The Fall - Album by Album by Single by Cassette thread

Discussion in 'Music Corner' started by Jim B., Dec 10, 2015.

  1. Pavol Stromcek

    Pavol Stromcek Formerly thoutah

    SF Bay Area
    I picked up a copy of the 2xCD Bend Sinister because I wanted the additional tracks that didn't come with the 2xLP, but also because I was never able to find a perfect pressing of the LP.

    But god damn, this CD is loud! While I like the midrange boost in the new mastering, this CD was mastered too loudly and with a little too much compression for my tastes. When looking at the files in Audacity, you can see lots of clipped peaks, and a few tracks are close to brickwalled. The LP sounds much better because you get that nice increase in midrange but without the volume boost and compression.

    Oh well. Those Peel tracks are great, though.
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  2. Mumdad

    Mumdad Forum Resident

    Did anyone pick up the triple LP Hex Enduction Hour? I have the Superior Viaduct from a couple of years back which isn't bad but could probably be convinced to buy the album yet again if this is actually a tangible upgrade on the old CD.
  3. hamicle

    hamicle Forum Resident

    Dundee, Scotland
    Nope. Have been thinking about it but it’s not cheap and I find the CD fine for all I listen to it. Of course, my interest level is likely to increase if others have had good experiences of the new pressing!
  4. octophone

    octophone fit and working again

    I have it. There's a wee bit of scratchy audio grot due to the coloured vinyl but the pressing is loud enough for it not to intrude except during the beginning of Iceland and the quietest bits of "Hip Priest". But my previous vinyl copy was a white vinyl LINE LP so it feels like a massive upgrade from that. The 7" sounds great and the mastering engineer has made a great job of the live tracks. YMMV etc etc. (nb - I paid £30.99 incl postage because I had a voucher to use in a well-known-retailer. I wouldn't have paid £41 in the shops).
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  5. Willowman

    Willowman Forum Resident

    London, UK
    I'm not buying any of these to avoid duplication, but presumably next will be a Rough Trade box?
  6. octophone

    octophone fit and working again

    I think what happens next will depend on how well these sell/have sold. These certainly haven't done the initial business of the LATWT/Dragnet releases earlier in the year which actually reached the top 40 of the album sales-only chart in the UK (they didn't make the combined sales and streaming chart). These didn't make the 100. This may be because of the higher prices involved and they may, therefore, have aimed these at the "possible Xmas gift" market. My 2 most local stores have the exact same number of the 1982 box set on the shelf as they had to start with and one of them didn't stock "Room To Live", figuring that, given the album's poor reputation, it was too expensive and wouldn't sell. One swallow doesn't make a summer so we'll see if this is the repeated experience but I think they've over-estimated how much people will pay for stuff that's been reissued time and time again. If they'd cut the extraneous live LPs from Hex and RTL and snipped the price of the CD box, they'd likely have done much better business. But, like I say, maybe they had a longer game in mind.
  7. jimod99

    jimod99 Daddy or chips?

    Vienna, Austria
    I have the Earmark 2lp of Hex, so still swithering wether to fork out €50 for the new version.

    Hopefully they’ll do Slates next as my original copy is a bit beat up.
  8. Tristero

    Tristero Forum Resident

    So has anyone purchased the new 1982 set on CD? I'd welcome reviews both on the sound quality and the rare bonus material.
  9. octophone

    octophone fit and working again

    I'd like a 10" vinyl of Slates. Last time I saw one, it was kinda beat up and yr man still wanted £25 for it. Same dude who sold me a superb Rough Trade Grotesque that was at least Ex+ for £18!

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