2018 RSD Black Friday pressing quality reviews

Discussion in 'Music Corner' started by Jerry James, Nov 22, 2018.

  1. Jerry James

    Jerry James Rorum Fesident Thread Starter

    Won't be long now until we've got some of these goodies in our hands and ready to spin. Let's use this thread to discuss only the pressing quality of 2018 RSD Black Friday vinyl. Knowledge is power!
  2. monomusic

    monomusic Forum Resident

    Thus far, I've only played the Dio - Holy Diver live b/w Electra die-cut logo picture disc. Slightly low in volume, but the pressing sounds amazing.
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  3. Paully

    Paully De gustibus non est disputandum

    Soul Asylum: The Twin Tone Years. I have played the first two records in the Soul Asylum box set. They sound a bit digital (a little fatiguing maybe?) to my ears but still pretty good. Pressing quality is superb so far.

    Toad the Wet Sprocket. The box set packaging is just wonderful in my opinion. I have played all of Fear with just the tiniest bit of surface noise on one of the sides but only barely noticeable in between a track or two. I am onto side one of Dulcinea and so far everything is playing perfectly. Sound quality seems to be fine. As I said in another thread, I don't particularly feel like this is a revelation but I have no regrets picking it up and it sounds quite nice.

    No pressing defects that I have found in any of the sets.
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  4. monomusic

    monomusic Forum Resident

    Devo - Are We Not Men picture disc sounds fantastic. Very, very loud cut.

    Goo Goo Dolls - The Audience is That Way, Vol 2 sounds really good.

    Blue Cheer - '67 Demos sounds awesome.
  5. Thievius

    Thievius Blue Öyster Cultist

    I'm curious how BOC's "Some Enchanted Evening" sounds. The name 'Culture Factory' doesn't exactly instill confidence...
  6. monomusic

    monomusic Forum Resident

    Yeah, I want that one, too, they didn't have it.
  7. Greenalishi

    Greenalishi Forum Resident

    San Francisco
    The Priest sounds really great. The bass is very prominent. Very good sound. Well rounded. Better than my cd or old vinyl.
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  8. airpfaff

    airpfaff Well-Known Member

    Glen Ellyn, IL
    Reviews on the Grateful Dead, Eric Dolphy Jerry Garcia or Talking Heads?
  9. dachada

    dachada Forum Resident

    Talking Heads is cut by Kevin Gray as previous rhino releases
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  10. MattG

    MattG Forum Resident

    Jerry Garcia Acoustic Band is perfect. Flat pressing, poly-lined inners, nice gatefold and (most importantly) sounds fab.
  11. Nephrodoc

    Nephrodoc Forum Resident

    Sheryl Crow, also commented on the other thread.

    Just cleaned and played mine. End of side 2 has surface noise towards the end of the last track, beginning of side 3 has a tic that repeats for about halfway through the first track. The rest of the album plays well, with a few pops and tics. Slightly off center as well.
  12. zakyfarms

    zakyfarms White cane lying in a gutter in the lane.

    San Francisco
    I would like to hear any opinions on the Bauhaus.
  13. GyroSE

    GyroSE Forum Resident

    How does the Catch a Fire reissue sound?
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  14. Zapruder

    Zapruder Just zis guy, you know?

    Ames, IA
    I’ll hit that one next.

    Zappa sounds great, very hot Grundman cut. Surface noise exists, but after a cleaning sounds just fine.
  15. Zapruder

    Zapruder Just zis guy, you know?

    Ames, IA
    Bauhaus so far is dead quiet and sounds perfect. Absolutely no complaints.
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  16. Zapruder

    Zapruder Just zis guy, you know?

    Ames, IA
    Dio shaped pic disc is audibly warped, but totally quiet apart from that. Not entirely disappointed.
  17. Zapruder

    Zapruder Just zis guy, you know?

    Ames, IA
    Germs is flawless, lively mastering and exactly what I was hoping for.
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  18. Zapruder

    Zapruder Just zis guy, you know?

    Ames, IA
    Saul Williams is very nice. Black with some tasteful splatter, sounds very clean and lively.
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  19. Rkellner

    Rkellner Forum Resident

    Forest Hills, NY
    Listened to the first disk of Dolphy. Sounds perfect. Very nice set with a huge book in it. There are hours of interesting stuff here (better be for the $75 price!)

    Type O - Bloody Kisses sounded almost perfect too. Damn this album is great. Couple little ticks but that’s forgivable for the green/black vinyl.

    Phish - Slip Stitch was a good pick up too. Sounded great, very interesting show. Adding some Doors The End/Careful w that Axe Eugene to the setlist was an unexpected treat.
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  20. NewKidInTown

    NewKidInTown Forum Resident

    York, PA, USA
    Dave Matthews/Tim Reynolds 6lp white vinyl set sounds terrific! Not one pop or tick, dead silent, flat pressing.
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  21. BrentB

    BrentB Forum Resident

    Midwestern US
    The 31st of February sounds fantastic! Very analog sounding and deep low bass. Mastered by Kevin Gray.
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  22. sonofjim

    sonofjim Forum Resident

    Catch a Fire does have very good sound quality. The smoked vinyl looks cool but was disappointingly noisy right out of the sleeve. I’ve now played it through 3 times on separate cartridges and run it through the Audio Desk ultrasonic twice. The noise issue has improved to a satisfactory level for me but this will never be a dead silent pressing.

    The Zippo cover is interesting. I wish it had a bit more of a quality feel to it but it’s nice. It is an odd enough shape it really doesn’t fit in a conventional outer sleeve very well.
    Last edited: Nov 24, 2018
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  23. Jerry

    Jerry Grateful Gort Staff

    New England
    I'm on the fence about this one, since it's sourced from a digital recording. Maybe the vinyl remastering will make me forget that!
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  24. sonofjim

    sonofjim Forum Resident

    This is a 4LP set as I understand it, no? I’m torn on this one because the Live at Luther College is amazing. This current set is available on line for about $140 until its gone. Might be a lot to spend for more of the same. I can imagine it sounds great though.
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  25. nightenrock

    nightenrock Forum Resident

    Played the Garcia LP this morning. Didn’t listen very critically. Family over for Thanksgiving holiday and kid running around. Sounded fine. Kind of regret the purchase though, as I feel like I’ve heard all of these songs 1,000,000 times. In fact, the thought that I’d rather just hear these on The Dead’s “Reckoning” came through my head at one point.

    Iggy and the Stooges on deck.
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