Discussion in 'Music Corner' started by Jerry James, Jun 11, 2021.
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I’m getting a little static and some pops. After playing The Who Face Dances which sounds wonderful.
I have to say, as I was heading out to the store today, I sort of thought "Is it really worth it?" I had fun shopping online last year and found almost everything I was looking for on the day-of or day after the drop.
This year, I only had one album I really wanted to get (Jonathan Richman) but I really wanted it, so I did get up and get down to the store, just as it was opening.
Now that I'm home with a small stack of records, I'm glad I did go out. The fun of coming home and slapping the records on the turntable was definitely missing last year, when I had to wait days or weeks to even hear the albums.
So, anyway, first up this year is Fela - Open & Close. Colored vinyl mimics the album jacket design in a "butterfly pattern" and isn't completely ugly.
The disc itself is clean and flat and centered and sounds great. Very quiet except for a small amount of noise at the end of Side 1, during a very quiet passage.
Overall, the sound is very clear with good definition of the various instruments. I've never actually heard this album before but I'm very happy with the sound quality on this one.
Agreed, Gotta Groove pressings are usually excellent.
Toots & the Maytals is kind of noisy. What crap. Not badly noisy, but noisier than a brand new record should be. Quiet noise between tracks and I just heard a couple of pops that were audible in the middle of a song. I don't think it'll ruin the album for me but it's disappointing. What's the consensus on Get On Down Records? Is this typical for them?
EDIT: Pressing is flat and centered, at least. Also, the vinyl is butt-ugly IMO but what are ya gonna do?
Co-sign on Quiet Kenny being an absolutely terrific pressing. Same for the Salah Ragab 2LP. Just beautiful. Quiet, flat and sound leaps.
Anybody else snag the Dirty Three box set? I'm not gonna be able to listen until tonight but would love to hear first impressions.
Doors ‘Morrison Hotel Sessions’ is terrific. Closing my eyes and I’m right there in the studio with the boys...
Someone on the other RSD thread just said they have surface noise on disc 1, as well.
I managed to score my copy online from Dusty Groove (I had to move from IL to a rural area in PA for work, so there's no easily accessible local store here), but obviously, it won't be here for a few days, so can't comment myself on it yet...
To follow up. Noise was only a problem on side 1. It’s a really cool record if you are a fan. Glad I got it.
In other news my Tom Petty is flawless .
The sun records “let’s party” comp is also well pressed considering the cost .
so far really impressed with all the stuff I’ve purchased. Next up will be the Police records. Probably won’t jump into the Chicago Blues comp until tomorrow.
I finally started making these annual low-priced exclusive compilations an impulse buy 3 years ago - the tracks are mostly new to me and thoughtfully curated, and the sound is consistent considering the vintage of the recordings. Love the Betty Lavette track on this year's!
It’s a Universal Special Markets sublabel, like Now Again, which did the J.B.’s records a couple of years ago. My copies of those were fine.
This one looks like a United pressing. If I’d realized it was a split-color record, I’d have skipped it because I have bad luck with those being noisy. My copy, however, wasn’t too bad. Other than a few pops on side one, and a little noise in one of the runouts, it’s pretty quiet. There was another complaint about pops, so I’m wondering if those are a pressing flaw on the whole run.
Great to hear
Have one for later
How does 9 versions of Queen of the Highway play out?
Elton John Sgt. Zippo was excellent, with flat vinyl with a remarkable folded cover and a big mono sound.
More to hear soon....
I agree totally. I was lucky to grab my store’s only copy. As soon as I saw it my hand automatically went straight to it as if out of instinct. It was high on my list.
I just got the UHQR KOB from AP and I am pretty happy with it. At $100, it doesn’t probably sound as good as this $25 release though.
Yeah I have vol 1-5 of the sun records comps, and then took a break. This years mix is really good, and was only $11
Remarkably well, different treatments, some as instrumentals. Keys / drums / wonderful session bass player with Krieger sitting it out. I found that I stayed with it and enjoyed it all. Doesn’t seem like a ‘play once and file away’ record.
My Robert Palmer sounds great, nice & flat & quiet
Do you have an original to compare it to? Can you say anything else? After reading other reviews on the Toots, this Palmer LP si the only one I even remotely care about anymore
Celia and Willie is another great sounding release from Craft. I happen to like salsa, probably not to everyone’s taste. I have to hand it to Craft. Two high quality reasonably priced AAA pressings for RSD. Keep it up guys.
Police 1979 is another triumph .
no skimping this year
Elton sounds great. Perfect pressing.
Prince sounds good except my copy has a few loud pops on “One of Your Tears.” Ugh. I ordered another copy on Discogs. Those pops aside, the sound is great. Especially compared to the original CD.
The two Black Sabbath picture discs sound bad. My first two picture discs will probably be my last two picture discs.
Any Quiet Kenny online?
Not impressed with the sound quality of the AC/DC picture disk single.
Police Boston and the Monk sound fantastic
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