Adele (3)21

Label:XL Recordings – 88697 446 991, Columbia – C 7447699
Vinyl, LP, Album, United Record Pressing
Genre:Funk / Soul, Blues, Pop
Style:Acoustic, Piano Blues, Neo Soul


A1Rolling In The Deep
Written-ByAdele Adkins, Paul Epworth
A2Rumour Has It
Drums, Acoustic GuitarJerrod "Skins" Bettis*
Written-ByAdele Adkins
Written-By, Programmed By, Arranged By, Electric Guitar, Bass, Piano, Drums, Synthesizer, Arranged By [Strings]Ryan Tedder
A3Turning Tables4:12
A4Don't You Remember
Written-ByAdele Adkins, Dan Wilson
A5Set Fire To The Rain4:04
A6He Won't Go
Written-ByAdele Adkins, Paul Epworth
B1Take It All
Written-ByAdele Adkins, Francis White
B2I'll Be Waiting
Acoustic Guitar, Electric GuitarBen Thomas (9)
Tenor SaxophoneRay Carless
Trombone, Arranged By [Horns]Harry Brown
TrumpetNoel Langley
Written-ByAdele Adkins, Paul Epworth
B3One And Only5:50
B5Someone Like You
Written-ByAdele Adkins
Written-By, PianoDan Wilson

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℗ & © 2011 XL Recordings Ltd.

US Release

Printed inner sleeve.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Rights Society: BMI
  • Rights Society: ASCAP
  • Pressing Plant ID (Side A&B etched):
  • Barcode (Printed): 8 8697-44699-1 9
  • Barcode (Scanned): 0886974469919
  • Matrix / Runout (Side A Label): AL 88697 446 991
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B Label): BL 88697 446 991
  • Matrix / Runout (Side A Runout): 8869-7-44699-2A RJ STERLING Ⓤ
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B Runout): 8869-7-44699-2B RJ STERLING Ⓤ

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21 (LP, Album, Stereo)XL RecordingsXLLP 520Europe2011
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21 (CD, Album, Limited Edition)XL RecordingsXLCD 520 EEurope2011
21 (CD, Album)XL RecordingsXLCD 520Europe2011
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21 (CD, Album, Limited Edition, CD, Single)High Note Records, XL Recordings, High Note Records, XL RecordingsHN826CD, HN826CDXTaiwan2011
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21 (CD, Album, Limited Edition, Edition)XL Recordings, XL RecordingsXLCD520AMZ, XLCD 520UK2011
  • jasonsouza77inusa's avatar
    Edited 6 months ago
    bought my copy when this just came out and almost every record store had it on display in their window. mine has sterling RJ in the deadwax. my only complaint is the surface noise. tried cleaning several times but to no avail. but the mastering is pretty top notch by ray janos(im sure everyone at sterling knows what they are doing). i listen to "lovesong" originally done by the cure a lot and when the drums come in at the beginning its just so natural sounding with lots of low end even though im listening to this LP on my 80s rogers ls35a bookshelf speakers
    • BoJohnson5's avatar
      Edited one year ago
      Bought my copy back in 2011/12 when the album was first released. Maybe listened once or twice on a 3 in one player. Pulled out to listen on my current set up after almost 10 years and surprised how good it sounded after reading these reviews. Not thin or quiet like most people complain- I have the RJ version. Decent sound stage, decent separation of instruments, good punchy bass- I think most of the sound issues come from the mix being intended for digital as opposed to analog. Not an audiophile pressing by any means but not as terrible as most have said. Personally I think A6 would’ve been better as B1 given the last 3 songs on side B are somewhat quiet but nothing sounds super compressed or muddy. Quite enjoyed my listen- if a bit of surface noise bothers you vinyl isn’t for you pal.
      • SwanBeard's avatar
        Bought new some time ago. Sound is ok. Mastering is a tad hot but side B is unlistenable. B3 B4 and B5 have pops and skips severe enough to make the point moot. Looks great and is pretty flat with no particular visible issues but will not play nice. I have tried on 3 different tables with Ortofon 2M Blue, Denon DL103-R and ZYX R100. This pressing is suspect. Audition first is a must if you come across one. Side A while not incredible, sounds very good.
        • mhk246's avatar
          Sounds pretty great to me. The vinyl is really clear and sounds nice. I also like the artwork that was included on the inner sleeves. Adele’s vocals are amazing as always.
          • DiviFox's avatar
            If you can get past the constant pops this record sounds great!
            • waltegag000's avatar
              My copy SUCKS! It is badly warped to the point where it won’t stop skipping. It doesn’t even should like I’m listening to music. If anyone has a better sounding copy please let me know.
              • sethat's avatar
                Bought one of these today. "WG" in deadwax. Low Volume and clipped vocals abound. Side A sounds worse than B, which leads me to believe there is also an issue with the pressing. It is a shame, as I was looking forward to this album. Such a characteristic and beautiful voice wasted on terrible production/distribution. I should have come here to read reviews before I made the purchase.
                • tftdguru's avatar
                  Edited 4 years ago
                  Recently purchased one new (Dec 2018) with "WG/NRP" in the deadwax. Volume is low and music sounds heavily compressed. Very disappointed in this pressing.
                  • TheNeonVinyl's avatar
                    21 by Adele is probably my favorite album of the 21st century all the songs on the record are amazing (and appropriate). I personally prefer this album over her new one 25. The thing that make this album stand out is the likability of the songs. You may have only listened to a few of the songs on this album and enjoyed them but the rest of the songs are amazing as well. Adele herself is also an amazing artist with a very distinct deep voice and here songs are a perfect match with her voice type making the songs even more beautiful. In the end I would highly suggest you get this album if you like soft (and appropriate) love songs.
                    • RyansGoldenRecords's avatar
                      Question - when you guys talk about your copies sounding great, do they have 'WG/NRP' etched in the deadwax? I suspect that the version with 'RJ STERLING' in the runouts instead would essentially be the same as the supposedly inferior EU version, which I own...

                      If you like how your copy sounds, please - all of you - look in the deadwax, reply to this comment and lemme know whether it's a WG or an RJ cut.



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