Sting: The Studio Collection – solo career-spanning vinyl box (09/30/2016)

Discussion in 'Music Corner' started by pghmusiclover, Jul 26, 2016.

  1. pghmusiclover

    pghmusiclover Forum Resident Thread Starter

    I suppose this is no more absurd than reissuing Jesse Colin Young on audiophile vinyl for $25 or Eddie Money on 200 gram vinyl for $35 when you can literally find these used $1.00 or even less! For what it's worth, Sting albums are not very common, at least here in the States.
     
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  2. Stan94

    Stan94 Forum Resident

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    Paris, France
    Most reissues are in the €20 range. Certainly a lot of money when you consider the original issues were a lot cheaper and 2nd hand copies can be bought for a lot less. However, new pressings are great sometimes.
     
  3. Redbook

    Redbook >> 16 Bits of Glory <<

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    Well I can't speak for the US then I only know in Germany and the UK you can get them for the price of a chew gum in second hand stores and flea markets. Of course I'd like to know how these new reissues sound like but the price is to high for my taste. I even got a very late soviet pressing of " Soul cages" and it sounds pretty damn good
     
  4. OldSkoolFool

    OldSkoolFool Forum Resident

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    Thousand Oaks
    Anyone get this yet?
     
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  5. JasonA

    JasonA Forum Resident

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    Cereal City
    Apparently Sting got his copy already:
     
  6. teag

    teag Forum Resident

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    Colorado
    So chew gum is quite expensive over there I guess....amazing....
     
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  7. Dhreview16

    Dhreview16 Forum Resident

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    That's what I have just paid for mine, seems to me too that it's reasonable value for 8 albums, 11 bits of vinyl.
     
  8. Anne Elk (Miss)

    Anne Elk (Miss) Well-Known Member

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    U.K.
    Obviously didn't order his from the Universal Store.
     
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  9. NeilL

    NeilL Active Member

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    Liverpool, England
    Bought Ten Summoners Tales reissue today. Cover and lyrics inlay look a little bit shabby, like an old photocopy (but that may be authentic to the original, I'm not sure). Main thing is it sounds very good to me, Its Probably Me and Shape of My Heart in particular. No pops or crackles, no complaints.
     
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  10. Johan1880

    Johan1880 Forum Resident

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    The Netherlands
    Tomorrow!
     
  11. wwright

    wwright Forum Resident

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    San Francisco, CA.
    Any other thoughts on the sound quality?
     
  12. jrnyfn

    jrnyfn Forum Resident

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    Phoenix, AZ, USA
    Received TST and TSC today. Listening to TST now. Sounds good. As has been noted previously this is quite a good recording to begin with.
    I also have the Back to Black version and it seems rather comparable to it when it comes to packaging. Haven't compared the two.

    TSC sounded really good, however the second side had a couple of clicks and one non-fill spot. Need to clean it again and replay to see if it was an anomaly.
     
  13. WhatTheFlac

    WhatTheFlac Member

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    Texas
    :righton:
     
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  14. WhatTheFlac

    WhatTheFlac Member

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  15. Anne Elk (Miss)

    Anne Elk (Miss) Well-Known Member

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    U.K.
    Mine's just been delivered. I'll need to wash them before playing so I'll start to listen later today. I listened to Turtles and ...Nothing Like last night (my only other Sting vinyl) so hopefully I'll be able to tell if there's any difference.
     
  16. Anne Elk (Miss)

    Anne Elk (Miss) Well-Known Member

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    U.K.
    I'm listening now. I'm not ecstatic. It seems like everything's been pushed into the middle and they've lost the bass punch and sparkling top that the original pressings had. ...Nothing Like The Sun seems to be an improvement on Turtles (and Side Two is wider than Side One) but still isn't quite as good as the original pressing, to my ever-ageing ears on my basic system, anyway. I'll be very interested to hear what audiophiles with decent systems think. There's nothing awful about them, they're just 'nice' and 'pleasant'. I guess some people would say that's what Sting's music is anyway but these new pressings don't seem as punchy as the (only moderately punchy) originals.

    EDIT: I'm floundering with ...Nothing Like. 'We'll Be Together' sounded like it was mastered for MP3 and earbuds but then 'Straight To My Heart' and 'Rock Steady' sound like a record again.
     
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  17. richbdd01

    richbdd01 Forum Resident

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    London
    We'll be Together has always sounded bad to me. I have the original vinyl and that track stands out as the worst sounding for some reason, particularly as tracks like Fragile sound so good...
     
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  18. Johan1880

    Johan1880 Forum Resident

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    The Netherlands
    I've been listening to most of the records in the box and these are my first thoughts:
    The new ones Brand New Day and Sacred Love sound a bit thin and pale when I put up the SACD versions.
    (This is my general experience with vinyl and highres files: when the vinyl does not have the advantage of an all analog cut from an analog master, I prefer the highres in most cases.)

    Dream of the blue turtles: sounds very different than my MFSL vinyl. Have to listen to both again.
    Nothing Like... sounds good, no major differences with the original and smoother /more pleasant that my MFSL cd.
    Last ship: should have been a double lp. Practical Arrangement at the end of side 1 still suffers from inner groove distortion. Missed opportunity to get this underrated album right on vinyl.

    Artwork: it's clear they didn't use the original artwork (like Peter Gabriel recently) but scanned sleeves and did some photoshopping to enhance colors. They look very nice until you see an original that has the sharp details in the photographs and the right colors. The copy they scanned for The Soul Cages even has damage in the painting on the cover.

    Overall: very nice box but not essential when you have originals. I hope highres for the first 5 albums are on their way and expect that to be a major improvement sound wise.
     
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  19. Anne Elk (Miss)

    Anne Elk (Miss) Well-Known Member

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    U.K.
    OK. I might do a more diligent comparison tomorrow with fresh ears and focus on those tracks.

    I enjoyed The Soul Cages and Ten Summoner's Tales more than Turtles but I don't have any other pressings to compare. That's as far as I got tonight.

    Thanks for your observations overall. I'm particularly interested in this one, since it's the record I found most disappointing (so far).
     
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  20. WhatTheFlac

    WhatTheFlac Member

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    Texas
    :righton:
     
  21. kingofstoneage

    kingofstoneage Forum Resident

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    Germany
    Yesterdayi received the boxset. Pressings are good and the mastering is good also! The pictures of the covers could be better, but no real problem!
    I only listend to DOTBT and NLTS and MF.
     
  22. Szeppelin75

    Szeppelin75 Forum Resident

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    Panama
    Anyone else?
     
  23. richbdd01

    richbdd01 Forum Resident

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    London
    Is Ten Summoners Tales any good? Does it have good fidelity? This is the one im most interested in and how it compares to previous issues...
     
  24. canonlon

    canonlon Forum Resident

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    Ontario, CANADA
    I'm interested in SQ of Ten Summoner's Tales and Mercury Falling. I'm always concerned about the sound quality of longer album lengths which are put on one LP record.
     
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  25. canonlon

    canonlon Forum Resident

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    Ontario, CANADA
    Anyone know who mastered these albums for this LP issue?
     

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