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A review of the recently released 2017 FDR vinyl
on 2 September 2017
After listening for years to a mediocre picture disc from 2008, and more recently to an Earache CD from 1992 which sounded much better and apparently had a good dynamic range, I believe I have finally found the best pressing yet of 'Blessed Are the Sick'. This 2017 FDR vinyl sounds really good. Cut by Noel Summerville, who cut the previous FDR re-issue of ‘Altars Of Madness’, the treble detail is notably improved over the CD. The guitars have way more bite and texture, as do David Vincents vocals. Pete Sandoval’s entire kit is heard clearly in all facets. Bass drums, snare, toms and cymbals all crisp and punchy, nothing drowned out. Everything sounds really about as balanced as it could I believe. A sticker on the front claims ‘FULL DYNAMIC RANGE PRESSED FROM ORIGINAL TAPES’, it definitely sounds so. 'Faithful' continually comes to mind while listening. My only minor gripe is that, like a lot of new vinyls, this one arrived a bit warped but it is still playable. I’m willing to put up with that as this sounds so good and I got it for only around £14.