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Hi Everyone,

 

I'm looking for a copy of Abbey Road on vinyl and I've seen a new(ish) Capitol release on HMV for 9.99 brand new. I think this was a reissue made about 10 years ago or so. 

 

Does anyone have this issue? Is it a good quality mastering/record? Or would I be better off sticking with an original copy in excellent condition? Although these are pricey, and rare...

 

Hope someone can help!

Many thanks,

Chris.

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RE: Abbey Road

I haven't heard that particular pressing, but it's very likely to have been cut from the 1987 digital masters, of which I personally am not a fan (other opinions are available).  My only vinyl copy of AR is on MFSL, which again is another pressing which seems to vocally polarize opinions, but I know I'm happy with it.

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I may be wrong (as they seem to have disappeared from Amazon), but weren't the stereo remasters all being released on vinyl this year?

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Yeah I though that too, as they were on Amazon for a while for pre-order.  IIRC they were pencilled in for some time in September.  

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Thanks for the tips guys. Interesting in the new reissues, but always cautious about he sound quality of new reissues!

 

I've just bought some beatles on original pressings -costing between 5 and 10 pounds each and they have the obvious cracks and pops on them. Paul's voice sounds crackly on most of them, which is a shame. I guess you have to pay morre for better condition records of that era. 

 

One of them has a scratch on one side that made the record play in a loop! Not good... Cray 2

 

I love the open sound of vinyl, but getting good quality records of my favourite classics seems to be very hard.

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I have a copy of the newer pressing and it sounds pretty good, doesn't seem like they played around with the mastering but I could be wrong. For 9.99 what have you got to loose?

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I've just Googled some info on the Abbey Road I bought last year for about £2 (from the car boot sale where I buy about 300 lps per year from various sellers).

 

It's a first pressing - but not a true first pressing (whatever that means?) due to the apple being aligned properly on the back cover and no Her Majesty on the label.

 

I was surprised at how good it sounds as the previous time I'd heard this album was 25 years ago on my first hi-fi system when I wasn't impressed with the sound quality, which at that time I felt was rather vintagey.

 

I now realise that it's a powerful, full frequency range recording.

 

I'd be quite happy to Come Together with anyone else on this forum for an Abbey Road listening session to compare versions / pressings.

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lindsayt wrote:

I've just Googled some info on the Abbey Road I bought last year for about £2 (from the car boot sale where I buy about 300 lps per year from various sellers).

 

It's a first pressing - but not a true first pressing (whatever that means?) due to the apple being aligned properly on the back cover and no Her Majesty on the label.

 

I was surprised at how good it sounds as the previous time I'd heard this album was 25 years ago on my first hi-fi system when I wasn't impressed with the sound quality, which at that time I felt was rather vintagey.

 

I now realise that it's a powerful, full frequency range recording.

 

I'd be quite happy to Come Together with anyone else on this forum for an Abbey Road listening session to compare versions / pressings.

 

Interesting, I've just checked out my copy that was a Xmas present in 1969, and I've got the mis-aligned Apple on my back cover and no "Her Majesty" listed on the label. I must have a "true" first pressing then, however it is pretty scratched so it wouldn't be worth much if I was that way inclined, which I'm not.

 

Damn fine record though, played constantly as a young teenager on my old Dansette  Laughing

 

.

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DIB wrote:

lindsayt wrote:

I've just Googled some info on the Abbey Road I bought last year for about £2 (from the car boot sale where I buy about 300 lps per year from various sellers).

 

It's a first pressing - but not a true first pressing (whatever that means?) due to the apple being aligned properly on the back cover and no Her Majesty on the label.

 

I was surprised at how good it sounds as the previous time I'd heard this album was 25 years ago on my first hi-fi system when I wasn't impressed with the sound quality, which at that time I felt was rather vintagey.

 

I now realise that it's a powerful, full frequency range recording.

 

I'd be quite happy to Come Together with anyone else on this forum for an Abbey Road listening session to compare versions / pressings.

 

Interesting, I've just checked out my copy that was a Xmas present in 1969, and I've got the mis-aligned Apple on my back cover and no "Her Majesty" listed on the label. I must have a "true" first pressing then, however it is pretty scratched so it wouldn't be worth much if I was that way inclined, which I'm not.

 

Damn fine record though, played constantly as a young teenager on my old Dansette  Laughing

 

.

 

When I think of some of the rubbish gear  (cheap BSR's with no brand cartridges) I've played my records on its amazing they're not in worse shape.

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Spectre wrote:

DIB wrote:

lindsayt wrote:

I've just Googled some info on the Abbey Road I bought last year for about £2 (from the car boot sale where I buy about 300 lps per year from various sellers).

 

It's a first pressing - but not a true first pressing (whatever that means?) due to the apple being aligned properly on the back cover and no Her Majesty on the label.

 

I was surprised at how good it sounds as the previous time I'd heard this album was 25 years ago on my first hi-fi system when I wasn't impressed with the sound quality, which at that time I felt was rather vintagey.

 

I now realise that it's a powerful, full frequency range recording.

 

I'd be quite happy to Come Together with anyone else on this forum for an Abbey Road listening session to compare versions / pressings.

 

Interesting, I've just checked out my copy that was a Xmas present in 1969, and I've got the mis-aligned Apple on my back cover and no "Her Majesty" listed on the label. I must have a "true" first pressing then, however it is pretty scratched so it wouldn't be worth much if I was that way inclined, which I'm not.

 

Damn fine record though, played constantly as a young teenager on my old Dansette  Laughing

 

.

 

When I think of some of the rubbish gear  (cheap BSR's with no brand cartridges) I've played my records on its amazing they're not in worse shape.

 

Tell me about it!

 

It's my biggest regret (hi-fi wise anyway) that I didn't look after my records better all those years ago. Parties, lending them to mates,  leaving them lying around on the floor etc etc.  Like you, I'm amazed just how good most of them still sound today, though with a few inevitable pops and crackles.

 

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RE: Abbey Road

DIB wrote:

Spectre wrote:

DIB wrote:

lindsayt wrote:

I've just Googled some info on the Abbey Road I bought last year for about £2 (from the car boot sale where I buy about 300 lps per year from various sellers).

 

It's a first pressing - but not a true first pressing (whatever that means?) due to the apple being aligned properly on the back cover and no Her Majesty on the label.

 

I was surprised at how good it sounds as the previous time I'd heard this album was 25 years ago on my first hi-fi system when I wasn't impressed with the sound quality, which at that time I felt was rather vintagey.

 

I now realise that it's a powerful, full frequency range recording.

 

I'd be quite happy to Come Together with anyone else on this forum for an Abbey Road listening session to compare versions / pressings.

 

Interesting, I've just checked out my copy that was a Xmas present in 1969, and I've got the mis-aligned Apple on my back cover and no "Her Majesty" listed on the label. I must have a "true" first pressing then, however it is pretty scratched so it wouldn't be worth much if I was that way inclined, which I'm not.

 

Damn fine record though, played constantly as a young teenager on my old Dansette  Laughing

 

.

 

When I think of some of the rubbish gear  (cheap BSR's with no brand cartridges) I've played my records on its amazing they're not in worse shape.

 

Tell me about it!

 

It's my biggest regret (hi-fi wise anyway) that I didn't look after my records better all those years ago. Parties, lending them to mates,  leaving them lying around on the floor etc etc.  Like you, I'm amazed just how good most of them still sound today, though with a few inevitable pops and crackles.

 

.

 

  Most of my old LPs still sound pretty good . That's because I had no mates and didn't get invited to parties !

 

     Nick

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Yeah being unpopular can pay off in the long run, these days I don't give a hoot about that stuff. 

Some of my favorite LP's have distorted sound on passages with high amounts of needle modulation. Clearly this is where the cheap stylus I used thought "to hell with this I'm cutting my own groove" Fortunately for me I've discovered Discogs.

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The good news with records that have been played with an old spade of a stylus is that they can often sound fine with a high quality cartridge. This is because the high quality cartridge is likely to have a different tip radius and therefore sit in an unworn part of the groove.

 

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Funny that LP playback is reaching its Zenith now.

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Funny that LP playback is reaching its Zenith now.

 

  So , do you think it is now as good as it is going to get , or is it possible for more improvements  ?

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Hi Guys,

 

I did some digging into the vinyl releases and it seems that there are no plans to release Vinyl this year (there's nothing on Amazon anymore). Possibly next year to coincide with the 50th aniversary of the first Beatles' release...

 

Can I ask - where is the best place to buy old classics like Beatles albums? 

I went into Beatdown records in Newcastle the other day, and they had some ranging in price from a tenner up to about 40 quid. But i"m not experienced enough in records to know what I'm buying yet. How do I know what I'm purchasing is going to sound OK?

 

Most of them had stickers on saying VG+, I assume this is a minimum quality for buying old records?? 

Is Discogs the best place online to buy old classic LPs?

 

THanks!

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