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posted a comment on Simon And Garfunkel* - Bridge Over Troubled Water. 4 days ago
My copy had noise on both discs-- pops that are uncleanable. Both jackets had ring wear out of the box. Not cool for something priced like this...
posted a comment on Simon And Garfunkel* - Bridge Over Troubled Water. 4 days ago
The best I have ever heard this album and I have several pressings. That said, both of my discs had pops and the jackets had ring wear right out of the box. Unacceptable for records priced over $100USD. I should also add that I bought this new/sealed ... See full review
posted a comment on Mercury Rev - Bobbie Gentry's The Delta Sweete Revisited. 4 days ago
My copy had non-fill noise on side one of the two copies I've tried. Excellent collection of songs. Not a great pressing. Anyone with a bad copy should return it at least once. Only way they'll learn.
posted a comment on The Rolling Stones - Beggars Banquet. 4 days ago
Totally agree. This is a flat out excellent pressing. The best I have ever heard. Most Stones records from back in the day were pretty shitty sounding. This is a big step up. Hope they release Let it Bleed in a version like this.
posted a review of Panda Bear - Buoys. 4 days ago
I've tried two copies of this and both have a loud repetitive pop on side one track one. My first copy was also very warped. The second copy was flat but clearly has a pressed in defect that affects who knows how many copies. Other than that this is a ... See full review
posted a comment on Cass McCombs - Tip Of The Sphere. 11 days ago
It's another excellent Cass McCombs album. The mandala cover is beautiful-- and a bit delicate. This is a much better pressing than Mangy Love. Pressed on black 140gm vinyl that is centered and flat with blessedly minimal surface noise that does not ... See full review
posted a comment on Marvin Gaye - What's Going On. 13 days ago
It's not snake oil. It's not even a subtle difference. It is a pain to flip the sides and it does alter "the album experience". In the case of this album track 3 is faded and split over two sides, but that isn't usually a problem on most LP's. This is ... See full review
posted a review of Marvin Gaye - What's Going On. 13 days ago
Wow. I have heard multiple versions of this masterpiece of an album, on good high-end gear, and I have never, ever, even close, been this floored by the sound of this record. This is on another level of quality rarely heard on even the finest vinyl. Holy ... See full review
posted a comment on Beach House - Bloom. 13 days ago
It looks cool glowing on your turntable-- but it sounds terrible with waves of static and other distortions littered throughout all sides. I'll never play this copy again. This is typical of glow in the dark vinyl records BTW. Likely has something to do ... See full review
posted a comment on Elvis Costello & The Imposters - Look Now. 13 days ago
I have the red translucent issue and find it to be a good pressing. The mastering is excellent, the record has a warm analog sound, excellent deep bass. An overall beautifully crafted work.
posted a review of Marissa Nadler - For My Crimes . 13 days ago
For a Rainbo pressing this isn't half bad. It's not great. I'm not going to lie to you and say it's a great pressing, it IS after all a Rainbo pressing, but credit where credit is do, this is a really mediocre pressing of a superb album. For Rainbo, ... See full review
posted a comment on The Kills - Ash & Ice. 15 days ago
A surprisingly excellent pressing. I wasn't expecting much given it's a Domino pressing done at RTI-- and I have many that are quite noisy. This one was done right!
posted a comment on Marc Almond - Shadows And Reflections. 15 days ago
My copy sounds excellent. The bright yellow opaque vinyl is flat and quiet. No complaints. It's good to hear Marc Almond on vinyl!
posted a comment on The Style Council - The Cost Of Loving. 15 days ago
An excellent pressing on orange vinyl. Both discs are 45 rpm and sound great. The cover is a bit flimsy, typical of many EU releases.
posted a comment on Paul Weller - True Meanings. about 1 month ago
Yep. Side three is unlistenable. Loud non-fill distortion throughout. I suggest returning it at least several times since non-fill is random. This pressing deserved better.
posted a comment on Paul Weller - True Meanings. about 1 month ago
This is a beautiful album unlike anything Paul Weller has done before. It's made up of more quiet, acoustic tracks with beautiful arrangements. Unfortunately side three seems to have issues. After thoroughly cleaning this pressing I felt that disc one ... See full review
posted a review of Beck - Colors. about 1 month ago
My copy suffers from constant loud crackling surface noise distortion. It's present on all sides and is clearly heard on all quiet passages. I tried to clean it several time in my Hannl RCM but it made zero difference. I'll try another copy but I have my ... See full review
posted a comment on J Mascis - Several Shades Of Why. 2 months ago
A superb pressing of a superb album of acoustic gems.
posted a comment on Suede - Studio Albums 93 - 16. 2 months ago
Have to agree- nice looking but poorly done. None of the pressings are great even despite multiple cleanings on my Hannl RCM. I'm writing the label-- they should be able to do better than this. Pressing anything at GZ Media is at best hit and miss with ... See full review
posted a comment on John Lennon - Imagine. 2 months ago
It was pressed at GZ-- and when a company does that, they know what kind of quality they're buying-- low end crap. This was an utter failure of execution if the final result, the vinyl record sounds lousy due to noise and distortion. Ruined what would ... See full review
posted a review of John Lennon - Imagine. 2 months ago
Let me be brief, this pressing SUCKS. It sounds like a forty year old record! Non-fill and uncleanable surface noise abound. What a shame. This will be dumped for a pressing done elsewhere. This was pressed at GZ media. Keep this in mind, GZ Media is ... See full review
posted a comment on Mumford & Sons - Delta. 2 months ago
The US copy is more of a yellow vinyl than it is a sand color-- but what really stands out is just how shitty this pressing is. It's pressed off center with very loud wow distortion, along with loads of loud ticks and pops strewn throughout both discs. ... See full review
posted a comment on Calexico - The Black Light. 2 months ago
This is a pretty nice package overall. The clear vinyl has some minimal surface noise here and there-- usually in the form of a not too loud tick. The mastering sounds good. The sides do run a bit long at 25min+ on a couple of them-- but overall ... See full review
posted a review of Jethro Tull - Aqualung. 2 months ago
I've tried two copies of this issue and here's what I've learned. They pressed the LP's with dirty contaminated stampers. You can tell this when significant ticks and pops are present on the same tracks in the same places. The printing on the outer book ... See full review
posted a review of Tom Petty - An American Treasure. 2 months ago
My copy arrived Friday. Overall it just plain kicks ass. Solid pressings with minimal noise, well-made packaging, nice booklet (wish it were hardcover). Excellent mastering and great sound throughout. The inner sleeves are plain white paper, they ... See full review
posted a comment on The Beatles - The Beatles And Esher Demos. 3 months ago
I have the Optimal pressing and I must say that I'm a little disappointed with the vinyl quality-- side two has excessive non-fill distortion and I usually get much better from them. I wonder if this was somehow a rush job? The Escher demos had no ... See full review
posted a review of Kate Bush - Remastered In Vinyl II. 3 months ago
Overall this is a pretty great set. The remasters are subtle and improve upon the originals IMO. The vinyl quality is very high. Quiet flat discs with minimal surface noise distractions. The lp jackets are faithful reproductions and the artwork has never ... See full review
posted a comment on Lucinda Williams - Car Wheels On A Gravel Road. 3 months ago
Overall, this is a great pressing of classic album. I've never heard it sound this good before. Blows away the original CD I have. Vinyl is clean and quiet. My copy had a mild warp which I removed using the VinylFlat tool.
posted a comment on J Mascis - Elastic Days. 3 months ago
Sounds like Dinosaur Jr. almost unplugged-- meaning damn good (if you like Dinosaur Jr.) The pressing looks cool and is excellent. Wish more releases were done this well.
posted a comment on Bert Jansch - Just A Simple Soul. 3 months ago
My copy suffers from excessive and annoying surface noise distributed throughout both discs. Going to try another copy and will update this note when I do. Otherwise I absolutely love this compilation-- and the remastering is just plain excellent, ... See full review
posted a comment on Lucinda Williams - Car Wheels On A Gravel Road. 3 months ago
Totally agree. One of the best LW pressings I have ever heard. Such a great album-- it deserved this!
posted a comment on Buxton - Stay Out Late. 3 months ago
My copy is a split color black and white vinyl. It's a bit noisy but the surface noise mostly does not interfere with the music. I cleaned it once on my Hannl RCM-- it may benefit from a couple more cleanings. My copy also has a cyclical rumble and wow ... See full review
posted a comment on Jeff The Brotherhood - Magick Songs. 3 months ago
My copy has some annoying surface noise on all sides-- this mars playback and is bit disappointing. Initial cleaning on my RCM made little difference.
posted a comment on Cat Power - Wanderer. 4 months ago
A crappy pressing that sounds like a warm fire. Yes indeed. And a Rainbo pressing-- such a surprise!
posted a review of Cat Power - Wanderer. 4 months ago
My US clear vinyl copy is a terrible pressing with constant intrusive surface noise including a lot of non-fill. I've now tried two copies-- both the same. Side two has a loud rumble that is especially notable on track 1. As usual, another classless, ... See full review
posted a comment on Joe Strummer - 001. 4 months ago
I love this collection of songs and the box set is beautifully done with burnt orange book cloth covering and Joe's name embossed on the front. My only complaint is about the vinyl-- you know, the most important contents inside this beautiful box. All of ... See full review
posted a comment on Suede - Suede. 4 months ago
Just received a copy from Amazon-- overall a noisy pressing, excessively so. Will be returning this for a replacement. The mastering leaves a lot to be desired as well. Sounds compressed and the high-end is over-emphasised.
posted a review of Paul McCartney - Egypt Station. 4 months ago
I've been enjoying the US pressing. Disc 2 side D was damaged so exchanging for another copy. The mastering and general sound of this record is warm, dynamic, and just beautifully done. The song Dominos is a masterpiece and could have appeared on a late ... See full review
posted a review of Cowboy Junkies - The Trinity Session. 5 months ago
This is an impeccable pressing. I would be amazed if there has ever been another released version of this that could touch it. Superb in every way from the tip-over gatefold jacket to the 200 gram pressings-- first class!
posted a comment on Tracey Thorn - Record. 5 months ago
Great album and an excellent pressing. Not a dud song on this album.
posted a comment on Pet Shop Boys - Behaviour.. 5 months ago
I love this pressing. Sounds great to me on my hi-res analog system. I'll never play the CD again. Separation, bass, soundstage, all superior to the CD (original first edition).
posted a review of 77:78 - Jellies. 5 months ago
Love, joy, and a cool jazzy boss-ass psycherock vibe-- it all just hits you in the face like a giant mollyesque pleasure wave. A great summer record and an excellent and beautiful pressing. Sounds f'king great! Gonna play this one a lot! Reminds me of ... See full review
posted a review of Spiritualized - And Nothing Hurt. 5 months ago
So how do I describe this vinyl pressing from a band that I've always loved? It's like walking into a beautiful garden and, within seconds, smelling a nasty fart that just lingers in the air like wet paint. You stop paying attention to the flowers, you ... See full review
posted a comment on Aaron Lee Tasjan - Karma For Cheap. 5 months ago
A trippy '70's late '60's vibe, it's not retro, it does definitely ROCK-- this is some good shit if you're open to some classic rock elements molded into something more modern. The vinyl pressing is good. Split colored candy red and mustard gold ... See full review
posted a comment on Spiritualized - And Nothing Hurt. 5 months ago
We should not be making excuses for crap pressings. They have the means and the knowledge to do it right and they CHOOSE not to-- it's a business decision that counts on customers swallowing crap. Return it a few times at least-- to at least try and get ... See full review
posted a comment on Iron & Wine* - Weed Garden. 5 months ago
Wow! What a beautiful piece of work from Sam Beam and Sub Pop. The music is excellent as usual for an Iron & Wine release. The lyrics are poetry and stand on their own apart from the musical arrangements. Mastered at 45rpm the acoustics are pure ... See full review
posted a comment on Neil Young - Decade. 6 months ago
Disc one side two has very bad non-fill distortion. I've tried two copies and both have the same heavy distortions. These are louder than the music levels so it can't be ignored. I'm going to contact the label and inquire about the availability of a ... See full review
posted a review of Cowboy Junkies - All That Reckoning. 6 months ago
A great album-- they've never "lost it". Timeless sounding yet very much of today lyrically. So glad they made this record! Sadly, my copy suffers from annoying surface noise even after a thorough cleaning on a Hannl RCM. Going to try another copy. The ... See full review
posted a comment on Gillian Welch - Soul Journey. 6 months ago
Yep-- see my post above-- it's cleanable and related to the sleeve they used.
posted a comment on Gillian Welch - Soul Journey. 6 months ago
So here's why I think people are reporting debris -- like stuck white specs -- in the vinyl. It's the shitty sleeve they used. Even though this was pressed by QRP-- and they actually have a very good reputation amongst vinyl heads, they failed to use the ... See full review