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This UK pressing is far superior to the 2008 Capitol vinyl,
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This review is from: Urban Hymns [12" VINYL] (Vinyl)
I had recently purchased the 2008 Capitol re-issue of Urban Hymns on vinyl. Although there are quite a few decent pressings from Capitol, this didn't appear to be one of them. There was plenty of surface noise, even after a thorough cleaning with the GEM Dandy Analog cleaner.
I've always found UK vinyl to be of exceptional quality and that's thanks to vinyl never dying in the UK anywhere near as much as it did throughout the nineties and into the "00"s in North America. So I decided to check on Amazon UK and found a copy of the original 1997 UK pressing with a very reasonable price and ridiculously low transatlantic shipping.
I've since sold the Capitol pressing - this UK pressing is so much quieter and overall has more depth and fidelity leading me to believe that the Capitol pressing was not actually pressed from the original master or was tweaked somehow in the process. The album is the same, spread over two LP's so that inner grooves are not used as much and fidelity is not compromised. Much like the UK pressing of Forth this is vinyl at its best, sheer sonic bliss. I'd highly recommend this pressing over the Capitol release and it will only cost you about $5 more if you're in North America over the domestic pressing. Music as good as this shouldn't suffer.
Now if only they'd do new pressings of A Storm In Heaven and A Northern Soul, hands down the finest works from The Verve (Verve), complete with all studio out-takes and B-Sides in deluxe packages complete with high resolution 5.1 mixes...I'd be a happy camper.