Apologies if this has been done before, but after a less than successful evening of vinyl listening, I thought a thread warning folk off crappy new vinyl cash-ins might be useful. So:
Daft Punk - Alive 1997
I fucking love this album, and after recently treating myself to a vinyl copy (£15 fae Fopp IIRC) I finally listened to it tonight. My side A skips so badly yet so perfectly you’d think they were deliberate locked grooves - I timed one “jump” loop (about 15 minutes in) at almost 60 seconds long when I finally noticed and investigated. The rest of the side contained at least 4 more skips, some of them awesomely accidental Daft Punk loops, others just horribly jarring. Instead of listening to side B I’ve gone over to my similarly new copy of Homework to see if it’s just as shit.
Wolf Alice - My Love Is Cool
First of all, fuck off with this “putting 49 minutes of music on 4 sides of vinyl” bullshit - it’s only worth it if a) the music itself is super high fidelity to begin with and b) if you actually press the fucking records properly in the first place. Skip, skip, skip, skip every side, and that’s after a clean. A superb album ruined. Kids treat themselves to their favourites on vinyl (well, I do and I’m a big kid) and this was a full-on disappointment.
Record companies: if you can’t be arsed paying for properly pressed LPs, fuck off and don’t bother at all.
PS. I have a pretty good turntable (a Rega Planar 1) so I don’t think they’re hardware issues
PPS. I’m also not an audiophile spod, I just want LPs to work! when I buy them…
So, if anybody else has had their arses bitten by poorly made, rushed out slabs of vinyl post here! and warn us all