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Arcade FireThe Suburbs

Label:Columbia – 88985462631
Format:
2 x Vinyl, LP, Album, Reissue
Country:UK, Europe & US
Released:
Genre:Rock
Style:Alternative Rock, Indie Rock

Tracklist

A1The Suburbs5:15
A2Ready To Start4:16
A3Modern Man4:40
A4Rococo3:57
B5Empty Room2:52
B6City With No Children3:12
B7Half Light I4:14
B8Half Light II (No Celebration)4:27
C9Month Of May3:51
C10Wasted Hours3:21
C11Deep Blue4:28
C12We Used To Wait
French HornPietro Amato
SaxophoneColin Stetson
5:01
D13Sprawl I (Flatland)2:54
D14Sprawl II (Mountains Beyond Mountains)
French HornPietro Amato
SaxophoneColin Stetson
5:26
D15Suburban War
SaxophoneColin Stetson
4:45
D16The Suburbs (Continued)1:28
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Credits

Notes

Additional recording took place in various bedrooms, living rooms and basements in Montreal.
Thanks to Mark Lawson, Markus Dravs, Cha Cha, Tyler, Scott (and everyone at Quest) and our patient spouses.

A' LA MEMOIRE DE FRANCOIS CHEVALLIER.
EN SOLIDARITE AVEC LE PEUPLE D' HAITI.

Album comes in a gatefold sleeve, printed inner sleeves with lyrics and credits.

Gloss finish cover (in and out), gold foil stamped back cover
Spine: ARCADE FIRE - "THE SUBURBS" - 88985462631

Tracks numbered sequentially.

Record label not listed on release.

Side C ends with a locked groove in which we hear the piano loop endlessly.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode (Text): 889854626310
  • Barcode (Scanned): 889854626310
  • Matrix / Runout (Side A, Runout, Variant 1): 88985462631-A RKS 162900E1/A1 STERLING
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B, Runout, Variant 1): 88985462631-B RKS 162900E2/A STERLING
  • Matrix / Runout (Side C, Runout, Variant 1): 88985462631-C RKS 162900E3/A STERLING
  • Matrix / Runout (Side D, Runout, Variant 1): 88985462631-D RKS 162900E4/A STERLING
  • Matrix / Runout (Side A, Runout, Variant 2): 88985462631-A RKS 162900E1/A2 STERLING
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B, Runout, Variant 2): 88985462631-B RKS 162900E2/A1 STERLING
  • Matrix / Runout (Side C, Runout, Variant 2): 88985462631-C RKS 162900E3/A2 STERLING
  • Matrix / Runout (Side D, Runout, Variant 2): 88985462631-D RKS 162900E4/A A1 STERLING

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Title (Format)LabelCat#CountryYear
The Suburbs (2×LP, Album)City Slang2743427Europe2010
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The Suburbs (CD, Album)City Slang, Sonovox Records2742629/C, 2742629Europe2010
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The Suburbs (2×LP, Album)Merge Records, Sonovox RecordsMRG385US2010
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The Suburbs (CD, Album, Beige)Merge RecordsMRG385US2010
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The Suburbs (CD, Album)City Slang, Sonovox Records2742629/A, 2742629Europe2010
  • Andrewslattery's avatar
    No complaints from me. Mastered by Ryan K Smith. Silent vinyl. Really good dynamic range. Not sure what people are talking about no bass... It's mastered at pretty low volume, but that just means you can absolutely crank it! I think Ryan has mastered to highlight the vocals and guitar, which is fine by me!
    • dicedpeas's avatar
      dicedpeas
      Edited 7 months ago
      I 100% have this pressing and not the OG Merge cut (and I don't have it for comparison) and I 100% agree with those saying the mastering sounds a little lifeless. It's not awful by any means, but it lacks the punch and depth I was hoping for. And I'm not hearing much low-end, either. Some of it may just be the recording, I'm honestly not sure. Turning it up fairly loud does help, but only so much. Hopefully this is not considered the definitive release, because I feel like it could be done better.

      The pressing, however, is excellent.

      Edit: Both the Merge cut and this press are listed as DR10 on the database. The CD is listed as DR7, so if you are looking for dynamics, at least on paper, either cut on vinyl is better, but neither are awesome. That said, dynamics aren't everything.
      • leonthesleepy's avatar
        No issues with the pressing but the mastering leaves a lot to be desired. Some songs sound really flat
        • james19's avatar
          james19
          Excellent pressing. Every side very clean, not surface noise, great dynamics, decent amount of low end present. The gatefold jacket is also beautiful. If you need a copy of this record, but this pressing. Lovely stuff!
          • Geee.'s avatar
            Geee.
            I am curious if some reviewing here are mistaking the OG Merge cut by Ray Janos with this new press cut by Ryan Smith? This more recent Ryan Smith cut slays the Janos. It isn't even close. The SQ of the Janos is flat, but not the Smith cut. Lots of nuanced bass. My press is also much superior to the OG Merge which had non-fill on side 4.
            This is an excellent version & definitely the one to own.
            (My system: Rega RP6 / Ortofon Black; McIntosh MA5200; Axiom M60 v2 w/Monster Cable)
            • alfredomu's avatar
              alfredomu
              Meh, the pressing is good, but the mastering is so so, some songs are lifeless, you need to add many extras in your setup to give it life. Honestly this great album deserves a better touch, with more punch and dynamics
              • bmeagan's avatar
                bmeagan
                Edited one year ago
                Sides one & two are perfect. Sides 3 & 4 have some pops. (Comment below mentions same problem). In any case, not a serious problem, and on the whole, on sides 3 & 4 there are only one or two clicks heard only when music is quiet. Doesn´t disrupt the sound quality. Well worth the purchase if you get it for 20 or so euros/dollars. Sounds good. Good pressing overall.
                • ihatekant's avatar
                  ihatekant
                  Super nice glossy sleeve. Disc 1 sounds great but my Disc 2 is full of pops and cracks which are present even after wood glue cleaning.
                  • kingstring23's avatar
                    kingstring23
                    Mastering and sound is good on my copy, but the there is quite a lot of surface noise. Mostly only audible during quiet parts
                    • carterwrombouts's avatar
                      really great pressing, mastering is slightly shallow but still very good

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