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5.0 out of 5 stars On vinyl where it belongs, 25 Mar. 2013
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J. Milner "jcmilner" (Hull, UK) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Scott [VINYL] (Vinyl)
Universal's Back To Black series has received more than its fair share of criticism, mainly from the beard stroking, personality challenged weirdos over at Stevehoffman.tv. The usual 'major label, money grabbing, cheap job' accusations. Not justified in my opinion. I have a few of the series and have no complaints whatsoever. The only criticism I do have of the series is the rather strange choice of titles they seem to be releasing aimed mainly at more recent albums that were never intended for an analogue medium and offer no benefit sound-wise or from a nostalgia viewpoint. However, that is not the case here as this album was made fair and square many years ago in the vinyl era. The two CD incarnations of this album have been pretty much disappointing, especially the 2001 HDCD remaster, which sucked the life right out of the sound, making it shrill and clinical. Thankfully, this vinyl version hits the right notes with an excellent overall balance, a nice smooth bottom end and a wonderful spacious stereo image. The quality of the pressing looks and feels good and is excellent in terms of noise (i.e - there IS none!). Overall, very satisfying to listen to and, from now on, my choice of format for this album.
The packaging is a nice thick card and more or less mirrors the original with the obvious modern legal jargon present but intrusive. One point that trainspotters may whine about is the non-original label. The original was on Philips. This one is Mercury. I believe this is because Universal no longer have the rights to use a Philips logo (at the time of original release Philips Records was part of the huge Dutch electronics company). Still, the label looks authentic.
One minor niggle is the lack of a polylined inner. I really don't know why this is still omitted in favour of a standard white inner. Surely the cost differential is minimal and it's well known amongst vinyl lovers of being the preferred choice. That apart, there is really nothing to say against this issue. Perhaps i'm easy to please although I am someone who appreciates that they key to enjoyable music is not only a quality repertoire but also good sound.
One final point, it's a cracking album!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, no-nonsense resissue with fine sound, 1 Jun. 2013
This review is from: Scott [VINYL] (Vinyl)
This is a "No-Frills" re-issue of the legendary "Scott" LP. The LP is well pressed, with no unpleasant surface noise from the vinyl. The sound is lovely and clear, and whilst it sounds different to my original 1960's issue of the LP (of course it will sound different, it's a pressing 46 years later!), it's nothing at all to complain about. The sleeve is faithfully reproduced (minus the Phillips logo sadly, but legally there was no choice), and it's good value for the money. I played this LP on my Rega RP-1 Performance Pack Turntable, and it sounds mighty fine!
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