A Trick of the Tail Vinyl

Discussion in 'Music Corner' started by Zach Johnson, Aug 12, 2013.

  1. Zach Johnson

    Zach Johnson Forum Resident Thread Starter

    Toronto, Ontario
    Hey, I'm new to record collecting and I recently purchased a Canadian Atco pressing (SD 36-129) of A Trick of the Tail by Genesis and boy does it sound awful. The mixes sound like demos in comparison to the Remastered CD I'm used to listening to. The last track especially, Los Endos, sounds almost like a different song. I've heard that the Japanese and German pressings of Wind and Wuthering (which is also somewhat mediocre on the Canadian pressing) sound much better. Is this the case as well with A Trick of the Tail? How does the UK version sound? Thanks.
  2. PhilBiker

    PhilBiker sh.tv member number 666

    Northern VA, USA
    My brother has the MFSL vinyl of "Trick" and I think it sounds great. Don't know about your pressing, but Genesis records often sound a bit flat on vinyl since they're so long.
  3. KOWHeigel

    KOWHeigel Forum Resident

    Manlius, NY

    I also have the MFSL version of this album on vinyl and I think it sounds incredible. I have not heard any other pressings but I wouldn't hesitate to recommend it if you can find it for a reasonable price on the used market.
  4. yesstiles

    yesstiles Forum Resident

    I fell in love with the band based on my introduction:

    -a used US Atco yellow label vinyl of ATOTT.

    I do have that MFSL vinyl now as well, but have yet to listen to it. Better get cracking!
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  5. MikeyH

    MikeyH Stamper King

    Berkeley, CA
    You want to get some original UK copies, they're fine. TOTT is the first original Charisma label only pressed by Phonogram, there's no EMI pressing at all.
  6. peter

    peter Forum Resident

    UK for me on this.
  7. bRETT

    bRETT Forum Resident

    Boston MA
    The original Atco was no great shakes.
  8. spaulding

    spaulding Hoi Polloi

    The Windy City
    Had original ATCO and dropped it for the MFSL which, if clean, is outstanding.
    Better versions of some of the songs on this great LP can be heard on Seconds Out (IMO) and if you can score a Japanese LP you're in for a treat.
  9. yesstiles

    yesstiles Forum Resident

    Do you mean for ATOTT or SO? The only LP copy I have of SO is a JPN vinyl.
  10. walrus

    walrus Forum Resident

    Nashville, TN
    I was lucky to stumble on a MFSL a year or two ago. I can't recommend it enough.
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  11. spaulding

    spaulding Hoi Polloi

    The Windy City
    I was speaking of Seconds Out when referring to the Japanese pressing. I'd post the deadwax info but some of it is Japanese symbols.
  12. izgoblin

    izgoblin Forum Resident

    The original yellow Atco is not good. However, I do have a mid-'80s pressing Atco on that looks like this and sounds very nice indeed. Not bad if you can get it minty and cheap. I haven't heard the MFSL.

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  13. Jeff SSM

    Jeff SSM Member

    Another vote for the MFSL Vinyl. It sounds great.
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  14. Sheik Yerbouti

    Sheik Yerbouti Forum Resident

    I second that. Since I've had the MFSL LP I never felt any need to check out other pressings.
  15. izgoblin

    izgoblin Forum Resident

    Gosh darnit. I bought the old (1st) MFSL LP of Supertramp's Crime of the Century and thought it was terrible. Sure, it sounds like it came from a good tape, but the smiley-face EQ ruined it completely. I assumed then that this would be a problem with most if not all of the MFSL releases from that era, but now I read that Trick of the Tail is actually very good?
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  16. spaulding

    spaulding Hoi Polloi

    The Windy City
    The MFSL's from that era are hit and miss - like most labels. TOTT is a hit.
  17. stenway

    stenway Forum Resident

  18. johnt23

    johnt23 Forum Resident

    I vote for the original German. Wide-open sound, better tonality than the MFSL, and without the collector's cache of the MFSL, it can be found cheaper.
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  19. stenway

    stenway Forum Resident

    interesting, this: http://www.discogs.com/viewimages?release=1389199 ?
    not textured but gatefold?
  20. johnt23

    johnt23 Forum Resident

    That's the one.
    And the bass goes deep, not thin like the US version.
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  21. stenway

    stenway Forum Resident

    ok good, oh yes I pass on the US... so I have in mind 1st UK, 1st German and Mofi ;)
  22. HiFi Guy 008

    HiFi Guy 008 Forum Resident

    Got the MFSL. Love it, but was told the UK (or was it Japan) was even better.
    Also have the Japan with purple obi. Translucent vinyl just like the Japan pressed MFSL. Haven't heard it yet, but I wonder if it's the same?
  23. stenway

    stenway Forum Resident

    I dont get it let me see if I understand:

    ok you say that MFSL is good http://www.discogs.com/Genesis-A-Trick-Of-The-Tail/release/2082732

    the 1st UK is better http://www.discogs.com/Genesis-A-Trick-Of-The-Tail/release/900699
    or the Japan 1st press http://www.discogs.com/Genesis-A-Trick-Of-The-Tail/release/2092567 1st press is red obi
    2nd japan reissue is purple obi http://www.discogs.com/Genesis-A-Trick-Of-The-Tail/release/4253189

    the MFSL is translucent or which one you refer?
    the mfsl is unique mastering, not the same than japan press...
  24. christopher

    christopher Forum Neurotic

    I have a UK -1/-1 and I think it sounds great, but I've got nothing to compare it to.

    Later, Chris

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  25. TLMusic

    TLMusic Musician & record collector

    I've done a bunch of comparisons (MFSL, Japan, US, Germany, Later UK's). Although some of the others are really good, the UK 1st is 'top dog' to me. Took what seemed like forever to find one with tolerable surface noise, though. The pressing itself is great, but the LPs came in those evil heavy cardboard inners that tend to cause little scratches that will be audible in the quiet bits, in my experience.
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