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Chronic (Explicit Version)
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Vinyl, Import, 22 May 2001
- Is Discontinued By Manufacturer : No
- Product Dimensions : 31.29 x 31.09 x 0.41 cm; 453.87 Grams
- Manufacturer : DEATH ROW RECORDS
- Manufacturer reference : DRRLP 63000
- Original Release Date : 2001
- Label : DEATH ROW RECORDS
- ASIN : B00005AQEU
- Number of discs : 2
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The Chronic is the debut studio album by American hip hop recording artist Dr. Dre. It was released on December 15, 1992, by his own record label Death Row Records and distributed by Priority Records. Recording sessions for the album took place in June 1992 at Death Row Studios in Los Angeles and at Bernie Grundman Mastering in Hollywood. The album is named after a slang term for highgrade marijuana, and it's cover is a homage to ZigZag rolling papers. It was Dr. Dre's first solo album after he had departed from hip hop group N.W.A and it's label Ruthless Records over a financial dispute. On The Chronic, he included both subtle and direct insults at Ruthless and it's owner, former N.W.Amember EazyE. Although a solo album, it features many appearances by Snoop Dogg, who used the album as a launch pad for his own solo career. Upon it's release, The Chronic received generally positive reviews from music critics and earned considerable commercial success. The album peaked at number three on the Billboard 200 and had been certified triple platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America with sales of over three million copies in the United States, which led to Dr. Dre becoming one of the top ten bestselling American performing artists of 1993. Dr. Dre's production has been noted for founding and popularizing the Gfunk subgenre within gangsta rap. The Chronic has been widely regarded as one of the most important and influential albums of the 1990s and regarded by many fans and peers to be one of the most wellproduced hip hop albums of all time. In 2003, the album was ranked number 138 on Rolling Stone magazine's list of the 500 greatest albums of all time.
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The Vinyl plays okay - but there is visible damage on the Vinyl sleeve, but no damage to the shipping box/cardboard box, which leads me to believe that something has happened to it before transport. Surely I cannot blame them? maybe. Although I am not a collector of Vinyl I'm sure if a collector did receive this in the state it was in they would double check that they did not accidentally order a second-hand Vinyl. If it wasn't for the shrink wrap on the case I would have done the same.
Another criticism I have with the particular packaging that Death row (although I'm not sure who does the re-prints now) use is that they fit 2 LP vinyl "discs" into a single fitting sleeve - which can cause compression and quality degradation in anything higher than room temperature due to the "squeezing" that occurs. And also the paper insert/sleeved that they use for each LP is very cheap stuff. When I first pulled the Vinyl out the sleeve there was LOTS of small white paper bits, and thousands of a lot smaller paper follicles. This is something that only a liquid bath would get rid of - plus there is a considerable amount of static to the vinyl - also most likely caused by the type of paper they used.
I'd suggest only buying this is you are anything more than a novice because you are inevitably going to have to clean the vinyl with water to remove all that noise caused by the paper bits - and please replace the inserts with polyvinyl sleeves to prevent it from ever happening again!
Pure history and shows where Cube, Dre, Eazy and the others came through and their struggles.
Defo worth buying this if your into hip or gangta rap!