Top critical review
Brilliant music, poor pressing, Sony should be ashamed, but ££££££talks.
15 May 2014
Made in the EU, cover and inner sleeve fine.
Vinyl as has been said was quite dirty/dusty. Also some strange swirl marks on the vinyl surface as if someone tried to polish and buff it up (with the sole of their shoes)! They are there for good I'm afraid. Record itself is flat and although a few snaps and crackles plays fine. Volume has to be turned up its a very quiet pressing but then you get all the attendant hiss and background hum so its not a clean sound at all. First side 22 minutes, second side 46 minutes.
Still after 25 years you can't really expect Sony to bother to get it right can you!?
180g still don't see the point apart from making the floor joists bend a bit more.
Overall happy to have a vinyl version of this great album as I didn't get it first time around but as Sony don't have to pay for recording a new album it would be nice if they could pay more attention to the actual quality and sonics of the pressing.
Well worth £9 of anyone's money, unfortunately it cost a lot more than that!
The CD sounds much better but its nice to have the vinyl. Excuse my contradictory review. Just played an original King Crimson LP from 1970 and its hugely better sonically and volume to background noise ratio as in there isn't any.