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posted a comment on Madonna - I'm Breathless (Music From And Inspired By The Film Dick Tracy). 2 days ago
Excellent pressing (and becoming hard to find in even very good condition as the sleeve damages easily). A guilty pleasure and a favourite for many a fan (no one admits it but its pretty great from start to finish) and has more than one stone cold ... See full review
posted a comment on Elton John - Diamonds. 14 days ago
Pressing is just ok. Side C has an enormous amount of non-fill and scratchy surface noise on the fade out of the final track.
posted a comment on Hans Zimmer & Benjamin Wallfisch - Blade Runner 2049 - Original Motion Picture Soundtrack. 14 days ago
Adding to the chorus. My first copy was so bad I sent an email to GZ, which of course they did not answer but it made me feel better. Their pressing standards are a disgrace. I do not understand how brand new records can be scratched between coming ... See full review
posted a comment on P J Harvey* - Is This Desire?. 15 days ago
Ha Ha! Yes it does, but I am sure it will be reissued at some point and I certainly wouldn't pay the prices being offered for an original if I didn't own it already.
posted a comment on Michael Giacchino - Star Trek Beyond (Music from the Motion Picture). 16 days ago
Dreadful, noisy, clicky especially at the start of side 1. Frustrating because the music is superb.
posted a comment on Mariah Carey - #1 To Infinity. 29 days ago
Does yours have a pit at the end of Always Be My Baby? I would be interested to know because I have seen/heard five copies of this and they all have it so I gave up tring to find one, which didn't. Thanks.
posted a comment on Mariah Carey - Merry Christmas II You. 29 days ago
Yet another truly dreadful presing from Universal. Labels off centre and damaged, marks on the vinyl that appear to be what i can only describe as heat burns, scuff marks, pits and dents. And the music has not been pressed dead centre either. Awful.
posted a comment on Willie Nelson - Spirit. about 1 month ago
Absolutely abysmal pressing made all the worse (and hilarious) by the sticker on the front of the album which tells you that the album (one of Mr Nelson's finest, in my opinion) has been remastered especially for vinyl and then they manufacture this junk ... See full review
posted a comment on Sia - This Is Acting. about 1 month ago
EU pressing white vinyl disc is awful. 3 copies so far and dreadful hiss across both sides. Side C is worse.
posted a comment on Mariah Carey - Butterfly. about 1 month ago
I think it is a real shame they chose (only) a picture disc as the repress for this LP. The sound quality of the original is fine-I agree with you-but with nearly 30 minutes of music each side it just sounds a bit squashed to me but either way, a ... See full review
posted a comment on Madonna - Bedtime Story. about 1 month ago
This is a lovely 12' but the cover is very prone to damage even from brand new-I remember seeing a whole load of them in HMV and Virgin back in 94 and they all had creases and scratches to the jackets. The paper stock is "finickerty" so be careful one ... See full review
posted a comment on P J Harvey* - Is This Desire?. about 1 month ago
I find the pressing flaw with this album is actually part of its charm. I know that sounds like a massive concession because I would never want an album with a pressing flaw but it's such a sonically shifting album from track to track there is something ... See full review
posted a comment on The Cranberries - Everybody Else Is Doing It, So Why Can't We?. about 1 month ago
Hi there, My copy (bought in 1993) was always and is silvery grey coloured. I don't think there is anything "rare" about the gold label ones. My copy is completely matt but I do remember seeing some, at the time, which were sort of shiny/more laminate ... See full review
posted a comment on The Cranberries - No Need To Argue. about 1 month ago
I bunked off school to go and get this in Virgin Megastore in Oxford Street in 1994 and it has been played at least once every 6 weeks since then. It sounds as good as it did 23 years ago. A really fantastic UK pressing from a time when cds had ... See full review
posted a comment on The Cranberries - Something Else. about 1 month ago
A lovely album and a lovely pressing too. Adore this band and these adjusted versions of some of their greatest songs doesn't feel like a retread. The orchestrations are smashing and it feels so much more than a retrospective. Get it from their site ... See full review
posted a comment on Danny Elfman - Batman Returns (Music From The Motion Picture). about 1 month ago
I am very happy to have bought the black vinyl version as I am hearing there are (unsurprisingly) sound issues with the colored wax. However, it is extremely frustrating that once again a Mondo release is marred by careless quality control at the ... See full review
posted a comment on Angus & Julia Stone - Snow. about 1 month ago
All three of the Optimal pressed EU versions of this album I have bought mu,tiple times have manufacturing flaws in them usually towards the end of at least one side. 2 copies of this white version bought and both have non-fill and a slushing/scraping ... See full review
posted a comment on Madonna - Bedtime Stories. 2 months ago
You might be able to get a copy with a scratched record or a damaged sleeve but the inner sleeve is ok, in which case you won't have to fork out a huge sum to get a replacement. All German copies of this (pressed for the Uk market) had an innersleeve ... See full review
posted a comment on The White Stripes - The Complete John Peel Sessions. 2 months ago
Just once I wish I could get an LP from United, which is pressed with some degree of comepetence. After three attempts I managed to get a copy which sounded ok but had more manufacturing flaws then you could wave a stick at.
posted a comment on Tift Merritt - Stitch Of The World. 2 months ago
This is actually a really nice pressing-very quiet and flat as a pancake. No offenece to the US but I do not think it is actually a USA pressing. I think it is GZ, which I know does not instil confidence either but this is actually good. Musically, ... See full review
posted a comment on Everything But The Girl - Walking Wounded. 2 months ago
The original pressing is ok but could be quite crackly (I and several friends bought it on LP at the time) and they all had various little pressing flaws. The Simply vinyl repress was fantastic though and is the one I listen to. i would be surprised if ... See full review
posted a comment on Everything But The Girl - Walking Wounded. 2 months ago
Stunning repress of this album if you can get it-better than the original pressing in my opinion.
posted a comment on Various - Desperately Seeking Susan / Making Mr. Right. 2 months ago
Such a great soundtrack and if you are a fan of the film get it on vinyl if you can. I can't walk down any street on the lower east side of NY without hearing some part of the soundtrack. Just ace.
posted a comment on Hans Zimmer - Man Of Steel - Original Motion Picture Soundtrack . 2 months ago
There is definitely an EU pressing of this and I think the US pressing is/was manufactured at the same time by the same plant. EU pressings state Made in Holland on the actual centre labels. Manufactued in Holland by Furnace Record Pressing.
posted a comment on Devendra Banhart - Smokey Rolls Down Thunder Canyon. 2 months ago
Adding to the chorus-this is one of the WORST pressings of modern times. The labels are not even straight on most copies. I had to buy 12 (yes, 12) copies to get two discs which played to an acceptable standard. Horrendous.
posted a comment on Aaliyah - Aaliyah. 2 months ago
About a trillion times better than the US pressing in terms of pressing quality and artwork/sleeve quality. Plus it has Try Again on it, which the US one does not. A classic.
posted a comment on Mariah Carey - Butterfly. 2 months ago
The original pressing of this album is just ok and for anyone trying to get hold of it I guess you have to weigh up how much having it in your collection outweighs the negative aspects of the LPs sonics. It is a Holland pressing, which were all ... See full review
posted a comment on Madonna - MDNA. 2 months ago
Thanks for confirming. It is so irritating that something like that wasn't picked up in the test pressings. I am fairly sure every EU copy has this flaw but very happy to be contradicted.
posted a comment on George Michael - Patience. 2 months ago
Vinyl version at some point PLEASE Sony! This is an excellent album, not as good as his first three LPs but some excellent songs, many of which are more poignant now that he isn't alive.
posted a comment on George Michael - Symphonica. 2 months ago
I don't know if this is a limited edition but I do remember a lot of retailers including Amazon (in the UK) selling out of this almost immediately. I had it on pre order and then when I went to buy a second copy for my sister it had gone and was out of ... See full review
posted a comment on Mariah Carey - #1 To Infinity. 2 months ago
Yet to find a copy of this which does not have a hefty pit at the end of "Always be my Baby". Thud, thud, thud...Only bought it for the new track, which is unfortunately, mediocre. The original press of #1's is much better.
posted a comment on St. Vincent - Masseduction. 2 months ago
2 copies to date and both noisy, clicky, poppy especially on side 2. Another record pressed by GZ which is wanting in the quality control department.
posted a comment on Madonna - Like A Prayer. 2 months ago
Of all the LP versions released back in 1989 this has the best sound quality. A stunning pressing. None of the newer represses even come close; Express Yourself blasts out. Flat as a pancake, immaculate.
posted a comment on Madonna - Ray Of Light. 2 months ago
Stunning pressing of this album. Worth paying just for the extra thick sleeve. Gorgeous in every way.
posted a comment on Little Big Town - The Breaker. 2 months ago
Bought 3 copies of this album before I could get a playable one. Records are covered in pits and dents. Managed to get a copy where the pits were mostly in noisier parts of the songs so the thudding is virtually inaudible but still...Come on Capitol! ... See full review
posted a comment on Prince - The Rainbow Children. 3 months ago
Yes, 6 discs for Emancipation would be better than trying to squash 60 minutes of music on each vinyl disc but it would probably be seen as prohibitively expensive. I would pay the price to have it though. It would certainly make for a stunning box set.
posted a comment on Prince - The Rainbow Children. 3 months ago
Although I own this, I would say to anyone to be very careful about buying it especially at the eye watering prices. All of Prince's releases pressed by Redline were pressed with varying degrees of quality control, in my experience. When this was ... See full review
posted a comment on Prince - 3121. 3 months ago
As stated for the Planet Earth vinyl release, I do not understand why this is listed as a bootleg. I bought this at the HMV flagship shop in London when it came out. I find it bizarre that a record chain shop, which is obligated by law not to sell ... See full review
posted a comment on Prince - Planet Earth. 3 months ago
I don't understand why this is listed as a bootleg. I bought this in HMV in Oxford Street in London on the day it was released. There is no way a music chain like HMV would have casually purchased illegal bootleg copies of the album to sell in its ... See full review
posted a comment on Tori Amos - From The Choirgirl Hotel. 3 months ago
The single disc original pressing of this LP is fantastic. The US 2 LP one is probably a bit more dynamic sounding with more space on the surface of the disc for each track but really this pressing is fantastic and has the added benefit of not needing ... See full review
posted a comment on Radiohead - Hail To The Thief. 3 months ago
My copy of this has a slight variant. I bought it the day of release but disc 1 has the label with the indentation in it like the pictures in the "More Images" gallery but the second disc does not have this indentation at all (the run out grooves and ... See full review
posted a comment on Angus & Julia Stone - Snow. 3 months ago
Having bought and returned 4 copies of the blue version because the first disc was covered in non-fill and the final track on side 2 of disc 1 had a pressing flaw which resulted in pops for the 90 seconds of the song on all 4 copies I returned. I bought ... See full review
posted a comment on Angus & Julia Stone - Snow. 4 months ago
This is a terrible pressing: 3 copies bought and returned so far. The discs were covered in non fill and the final track on disc 1, side 2 in particular has a pressing flaw which i think must be from the stamper which results in constont pops during the ... See full review
posted a comment on Kyle Dixon (2) & Michael Stein (9) - Stranger Things. 4 months ago
Anyone else bought this set and could comment on the sound quality? I bought the aquamarine splatter volume one and the clear frosted volume 2 (2 copies) from Invada and they were terrible pressings to the point where I am amazed at some of the reviews ... See full review
posted a comment on The War On Drugs - A Deeper Understanding. 4 months ago
It is a good pressing but the first I received (with creased bashed up inner sleeves had non fill all the way across side one. My exchanged copy doesn't have this but the inner sleeves look second hand.
posted a comment on The War On Drugs - A Deeper Understanding. 4 months ago
Has anyone else found that the inner sleeves are split, cracked and sometimes bent and creased? Returned 2 copies to Amazon and the third is ok but both inner sleeves are split on the sides and bottom. I find this maddening.
posted a comment on Johnny Cash - Bootleg Series Vol II: From Memphis To Hollywood. 5 months ago
The second disc on this set seems to be badly pressed. Have heard 4 copies so far and every single one has flaws on side 4-either lumps in the vinyl or dreaded rice krispie non-fill especially on the final track. Still continuing my search for a good ... See full review
posted a comment on Bob Dylan - The Bootleg Series Volumes 1 - 3 [Rare & Unreleased] 1961-1991. 5 months ago
Beware of warped discs and non-fill on this repress. Cobbled together a decent set from three copies but non fill still presen on some of the discs-inaudible but still. Disc one in particular was warped on the three copies I have seen. Great to have ... See full review
posted a comment on Madonna - Bedtime Stories. 5 months ago
I have a near mint copy of this Brazil press LP, which was given to me in the 90s by a friend and the pressing quality in terms of sound quality is superb. HOWEVER, side 2 of my copy is not pressed "dead centre" which means the arm sloshes about as it ... See full review
posted a comment on Gloria Estefan - The Standards. 5 months ago
I have heard four or five copies of this album and all of them has clicking almost throughout the entire running length of track 4 on side 1 (I've Grown...). Anyone else had this? Almost given up trying to find one which plays properly.