Top positive review
Reviewed in the United States on January 16, 2019
This review pertains to the Pallas-pressed 33 1/3 vinyl reissue. Obviously this is a perfect album from start to finish. Everyone and their mother bought this record for a reason. Sure, it’s been played to death on FM radio, but once you’re removed from that and approach the album with fresh ears, it really is staggering how perfect this album is. One incredible track after another, with many layers that unfold with repeated listens. A masterpiece.
This pressing does the music justice. As with every record I’ve heard pressed at Pallas, the vinyl is perfect. Silent surfaces, spindle hole perfectly centered so there’s no pitch variation, and the music sounds absolutely incredible. It handily blows my original 70’s pressing out of the water. That one is noisy and pitchy, always reminding me that I’m listening to a record. This one just sounds like music. All new vinyl should be pressed to this standard of quality.
However, the packaging leaves something to be desired. The images look great, but it has none of the texture or heft of the original jacket, and the insert is similarly made from cheap paper rather than the heavy card stock of the original. As a result, I’ve made a hybrid edition using this new pressing and the original jacket. Best of both worlds. It’s not a deal breaker, but the new packaging definitely feels like an afterthought.
In all, a superb reissue of a perfect album, with a minor complaint about the packaging. If you need a great sounding copy of this record, don’t hesitate to pick this up. But be warned that the cheap-feeling jacket won’t vibe with your shag carpeting the same way the original would.