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Title: Good pressing thread
Post by: placebo on July 11, 2013, 08:11:53 PM
We have a cr@p pressing thread but there are some good New pressings out there which I believe should be shared.New pressings please.

1)Paul Simon-Graceland.25th Anniversary Edition 180gm.Distributed by Sony Records.Cost R280.00. Beats the
original on quality.Original pressing by Warner Bros.I have both pressings.
Title: Re: Good pressing thread
Post by: oradba69 on July 12, 2013, 05:23:33 AM
All Stockfish records.
Title: Good pressing thread
Post by: Hi-Phibian on July 12, 2013, 05:36:16 AM
All Stockfish records.

Now we need a real music on good pressings thread. Sara K quite nice but not too sure about the rest.
Title: Re: Good pressing thread
Post by: Steve Strange on July 12, 2013, 05:45:57 AM
Ed zachary

That is an awesome point - these audiophile pressings have the worst kind of music on it - I certainly fell into the trap and bought a stockfish or similar  lp and listening to it is like pulling teeth

Then again I guess I do listen to strange stuff - but I would not listen to it if someone suggests it will make my system sound like a million bucks

My current favourite labels for great pressings -Original pressings

- Linn
- Kitchenware
- Rough Trade
- ECM
- Japo
- Verve
- Blue Note
- Nautilus
- MOFI
- Simply Vinyl

Steve
Title: Re: Good pressing thread
Post by: Steve Strange on July 12, 2013, 05:53:59 AM
Of the new and  re-issue labels - these I often seek out

- Music on Vinyl
- Light in the Attic
- Sub Pop
- Jagjaguwar
- Domino
- Rhino
- Back to Black series

Steve
Title: Re: Good pressing thread
Post by: Gotchaman on July 12, 2013, 08:04:52 AM
Gents,
I demo'ed a vinyl 180 gram kings of Leon...it was garbage and expensive.

Then I listened to a jack Johnson (same label pressing) and it was brill...

So I have no idea to be sure my money is not wasted...would be great to be able to demo.

Anyone listened to the Alison Kraus & union station latest pressings?
Title: Re: Good pressing thread
Post by: alternativeroute on July 12, 2013, 08:13:36 AM
Now we need a real music on good pressings thread. Sara K quite nice but not too sure about the rest.

 :BWAHAHAH: but it's audiophile  :ROFLMAO:
Title: Re: Good pressing thread
Post by: carl on July 12, 2013, 08:27:13 AM
Gotchaman, Alison Krauss & Union Station's 'Paper Aeroplanes' is both an excellent pressing and an excellent LP!
Title: Re: Good pressing thread
Post by: Rod on July 12, 2013, 09:47:40 AM
My few cents worth. 

Original Pressings -

Nimbus Supercuts
Mofi
Sheffield Labs

Current/reissue pressings -

MOFI
Music on vinyl
Tacet
Impex
ORG
ANALOGUE PRODUCTIONS
Music Matters
Speaker corner
Pure pleasure records
Stockfisch

Another fact to consider is to follow the mastering/cutting engineer that you like - EG George Peckham known for his trade mark inscription in the dead wax - "porky" or "Porky prime cut"

Title: Re: Good pressing thread
Post by: Steve Strange on July 12, 2013, 09:54:41 AM
Also add

Original pressings

Virgin
Dindisc
4AD

Re-issue

4 men with beards
Title: Re: Good pressing thread
Post by: Steve Strange on July 12, 2013, 10:22:05 AM
You cannot go wrong with anything on

Factory
Deutsche Grammophon
Bizzare
RCA Living Stereo
Capital Full Spectrum
Brain
Marmalade
Blue Horizon
Decca FFSS
Decca FFRR
Title: Re: Good pressing thread
Post by: Steve Strange on July 12, 2013, 10:29:42 AM
For great sounding lps also check out

One little indian
EG
Music for Nations
Roadrunner
Reprise - early pressings
Elektra

Title: Re: Good pressing thread
Post by: oradba69 on July 12, 2013, 12:45:54 PM
Now we need a real music on good pressings thread. Sara K quite nice but not too sure about the rest.
Agree.
Title: Re: Good pressing thread
Post by: Prince on July 12, 2013, 02:01:16 PM
 8)

-made this Topic a sticky...

-think its a goog source of information for would be vinyl buyers wrt pressings...

 :clap:
Title: Re: Good pressing thread
Post by: Steve Strange on July 13, 2013, 02:46:59 PM
Just come back from my local auction and came home 4 crates of mixed masala

Spinning a few and came across these two lps which sounf effing funtastic

Sade on local Epic and Bob James and Earl Klugh on Tappan Zee - brilliant pressings both
Title: Re: Good pressing thread
Post by: Steve Strange on July 13, 2013, 02:58:00 PM
Just pulled out The Ahmad Jamal Trio The awakening on a local pressed Impulse - brilliant
Title: Re: Good pressing thread
Post by: mikemidrand on July 30, 2013, 06:41:54 AM
Steve. Please help me find these:
Rough Trade LIVE - Birds of a feather
All Sheffield Labs Direct From The Masters - Direct Cut
Title: Re: Good pressing thread
Post by: Supergrand on July 30, 2013, 09:15:22 AM


Sade on local Epic and Bob James and Earl Klugh on Tappan Zee - brilliant pressings both

Yes there are some local pressings which sound very good. My experience:

Trutone
Mercury,
CBS (some of them)

Particular albums (sorry, not at home so can't check the labels:
Roy Orbison "Mystery Girl",
Phil Collins "But Seriously",
Dire Straits "Communique"
Title: Re: Good pressing thread
Post by: frikkie on July 30, 2013, 11:29:27 AM
Yes there are some local pressings which sound very good. My experience:

Trutone
Mercury,
CBS (some of them)

Particular albums (sorry, not at home so can't check the labels:
Roy Orbison "Mystery Girl",
Phil Collins "But Seriously",
Dire Straits "Communique"

One of my best sounding, quietest pressings is a local RCA-labeled LP of Cowboy Junkies - The Caution Horses. A really thin, really cheap-looking record, but my word, does it sound fantastic...
Title: Re: Good pressing thread
Post by: goonchild on August 13, 2013, 12:27:43 AM
These labels also made some super pressings:

Argo
Klöckner-Moeller
Nonesuch
l’Oiseau-Lyre
Westminster (bought by Deutsche Grammo. in the mid '60s)

A benefit of Westminster discs is that being such great, weighty slabs of vinyl they can do real damage at close quarters or, with practice, enable Oddjob-style decapitations.
Title: Good pressing thread
Post by: Hi-Phibian on August 13, 2013, 07:23:28 AM
One of my best sounding, quietest pressings is a local RCA-labeled LP of Cowboy Junkies - The Caution Horses. A really thin, really cheap-looking record, but my word, does it sound fantastic...

Possibly stamped in low volume. I have it too, not found an import yet.
Title: Good pressing thread
Post by: Hi-Phibian on August 13, 2013, 07:26:04 AM
Japanese vinyl. Most basic commercial pressings are superb. The original mofi was pressed in Japan too, leaves the new stuff in the dust I think.
Title: Re: Good pressing thread
Post by: robertl on September 23, 2013, 08:42:15 AM
i have a few of the following, which sounded
great the last time they were played
Capitol/Toshiba-Emi Japanese pressing
Epic/Sony Japanese pressing
Cbs half-speed mastered pressing
Windham Hill Records
cheers
Title: Re: Good pressing thread
Post by: Ricketysmurf on October 24, 2013, 08:54:59 PM
Ed zachary

That is an awesome point - these audiophile pressings have the worst kind of music on it - I certainly fell into the trap and bought a stockfish or similar  lp and listening to it is like pulling teeth.

Steve
Hey Steve

How was the Stockfisch Demo Disc you took from me the other day....   ;D

Andy
Title: Re: Good pressing thread
Post by: chrisc on December 22, 2013, 03:27:37 PM
Friend bought me from Rough Trade LP record store in London "Girl on a Motorbike" a re-issue of the 1968 film with Marianne Faithfull and Alain Delon.  Music is unbelievably crap but I have never heard such a silent surface.  The LP itself is 5mm thick and very heavy.  I see the record cost £19.99 which is not expensive for new vinyl
Title: Re: Good pressing thread
Post by: Jemplyr on May 25, 2014, 12:25:27 AM
Gents,
I demo'ed a vinyl 180 gram kings of Leon...it was garbage and expensive.

Then I listened to a jack Johnson (same label pressing) and it was brill...

So I have no idea to be sure my money is not wasted...would be great to be able to demo.

Anyone listened to the Alison Kraus & union station latest pressings?

Yes, on the  Alison Kraus, paper airplane it's called. Sounded very good. I have her live cd double album very good, and old stuff "two highways" also on cd.. sure these are on frisbee. I love her and union station. My wife turned me into her years ago. She listened to then as a teenager in Alabama. All so we'll recorded.
Title: Re: Good pressing thread
Post by: tinchelius on August 30, 2014, 12:28:33 PM
Original master recording?
Title: Re: Good pressing thread
Post by: valvesound on September 01, 2014, 08:58:18 AM
For what its worth, the locally available  alison krauss and roger plant 'raising sand' pressing is good.
Title: Re: Good pressing thread
Post by: colonel66 on September 01, 2014, 11:39:29 AM
Japanese vinyl. Most basic commercial pressings are superb. The original mofi was pressed in Japan too, leaves the new stuff in the dust I think.

i totally agree plus the 2nd i have purchased have been in exemplary condition - shipping from japan is the only issue - a touch expensive
Title: Re: Good pressing thread
Post by: placebo on September 01, 2014, 07:39:18 PM
i totally agree plus the 2nd i have purchased have been in exemplary condition - shipping from japan is the only issue - a touch expensive
The Japanese pressings are great but I refuse to pay 50 USD plus shipping for the ones I want which are 2nd hand.
Title: Re: Good pressing thread
Post by: Phase on April 27, 2015, 04:49:28 AM
My best sounding pressing,

Eric Clapton unplugged

THE NUMBER ONE 1992 ALBUM WHICH GARNERED SIX GRAMMY AWARDS
including Album of the year, record of the year...

What a brilliant recording, sounds absolutely superb!
Title: Re: Good pressing thread
Post by: valvesound on June 05, 2015, 08:41:11 AM
My wife bought me this album yesterday from Musica. Of almost all the new pressings I have bought from Musica of late this 40th aniversary re-release  is one of the best sounding. I must say I have bought some horrible new pressings but this one is great!
(http://i1339.photobucket.com/albums/o714/wapienaar/LZ_zpspxg2mrbn.jpg) (http://s1339.photobucket.com/user/wapienaar/media/LZ_zpspxg2mrbn.jpg.html)
Title: Re: Good pressing thread
Post by: JohnnyIC on June 15, 2015, 04:52:28 PM
Does anyone have a copy of Led Zeppelin - Remasters? The 1990 one. How does it sound?
Title: Re: Good pressing thread
Post by: stereotype on June 26, 2015, 12:07:38 PM
One of my best sounding records:

Greatest Hits of America
180g remastered vinyl by Friday Music

(http://www.elusivedisc.com/images/FRMLP2894-Large.jpg)
Title: Re: Good pressing thread
Post by: JonnyP on November 19, 2015, 09:14:14 PM
Not sure if this should be a good pressing or heads up but Musica have Miles Davis albums on Colombia legacy pressings for R200 they are very good (the ones I bought anyway)
Title: Re: Good pressing thread
Post by: fdlsys on December 25, 2015, 12:08:17 PM
^ Poor (faded) cover print didn't look promising, but I can confirm that "Legacy Vinyl" 180g Miles Davis "Kind of Blue" vinyl pressing is top notch. EXCELLENT, one of the best I have.
Title: Re: Good pressing thread
Post by: TriodeFan on October 28, 2016, 10:01:12 AM
I've had good luck with Rudi van Gelder jazz recording, re-released on 'Prestige' ... really excellent some of the finest I have ... they are mostly mono, btw, although as much is often not stated on the sleeve ... I have original 'London Jazz' pressings (i.e. Decca's early jazz label), and I honestly think the new Prestige pressing compare favorably! 

if its 1950 to late 1960's with Rudi van Gelder on the dial, then its 'supposed' to be mono ... hehe
Title: Re: Good pressing thread
Post by: colonel66 on November 12, 2016, 06:18:17 AM
if its 1950 to late 1960's with Rudi van Gelder on the dial, then its 'supposed' to be mono ... hehe

The RvG mono myth!  :sd:

Between March 1957 and 30 October 1958, RvG recorded sessions with dual masters - i.e. One mono and one stereo. Anything RvG recorded from 1 November 1958 was recorded in stereo only. There was no mono master. Mono releases from 1 November 1958 were "mixed down" from the stereo master  :whip:

The myth that the monos were better depends on the recording date

I love the RvG sound  :groovy:- especially the way he captures brass instruments - recording  piano was not exactly his strong suit IMO. But I reckon modern engineers need to revisit these records to hear what was being achieved back then. Far more natural sound than many a modern recording.

The Analog Productions re-releases are awesome
Title: Re: Good pressing thread
Post by: marantz123 on April 16, 2017, 08:28:55 PM
Perla - 'Confidencias' -RCA Victor 1982 pressing. Amazing vocalist and is up there with Sade  Diamond Life - Epic pressing 1984. Also..Carmina Burana...Telarc pressing is brilliant and is far better than the German Tulip pressing. Also really impressive and seemingly well mastered is Earth Wind & Fire  "Gratitude" -live double album best recordings from their 2-year tour of the West & East Coast of USA 1974-1976. Phase 4 Decca recordings are also impressive. Spin these on a well tweaked idler drive and an amazing journey awaits.  :)
Title: Re: Good pressing thread
Post by: marantz123 on April 16, 2017, 08:42:27 PM
Sorry..forgot details on Earth Wind Fire...its  CBS pressing...all tracks are brilliant..but "New World Symphony" on the second disc is mind blowingly awesome!
Title: Re: Good pressing thread
Post by: Jazzy on April 17, 2017, 03:51:32 AM
Thanks for the info and feedback on the Gratitude album! Have wondered for years if this is a good buy.