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Death GripsThe Powers That B

Label:Harvest – 2445567423, Third Worlds – 2445567423
Series:RSD Essentials – 026
Format:
2 x Vinyl, LP, Album, Limited Edition, Reissue, Red
Country:US
Released:
Genre:Electronic, Hip Hop, Rock
Style:Experimental, Hardcore Hip-Hop, Industrial, Alternative Rock

Tracklist

Niggas On The Moon
A1Up My Sleeves
A2Billy Not Really
A3Black Quarterback
A4Say Hey Kid
B5Have A Sad Cum BB
B6Fuck Me Out
B7Voila
B8Big Dipper
Jenny Death
C1I Break Mirrors With My Face In The United States
C2Inanimate Sensation
C3Turned Off
C4Why A Bitch Gotta Lie
C5Pss Pss
D6The Powers That B
D7Beyond Alive
D8Centuries Of Damn
D9On GP
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Notes

RSD Essentials Limited Edition

Jenny Death lacks the track "Death Grips 2.0" due to vinyl time constraints.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode (Scanned): 602445567423
  • Matrix / Runout (Side A, Etched): 2445567423LP01-A IS 39536.1(3)...
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B, Etched): 2445567423LP01-B IS 39536.2(3)...
  • Matrix / Runout (Side C, Etched): 2445567423LP02-C IS 39536.3(3)...
  • Matrix / Runout (Side D, Etched): 2445567423LP02-D 39536.4(3)...

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Title (Format)LabelCat#CountryYear
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The Powers That B (2×CD, Album)Harvest, Third Worlds2547120083US2015
The Powers That B (2×LP, Album)Harvest, Third Worlds2547120090US2015
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The Powers That B (2×CD, Album)Harvest, Third Worlds, Caroline International471200-8Europe2015
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The Powers That B (2×CD, Album)Harvest, Third Worlds, Caroline Distribution, Hostess Entertainment Unlimited4712008J, HSU-10023/24Japan2015
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The Powers That B (2×LP, Album, Mispress)Harvest, Third Worlds2547120090US2015
  • Captain_yummy's avatar
    Captain_yummy
    I don't know if this was a mistake but my Jenny Death disc has a slight black marble in the red. Anyone else's like this?
    • ante00's avatar
      ante00
      Edited one month ago
      A comparison of this RSD Essentials pressing with the original 2015 US pressing:

      The cover has greater colour saturation than the original; the blues are noticeably deeper and darker. I like it! The US original was somewhat colour desaturated, however I believe the EU original pressing was fine. The cover image is scaled slightly larger here than on the original pressing. The back cover has some changes in the graphic elements including the position of the Harvest and Third Worlds logo on the bottom right being shifted more to the left, as well as the FBI Anti-Piracy Warning and the companies text being switched in their position. The '[email protected]' email is no longer listed in this companies section. These changes are minor and inconsequential, however it is interesting to note them, to give an idea of what was done to update this new pressing.

      The lyric sheets were presented in the original pressing as separate items. In this pressing (and as with all RSD Essentials DG pressings so far), they have been repurposed as inner sleeves for the discs. In my opinion, this is a major downgrade. These type of inner sleeves are more prone to damage, so you will not be able to have nicely preserved lyric sheets like with the original pressings. Mine already have small seam splits and circular imprints in the centre caused by the records' centre holes. The disappointment continues with the presentation of the lyrics. On the Jenny Death lyric sheet inner sleeve, the images have ugly white lines on their edges (from not being cropped properly). The lyrics that are overlayed over the images are noticeably blurry and crooked when joining with lyrics not on the images. My guess is that, for some reason, the images from the original sheets had to be scanned (which was done poorly) in order to make this reconstruction of the original lyric sheets. This is what I'd expect from a bootleg, not an official pressing. The original lyric sheets had none of these problems.

      The red colour of the discs is fine, but I don't understand why red was chosen. A grey marble or blue would have made much more sense. The disc labels were not printed dark enough, the black levels do not match that of the original labels.

      It's not all negatives though. The sound quality is ultimately the most important aspect of any vinyl record, and I do believe that this one overall sounds better than my original pressing. My original copy sounds harsh, noisy and somewhat unclear in certain spots. While that's partly due to the inherent harsh sound/production of the music itself, it's important for the music to be specially treated for vinyl to preserve the details and clarity, something which I think this new pressing achieves better. But then again, vinyl can be very hit or miss regarding sound quality so your experience may be different.

      Edit: the high pitched sound at 2:32 of Turned Off sounds strange on this pressing, it's not right. The original pressing sounded as it should.

      I'd also like to make a mention of the price. The original pressing retailed for around $25-30 USD. This new pressing retails for around $42-45 USD, with some US stores even charging $50 USD. The retail price here in Australia is $100 AUD. This is egregious, and I refuse to pretend it's okay. Ever since the huge boost in vinyl popularity since 2020, the price of records have been proportionately increasing to take advantage of buyers. This pressing is not worth the retail price.

      In conclusion, I am unimpressed by the quality and presentation of the packaging. The lyric sheet inner sleeves are major detractor. The sound quality is better than expected, and is a redeeming quality. This pressing is a fine option for those who buy to listen. I remain disappointed with the artificially inflated retail prices of all RSD Essentials' Death Grips reissues.
      • tuskoh's avatar
        tuskoh
        Sounds surprisingly fantastic ! They dynamics and sound quality really punch through. Second disc has some black swirled in towards the center pick.
        • madotsukig1rl's avatar
          haven't listened to goons on the moon yet but jenny death sounds pretty stellar. on gp especially sounds great, flat quiet and dynamic (but that could just be because im most familiar w that song) jacket is solid too even if the inner sleeves feel a little flimsy
          • jmo05's avatar
            jmo05
            sounds fantastic, was super expensive at my store which was a bummer but the packaging was really well done. My disc 1 was slightly warped but no sound quality/skipping issues so far.
            • rslongboarder's avatar
              Anyone know how many copies were pressed, since it is limited edition?
              • failpro's avatar
                failpro
                This press sounds good and the print quality on all the paper is great. Still kinda prefer my blurry bootleg tho, cause it has death grips 2.0
                • gavink005's avatar
                  gavink005
                  Edited 2 months ago
                  Its overall a very solid pressing. The bass is a little bit lacking in some parts, and the vocals on pss pss are very sharp (not in a good way.) Sucks that Death Grips 2.0 isn't on the tracklist, I do think this album could really benefit from being a 3xLP.
                  • BrianKroodsma's avatar
                    BrianKroodsma
                    I’m very happy with it! Very quiet and nice dynamics
                    • blahaj11's avatar
                      blahaj11
                      this pressing is really good. its nice and dynamic, you can really hear the complexity of the music. there is lots of bass, which is definable a good thing. the packaging is also good, but the paper sleeves the records come in are a little tight. its also a little annoying that the jenny death cover isn’t on the gatefold (i know the original pressing is also like this). the vinyl color is really nice. the records themselves are a little thin, but they still sound great.

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