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Brilliant album which I have had on CD for years, but this vinyl was ruined by a terrible pressing. Side 1 is flat, suffers terribly from sibilance, and all the power and finesse has been taken out of Amy's voice. Who mastered this???? Side 2 is slightly better but still rather flat and doesn't do the album any justice at all. Sadly returned and wont replace as too many others have experienced problems with the vinyl. I guess it was just a jump on the bandwagon lets make a few quid out of the vinyl revival exercise. Sad.
5* for the album 1* for the vinyl pressing. My fault, popped up as an advert and thought it was very cheap and swiped buy it now without reading any reviews. The *new* album was covered in dust and superficial scratches. And required cleaning before playing. Second side skips. And what does play the sound quality is awful. I have a reasonable high end system (12k worth) and the sound is just hollow no separation of sound. I have second hand 50 year old records that sound much warmer and detailed than this. Appalling tribute to Amy, by far the worst quality record I have ever bought *new* Very rairly leave reviews on here but felt I needed to. If you have a basis system and are not into music I am sure you will find this pressing fine if you get a copy that actually plays. If you are an audiophile DO NOT BUY.
Amy’s second and final album release in 2006 signalled her moving on from the jazzy debut ‘Frank’ and embracing a more R&B style to appeal to a wider mainstream audience. The resulting overall sound resembles the Motown/soul era of the 1960s and 70s with brass, strings and backing vocals later added to the basic rhythm section by producers Ronson & Remi. The album was a deserved Grammy winner and remains Amy’s defining work, containing five songs destined to become hit singles.
In addition to the 11 songs on the 2006 album, the 2007 ‘deluxe edition’ includes a bonus disc of extra tracks and performances in front of a live-audience.
What’s special about B to B? The overall sound is intentionally retro, but Winehouse’s edgy, often explicit lyrics are delivered with artistry, a brash, sassy urban confidence and rare mastery of her chosen style. She broke new ground in popular music which opened the door to a host of style-imitators: Adele, La Roux, Little Boots and a host of others. But B to B is the original style-defining musical statement, and will always be a classic.
Side 1 is almost unplayable, side 2 is very poor but just about plays. Side 1, every track, appears to be covered in very fine scratches, it is unplayable, constantly skipping. Side 2 audio is poor to say the least, but does play. The record was covered in dust when removed from the packaging the first time. Not good!
Watched the tv documentary and just wanted to hear what was so special about Amy, well let me tell you I thought she was an overrated talentless woman and her music just sucked ... WOW I was so Wrong ... with the music from this album and the remembering of the documentary n her struggles in life even a hard guy like me had tears running down my face, God bless her and look after her
I purchased this album for my wife. this is a very good pressing, very thick vinyl, and heavy weight. sounds great via moving coil cartridge and mid-range turntable set up.
so I would say a good quality item for the price, especially when my wife also got the mp3 download of the album included in the purchase price. ok so it's not exactly rocket science to convert Vinyl to any digitised format, but it does save you the bother of doing it for your pc / tablet / phone.
If you like Amy's music, and you like vinyl, this is a good buy.