Regular readers of this blog and long-suffering Just Played Twitter account followers will be well aware of the state of vinyl production in 2015. I’ve previously written about the primary source of most dodgy vinyl, but it seemed like a good idea to have a single location where dubious pressings were logged. A number of people regularly check in with me wanting to know whether x or y is worth purchasing so, using some of their feedback too, this will function as a checklist before you part with your hard-earned. If you wish to contribute info, drop a comment below and I’ll update or catch my attention over on Twitter – @justplayed.
Hope this is of use.
KNOWN RECENT VINYL PRESSING ISSUES:
Red House Painters – Gold vinyl ‘Box Set’ and individual black vinyl reissues of both self-titled albums, ‘Down Colorful Hill’ and ‘Ocean Beach’ [Usual coating of detritus, scuffs and scratches] – 4AD – GZ
Josh Rouse – ‘The Embers Of Time’ – Bedroom Classics – GZ
Shilpa Ray – ‘Is Last Year’s Savage’ – Northern Spy – GZ
Bjork – Catalogue reissue on coloured vinyl via One Little Indian [Widely reported issues with noisy vinyl and poor quality artwork] – The Vinyl Factory
Bjork – ‘Vulnicura’ both black and yellow pressings appear to suffer from repeating noise issues – One Little Indian – MPO
Jim O’Rourke – ‘Simple Songs’ – numerous reports of issues with surface noise, marks and scuffs on the vinyl of this one. Recent multiple issues with represses of old O’Rourke titles suggests its not an isolated problem – Drag City – Unclear, probably RTI
Thee Oh Sees – ‘Mutilator Defeated At Last’ – numerous copies tried – Castle Face – Pirates Press through GZ
EU Universal Blue Note vinyl reissue programme: all titles listed here from August 25th 2014 – January 27th 2015 pressed at GZ. All prior to this were done with Optimal, as has been the case with all since. The Optimal pressings are largely lovely.
St. Vincent – ‘St. Vincent’ – original gatefold and follow up ‘budget edition’ – Caroline Intl (Universal) – GZ (Caroline International have confirmed they won’t be using GZ again)
Amy Winehouse – ‘Back To Black’ and ‘Frank’ – both have recently been re-pressed, the latter under the ‘Back to Black’ programme – Universal – GZ
The Who – 2015 Back to Black vinyl reissues – Universal – GZ
Yo La Tengo – ‘Extra Painful’ – universally slated pressing quality – repress due soon – Matador – United
Dr Strangely Strange – ‘Kip Of The Serenes’ – Universal coloured vinyl Back to Black (?!) RSD15 reissue – GZ
Eels – ‘Beautiful Freak’ – Universal Back to Black reissue – GZ
Colleen – ‘Captain Of None’ black vinyl on Thrill Jockey – pressing plant undisclosed – Three copies surveyed. Multiple scuffs/marks/scratches and sounded like someone had eaten a pack of crisps over them.
Steve Gunn & The Black Twig Pickers – ‘Seasonal Hire’ – Thrill Jockey again – coloured vinyl – lots of surface noise on first copy, one side still quite noisy on second copy.
Damon & Naomi – ‘Fortune’ on 20|20|20 pressing at RTI – marked/surface noise issues, second better – just about acceptable.
Jessica Pratt – self-titled – 3rd pressing (and numbered as such) scuffs and surface noise – Birth Records – pressing unknown. Label tried unsuccessfully to recall defective pressing apparently. New 4th pressing just been made available – quality TBC. (Early pressings of this were absolutely fine, it should be said – JP)
Sloan – ‘Alternates’ RSD coloured 12” coloured EP – Yep Roc – scratched and glitched first copy, passable second copy. Pressed at GZ.