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New LP's that disappoint (Read 1044 times)
Steve Deckert

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New LP's that disappoint
06/08/17 at 04:14:21
Purchased a couple new albums and based on the sound quality my system is capable of with good LP's, these were both disappointing.

The first one was Peter Gabriel "US" on RealWorld records which is a 3 LP 180 gram 45 RPM half-speed remaster numbered limited edition.  I could only get down two of the five sides before I gave up.  Bass heavy, and lack of transparency.  Not what I was expecting and seriously disappointing.

The second one was Piano Guys "Uncharted" on Portrait Records/Sony Music Masterworks which is a single LP 180 gram 33 RPM pressing.  Sound quality was better but still not opening up and lacked transparency.  Pretty obvious it's a digitally recorded and mastered album as the album sounds just barely better than the MP3 stream from the internet.

Prior to this has been several similar experiences with new LP's where it sounds like it is mastered for CD and then dumped to LP for the novelty of it rather than for the sound quality.

There is no point to have records for the novelty of it.  In both cases I could have gotten the MP3's to sound as good or actually sound better, and it's just proof that it doesn't matter how good the quality of the record is if the recording sucks, nor does it matter how good the quality of the recording is if the pressing sucks.

It makes me realize that wining the vinyl vs. digital debate will never be easy since a good DAC would actually sound better than many of todays pressing.

-steve Smiley
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Reply #1 - 08/02/17 at 19:45:14
Hi Steve. Long time lurker/ future customer. Saw this thread isn't getting any love....

New vinyl can be hit or miss. I think the 2002 Classic Records reissue of US had some decent reviews and would be the preferred 45 RPM copy to own.

As an aside I just picked up a mint promo Quiex II copy of Laurie Anderson's 'Mister Heartbreak' for $7 which features PG on Excellent Birds (from 'So'). Anderson's version is superior IMO. Talk about OOBE out of body exp...

More Awful new vinyl:
- Ed Sheeran's + I'd attribute most of the awfulness to the Orange vinyl. Follow up 'X' 180g x 2 45 RPM was much better.

Skeptical about getting Sheeran's most recent as I have a feeling Ed is not quite happy with how his vision is translating (or 'being' translated) to recorded product for commercial release.  He is way past due for a new producer (e.g.: George Massenburg or T-Bone Burnett)  

New vinyl done right:
Bettye Lavette - 'Thankful and Thoughtful' 2x 45
Also heard the reissues of the first 3 ZZ Top releases were outstanding

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Reply #2 - 03/27/18 at 19:50:56
Any opinion on the pressings coming out of Jack White’s Third Man Records? They really push their in house produced vinyl and I’ve wondered how the quality is.
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