Bad release, this RSD 2021. This album is a D. Summer Disco-classic, but I am disappointed, this is with a crappy coverart front-photo (too dark colour), but worse, the sound quality is bad, damn I wonder what went wrong here? My copy from 1979 is much, much better, the original sound is clear, buy the original 2LP - in case you can find a NM copy (of course). I would advise you/ others to get the original 1979-vinyl - and not this one. Only reason for me to keep it is the Blue/ red coloured LPs. My mint copy of this new - I won't be listening to it at all, trust me the sound is not good. Something went wrong in the making, I wonder what?!
Package of this release is great. Nice glossy cover (although a bit too dark) and beautiful colored vinyl set. Sound is good, but not great. I did some comparing with my original copy and have to say the original is better. Sound is a bit more clear, more dynamics and more spacious like another reviewer already said. Also, the new, RSD release has some minimal sibilance. Listen to Bad Girls for example, when Donna sings 'Sad Girls....'. Nothing like this on the original. RSD release is nice to have, but I think I'll keep the original also.
...unfortunately disappointed in this release. For starters the album art is dark and muddy... not even close to the original. The sound as well pales in comparison to my original 1979 vinyl...which sounds rich and spacious. This is cramped and a bit tinny. And oddly the discs are not pressed as they were originally. One disc SHOULD be Side 1 and Side 4...while the other is Side 2 and 3. It was done this way to allow the listener to stack their albums on their turntables for a more continuous experience. It was the 70s!!
Does anyone know who cut the lacquers for this? Obviously not AAA by Ryan K. Smith at Sterling Sound, as was the case for the VMP release limited to 1,000 pressings. It does appear from the matrix that GZ pressed this.
Very happy to have scored a copy of the RSD version from my local record store online. The music is, of course, well known and superb. It's more varied than I expected, and whilst it has a common sound all the way through, the songs ranges in mood and tempo a lot. On a first listen I might actually prefer the second half of the album as the songs are a bit less poppy. The package is great and very attractive, and more importantly the records are perfectly flat, centred and sound great. Happily there is not excessive emphasis on the bass which tends to be a common trend in remastering now. Sound is very balanced and clear. Donna Summer's vocals come through the music nice and clearly. Excellent!! Played on Rega RP10 / Apheta II