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Some Great Reward (180 Gram Vinyl)
Vinyl | 180 gram
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Just like "The Cure" re-releases, Rhino has the DM catalog. I ordered the other NEW Vinyl releases as well. All had issues, but I am on my second copy of this LP.
1.) First one arrived too warped (edge warp) to play without damaging my $$$ stylus, or inducing woofer pumping. Sampling parts is sounded OK~even GOOD.
2.) The "Cardboard" Inner Sleeves are simply too tight, and will either arrive blown out, or you will blow them out if you don't do the smart thing and swap in MoFi Archival sleeves.
3.) Replacement arrived. Slight, but playable, warp that might work itself out. Arrived with pop inducing scratches.
4.) Replacement is "Sonically Dead". Odd, since the first badly warped version sounded ~Good. Not sure what happened when this disc went through manufacturing, but there is no dynamic range from the lows to the highs. Just muddy and flat.
I will no longer be purchasing Rhino Records re-release/re-masters. As was evident with their Cure, Genesis, and other releases, the QC, and even sound issues are unforgivable. I have "Original, First Pressing" releases that, even after 40 years, have better sound dynamics and overall quality.
Don't be swayed by 180g. I have 120g MASTERDISK pressings that blow the door of "Modern 180's". I suspect these are ultimately DIGITAL transfers to ANALOG Vinyl which sort of defeat the purpose. One last word on "remaster". Again, it seems like all that is happening is they are mixing it louder to match the CD/MP3 method of recent years. Louder does NOT = better. In fact it kills dynamics. If you want it louder, YOU are supposed to turn up the volume and rely on your sound system.
Final rant: Why are many of these so called Audiophile 180g releases still coming with paper or cardboard inner sleeves? Come on guys, throw in an actual archival sleeve.