Eric Clapton and RSO vinyl - two things I can do without

Discussion in 'Audio Hardware' started by psulioninks, Aug 1, 2020 at 5:27 PM.

  1. psulioninks

    psulioninks Forum Resident Thread Starter

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    I am a casual Eric Clapton fan at best, but RSO has made it extremely difficult for me to want to try more of his music on vinyl.

    When I piss and moan about vinyl pressings, it's usually about modern vinyl pressing plants. Sure, the 70's had some quality control issues here and there, but I've NEVER encountered as many off-center, warped and poorly manufactured vinyl albums as I have with RSO. I am talking multiple titles from Clapton and even a Grease soundtrack. It's unreal.

    Backless (copy 1)
    Backless (copy 2)
    Just One Night
    Slow Hand
    Grease


    Am I alone here?:faint:
     
  2. Dennis Metz

    Dennis Metz Born In A Motor City!

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  3. psulioninks

    psulioninks Forum Resident Thread Starter

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    Awesome.

    On a positive note, I was able to FINALLY fit my periphery ring on one of the Backless copies...that is after I shaved the vinyl edge with a file to make it approach something that is round...
     
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  4. Hendertuckie

    Hendertuckie Forum Resident

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    agreed, pretty sad really.
     
  5. psulioninks

    psulioninks Forum Resident Thread Starter

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    So you have this issue as well?
     
  6. TheVinylAddict

    TheVinylAddict ___The Enforcer___

    RSO can certainly be a challenge. That's why for certain things there's CD! :)
     
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  7. Hendertuckie

    Hendertuckie Forum Resident

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    I have a few RSO's and avoid them
     
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  8. psulioninks

    psulioninks Forum Resident Thread Starter

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    Good to know it's not just me.
     
  9. jeffmo789

    jeffmo789 Give The Gift of Music!

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    Not just you - back in 1980 I had to return Bee Gees Greatest at least three times due to warped vinyl.

    @Jrr can fill you in on his problems with RSO records over the years. You don't want to hear this, but you might need to pay for Japanese pressings of Clapton's 70s LPs because RSO went really cheap on US pressings back then.
     
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  10. Fender Relic

    Fender Relic Forum Resident

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    :shrug:I don't recall any RSO issues with the many Clapton LP's that have passed thru my hands and are in my collection. Some sound better than others, sure. Maybe I need to revisit and see how I feel now. I played No Reason To Cry last Sat. and thought it sounded great.
     
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  11. psulioninks

    psulioninks Forum Resident Thread Starter

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    Apparently they did, just awful.
     
  12. Jrr

    Jrr Forum Resident

    Totally correct. For whatever reason I was a huge fan of many RSO artists. Most of their US pressings left much to be desired. Get Japanese pressings and they will be quiet, and based on my experience the master tapes used will be much better than the US.
     
  13. Jrr

    Jrr Forum Resident

    Grease was mastered particularly bad in the US, though the records themselves (and SNF) were well done. I lucked out finally and found a first press promo of Grease, but the previous owner played it a lot before I got it so it’s a bit noisy.
     
  14. Wayne Nielson

    Wayne Nielson Well-Known Member

    I'm not impressed with the label either and the label did a dis-service to EC in my opinion. Odd that the Blind Faith (self titled LP) album, the one with the naked girl holding the airplane, sounds really good to me and I always liked the sound of the song "Do what you like". Otherwise, many of his other LPs sound like mud, no dynamics, no fidelity, no real "stereo" effects and also recorded very dry (which I generally do not like). It's like they used a Shure SM-58 for everything. Many other recordings of the time period are vastly superior.
     
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  15. McLover

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    Then buy UK, West German, and Japanese pressings of them. Also, the French pressings are options and even Canadian pressings.
     
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  16. Fender Relic

    Fender Relic Forum Resident

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    I like the dry sound. Some of the songs with Dobro or resophonic guitars sound spectacular. Please Be With Me,County Jail Blues,Give Me Strength to name a few.
     
  17. BrentB

    BrentB Forum Resident

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    RSO was switched from Atlantic made/distributed in the mid-70's and the quality spread out all over the map. RSO then did as other labels did and had their records pressed by different companies around the US. I have had pretty good luck finding EC releases after 461 OB that are clean, flat, quiet. Look for the very late 70's through the 80's as I have had the most luck with these for the 75-79 period of EC recordings.
     
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  18. Abbagold

    Abbagold Working class hero

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    I've been lucky with a few releases from RSO. My 461 is a UK press that sounds great. I also have a Bee Gees Comp that's a US which sounds great as well. I'm not a fan of EC's 70's output, so I've not had the pleasure of slogging through the lousy vinyl. Great info on what to look for and not.
     
  19. Jim0830

    Jim0830 Forum Resident

    Clapton, Blind Faith, Cream, The Kingbees, Derek & the Dominos...I have records from all of these artists on RSO and they typically sucked. Off-center pressings, warped and usually sub-par sound. I used cringe when I picked up an LP out of the bin and it was an RSO pressing. In fact several times when I was on the fence about the release, I passed on it when I found RSO pressed it.
     
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  20. condorsat

    condorsat Forum Resident

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    I've not had any issues (outside of normal) with RSO (Clapton) pressings ... some sound better than others. Replaced some used legacy vinyl with better condition copies over the years.
     

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