Picture discs: Have they improved?

Discussion in 'Music Corner' started by Zapruder, Jul 3, 2018.

  1. Droogmeister

    Droogmeister Welcome to the Atrocity Exhibition

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    Not sure I ever seen a picture disc release advertised as rare and or collectable. The usual release method was regular black vinyl first then a week or two later a picture disc edition or maybe a regular black vinyl with an extra disc included.
    Yes, this was done to increase sales and improve the chart position, but I never seen an advert in the many musical weeklys I used to buy saying..rare..collectable..that's a relatively new phenomenon.
     
  2. Tullman

    Tullman I prefer analog

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    In my experience picture discs are noisier than colored or black vinyl. Colored vinyl sounds as good as black vinyl if the pressing is clean.
     
  3. CowboyBill

    CowboyBill Forum Resident

    I've had bad experiences with many. For me, "Elvis - Legendary Performer Vol 3", and a Rolling Stones live one. I got rid of them real quick.

    Someone gifted me the recent Grateful Dead S/T picture disc and it actually doesn't sound too bad, the sound of the plastic isn't too audible. Perhaps they are improving. I still won't buy em though.
     
  4. Zapruder

    Zapruder Just zis guy, you know? Thread Starter

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    Yep, that's one of the ones I mentioned in my initial post that got me thinking about this.
     
  5. Droogmeister

    Droogmeister Welcome to the Atrocity Exhibition

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    There is a consensus appearing here..a positive one in respect of pic discs.
     
  6. CowboyBill

    CowboyBill Forum Resident

    Are you gonna grab the "Anthem" one too?
     
  7. Zapruder

    Zapruder Just zis guy, you know? Thread Starter

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    Yeah, I'm actually pretty shocked. If, in fact, the manufacturing has gotten better, it could open the door for some interesting packaging and marketing opportunities.
     
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  8. Zapruder

    Zapruder Just zis guy, you know? Thread Starter

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    I'm not, but only because it's the remixed version.
     
  9. Strat-Mangler

    Strat-Mangler Forum Resident

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    Have to admit I've never understood the allure of a picture disc. I sit down away from the turntable while listening to music and use a record clamp too.
     
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  10. Droogmeister

    Droogmeister Welcome to the Atrocity Exhibition

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    Me too, record on turntable, lower the arm and sit down. But, some people go as far as admiring the centre label, each to their own maaan.
     
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  11. Tullman

    Tullman I prefer analog

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    Huh?
     
  12. Zapruder

    Zapruder Just zis guy, you know? Thread Starter

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    There are two types of people: those that can extrapolate data

    :wiggle:
     
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  13. Droogmeister

    Droogmeister Welcome to the Atrocity Exhibition

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    Misposted
     
  14. Droogmeister

    Droogmeister Welcome to the Atrocity Exhibition

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    And those that....?
     
  15. Deano6

    Deano6 Forum Resident

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    My daughter bought me last year's Out Of The Blue - Electric Light Orchestra. Sounds pretty daggum good to me. Beautiful discs too!
     
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  16. tin ears

    tin ears Forum Resident

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    My honest opinion is that sadly they haven't really improved over the years.

    I own around 65 of them purchased between 1980-2016. They always have been, and still are, wildly variable in terms of surface noise, ranging from acceptable to completely awful. I've got good and bad examples from each of the last four decades.

    Wish it wasn't the case as some of them are pretty sweet to look at, but it's still the same gamble it's always been.
     
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  17. Loup

    Loup Ancient Wool Unraveller

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    Here’s the disclaimer from Band on the Run and the No More Lonely Nights US 12” single.

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  18. I had the 1976 picture disc of Pepper and it was great to look st but noisy as hell
     
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  19. DK Pete

    DK Pete Forum Resident

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    I have it hanging on my wall in a round LP frame. It does look really nice..but the new one looks even cooler spinning on the turntable as it plays.:cool:
     
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  20. telliott

    telliott Forum Resident

    That sounds like a cop-out. They are saying "Picture discs are more expensive to produce ane the label isn't going to spend a dime more just to ensure good sound quality.". My guess is that they just tried to make sure the disc looked good and wouldn't destroy the needle if someone attempted to play it.
     
  21. Cronverc

    Cronverc Forum Resident

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    The US one. The UK one (actually it says on the cover that disc made in Western Germany) sounds not bad. It sounds pretty similar to any late 1970s 2-EMI UK reissue.
     
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  22. steviebee

    steviebee Forum Resident

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    Aladdin Sane - yick.

    Lateralus - good.

    So....um....maybe.

    Or I just got unlucky with AS and luckier with Tool.
     
  23. Leonthepro

    Leonthepro Skeptically Optimistic Autodidact Debater

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    You completely misunderstand. Never did I say colored vinyl cant be quiet. I know its common to just think so but dont automatically assume that position.
    I meant that its just the nature of colored vinyl to partly be aimed toward a non audiophile market, which is why it in many cases does sound worse.
    And I did mention 70s Pic discs could be quiet too. QC has existed since forever and youre probably getting lucky with these latest purchases.
     
  24. Leonthepro

    Leonthepro Skeptically Optimistic Autodidact Debater

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    The irony in this one.
     
  25. Droogmeister

    Droogmeister Welcome to the Atrocity Exhibition

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    Well..the irony of the statement not concluded..oh dear..
     

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