I love flat, centered, quiet vinyl. Rainbo and United are atrocious. I love a lot of different artists and albums, but Scott Walker is the one artist I listen to most.
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posted a comment on Frank Black - Frank Black. 17 days ago
Went through two copies of the orange RSD release. Both were off-center on side two. What a waste of vinyl.
posted a comment on Big Thief - U.F.O.F.. 17 days ago
Mine is off-center on side two. Not terribly noisy that I can tell, but still not happy about this.
posted a comment on Big Thief - U.F.O.F.. 17 days ago
Well, the US pressing is deplorable. It is off-center on side two. What a waste of good vinyl.
posted a comment on The Velvet Underground - The Verve/MGM Albums. about 1 month ago
My copy of Chelsea Girls from the box is off-center and noticeably so, so no, likely not much better.
posted a comment on The Velvet Underground - The Verve/MGM Albums. about 1 month ago
My Nico Chelsea Girl is off-center on side two. It's frustrating that you can't rely on Sundazed for QC. This is not the first off-center title I have from them, but those were handled by folks like United, so that is somewhat understandable. This seems ... See full review
posted a comment on Nico (3) - Chelsea Girl. about 1 month ago
Sucks that my copy of the mono Sundazed is off-center on side two. Seems to be an RTI. I thought both parties were handling things with more care of late, but this kind of carelessness is disheartening
posted a comment on Nao (33) - Saturn. 3 months ago
My copy is somewhat off-center on side one. Such a shame. Even EU pressing plants are dropping the ball on quality control now.
posted a comment on Earl Sweatshirt - Some Rap Songs. 3 months ago
Given the 'NRP' in the deadwax, the dimpling, the wonky edging, and the non-fill right at the start of the album, I'm assuming this is another garbage pressing from United Record Pressing. Buy the EU version instead.
posted a comment on Sharon Van Etten - Remind Me Tomorrow. 3 months ago
Great album. Junk pressing. Quite off-center on side two. What a waste.
posted a comment on Deerhunter - Why Hasn't Everything Already Disappeared?. 3 months ago
great album. junk pressing. my copy is off-center. what a waste.
posted a review of Sons Of Kemet - Your Queen Is A Reptile . 4 months ago
I am pretty sure this is United Record Pressing's usual hack job. The download code is redeemable at 'urpressing.com' and the vinyl is very much as awful as anything they do: off-center and dimpled. There is no way they should be entrusted with any ... See full review
posted a comment on Sons Of Kemet - Your Queen Is A Reptile . 4 months ago
Universal doesn't have a plant. They have their vinyl pressed at either Rainbo or United, I think, although for some reason the telltate 'U' is not in the deadwax on United pressings. I think this is a U pressing. It has all the hallmarks of their work, ... See full review
posted a comment on Sid Selvidge - The Cold Of The Morning. 5 months ago
Like most Rainbo pressings, this is off-center, specifically on side two, so the guitar chords drag as they decay. A real shame.
posted a comment on Bernard "Pretty" Purdie* - Lialeh. 5 months ago
Another horrible LITA release, because it was pressed by United, and it is off-cener, so there is considerable drag. Really unfortunate.
posted a comment on Various - Rhythm & Blues Christmas. 5 months ago
I don't know what is wrong with Ace of late, but most vinyl they put out (even through their subsidiaries like Kent, for example) are quite off-center. This is another one that is defective in this way. I've brought this to their attention, but they ... See full review
posted a comment on Paul Williams (2) - Jim Henson's Emmet Otter's Jug-Band Christmas. 5 months ago
This is a disgrace. It is so off-center on side B that there is considerable wow and flutter during playback. One to avoid.
posted a comment on Paul Williams (2) - Jim Henson's Emmet Otter's Jug-Band Christmas. 5 months ago
What a disgrace. The RSD vinyl pressing of this title is so off-center, it is virtually unlistenable. Serious wow and flutter. One to avoid
posted a comment on Various - The Rojac Story: The Best Of Rojac & Tay-Ster. 5 months ago
Great music, but the album is a disaster as it is pressed very off-center.
posted a comment on Various - Eccentric Soul: Sitting In The Park. 5 months ago
Typical garbage United pressing. Quite off-center. Shame that great music is compromised by their incompetence.
posted a comment on David Axelrod - Earth Rot. 5 months ago
Sadly, United pressed this and screwed it up, with side B being quite off-center. Fortunately, Now-Again is helping me with this, but United is absolutely incompetent to an alarming degree
posted a review of Pride (7) - Pride. 5 months ago
Atrocious garbage dumped out by United Records Pressing. Very off-center and sounds horrible. This is one to avoid, as is anything United or Rainbo pressed. They are incompetent.
posted a comment on Phosphorescent - C’est La Vie. 5 months ago
Sadly, the clear edition of this release is off-center on side A. At least my copy is, which means several are likely that way too. Ugh.
posted a comment on Hum (2) - You'd Prefer An Astronaut. 6 months ago
The SRC release on green/white vinyl is off-center. the deadwax has a Rainbo matrix, but SRC says they changed plants at the last minute and would not tell me who handled it.
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posted a comment on Pharoah Sanders - Summun Bukmun Umyun - Deaf Dumb Blind. 6 months ago
More off-center junk passed off as a premium reissue to people who just do not know vinyl. A must to avoid, and will not buy any subsequent Anthology releases.
posted a comment on Porterhouse Records. 6 months ago
I wanted to buy their Gun Club and Urge Overkill reissues until I learned they were pressed at Rainbo. Likely another label to avoid.
posted a comment on Anthology Recordings. 6 months ago
I picked up one of the Pharoah Sanders reissues they did in 2017. It was junk. For one, it was off-center. For another, they didn't even bother to replicate the Impulse gatefold, putting it in an indifferent jacket. And it didn't particularly sound good ... See full review
posted a comment on Real Gone Music. 6 months ago
Man these folks just don't get it. Any vinyl releases I've picked up from them have been off-center. And I've tried engaging them on this without success. Another reissue label to avoid.
posted a comment on Light In The Attic. 6 months ago
LITA love to present themselves as a label of quality, but the vast majority of albums I have from them have been off-center: Mercury Rev, Francoise Hardy, Lee Moses, The City, Lizzy Mercier Descloux, D'Angelo... I tried to engage them on this, but one ... See full review
posted a comment on Numero Group. 6 months ago
Love their releases. Just wish they'd use better plants or QC. Most titles I have from them are quite off-center, in particular the Jackie Shane, which is also very warped.
posted a review of Cat Power - Wanderer. 6 months ago
Thought I was getting an EU copy from a seller on Discogs. Got this instead. Absolute Rainbo junk. Noisy and off-center. And unlike another buyer's experience, when I complained to Domino about my black vinyl variant being off-center/noisy and the Blood ... See full review
posted a comment on Kurt Vile - Bottle It In. 6 months ago
It took one blue vinyl and one split color vinyl to get a perfectly centered copy, but at least Matador helped me Frankenstein a good copy.
posted a comment on Memphis Record Pressing. 6 months ago
MRP sure does press a lot of off-center product. It's pretty distressing. They are almost as bad as United and Rainbo, but not quite.
posted a comment on Universal Music Special Markets. 6 months ago
Universal Music Special Markets is about the worst there is in terms of how it handles its catalog, by which I mean they hand over all their vinyl reissues to Rainbo and United and the result is junk. Same goes for titles they license to reissue labels ... See full review
posted a comment on The Geraldine Fibbers - Lost Somewhere Between The Earth And My Home. 6 months ago
Typical off-center junk from Universal Music Special Markets. Amazing that they have such a vast catalog and absolutely little interest in doing right by it.
posted a review of Phosphorescent - C’est La Vie. 7 months ago
If you get the Canadian Orange Vinyl, you'll find it is wildly off-center on side two. You should probably avoid it. I've complained to Dead Oceans.
posted a review of Blood Orange (2) - Negro Swan. 7 months ago
For some reason, the North American copies seem to have been pressed by Rainbo, and side A is quite off-center. You may want to avoid it and get an EU pressing, because everything Rainbo does is junk.
posted a review of Cat Power - Wanderer. 7 months ago
Domino had the North American copies pressed by Rainbo, so on my copy, side two is off-center, and very crackly because Rainbo absolutely cannot do anything right. You may want to avoid or find an EU pressing
posted a review of Monks* - Black Monk Time. 7 months ago
For a company that promotes itself as a purveyor of quality product, moat LITA releases are off-center junk, and this is no exception, because they had it pressed at Rainbo, and Rainbo is notorious for pressings that are off center. A real waste of time, ... See full review
posted a review of Luna (5) - Bewitched. 7 months ago
Serious disappointment. My copy is quite off-center. I wish pressing plants would QC their product.
posted a review of Julee Cruise - The Voice Of Love. 7 months ago
This is more off-center Rainbo junk. Sides two and four are both off-center. This is one to avoid.
posted a review of Rainbo Records. 8 months ago
Pretty much everything Rainbo does is flawed junk - off-center pressings seem to be their specialty and there are too many of them to even list here. Suffice to say, much like United, they do not remotely care about quality control. They just pump out ... See full review
posted a review of United Record Pressing. 8 months ago
Not sure who is worse - United or Rainbo, but given the lack of quality control and the high frequency of off-center, warped, noisy vinyl both press, does it really matter? You have to think they really don't care about music at all based on what they ... See full review
posted a comment on Jackie Shane - Any Other Way. 8 months ago
Warped and wildly off-center, this was a grave disappointment, even more so because Numero promised to replace my copy and didn't. Avoid it.
posted a comment on D'Angelo - Voodoo. 8 months ago
Typical Light in the Attic/Rainbo junk. Two sides are off-center and side one has some weird damage along the rim that I pretty much have to set the needle down at the start of the song. For a company that likes to promote itself as being a purveyor of ... See full review
posted a comment on The Beatles - Revolver. 8 months ago
Typical Universal Music Group junk in that the Mono pressing, I guess handled by Optimal, is slightly off-center on side two. I can't think of any label/label group that cares less about its catalog than UMG
posted a review of Monk Higgins - Extra Soul Perception. 8 months ago
Picked this up last week. It's off-center on one side, so pretty much a waste of time, money, and vinyl. Probably best to stick with an original instead, if you can find it.
posted a review of Eric B. & Rakim - The Complete Collection 1987-1992. 8 months ago
This is a grave disappointment. Whoever pressed it for UMe pressed most of the records off-center on at least one side, so it is complete and utter junk. I suggest avoiding it.