Been browsing the forum since getting a new Pro-ject Debut Carbon for christmas and have been thoroughly enjoying all my old vinyl, I'd forgotten how good it could sound.
The temptation to buy some new vinyl has been strong but the ridiculous cost has been enough to prevent me succumbing (the last new vinyl I bought would probably have been 'The Bends' or 'Worst Case Scenario' (dEUS)).
Fortunately (?) I was out of the country on Record Store Day so another temptation hurdle was avoided (particularly the re-issues of 'Metamatic' and 'Nightclubbing').
However, last week my resistance finally crumbled and I forked out twenty quid for the slab of vinyl called 'Lazaretto'. I figured it was a safe bet given Jack White's proclaimed love of the format. I have to say I am very disappointed. Not with the music, nor the recording, nor the mastering but the pressing. Far more surface noise than any of my old vinyl and a generous scattering of pops and clicks throughout.
This is exactly what made me finally give up on vinyl in the mid-nineties.
This raises a number of questions which I'd be delighted to hear some opinions on.
Have I just got a duff copy or is this common for this release? Indeed, is it a consequence of the gimmicks employed?
If so, is there any likelihood that returning it would result in me obtaining a better copy?
Or am I expecting too much, and this is the accepted standard for all modern vinyl?