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Some pressing issues with the October 2015 Vinyl Reissue by Geffen Records
on October 10, 2015
First of all, this is a review of the October 2015 vinyl reissue of the album, not of the musical content. I will spare the details but music itself is amazing, not a single dud. The reissue is by Geffen Records, and to be honest I am slightly disappointed in the quality of the pressing considering the label. Mine has a slight wobble to it in the vertical plane that doesn't seem to affect playability but I am worried about uneven wear of the vinyl over time. It is also a slightly off-center pressing which sometimes makes it difficult to set the tone arm before track 1 on side A of the particular copy I received. It has happened a couple times where the tonearm hopped due to the grooves oscillating left to right, and it skips violently right into the music. While I can painstakingly lower the cue arm as carefully as possible and generally avoid this (though I'm not sure if I can consistently), there would be no alignment issue if better quality controls were instated in production.
Pretty red vinyl though. Wish the label was properly centered when applied though, as part of it is stamped over the grooves at the end of the sides and the needle actually runs over it, and you can hear low noise come through the amp. Doesn't sound like its wrecking my needle but I doubt it can be good for it.