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Sam's Town [VINYL] [Limited Edition]

The Killers Vinyl
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)

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From out of the wreckage of the American Civil War, the great state of Nevada came into being on October 31st, 1864. Its creation immediately helped to secure the re-election of Abraham Lincoln, the passage of the Thirteenth Amendment and, ultimately, the future of the union. Today, that proud but painful history is en-shrined in the two words emblazoned on the ... Read more in Amazon's The Killers Store

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Product details

  • Vinyl (11 Oct 2006)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Limited Edition
  • Label: Virgin EMI
  • ASIN: B000HWZ5TW
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 68,277 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Sam's Town
2. Enterlude
3. When You Were Young
4. Bling (Confession Of A King)
5. For Reasons Unknown
6. Read My Mind
7. Uncle Jonny
8. Bones
9. My List
10. This River Is Wild
11. Why Do I Keep Counting?
12. Exitlude

Product Description

Product Description

US only limited edition vinyl gatefold picture disc! It's been a long wait but a new Killer's album has finally appeared on the horizon, with preliminary reports suggesting they've dropped the fixation with English based Indie Rock n Roll to concentrate on a more homespun sound (having heard "Hot Fuss" it may surprise you to learn that they are actually Americans hailing from Las Vegas). With songs taking their cues from, amongst others, Springsteen, Johnny Cash, The Beatles, U2 and Iggy Pop this new musical offering should be ace. Universal. 2006.

Product Description

THE KILLERS Sams Town (2006 US exclusive strictly limited edition 12-track PICTURE DISC including the singles When You Were Young and Bones housed in a custom stickered PVC sleeve complete with fold-out poster backing insert. The plastic sleeve has a very small seam split along bottom edge but is otherwise excellent the vinyl is also in excellent condition - priced advantageously grab yourself a bargain)

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12 of 15 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Vinyl Buyers Dont Want Picture Discs 9 Jan 2008
The CD of Sam's town, just like that of Hot Fuss is utter compressed squash. The 'hot' mastering techniques used on both these two CDs are two of the worst examples of loud, compressed and squashed mastering. I know because I have Hot Fuss on vinyl and it sounds fantastic, far better than the CD. I'm sure Sam's town would also shine but Universals's decision to import the US picture disc pressing of Sam's Town into the UK and not press it on plain vinyl in the UK is just lazy. I buy vinyl because I do not want the loud compressed squash on the CD. So why the hell would I want a picture disc? Most vinyl buyers buy vinyl for the sound quality and pictures discs are rubbish. They sound terrible and have a very short term life. Come on Universal press up Sam's Town on plain vinyl? Hot Fuss is fantastic on vinyl where as both Hot Fuss and Sam's Town on CD are just compressed squash.

If you care about music compare Hot Fuss on vinyl and on CD on a half decent system. You wont believe your ears; just listen to the difference in the dynamics especially of the drum work, it is so much more exciting on the vinyl than the CD. If I want it loud I use my own volume control!

This is not because vinyl is better than CD this is because the record company have decided to max out the volume so much that everything has to be squashed into a limited range to keep the volume the same throughout. For some absurd reason they think this sells more copies. So why is vinyl the only physical format where there's growth in sales?

I dont care what they do to the CD provided if I have the option to buy a decent mastered version on the vinyl pressing.
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5.0 out of 5 stars sams town picture disc 29 Jun 2014
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so very pleased it looks great in the frame , hope to find more killers picture discs ,great choice by me
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5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT VINYL 8 Sep 2013
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars None of the problems others are saying they have 23 July 2013
By Bloose - Published on Amazon.com
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First off I'd like to say that when reviewing vinyl LP's the review is about the actual LP and not the music on it. I never buy an LP just to see if I like the songs, that's what MP3 downloads are for. In this case the 5 star rating is for the pressing itself and not the music on it.

With that said I'll get on with talking about the actual vinyl pressing.

First I'll start off with the packaging. When shipped from Amazon it is shipped like every other album I've bought, that is sandwiched in a very nice sturdy flat cardboard container made for the job. Once opened the actual album and sleeve is exposed. Unlike most vinyl records that come in a cardboard sleeve this one comes in a clear plastic sleeve. Most vinyl is then also inside of a paper sleeve within the outer cardboard sleeve. This one is not. It is inside of the clear plastic sleeve alone. This is done of course to show of the fact that this pressing is a "picture disc." This is pretty unique among Vinyl LP's and is pretty neat looking. The LP itself contains the artwork that would normally be on the outer album jacket.

There have been a few reviewers who have complained about the plastic jacket. There is absolutely nothing wrong with this araingment. The sleeve is plenty thick to protect the LP during normal handling. Cardboard jackets are not steel vaults either so I see nothing wrong with this one. Most LP's also come with an inner paper sleeve but the fact is, paper sleeves are not the best. The best inner sleeve is a paper sleeve that has an inner plastic lining. I guess the paper sleeves shed as they age where the plastic lined do not. This outer jacket therefore takes place of the outer and inner sleeve and is made from a material superior to paper.

Inside with the LP is a trifold sheet of paper which contains some additional artwork for the LP. If a person were worried enough about sliding the LP into the plastic jacket they could fold this over the LP before returning it to the jacket. Either that or inner sleeves are available through Amazon.

The reality is that this plastic see through jacket is not a problem at all and should have no bearing on whether or not you buy this LP.

Another complaint I have seen is playability issues. I had none at all. The problem with Vinyl pressings is they are not all the same. Unlike, CD's and even cassettes of old, the equipment used to play back vinyl plays a very big part on any trouble you may have. One argument may be that record "A" plays fine, but this one skips. Just because record "A" plays fine and "B" skips doesn't mean record "B" is defective. There are so many varibles when it comes to vinyl. The first being the cartridge and stylus in your turntable. You could have a very high end turn table but with a stylus that has a difficult time tracking the grooves of an LP. There are several stylus shapes to follow the groove of an LP. They are all a compromise between, low LP wear, good tracking, more faithful sound reproductions, etc. Along with stylus tip shape is also proper setup. The tracking force should always be measured with a stylus tracking force scale. Then there is the anti skate setting that many people have a hard time understanding (myself included.) If you throw in the fact that some pressings are more difficult to track you end up with some people who have tracking issues (skipping) and others who do not. The problem is, there are far too many variables to claim these LPs are defective. I will say it is likely that these pressings are likely more difficult to track than some others but I believe with a well setup turn table and a stylus contour made to track well this is a non issue.

The last issue people are having is sound quality. Poor tracking not only causes the needle to jump out of the track but can also cause bad sound playback. Again, one (or most) LP(s) may play and sound fine, but some others may track and not sound good because of poor setup. The equipment I have is not high end by any means but I have spent the time and effort to get them set up correctly and I have yet to have a problem with skipping or poor sound. This pressing is no different.

If you like the music on this LP, have a turn table, and have a desire for this LP I highly recommend it.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Geat music, Poor record 20 April 2011
By Andrew Wertz - Published on Amazon.com
First, this is a great album. The record itself looks beautiful. Maybe it would be great to frame and put on a wall. But audio-wise, it doesn't hold up.
First, the packaging is a flimsy plastic sheet. The record came warped. This is probably a huge issue with picture discs. Picture Discs typically have terrible packaging. I have no idea why it cant come with in a study package like formal records. Maybe the package could a little window so one could see the record.
The record also becomes scratched very easily. I have hundreds of records, and I take good care of all of them. Nothing happened to this on at all. However, there is a chip side, which causes it to skip. Still, you can listen to it. This record is great for collectors, but not for Audiophiles.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Great Album, Unlistenable Record 13 Jun 2012
By David - Published on Amazon.com
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My issue is not with the music. This negative review is about the 'picture disc' LP only.

This record is literally unlistenable. Seriously, try to listen to this thing all the way through without experiencing problems. At first, I thought I just got a lemon. But it seems like other people experienced similar, if not the same, issues. So I'm thinking this is just a terrible product.

1. There is no space between the outermost groove and the beginning of the track. When you drop the stylus, you are always already past the beginning of the track.

2. It skips. A lot.

3. It loops. (I was pretty impressed by the looping because I've never actually seen/heard it happen.)

4. Side B is totally warped. I could see the cartridge bobbing and swinging around like a dog in a pickup truck. And needless to say, it sounds awful. The only reason I didn't turn it off was that I paid money for it and figured I should let it play out once.

5. Packaging is virtually non-existent. It comes in a flimsy plastic sleeve and nothing else. Saran Wrap would offer the same amount of protection.

I'd like to reiterate that all five of these issues have already been mentioned by other people with other copies of this product. So I am less convinced mine is a one-off thing.

It's a shame because Sam's Town is a great album. I really wish I could have it on vinyl!
11 of 14 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars 5 Star Music, 1 Star LP 2 May 2009
By Machina - Published on Amazon.com
The LP sounds great and it doesn't get any static either. However, there are multiple problems with this package.

The disc itself needed a better enclosure. A plastic sleeve with no sturdiness is not good for the LP. The first time I played the disc, there was one skip on each side. Not so bad though. However, after a handful of plays, there was one looped section on side 2.

My turntable plays other records just fine.

I returned the record for a new one. The first side was perfect. The second side had a skip in it and had a looped section on the exact same part as the first one I received.

You have been warned.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Great idea, not such a great product once received 23 May 2013
By Jarrod S. Adams - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Vinyl|Verified Purchase
Love this album, had to have it on vinyl. I got it pretty quickly, but:

- the album is warped so the sound whines a little
- the plastic cover that holds it was ripped on one side
- it skips throughout the record's play

Kinda defeats why I bought it. It was only a $10 investment so I'll just keep it, but I am disappointed.
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