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2014 9LP Vinyl Box Review - LAZY!!!!
on 3 June 2014
This is not about the music, which is faultless! This review is solely in reference to this newly released vinyl box.
First off...it's actually 7.5 LP's, due to the fact 3 sides are rather uninspiring etched.
Secondly the atrocious Somoke On the Water misprint is unforgivable. Someone either decided, after realizing their mistake; that no-one would be bothered. It's pretty safe to say anyone buying this is not going to be just a casual Purple fan and like me are going to be p##sed off. Especially after laying out the hefty sum required to acquire this in the first place!
The second option is they noticed their mistake and just couldn't care less.
The final option is no-one noticed at all, which says a lot about the quality of the whole pressing....
Incidentally a number of pressings have Osaka misspelt "Oaska" on the labels (but not the one I received)
I also noticed that the "outer box/" states this was made in the Czech Republic, but the individual album covers state "Made in the EU". But these were actually pressed by GZ Media in the Czech Republic as well.
The third thing I discovered was the appalling quality of the vinyl. Full of blemishes, streaks. You've heard the phrase "Virgin Vinyl"? Well that doesn't apply here. This is poor, low quality wax! Considering the main selling angle here is "Audiophile", this is also unforgivable. Not even poly-lined inners.
Quite a few noticeable clicks and other unwanted audible defects, but strangely no actual visible scratches, so beware.
Even the booklet is as dull as dishwater, nothing informative or interesting, one flick through it's bland pages was enough.
I sent it back without hesitation, and will avoid "Back To Black" releases in the future. Just another greedy company on the 180gram Super-Duper Audiophile Vinyl band wagon.
The remastering is also disappointing and no better than earlier pressings, perhaps even inferior.
The only point of merit is the sturdy good quality outer box...but given the contents, it's small consolation.
So in conclusion....Don't waste your money, this is just a lazy, poorly produced box set, which I so wanted, and now feel is just another missed opportunity.
Sorry, but this is an insult to Jon Lords' memory...Don't buy it...you'll try and be happy with it, and see past the errors/issues, but you'll never cherish it as you should!