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posted a review of Neil Young With Crazy Horse* - Colorado. 23 days ago
This is the first new release Neil Young album I've bought in years that I think I'll keep playing. As usual the pressing quality is excellent. So is the vinyl mastering. This record sounds raw and live-- just like Crazy Horse should! Highly recommended.
posted a comment on Bob Dylan - Rough And Rowdy Ways. 23 days ago
Like many Columbia Records releases the pressing quality is spotty. Everything I play is first cleaned on a Hannl RCM and re-sleeved. Both pressings appeared to be clean. The mastering is superb and the vinyl is heavy, flat, and backgrounds are generally ... See full review
posted a comment on Fiona Apple - Fetch The Bolt Cutters. 23 days ago
I'm not going to comment on the music-- it has been extensively reviewed. Released in "limited quantities" in opaque pearl vinyl this release sounds pretty damn good. The cover is fairly flimsy but the pressings are overall flat, clean, quiet, and heavy. ... See full review
posted a review of Haim (2) - Women In Music Pt. III. 24 days ago
A wonderful Haim album! This is a great sounding album. Mastered and cut at 45rpm it has great presence, huge bass, and a focused sound stage. Too bad it is an abysmal pressing. I have tried three copies and all suffered from warps, pops (in the same ... See full review
posted a comment on Ray Lamontagne - Monovision. about 1 month ago
Every new LP should be wet cleaned before playing and evaluating or you have no idea how good or bad playback really is.
posted a comment on Khruangbin - Mordechai. about 1 month ago
My pink vinyl copy was also a bit noisy after cleaning. The noise mostly amounts to low level crackling that, surprisingly, does not seem to interfere much with playback quality -- and I use a pretty high-resolution system. I did a second cleaning, this ... See full review
posted a review of The 1975 - Notes On A Conditional Form. about 1 month ago
After giving up on the terrible quality clear vinyl pressing I picked this one up last weekend for $60 USD at my local indie record store. I'm a collector and use a Hannl RCM to clean every record before re-sleeving it in a MoFi sleeve. I was hoping this ... See full review
posted a comment on The 1975 - Notes On A Conditional Form. about 1 month ago
There seems to be another "White Album" thing happening-- where the album is an eclectic assemblage of songs that might be designed to feel a bit like listening to the radio (in decades past). I know that it was very deliberate in the case of The 1975 -- ... See full review
posted a review of Jonathan Wilson - Dixie Blur. about 1 month ago
An excellent album-- kind of Laurel Canyon meets Nashville-- with solid songs, superb musicianship, and beautiful vinyl packaging with a die-cut outer sleeve and art print inner-sleeves designed to be used as backgrounds for the front cover cutout areas. ... See full review
posted a comment on EOB* - Earth. about 1 month ago
This may have been inspired by Screamadelica by musically it's a whole other thing. A blend of influences with some Radiohead techniques sparkling across its surface. It's excellently mastered and the vinyl is reasonably quite. Overall this is a ... See full review
posted a comment on The 1975 - Notes On A Conditional Form. about 1 month ago
This is a godawful pressing of an otherwise excellent new release from The 1975. Disc one was lightly warped and had terrible amounts of no-fill distortion that overpowers the music starting from the first track on both sides . There was also excessive ... See full review
posted a comment on Mac Miller - Circles. 2 months ago
My copy on clear vinyl has an abundance of ticks and small pops throughout all sides even after a thorough cleaning with my Hannl RCM. The album has a ton of bass, the mastering has a warmness that enhances the low end. An excellent album but only an ... See full review
posted a comment on Lowell Brams, Sufjan Stevens - Aporia. 3 months ago
I have cleaned it once on a Hannl RCM-- no pops but a few too many ticks. Maybe more cleaning and a few more spins. It is better that most of my other Sufjan Stevens pressings.
posted a comment on Lowell Brams, Sufjan Stevens - Aporia. 3 months ago
No, in fact there never has been a good Sufjan Stevens vinyl pressing. It's the label-- as it happens routinely-- so can't blame the presser or it's extremely bad luck. At least not in the last fifteen years has there been an excellent pressing. He does ... See full review
posted a comment on Khruangbin - The Universe Smiles Upon You. 4 months ago
Bought this from Amoeba Records in Berkeley when released in 2015. Pressed on white vinyl with a numbered hype sticker on the shrink. It is an excellent pressing with exceptional mastering. Khruangbin sound like nothing else that I've heard with their ... See full review
posted a comment on Sam Phillips - Fan Dance. 6 months ago
Wow, what a lovely pressing of a superb album. From the tip-on jacket to the lined inner-sleeve and heavyweight lyric sheet this project was done right. It's also one of Sam Phillip's best albums-- spare, acoustic, with her typical lyrical brilliance.
posted a review of Tennis (6) - Swimmer. 6 months ago
This is a noisy pressing with excessive ticks, pops, and a bit of non-fill distortion appearing randomly across both sides. This was after a thorough cleaning with my Hannl RCM. Fortunately I can play this excellent album back through my SugarCube SC-2 ... See full review
posted a comment on Destroyer (4) - Have We Met. 6 months ago
My seafoam green pressing is loaded with tick, pops, and non-fill distortion. I'm going to contact Merge to see about getting a replacement. This was after a thorough cleaning on my Hannl RCM.
posted a comment on Pet Shop Boys - Super. 6 months ago
I went through three copies before giving up. My US pressing from Concord Music Group has excessive surface noise and non-fill distortion on both sides. This is an overall poor pressing. The mastering also sounds overly compressed and lacks in dynamics ... See full review
posted a comment on Songs: Ohia - Didn't It Rain. 7 months ago
Not a great pressing. Excessive surface noise even after a thorough cleaning with my Hannl RCM. May improve some with repeated cleanings.
posted a comment on Ten Years After - A Space In Time. 7 months ago
A fine job was done on this remaster. Wonder if they used the Audio Fidelity plates from a few years back? Pressed by Optimal the vinyl is clean and quiet. I always pre-clean my records with a Hannl RCM-- having done that on this one I have no ... See full review
posted a comment on The Blue Nile - Hats. 8 months ago
Agree. Mine arrived packed loose in large box- shipped from the UK to CA. The cheap cover was severely bent and creased every which way. The inner sleeve will almost certainly scratch the vinyl-- I opened its seam up on one side and pulled the sleeve ... See full review
posted a review of The Miles Davis Quintet - The Legendary Prestige Quintet Sessions. 8 months ago
Superb pressings that sound marvelous. Once again Craft Recordings has gone the extra mile to get it right. The packaging has a retro look with quality papers and other materials used throughout. The records are flat, backgrounds are black save for a ... See full review
posted a comment on Beck - Hyperspace. 8 months ago
My copy is noisy on both sides-- this is after a thorough cleaning on my Hannl RCM. It's a fine Beck album in all other respects. Really a pity that most of Beck's vinyl pressings have been very subpar (with a few exceptions). Was hoping for better but ... See full review
posted a comment on Allah-Las - LAHS. 9 months ago
Fresh psychedelic retro pop. This would be a cool album regardless of when it was made. Elements of so many things-- the Kinks, Love, etc. Not the quietest vinyl I've heard, but overall everything just works. What a cool album!
posted a comment on David Sylvian - Secrets Of The Beehive. 9 months ago
I've cleaned mine a few times with my Hannl RCM-- it's a generally quiet pressing. Decent mastering-- definitely not from the CD master but it does have that 1980's something or another that I generally don't like, but only a bit. Overall this is the ... See full review
posted a comment on Steppenwolf - Steppenwolf. 9 months ago
This is overall an excellent pressing. Crystal clear vinyl. I don't have a good original to compare and I'm told the mono version was a fold-down, but it sure sounds good cranked up!
posted a comment on Thad Jones / Mel Lewis Orchestra - All My Yesterdays. 9 months ago
An immaculate pressing. Excellent mastering. This was done right. Remastered from the analog tapes it has a beautiful warm sound. Crank it up and you are there at the Village Vanguard, instantly transported back more than half a century. Time travel.
posted a review of Vetiver - Up On High. 9 months ago
First-- what an EXCELLENT album! Thank you Vetiver. I have the Robbin's egg blue pressing and it is quiet and sounds excellent overall. Warm and open. Minimal surface noise. I cleaned the LP first using my Hannl RCM and, of course, re-sleeved it. I would ... See full review
posted a review of Michael Kiwanuka - Kiwanuka. 9 months ago
I received my signed copy of this superb album from the Universal EU store-- shipped to CA. It was (of course!) totally under-packed and arrived bent, split, scuffed, and mangled with blown seams on the outer and both inner jackets. What a freaking ... See full review
posted a review of Sturgill Simpson - Sound & Fury. 10 months ago
A true ass-kicker of a record. Sturgill will not be pigeonholed into any particular groove or genre-- this album f'ing rocks! It is also a very beautiful and high quality pressing. It's a great party record, the music on it thrills!
posted a review of Big Thief - Two Hands. 10 months ago
Such an excellent rock album. Great songwriting and musicianship. A joy to listen to... if only the vinyl pressing did justice to this excellent release. My copy is warped and has excessive surface noise that you will most likely hear on the quieter ... See full review
posted a comment on Charles Mingus - Mingus Ah Um. 10 months ago
This is one of the best MOV releases I've purchased in quite a while. That it was mastered from the original tapes is a big deal and you can hear the difference if your system has enough resolution. It's a wonderful record, an excellent pressing, and a ... See full review
posted a review of Elbow - Giants Of All Sizes. 10 months ago
I was hoping the Elbow would produce a decent pressing after the disastrous pressing of their last LP and the overall bad vinyls quality of their recent reissues. I was hoping... but alas no. This is another absurdly noisy pressing with obtrusive surface ... See full review
posted a review of Wilco - Ode To Joy. 10 months ago
My pink copy is heavily warped, otherwise sounds excellent. May try another copy. This is a mellow Wilco album so it benefits from a quiet pressing. The mastering is warm and open. The cover design is an ironic snore.
posted a review of Lorde - Pure Heroine. 10 months ago
A poor pressing of a damn good pop album. The vinyl is littered with ticks, pops, and occasional no-fill distortions. This is an album that I process through my Sugarcube SC-2-- and out comes a perfect soundin copy.
posted a review of Various - Lotta Love: Sounds California. 11 months ago
This is an extremely well done collection. The tracks all (or mostly) sound great and the sequencing is both adventurous and well thought out. The vinyl pressing is also excellent-- both discs are clean, flat, and quiet. Grab a copy while you can!
posted a review of Cat Power - The Greatest. 11 months ago
This was Cat Power's masterpiece. It is also a very very poor quality pressing. Loaded with noise on every track, it's a real disappointment. Perhaps one day it will get the pressing it deserves.
posted a comment on Paul Weller - Other Aspects (Live At The Royal Festival Hall). 11 months ago
Given how awful the pressing quality of his previous album "True Meanings" is-- I've tried five copies it-- all suffer from heavy no-fill distortion on both discs-- I was a bit nervous buying this one. So I received a very pleasant surprise when I ... See full review
posted a comment on Everything But The Girl - Amplified Heart. 11 months ago
Excellent quality all the way around. The mastering sounds beautiful and open. The vinyl is clean and quiet. Well done!
posted a comment on Thom Yorke - Anima. 11 months ago
Given how abysmal most Radiohead pressings have been for me I was nervous about receiving another dud-- but praise the many-faced god this is a clean pressing of an excellent solo effort from Mr. Yorke. Excellent from start to finish.
posted a review of Ned's Atomic Dustbin - God Fodder. 11 months ago
MOV have done another impressive job on a '90s classic. Sounds better than my original CD copy, is compressed a bit, which isn't unusual for this type of record. It's a kick-ass album that I hadn't listened to in years-- kind of like the Manchester sound ... See full review
posted a review of LDR* - NFR!. 11 months ago
This is possibly the best sounding LDR pressing I've purchased to date. The album is of course EXCELLENT. LDR continues to grow and evolve as one of the best songwriters working today. Pressed at MPO (a normally reliably high quality presser in France) ... See full review
posted a review of Whitney (8) - Forever Turned Around. 11 months ago
Whitney releases another wonderful record of modern-retro pop. My copy does not say where it's pressed-- and for good reason-- it's another garbage pressing from SC. The open tracks on both sides are clean but as the tracks progress so does the constant ... See full review
posted a review of Ride - This Is Not A Safe Place. 12 months ago
This is even better than their previous release. Has that creative experimental feel of their earlier work but is not a rehash by any means. If you like Ride you will probably like this release. It rocks, curves, and swerves. My copy of disc one is ... See full review
posted a comment on Goodnight Moonshine, Molly Venter - I'm The Only One Who Will Tell You, You're Bad. about 1 year ago
There is a vinyl pressing out-- I have it. Surprised it's not already in the DB.
posted a comment on The Milk Carton Kids - All The Things That I Did And All The Things That I Didn't Do. about 1 year ago
A very noisy, scuffed vinyl pressing that did not improve with an initial deep cleaning. Great mastering and an otherwise excellent sounding album save for the poor vinyl pressing quality.
posted a comment on Son Volt - Union. about 1 year ago
Beautiful looking marbled maroon vinyl, good mastering, overall a very good pressing. Came with a signed print.
posted a review of Sufjan Stevens - Carrie & Lowell. about 1 year ago
I have three copies including two of this pressing and one of the clear. All are horrid and I have serious doubts that there are more than a VERY few decent pressings of this one out there. I have a high resolution system and a Hannl RCM. No amount of ... See full review
posted a comment on Bruce Springsteen - Western Stars. about 1 year ago
An excellent pressing, great mastering to vinyl, and a great Springsteen album-- but nothing like his older material-- this has deliberate pop vibe with a full string section and and big wide open arrangements. Artists need to try new things and IMO this ... See full review