- Audio CD (April 10, 2007)
- Number of Discs: 1
- Label: 4AD
- ASIN: B000NJLYSK
- Average Customer Review: 50 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #25,913 in CDs & Vinyl (See Top 100 in CDs & Vinyl)
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Now, I'm more than happy to pay top dollar for a good pressing. The artists get more royalty money, and in this age of Spotify and file-sharing, I can feel good about that. But if I'm paying $20 dollars for an LP, there should be some quality control.