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posted a comment on Mariah Carey - The Emancipation Of Mimi. 5 days ago
The sound quality of this LP is generally good but there are plenty of copies out there with pits and bumps in the vinyl-US pressings from the mid-2000s were not very good (as is the case in 2019). Same with the pressing for E=MC2. It's a great LP to ... See full review
posted a comment on Optimal Media GmbH. 26 days ago
You are 100% right, sir. I have lost count of the number of records manufactured by (Sub) Optimal over the last 3 years, which were poorly pressed-Bowie's Glastonbury LP and Paul Weller's new album among many, many others. They also frequently bend the ... See full review
posted a comment on Elvis Presley - Elvis Presley. 26 days ago
As far as I am concerned Sony DADC in Japan can manufacture every single new record I will ever buy again. As with the AMAZING Bob Dylan Highway 61 pressing they have released as part of this series the pressing is immaculate. As you slide it out of ... See full review
posted a comment on Thom Yorke - Suspiria. 26 days ago
I'm sorry but you absolutely should NOT have to clean records like this when they are brand new. I've been buying records for over 30 years too and only in the last 5 years or so has the pressing quality of records in Europe been so low. GZ's records ... See full review
posted a comment on Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds - Abattoir Blues / The Lyre Of Orpheus. 26 days ago
Bought two copies of this and with both copies the inner sleeves are both very badly creased from from the idiot in the factory who has pulled the sleeve back sharply to put the records in. I find this infuriating on a brand new £25 lp. So many ... See full review
posted a comment on Paul Weller - True Meanings. about 1 month ago
This manufacturing flaw is called Non-fill and it is the bane of my life. Virtually every single new record I buy has this flaw and I return every single one. I email the record company and the pressing plant. Optimal seems to manufacture a lot of ... See full review
posted a comment on Bruce Springsteen - Springsteen On Broadway. about 1 month ago
The three I have returned defintely did not have paper residue-on all three the first disc was covered in non-fill even from the opening 10 seconds of side 1. Frustrated to say the least.
posted a comment on Prince - 3121. about 1 month ago
In the past 4 weeks I have bought 4 records pressed by MPO which have been a mess: Marianne Faithful's new album, the new Springsteen on Broadway 4 LP (3 copies of that and all three the first disc is a non-fill catastrophe) and now 3121 and Planet ... See full review
posted a comment on Madonna - True Blue. about 1 month ago
Absolutey gorgeous pressing of this album. The first time I put this Japan pressing on it was like listening to a completely different album. Papa Don't Preach sounds incredible on it. Get it if you can!
posted a comment on Prince - Planet Earth. about 1 month ago
I am sticking with my bootleg; this pressing is AWFUL.
posted a comment on Prince - 3121. about 1 month ago
Update: I have now heard 4 copies of this album and every single one of them had something wrong with it. All 4 were bought from different retailers. 3 copies had dreadful non-fill across side 1 and 1 copy had no non-fill but side 2 of the first disc ... See full review
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posted a comment on Prince - Planet Earth. about 1 month ago
Side 2 covered in Non-fill. FFS why can't MPO manufacture records without these flaws? Same thing with the Springsteen on Broadway 4 LP. These records are a mess.
posted a comment on TT (17) - LoveLaws. about 1 month ago
Your copy has no hissing at the end of sides one and two?
posted a comment on Mariah Carey - E=MC². about 1 month ago
Do not buy a sealed one unless you intend never to open it. If you are buying an open one get the seller to be specific about its condition. This was not a great pressing and (based on what I have seen) copies are often warped and covered in dimples ... See full review
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posted a comment on Bruce Springsteen - Springsteen On Broadway. about 1 month ago
UPDATE: Three copies and the same thing: First disc covered in non-fill especially on side 1 (but not limited to that side by any means-side D was also a paper tearing sounding mess). I can't believe i'm saying it but I am going to buy the ... See full review
posted a comment on Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds - Abattoir Blues / The Lyre Of Orpheus. 2 months ago
Does anyone own this particular version and if they do, are your inner sleeves creased from the idiot in the factory pulling back the inner sleeves to put the discs in? This is one of my favourite albums and having bought multiple copies of the original ... See full review
posted a comment on Lenny Kravitz - Are You Gonna Go My Way. 2 months ago
If anyone has bought these reissues and they sound awful with pressing defects (hisses, crackles, dirty dusty vinyl straight out of the sleeve etc) then make sure you email Universal and tell them about it. It isn't going to change if vinyl buyers are ... See full review
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posted a comment on Lenny Kravitz - 5. 2 months ago
Hi there, are you saying you have no problems whatsoever with the second disc of this release? I have bought and returned three copies from different retailers and on all of them the second disc is either scratched from poor factory handling or has ... See full review
posted a comment on Sons Of Kemet - Your Queen Is A Reptile . 2 months ago
Thanks for this clarification. I will never buy another record with UMC on the back of it, same with anything made by United or GZ. I have wasted so much money this year on defective vinyl. But not anymore.
posted a comment on a-ha - MTV Unplugged (Summer Solstice). 2 months ago
Update: 2 copies bought and both exactly the same. Absolutely awful pressing-again 2/3 discs scratched up and scuffed brand new out of the sleeve. Disgusting lack of quality control at GZ.

Bought this and it went straight back to the retailer without ... See full review
posted a comment on Bob Dylan - Highway 61 Revisited. 2 months ago
Well, I agree with you! The poor quality of vinyl pressing in Europe and the United States right now is a consumer scandal, which is largely hidden as A) Some people don't play the records they buy (having them for show only) and have no idea they sound ... See full review
posted a comment on Geinoh Yamashirogumi - Symphonic Suite Akira. 2 months ago
Genuinely shocked at the positive responses for this LP. Bought two copies of it from different retailers and both had non-fill across side C and sounded awful.
posted a comment on Mariah Carey - Caution. 2 months ago
A good pressing (not a dent, bubble or mark on mine). I did notice a little surface noise on the track 8th grade but nothing bad at all [Actually this is my bad-it is meant to sound like that]. One slightly annoying thing was the crease to the inner ... See full review
posted a comment on Fleetwood Mac - Say You Will. 2 months ago
The sound quality of this is not bad at all; I always thought the mixing of some of the songs was a bit odd anyway. The pressing quality is generally good HOWEVER having heard two copies of it it is extremely irritating to hear a tiny dent at the very ... See full review
posted a comment on Optimal Media GmbH. 3 months ago
Sub Optimal would be a better description for this pressing plant. The quality control there vacillates wildly and frankly, for a company in a country famed for its manufacturing prowess, their inability to press records to a critical standard beggars ... See full review
posted a comment on Kyle Dixon (2) & Michael Stein (9) - Stranger Things. 3 months ago
It was garbage and I returned it. Don't go near it. I bought the cassettes instead, which (amusingly) have far, far superior sound quality than these LPs. I do not know why Invada have their releases pressed on these stupid gimmicky colour pressings. ... See full review
posted a comment on Elton John - Greatest Hits. 3 months ago
Absolutely the best pressing of any hits album of Elton John's. If the recent "Diamonds" disaster from GZ and the 90s hits LP of which quite a few have flaws (bubbles, blisters, dents etc) leave you wondering what constitutes quality control, just go ... See full review
posted a comment on Bowie* - Glastonbury 2000. 3 months ago
I noticed a similar thing on the back cover of Fleetwood Mac's The Dance, released a few weeks ago by Warner. I know it's not Parlophone, but both fall under the purview of Warner's music division. Such poor quality control.
posted a comment on Bowie* - Glastonbury 2000. 3 months ago
Update: 3 copies heard so far and all three had non-fill on the third disc. paper tearing sound after paper tearing sound. Very frustrating for something which costs nearly £50 in the UK. And why are the inner sleeves creased? On all three copies the ... See full review
posted a comment on Marianne Faithfull - Negative Capability. 3 months ago
Quite a noisy pressing if you ask me-based on two copies I have heard. Bits of non-fill and clicks plus lumps in the vinyl. Surprised because BMG have been excellent with pressings with releases over the last 12 months.
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posted a comment on Bob Dylan - Highway 61 Revisited. 3 months ago
I bought this to celebrate passing my driving test and I have just put it on. Listening to it makes me want to weep. Once again the Japanese prove why they have made and continue to make the greatest records in the world. The pressing is immaculate ... See full review
posted a comment on Colter Wall - Songs Of The Plains. 4 months ago
Great album ruined by stupid manufacturing flaws. Pits and dents in all the wrong places on three copies I have heard.
posted a comment on GZ Media. 4 months ago
Where to even begin: A-ha Summer Solstice, the Lenny Kravitz reissues-"5" being a standout shocker, Elton John's Diamonds, TT's Lovelaws, Blade Runner 2049, Star Wars The Last Jedi, St Vincent's Masseduction, Justin Timberlake's Man of the Woods, the ... See full review
posted a comment on Neneh Cherry - Man. 5 months ago
It is so bugging-I heard another copy of it the other day and same thing-2 big pops just as the violin solo starts in the middle. I hate it!
posted a comment on Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds - Abattoir Blues / The Lyre Of Orpheus. 5 months ago
I believe you and I am very happy to hear there are good copies of this out there but there are quite a few, which are not. I wouldn't buy a sealed copy of this based on the copies I have seen over the years.
posted a comment on Elton John - Diamonds. 5 months ago
Hands down the WORST pressing I have bought in the last 12 months. Even by GZ's excrutiatingly low standards this is awful. Your advice is sound-I (literally) threw out this junk yard pressing and bought his 1990 one. Infinitely better. Universal ... See full review
posted a comment on John Grant - Love Is Magic. 5 months ago
Thanks for this. I am going to try and exchange but also email Bella Union.
posted a comment on Prince - Lovesexy. 5 months ago
I have heard many, many versions of this LP from different countries but this one is the best. Tracks like Alphabet St, Anna Stesia and the title track just blast out. One of my most prized LPs.
posted a comment on Janet Jackson - Design Of A Decade 1986/1996. 5 months ago
Stunning pressing of this album and the cover is (for many reasons) infinitely superior to the US version. Chocka-block full of Miss Jackson's blockbuster singles and the two new songs are excellent. Runaway and Twenty Foreplay could have appeared on ... See full review
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posted a comment on John Grant - Love Is Magic. 5 months ago
The entire first side of my (deluxe) copy is covered in hissing from the lead in groove to the dead wax. Unlistenable. Anyone else? I cannot believe how awful the sound quality is.
Update:
I received a replacement disc, which was perfect. Perhaps ... See full review
posted a comment on Prince - The Rainbow Children. 5 months ago
If this is repressed on vinyl that will be a very good thing. The original pressings are not that great and the music is pressed far and beyond into the what would normally be the dead wax of the LP on all sides. Non-fill all over the place on multiple ... See full review
posted a comment on Paul Weller - True Meanings. 5 months ago
This is an excellent album but I did find my copy to be a bit clicky, even after several washes. Side C seemed to have quite a few.
posted a comment on Luluc - Sculptor. 5 months ago
I am going to buy a black vinyl version instead and see if this is any better. I have been buying lps for 30 + years and the past 5 years have been the worst. Even in the 90s when CDs had taken over, I rarely took a record back to the shop and the 80s ... See full review