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Sonically Lazy and Unrefined, Cheap paper thin Vinyl, Factory Damage
on July 12, 2012
If this is how Vinyl is making a comeback, I am sorry to say this is a stillborn rebirth.
While album covers and inner sleeves are beautifully rendered and designed, the two Lps in this album are paper thin, both have hand marks from the factory that would not come off even after professional lp cleaning. The lps have surface noise in places when played for the first time on two separate turntables with relatively forgiving gentle cartridges. One of the lps has off center and wrong shape (not circle, an ellipse) distorted spindle hole with melted vinyl dripped and frozen on the label.
The sonic reproduction is a crude transcript of what's on the CD and makes one wonder, why deal with the babying of LPs when the CD sounds better.
Wonderful album and music, I own it in digital form, CD form and I wanted Lp to see if some of the tracks like "state of the art" would sound better with wider soundstage on the lp like some songs do. No cigar. I do not think this was remastered for LP, I do not think this LP album was made in the US.
I don't think made in China and Vinyl comeback are compatible concepts... If you're going to make us pay as much as a CD or in some cases twice the CD, it needs to sound better, look better, hold up better, and be defect free -- especially for vinyl. You can not sell defective vinyl -- it is fraud, as the sound -- the product you're selling in case it is not clear to you -- will be low quality.