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A review of the EMI 'digipack' remastered edition as ordered in October 2018.
I discovered this album when my dad disparagingly compared what Radiohead were up to on OK Computer as 'a load of moaning, listen to this instead'. I can still picture the biro on the tracklist of the Sony C90 in my walkman and it remains as bewitching as it did twenty years ago.
That said, I am not going into this from a musical perspective, (enough has been written by others over 40 years). Safe to say it's an Important Work and Floyd's best overall.
The remaster is three dimensional and rich. This is the best I've heard this album. The remaster is the same from 2011 that was used for both an extended box set and a double disc with a live set from the period. Both are out of print...
...which leads me to the star I had to knock off. I'm currently hoovering up the Zeppelin reissues which not only come with extras but are packaged beautifully in gatefold sleeves with replica artwork, new photos, comprehensive booklets and a basic sense that they are something you are proud to own.
This EMI 'Discovery' reissue looks like it came free with a newspaper. Low grade card sleeve, the glossy surface of both sleeve and booklet are fingerprint magnets, and the fit for the single CD itself is tighter than a local authority budget under austerity rules.
5 stars for the album and the 'new' sonics, a tawdry 1 star for the packaging. That's actually an average of 3 stars, but I can't rightly give 'Dark Side' that rating, so a begrudging four it is.
Seemless recording quality, good pressing: Carefully remastered from the original master tapes the sound is smooth, warm and not clinical in any way shape or form. Classic vinyl release that has definitely stood the test of time and worthy of replacement of your old copy or even CD which tended to sound harsh and bright showing flaws in recording and master tapes, the vinyl version shows just what a great album this really is and suited to its original format. No stickers with my copy or poster, shame. Love it anyway.
I guess cardboard cases are OK at a push for bands just starting out, but for Pink Floyd in 2020 I expected a proper jewel case, not some flimsy creased thing that does not sit properly amongst my other CDs.
A review of the music seems a bit redundant - there are already some really good reviews about this excellent remaster... But the sleeve! oh the horror. It is the sort of cardboard thing you get free discs from newspapers in. I will not be keeping the disc in this sleeve, sticking my fingers all over it to pull it out, then forcing it back in and potentially scuffing the surface.
I'd rather pay another 20p to have a better packaged disc. We all got posted this disc, so the maybe jewel cases are not ideal being so brittle, but there must be something better than a rubbish cardboard sleeve! what about digipack etc.
Not much you can say about the music on this album - it is iconic. The quality of this vinyl recording and packaging is excellent. One thing to watch is the thickness of the LP - it is so thick that my tone arm/cartridge clearance was too low and even when the cueing arm lift lever was raised, the stylus was still on the LP. So you have to cue it with your finger. I also tried it in a high end hifi retailer and same problem - so be careful if you want to avoid damaging the record or your stylus.
great quality. the record itself isn’t scratched or damaged at all. the label is not damaged either. the reason i gave it four stars is because the sleeve was damaged on one of the edges but apart from that it plays well.
I have just received this disc. It was advertised as a single CD, and it was - for £5. No complaints there. However, when I downloaded it - it has an AutoRip - feature - There were TWO discs worth. The second "disc" was only available as a free download, along with the original CD, so I was amazed and delighted. As a casual PF fan, I was just replacing my vinyl album - my only other CD being "Echoes". My only complaint is the very sparse packaging - see an earlier review.