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Back to Black [Vinyl] Explicit Lyrics
LP (12" album, 33 rpm)
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Blu-ray Audio, January 1, 2013
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US version includes one exclusive 'hidden' bonus track, 'You Know I'm No Good' (featuring Ghostface Killah). 'Back To Black' is the second album from London-based chanteuse Amy Winehouse. Although her 2003 debut was a success, her rowdy offstage behavior became the focus of tabloids and critics instead of the music. Because of this, Winehouse stepped out of the spotlight and concentrated on putting the focus back on her music. Three years later, her sophomore release has surprised critics and excited her fanbase. Combining a strong, Jazzy vocal style with often frank lyrical content recounting tales of love and loss, Winehouse is a truly talented songwriter with a good ear for melody, making this album an essential purchase. Includes the single 'Rehab'. Universal. 2007.
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Some of my favorite tracks:
Rehab - Amy's most famous song. The one that made her a star internationally. Sounds wonderful on vinyl. It's a shame it's over-played.
Me & Mr. Jones - if you didn't know it, you'd think this is a song from the 60s sung by a soulful black woman. So much expression.
Just Friends - listen to it, no comment needed.
Back to Black - the album's namesake. If you know Amy's story, this song means even more. Again, I've never heard this song sound as good as it does on vinyl.
Wake Up Alone - my all-time favorite Amy Winehouse song. So much soul going on here. Her changes are just beautiful. On her posthumously released album, Lioness: Hidden Treasures, the original recording of this track was released. I think it's even better than this recording, but both are phenomenal. I included a video of this track, amazing.
A few issues with the record I received:
The spindle hole was too small. I nearly broke the record removing it from the turntable. I fixed it by inserting some scissors in the hole and giving it a spin.
The record was quite dirty when I took it out of the sleeve for the first time.
Just like others have reviewed, quality of sound is terrible. Its as if they transferred sound from a cassette. It could be the original sound material was recorded by a garbage sound engineer because I am yet to hear a good sound quality transfer on any medium - stream,cd, vinyl. Google music stream is the best so far in terms of transfer but Vinyl is just garbage.
I hate all the new sound engineers - or is it the studios- who knows! None of the new records are going to sound great on vinyl. I also bought Adele 21 and its good but the stream on Google is far better. The older vinyls have just great quality. We recently bought Love Story soundtrack for $3 from an antique shop. The theme from the movie plays so well - as if someone is playing the piano and guitar in front of you. Compare that to overproduced, over engineered garbage that is featured on new albums - especially this one.
I hope this helped some one.
I was so excited to get this and the very first time I played it, it skipped like crazy. The record is warped and when you set the needle on the first track it skips 10 seconds into the song. Various tracks on the record skip every 6 or 7 seconds during the whole track. I have attached a 30 second clip as an example.
It's beyond irritating and completely unacceptable.
For reference- I have a very nice turntable (Rega RP-3) and cartridge (Dynavector 10x5), the record is clean (although it was filthy out of the package), and the setup is perfect. The flaws I describe are definitely with the record, not the equipment.
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No video do produto dá pra ter uma ideia do estado que recebi, bom, o que era pra ser uma alegria se transformou numa dor de cabeça!
Se o vendedor for decente iria realizar meu reembolso espero.
Given the Blu-Ray audio format I was expecting A LOT more. From an audio quality this Blu-Ray doesn't hold a candle compared to my Verve Records Astrud Gilberto CD from the 90's. I'm guessing it's not the audio's format fault because blu-ray can sound truly amazing, it has to be the recording process. Don't get me wrong...there's nothing WRONG per-se...it's just that the instruments sound digital...I don't feel drawn into the music, so the 4*.
Maybe the LP would be a better choice.
My hi-fi system is pretty neutral, slightly "warm": Dali speakers, Bowers&Wilkins sub, Atacama stands, Oppo 103 player, etc
24 bit 96kHz sound does not mean it sounds good. Do not buy. You have been warned.