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posted a comment on Aqua - Aquarium. about 1 month ago
How does the artwork look on the front? Is it blown up from a CD scan or taken from the original photos/files?
posted a comment on Bright Eyes - Digital Ash In A Digital Urn. about 1 month ago
This is my favourite Bright Eyes album by a mile. This UK pressing is great too - there's a couple of seconds of non-fill here and there on the first track but otherwise it's really clear and sharp with excellent stereo separation and no distortion... See full review
posted a comment on Aqua - Aquarium. 2 months ago
What's the artwork quality like on this? Does it look like the cover photo has been blown up from the CD or have they got access to the original files?
posted a comment on Erasure - Crackers International. 2 months ago
Remarkably good sound quality on this four-track 7" – one thing that's always struck me about it is the extremely well separated left and right channels, most noticeable on the intro of track A1 which sounds to me wider and more separate than the... See full review
posted a comment on The Pipettes - We Are The Pipettes. 2 months ago
You'd know if it was the original plates cause they had insane levels of distortion throughout – way worse than simply being tinny or lacking depth, it was actually unlistenable.
posted a comment on Erasure - Pop! - The First 20 Hits. 2 months ago
Is it just mastering, or are the opening piano bars of A Little Respect mixed way louder on the single version here than on the Innocents mix?
posted a comment on The Pipettes - We Are The Pipettes. 2 months ago
Is this cut from the same plates as the abysmal original version? I know it's a picture disc so I'm assuming there's a lot of background noise, but I'm hoping it's at least been remastered and recut and that we might get a black version one day if so!
posted a comment on Republica - Republica. 2 months ago
Each to their own, but to my ears (on what I'd also consider an excellent setup) this sounds brilliant. And I'm a pretty fussy record listener. There's a little distortion towards the end of B6 but that's the only fault I can find - the highs are... See full review
posted a comment on Republica - Republica. 2 months ago
Not according to the label. I asked em out of curiosity a few weeks ago and they emailed me back: "We received and used high res audio files (96 KHZ / 24 BIT) of the original masters." This wouldn't have been an analogue recording in 1996, so I'm... See full review
posted a comment on Kings Of Convenience - Peace Or Love. 3 months ago
Sounds great, but my copy is slightly dished (side A is a little convex). It doesn't affect play fortunately.
posted a comment on New Order - Substance. 3 months ago
Cheers, yeah I know about those releases - it's the Procession 12B1 FBN thing that is confusing me!
posted a review of Bright Eyes - Vinyl Box Set. 3 months ago
Obviously some of these recordings are pretty lo-fi but it's remarkable how good the cut and pressings here sound. This might be an odd thing to pull out, but even when you're listening to poor quality tape recordings on the Collection album you can... See full review
posted a comment on Janet Jackson - Design Of A Decade 1986 / 1996. 3 months ago
Totally agree. The UK version not only features the single mixes and some unique edits in place of the widely available album mixes that are on the US press - it's also got two of her biggest 90s UK hits (Whoops Now and the 1995 mix of Best Things),... See full review
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posted a comment on Saint Etienne - Tales From Turnpike House. 4 months ago
Honestly this sounds so much better than the 2005 press, which is a bit dull throughout and distorted in places. By contrast, the synths, the drums and the different grains of the vocals really cut through here, especially the wonderful spacious... See full review
posted a comment on David Bowie - Changesonebowie = 魅せられし変容. 5 months ago
Don't have a UK original to compare but it's hard to imagine it sounding better than this - it's clear and defined with a remarkably wide stereo image. The separation is almost like listening to a 5.1 mix - it might be a little *too* detailed and... See full review
posted a comment on Boards Of Canada - Geogaddi. 6 months ago
Strange that this hasn't been mentioned elsewhere, but this has more artwork than the original 3LP: it comes in a trifold cover, whereas the original was just a regular gatefold (that loaded from the inside centre, making it very prone to tears) with... See full review
posted a comment on Rufus Wainwright - Want One. 6 months ago
Sounds bloody amazing. The orchestra and vocals are all perfectly defined and separated and the recording and pressing have a real 1970s-style dynamic punch. The noise floor on my copy is a little high with a low sound almost like tape hiss, but it's... See full review
posted a comment on Annie Lennox - Medusa. 6 months ago
Nothing unofficial about the Greek and Brazilian issues - the artwork for the 2018 press is clearly copied from the Brazilian issue, even down to the Brazilian RCA label designs and the strangely located split between sides A and B despite the bonus... See full review
posted a comment on Blur - The Best Of. 6 months ago
I always thought the washed out pink label on side 4 was a printing error on my copy of this, but looking at the picture here it seems others have it too. Anyone got a solid side 4 label that's the colour it should be (the Dave pink)?
posted a comment on Dubstar (2) - Hygiene Strip. 7 months ago
Pressing sounds good in terms of the instrumental, but why are the vocals so muffled? I half wondered if they were meant to sound like they were recorded through a face mask but that'd be odd surely
posted a comment on Alicia Keys - The Diary Of Alicia Keys. 7 months ago
Ha yeah, probably! I guess it isn't necessarily wrong if it refers to the recording/master (like the first part of the SPARS code on a CD), but still weird to see
posted a comment on Alicia Keys - The Diary Of Alicia Keys. 7 months ago
Nah, it isn't - the print is way sharper than that would be, it lists the side divisions, and the copyright and catalogue info is up to date.
posted a comment on The Divine Comedy - Absent Friends. 7 months ago
I've had the opposite - bought four of these reissues and been bowled over by the quality of the pressings and packaging. Some of the most perfectly centred records I've ever seen! My copy of Absent Friends does have a small scratch on B3 that causes... See full review
posted a comment on Alicia Keys - The Diary Of Alicia Keys. 7 months ago
Sounds great, with lots of space, depth and clarity and a nice wide soundstage. I'm hearing a small amount of distortion on some of the lead vocals when she really goes for it, but can't tell if this is just an artefact from the way the album was... See full review
posted a comment on Pet Shop Boys - Format (B-Sides And Bonus Tracks 1996‎–2009). 8 months ago
Seconded! Especially since very few of these tracks have ever been available on vinyl in any capacity at all, which is pretty unusual in the PSB catalogue for commercially released tracks.
posted a comment on Dubstar (2) - Disgraceful. 8 months ago
Does this definitely exist? The catalogue number here is identical to the 2LP version and there are no details about the packaging of this single LP. Given that the 2LP included a disc of the original album with its own inner sleeve, is this really... See full review
posted a comment on Blur - Modern Life Is Rubbish. 8 months ago
I'm glad Food and SBK rejected this album at first because For Tomorrow and Chemical World, which were added to appease them, are two of the best songs, I reckon. But I can't really see how an album that already contained Star Shaped, Villa Rosie and... See full review
posted a comment on Pet Shop Boys - Release. 8 months ago
Any clues as to where this was pressed? The catalogue numbers etched in the runout are handwritten and there aren't any other numbers in the deadwax. It's coloured vinyl so I wondered about Orlake but checking the dates the plant had closed by then.
posted a comment on The Rhythm Method (8) - How Would You Know I Was Lonely?. 8 months ago
Yeah I've got the same problem with Magic Hour on mine which is a shame cause it's one of my favourites. Not a bad pressing up to that point, though.
posted a comment on Prefab Sprout - I Trawl The Megahertz. 8 months ago
Just got a copy of the new version (with side B label and repressed disc 2) from RT in a sale - sound quality is great on all three sides, though as others have reported the spindle hole in disc 1 was slightly too small and side A was a little off... See full review
posted a comment on Bloc Party - Silent Alarm. 8 months ago
I don't have the 2005 original for comparison, but I agree that this sounds a lot better than the 2010 repress - it's punchier, louder and more detailed with clearer separation and a sharper high-end. Would definitely recommend getting this 2018... See full review
posted a comment on Bloc Party - A Weekend In The City. 9 months ago
The cut is fine, but like the vast majority of picture discs there's a much higher level of background noise - somewhere between a roar and a hiss behind the music that's audible during quiet passages. In addition, the copy I bought on day of release... See full review
posted a comment on Babylon Zoo - Spaceman. 9 months ago
Cheers, makes sense. I'm guessing Baker didn't mind, since he went on to remix the two other singles, but it seems a bit dodgy not to be even credited, as you say, when his is the most famous bit!
posted a comment on The Black Dog - Parallel. 9 months ago
Love this album but my stylus has trouble tracking B3 shortly after the full rhythm track comes in - it sticks in one place, on a kick drum, and did the same thing in the exact same place on the replacement copy I bought, too. I'm using an ortofon 2m... See full review
posted a comment on Saint Etienne - More Words And Music By Saint Etienne. 9 months ago
Worth checking your spam folder or maybe re-signing up - I got notified by receiving an email as in previous years. Sorry to hear you missed out, hope you manage to get one :)
posted a comment on Babylon Zoo - Spaceman. 9 months ago
How come Arthur Baker isn't credited for the single/album version too when the intro and outro are lifted straight from his remixes?
posted a comment on The Black Dog - Virtual. 9 months ago
Sounds good for the most part but my copy (bought new around time of release) has a fair bit of non-fill in the hottest parts of B1 so others may be affected too. Sadly at 19 I didn't know what non-fill was so it didn't occur to me that I could... See full review
posted a comment on Jessie Ware - What's Your Pleasure?. 9 months ago
Lucked out - sort of - thanks to the heads up by the below poster and got the last white copy on Amazon. I say sort of cause it has a couple of scratches that cause clicks for a couple of minutes each, but it was probably a return. I can live with it... See full review
posted a comment on Pet Shop Boys - Super. 10 months ago
There are various QC issues with this album but I've had four copies in total and none of them have any skips on A1. You've either got a defective copy or there's an issue with your TT. Good news cause you should be able to fix either!
posted a comment on Pet Shop Boys - Yes. 10 months ago
They're numbered (on the art print) 1 to 300 :)
posted a comment on The Radio Dept. - Pet Grief. 10 months ago
No non-fill on mine, I guess I got lucky when I bought it off discogs in 2009. Doesn't have the full artwork and lyrics that you get in the reissues, but sound-wise I'm very happy with this pressing - extremely wide and full with great separation and... See full review
posted a comment on Robbie Williams - Greatest Hits. 10 months ago
Just dug my double LP out and was pleasantly surprised by the sound having read the previous review here. Yep, I agree it does sound fairly compressed, but no worse than the original singles, and these aren't exactly audiophile recordings. I didn't... See full review
posted a comment on Blur - Out Of Time. 10 months ago
Ah thanks, I should have thought. Though you'd think that'd make the CD and DVD similarly valuable and they certainly don't seem to be!
posted a comment on Blur - Out Of Time. 11 months ago
Genuine question - how come the Think Tank singles are so in demand? I thought these prices were either a mistake or a joke, but some of them have... actually sold for this much? There were loads of them around at the time - they can't be that rare can they? See full review
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posted a comment on Bad Boys Inc* - Whenever You Need Someone. 11 months ago
This has the exact same arrangement (the brass, the percussion, the vocal harmonies) as I Found Heaven by Take That - same producer, but even then still *ridiculously* similar.
posted a comment on Kylie* - Disco. 11 months ago
Nah, based on the last update from the company that will manufacture them, not likely to start production until 2021:
posted a comment on Beach House - Depression Cherry . 12 months ago
Sounds good to me - only very minimal clicks here and there (and one minor pop on A1), no distortion or sibilance or anything. Honestly it all just sort of sounds like a dream or a sea and it's great.
posted a comment on Space (4) - Spiders. 12 months ago
Is this as off-centre as the commercial pressing? Two more words.