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Avoid the vinyl box set (the music is sensational, though!),
This review is from: Scott - The Collection 1967-1970 (Audio CD)
I thought this box set was going to be it. The definitive vinyl versions of Scott's early masterpieces. It was not to be! The vinyl is pressed by gz vinyl of the Czech Republic who have a mixed reputation for their quality of pressings.
Each record comes in an unlaminated cover with a thin white paper inner sleeve (no expense on poly lining!). The labels imitate the original Philips labels but are tacky in appearance. They look cheap. Unfortunately, the worst part is the vinyl itself. Mine had marks on the surface and looked scratched. Upon playing the vinyl was very noisy and with portions of lengthy non-fill. The sonics in the good parts were not great. Certainly better than the 4 men with beards reissue on vinyl (definitely avoid that!) but not as good as the original Philips. This is a shame because the original Philips were noisy too and could be improved upon. If you are like me and appreciate attention to detail when it comes to works of fine art like this, then it is so frustrating to see this product fail to deliver.
Buy the cd set instead. I don't believe we will ever see the day when a truly audiophile set of pressings will be manufactured for these astonishingly beautiful works of art.
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Initial post: 22 Mar 2014 19:46:41 GMT
You may have just saved me from making a very expensive mistake, thank you! I have the CDs already, but am falling in love with top quality vinyl all over again. As for poor quality vinyl; I have a huge stack of it already thanks ;-) .
In reply to an earlier post on 23 Mar 2014 12:21:35 GMT
Raving Russell says:
Thanks Fender32. The original Philips LPs are the best but even they only offer a marginal step up from the CDs (Fontana/Mercury-Universal Music). You may be surprised at how easy it is to score a great example of Scott or Scott 2 on e bay for under £15. Both of these were released in mono and stereo. It is worth getting the different versions. Scott 3 and Scott 4 are attracting very high bids on e bay upwards of £50 in excellent condition or better. The best way to find these in great condition and at a reasonable price is via record fairs.
I agree with you about the poor vinyl. I have been burned far too often by heavyweight new vinyl that the pressing plants just don't know how to press without some non fill. And brand new American vinyl? Don't get me started, there!
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