mixed at Nothing Studios, New Orleans.
Supplemental drums recorded at Electrical Audio.
Remastered at Baker Mastering.
Vinyl mastering at Golden Mastering.

A spurious credit appears on the release for "additional vocals" on the Quiet version of 'The Day The World Went Away', a track found not on this release, but rather on The Day The World Went Away.
Some photographs in bundled essay credited to Nothing Studios.

℗©2017 Interscope Records.

Written by T Reznor ©1999 Leaving Hope/TVT Music Inc (ASCAP) administered by Leaving Hope Music Inc, except -
A1, B4: Written by T Reznor, D Lohner ©1999 Leaving Hope/TVT Music Inc (ASCAP) administered by Leaving Hope Music Inc/Wish It Away (ASCAP).
D1: Written by T Reznor, K Hillebrandt, C Clouser ©1999 Leaving Hope/TVT Music Inc (ASCAP) administered by Leaving Hope Music Inc/Hillebrandt/Hypercube Music/Warner Tamerlane Music (BMI).
E3: Written by T Reznor, C Clouser ©1999 Leaving Hope/TVT Music Inc (ASCAP) administered by Leaving Hope Music Inc/Hypercube Music/Warner Tamerlane Music (BMI)/Quackenbush Music Limited (ASCAP) administered by Polygram International Music Publishing Inc. Contains elements from 'Shout It Out Loud' performed by Kiss used courtesy of Mercury Records under license from Universal Music Special Markets Inc.

Hype 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, stamped): B0025682-01-A HALO 14-A GOLDEN JG P. USA -43731-
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B Runout, etched, stamped): B0025682-01-B HALO 14-B GOLDEN JG P. USA -43731-
  • Matrix / Runout (Side C Runout, etched, stamped): B0025682-01-C HALO 14-C GOLDEN JG P. USA -43733-
  • Matrix / Runout (Side D Runout, etched, stamped): B0025682-01-D HALO 14-D GOLDEN JG P. USA -43733-
  • Matrix / Runout (Side E Runout, etched, stamped): B0025682-01-E HALO 14-E GOLDEN JG P. USA -43734-
  • Matrix / Runout (Side F Runout, etched, stamped): B0025682-01-F HALO 14-F GOLDEN JG P. USA -43734-
  • Matrix / Runout (Side A label): B0025682-01-LP01-A
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B label): B0025682-01-LP01-B
  • Matrix / Runout (Side C label): B0025682-01-LP02-C
  • Matrix / Runout (Side D label): B0025682-01-LP02-D
  • Matrix / Runout (Side E label): B0025682-01-LP03-E
  • Matrix / Runout (Side F label): B0025682-01-LP03-F
  • Rights Society: ASCAP
  • Rights Society: BMI
  • Other (Number, sticker, back of shrink wrap): B0025682-01ST02

Other Versions (5 of 73)

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Title (Format)LabelCat#CountryYear
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The Fragile (2×CD, Album, Tri-Fold Digipak)Nothing Records, Interscope Records0694904732US1999
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The Fragile (3×LP, Album)Nothing Records0694904731US1999
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The Fragile (2×Cassette, Album)Nothing Records, Nothing Records490 474-4, 490 475-4Poland1999
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The Fragile (2×CD, Album, Repress, SMEA)Nothing Records, Interscope Records490 473-2Australia1999
The Fragile (2×CD, Album, Digipak)Nothing Records490 473-2Europe1999

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  • ET555's avatar
    ET555
    Edited 5 months ago
    Does anyone have a spare or get an extra lyric booklet they would be willing to send on or sell please? Didn’t get one with my copy.
    • art_of_vinyl's avatar
      art_of_vinyl
      Edited 5 months ago
      I personally love the sound, this is a much darker piece and thesound compliments it, as far as the pressing is concered, I picked up couple last year, one was for a friend, and to me it's a solid repress by Pallas.

      I normally always deep clean all my purchases before spin. but this time I was feeling lazy and only swiped it with a damp cloth and it plays absolutely fine there's a pop on Disc 2 Side B, and little static in quiter parts, but nothing overpowering.

      Also Ortofon 2m Blue being analytical brings out more compared to let's say Nagaoka or Sumiko, So with a more warm cart the noise will reduce, Cartridge on your turntable can play the spoilsport, a part which many ignores.
      • ggkazii's avatar
        ggkazii
        very sad that my copy of this has so much surface noise. it is most likely my fault, i've had it for about 5 years and i have not had very good cleaning habits at all until recently so i'm very sure it's just dust ingrained in the grooves because of that. live and you learn, i guess. i still spin this weekly regardless, can't hear the surface noise through speakers but through my headphones it's very irritating and takes away from the experience.
        • codysmith2814's avatar
          For all the comments about the mastering, that's just how this album sounds. I love this album but I have always felt that the mixing/mastering wasn't very expansive in a lot of parts. Yes, the vocals take up the same sonic space as the guitars a lot of the time. But that's not just because of the vinyl, imo. I have always felt that way after listening to the digital version. I haven't critically listened to the digital remastered files, so maybe those are better.

          I will agree that this pressing doesn't have as much of an improvement over digital compared to the definitive With Teeth pressing, which sounds fucking amazing. Still, this is a fine sounding vinyl I think
          • MxSelfDestruct's avatar
            Edited one year ago
            Great record, and this is an excellent pressing of it... However, this album really isn't suited for vinyl. IMHO, spreading it across six sides *really* messes with the flow. These songs were written to be spread across two CDs. On that note, though, the digital version of this album is absolutely incredible. This is my favourite album in the entire world, and the remastered digital version takes it to a whole new level. I don't regret paying MSRP for this, but unless you really love this album like I do, you might consider just pirating it.
            • evandavis47's avatar
              evandavis47
              Listening to my copy last night revealed a sad reality. This isn't an album that's suited for vinyl at all. I'm no audio engineer but these mixes are just so massive and polished to an absolute digital sheen with no mind paid for vinyl that the effect is comparable to watching an old DVD on a giant 4K TV. It doesn't sound terrible or anything, but I personally don't believe there is any real fidelity to be gained from it. Songs like 'We're In This Together' sound super muddy when that behemoth of a chorus kicks it. Quieter parts with more space sound nice, but that's mostly just because the vinyl came super clean and quiet. The '99 CD sounds great and there are also super high res digital audio files of the vinyl version available with the extra songs (which btw seems like they were left off for good reason). That said, the packaging looks fucking awesome and the booklets included are great.
              • Bpietrok's avatar
                Bpietrok
                Can anyone tell me what outter sleeve to protect this with? The spine is very big. Thanks.
                • Aynddufraine's avatar
                  Aynddufraine
                  Scored this for $37 on AcousticSounds! 😎

                  Screw off scalpers!
                  • SalViscuso's avatar
                    SalViscuso
                    Edited one year ago
                    I really hate to say this because I love this album so much, but the praise for this release and resultant prices are waaaaaaaay overblown. On the positive side, the quality of the pressing itself as well as the jacket and artwork are all great. Vinyl is quiet, well-centered, flat, and free of almost all surface noise. That said, the quality of the mastering is pretty poor. The entire album sounds flat, compressed, and closed in. Trent's voice and the instruments all occupy the same exact location in the sonic plane. The fine detail in the music is there, but it just sounds so dull and lifeless. The versions of this album currently available on Tidal and Qobuz sound so much more alive and dynamic.

                    I notice there is quite a lot of deadwax and a fat lead-in on several sides while other sides (particularly side B) are crammed with over 20 minutes of music. I feel like they had to EQ the entire album down to the level of the packed sides to make them fit properly, and the overall quality suffers. For $40-$50, this is a good buy. Spending over $100 for it is insane even if The New Flesh is your favorite song of all time. Personally, I would be happy to pay a bit more for a 4xLP version with proper dynamics.

                    For context, my turntable generally outperforms my digital front end technically and in terms of my personal enjoyment. MoFi Ultradeck with an ATOC9XML cart + Pro-Ject DS3 B vs. Schiit Bifrost 2 being fed by Roon. I'm comparing using my ZMF Verite headphones which are very resolving.
                    • Funnystuff's avatar
                      Funnystuff
                      The music itself sounds awesome. Or it could, to be more exact; Sadly, the pressing quality is a real dissapointment and at times severly impairs the listening experience (audio/vinyl):

                      A: some light ticks/plain
                      B: returning whooshy „scratch“ all over/light bump
                      C: constant crackling & returning scratchy sound (la mer!)/off center
                      D: little noise on the outer tracks getting less towards the middle/off center
                      E: quiet/warped
                      F: quiet/small bumpy „hick up“

                      Looking forward to the next re-press, I guess …

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