Random Access Memories
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Random Access Memories is the new album from Daft Punk. Collaborators include Nile Rodgers, Chilly Gonzalez, Giorgio Moroder, Julian Casablancas, Pharrell Williams, Paul Williams, Todd Edwards, Panda Bear and DJ Falcon.
Vinyl edition of Random Access Memories is pressed in Europe on two high quality 180 gram LPs and presented in gatefold packaging with an 8 page booklet. Download code also included.
- Is Discontinued By Manufacturer : No
- Product Dimensions : 12.3 x 12.1 x 0.4 inches; 1.2 Pounds
- Manufacturer : Sony Legacy
- Item model number : 2724475909214
- Original Release Date : 2013
- Run time : 1 hour and 14 minutes
- Date First Available : March 24, 2013
- Label : Sony Legacy
- ASIN : B00C061HZY
- Number of discs : 2
- Best Sellers Rank: #259 in CDs & Vinyl (See Top 100 in CDs & Vinyl)
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I’ve just ordered my fifth copy of this thing, after receiving four copies with various degrees of audible warp across the both discs. I mean, hey, it’s only 125-year-old technology. You can’t just expect them to get it right in less than 200 years!
At this point, as someone who buys (and actually listens to) a lot of vinyl, I’m used to having to return a record or two, due to warp issues. Very, very few are even acceptable with the first copy.
What’s really funny, though, is that every copy of this thing I’ve received has come with a scratch across the ENTIRE second side of the album! It’s just about the same, every time. It’s a strange thing. As someone who collects records and really cares about music, I strive NOT to scratch my records. I buy MFSL archival sleeves for them, so they won’t be scratched up, due to sleeve wear, from the godawful, cheapie paper sleeves most record companies provide, and I handle them like they’re precious and delicate. As such, I really resent it when a record company sends me not one, nor two, not three, but FOUR RECORDS PRE-SCRATCHED in the SAME PLACE!!!!! It’s crazy.
If more people sent these things back and refused to put up with the horrendous quality control standards of these ripoff artists, maybe we would actually start to see reliably decent vinyl releases of the music we love.
Maybe not, though. Record companies seem pretty content to continue behaving like the negligent philistine dunce conglomerates they are, whining about how digital piracy has ruined their business. The simple fact is, if record companies cared about their customers (especially the dwindling few of us who still purchase physical music), perhaps we would still support them with money spent on reliable-quality products. As it is, though, it’s very hard to feel sympathy for their plight.
Daft Punk really respects the vinyl medium.
UPDATE: Its important to know that the digital download card that came with the LPs is expired as of 12/31/14. You CANNOT get the digital version of this album without doing Amazon's MP3 RIP thing.
Should you spend the dough to buy it on vinyl? There is a very real debate as to whether RAM sounds better than the holy grail; Dark Side of the Moon. I only have DSOTM on SACD, so I can't say which LP sounds better, but I can tell you the RAM LP sounds better than the free digital download that comes with it. I can also say this sounds better than any cd or sacd that I have in my collection. It's that good.
Top reviews from other countries
In 12 inch vinyl the gatefold cover is an artistic masterpiece, beautifully presented and the discs are heavyweight, warp free and are are as good as it gets in terms of the pressing quality and sound. I play it through a Roksan Xerxes/Pug/Shiraz or Rega Planar 3, RB330/Elys 2 front end and it sounds superb on either.
Just spinning the double LP for the first time while writing this and my oh my it does sound as amazing as the reviews say.
This is one of those where you just crank up that volume, kick back and enjoy - apologies to my neighbour in advance only for the last track that is a little more full on than the rest 😉
And if it happens that apart of your audiophile interest you're also fan of their music by purchasing this album you should be very pleased. Can't go wrong :-)
The music is a bit of a journey through the decades. It isn't the type of music to satisfy the deep thinking chin-stroking fraternity. This is just very good, well-recorded music to satisfy a wide audience. An audience who just enjoys uplifting music. Sure there are a few time-wasting moments but as this is a double album at a near single album price I am not complaining.
Pressing quality is very high, although my records had picked up quite a static charge somehow. At first they didn't want to come out of the inner sleeves, such was the vacuum. When eventually they began moving from their sleeves I could hear the sparks of static electricity. On to the turntable they went and I have never seen dust home in on records quite like it. Anyway they are clean now and static can easily be discharged.
I'm totally happy. This is one of my best record purchases ever.