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4.0 out of 5 stars Vinyl-specific review, 20 Nov. 2013
This review is from: SEASONS OF YOUR DAY [VINYL] (Vinyl)
Five stars for the music - little contest there. I've been aware of the name but never heard the music until I was casually browsing in my local retailer (support them, please. It was £16 vs Amazon's sudden increase to £22) and this was on their system. Whilst I'm typically cautious about buying on impulse, instinct - and extended lingering in the store - reassured me this album is a no-brainer for cold dark evenings. I note that other reviewers, more familiar with Hope Sandoval and David Roback, have suggested it's too 'samey'. That's fine by me.

No, what concerns me relates specifically to the vinyl album I'm now listening to. Someone messed up with the quality control, it seems.
Firstly, both the vinyl are Sides 1 and 2 (ie. 3 and 4 is missing). I don't need a repeat copy of the vinyl, thanks. I'd like to hear the other two sides, please. That can be easily rectified.
What isn't so straightforward is the mastering. Or maybe the fault lies in the pressing; I can't really pinpoint the fault. But the record seems "squashed" into a confined auditory tunnel. Anytime the frequencies extend beyond this, it distorts unpleasantly. This is most noticeable on Hope's vocals, unfortunately. Has this record been mastered off a 16-bit CD? The vinyl is a satisfyingly weighty 180gm, free of pops, clicks and nicely flat. But it sounds wrong.

I don't write this as a complaint, but more a warning in case anyone else receives such a dud copy. The music is exquisite.... I want to carry on enjoying it. But not with this vinyl copy. Perhaps that is why Amazon has published the following under their Product Description:
"Note: This is not an audiophile pressing but an indie release with the format with the known disadvantages of the format vinyl over digital releases."
A great waste of the vinyl medium, if so.

Music 5/ 5
Quality 2/5
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Initial post: 23 Nov 2013 21:13:27 GMT
Last edited by the author on 23 Nov 2013 21:14:04 GMT
Oh well. says:
Interesting review. My vinyl copy is exactly the same, in terms of mastering/pressing, though I did get all four sides. It's a shame but I think the complicated art of producing LPs (the actual disc, not the music) is essentially lost, as so many modern pressings are just plain bad. If this album had been pressed in the 70's the engineers would probably have got the whole set on a single lightweight disc and it'd sound terrific.

In reply to an earlier post on 24 Nov 2013 19:04:56 GMT
moog_man says:
Agreed. And the irony is that for the new generation who are buying vinyl in the belief that it offers better dynamics and sonic perspective, there is a disappointing compromise in quality. Is it the cynical music industry once again profiteering off a lack of awareness (cf. the 16-bit digital revolution in the '80s)? I don't think it's as straightforward as that. More that this record label simply hasn't a clue what is involved to press vinyl. Such a shame (with apologies to Mark Hollis).
To end on a slightly more optimistic note... I was impressed that the download link was for WAV files and not 320kbs mp3.
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