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The Band - The Band

Simply Vinyl Debunked

  (Item #: band_band_svlp_debunk) 



Sonic Grade: D

A Hall of Shame Pressing

Made from an English dub tape, the Simply Vinyl pressing, like most British imports of albums by The Band, is pure mud. The exception is Music from Big Pink, which can actually sound quite good on British vinyl. The Simply Vinyl pressing of that album, however, is every bit as bad as this one. Both are a waste of money.

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Blondie - Parallel Lines

Simply Vinyl & EMI 180 Debunked

  (Item #: blondparal_debunk_180) 



Sonic Grade: D

Both Hall of Shame Pressings

EMI and Simply Vinyl both released Heavy Vinyl versions of the album with little sonic success. I remember being underwhelmed by the Simply Vinyl version, the perfect example of the smeary sub-gen sound you get when a record is made from a dub tape. The EMI 180 was brighter and thinner and every bit as wrong in its own way. Choosing among them would have been difficult. The best choice: none of the above.

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David Bowie - Ziggy Stardust

Simply Vinyl & EMI Debunked

  (Item #: bowieziggy_svlp) 



Sonic Grade: D

This version sounds just like the EMI that came out in the '90s; in short, not very good.

Check out our Heavy Vinyl Scorecard to read all about the latest winners and losers.

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Crowded House - Woodface

A Simply Vinyl Winner

  (Item #: crowdwoodf_simply_vinyl) 



Sonic Grade: B (or better!)

Woodface easily meets the definition of a Desert Island Disc. I've played it hundreds of times and enjoy it more with each play, which insures that on my desert island I'll never get sick of it. To my way of thinking it contains some of the most original, melodic, hook-laden, sophisticated popular music recorded in the last twenty years. Astonishingly (to me, anyway) it didn't even chart here in the states, a sad commentary about the state of the music biz, a state that only seems to worsen as the decades roll on.

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Derek and the Dominos - Layla (2 LPs)

Remastering the Remaster (and Keeping It a Secret)

  (Item #: dereklayla_SVLP_revisited) 



NEWSFLASH! [circa 2010]

Noticing that this title had recently come back into print, and remembering that we used to like the SVLP of Layla, we decided to order a current copy of the album from SIMPLY VINYL. Soon enough it came in, we played it, and we were pretty shocked to hear that the damn thing sounded just plain AWFUL.

Was I wrong about it before? Only one way to know. I pulled out my old Review Copy from way back when it first came out and sure enough that early pressing sounded dramatically BETTER than the new one. The stampers were completely different of course; someone had remastered it recently and ruined it.

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Dire Straits - Brothers in Arms

Simply Vinyl Reviewed

  (Item #: diresbroth_simply_vinyl) 



Sonic Grade: B

This older Simply Vinyl pressing (with the gold SVLP sticker) actually sounds pretty good. It certainly is one of the most ANALOG sounding versions I’ve heard, high praise in my book.

We've recommended it in the past. It's a nice record (if you can get your hands on one) but it's not really a match for our Hot Stamper pressings. The multiple copies we auditioned did darn good for a Heavy Vinyl reissue and substantially better than the average pressing, hence the "B" grade.

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Fairport Convention - Unhalfbricking

Simply Vinyl Reviewed

  (Item #: fairpunhal_simply_vinyl) 



Sonic Grade: B

One of the better Simply Vinyl recuts. We haven't played a copy of it in years, but back in the day we liked it, so let's call it a "B" with the caveat that the older the review, the more likely we are to have changed our minds. Not sure if we would still agree with what we wrote back in the '90s when this record came out, but here it is anyway. "This 180 gram LP comes recommended, with very good English sound (smooth, rich) for this early Richard Thompson folk music, with the wonderful Sandy Denny on vocals. Happily, not your standard audiophile fare."

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Fleetwood Mac - Peter Green’s Fleetwood Mac

A Simply Vinyl Winner

  (Item #: fleetpeter_svlp) 



Sonic Grade: B

160 gram Simply Vinyl pressing of this EXCELLENT LP. This is the early, BLUESY Mac, about as far from Rumours as you can get. The sound here is excellent -- dark and smooth like a good British Blues album should be.

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Genesis - Abacab

Simply Vinyl Debunked

  (Item #: genesabaca_svlp) 



Sonic Grade: F

A Hall of Shame pressing and another Simply Vinyl pressing debunked.

Dreadful sound.

Check out our Rock and Jazz Heavy Vinyl Scorecard to read all about the latest winners and losers.

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Elton John - Elton John

180g Universal & Simply Vinyl Debunked

  (Item #: john_elton_debunked) 



Sonic Grade: F

Both Hall of Shame Pressings.

A dismal effort on the part of both these companies.

Check out our Heavy Vinyl Scorecard to read all about the latest winners and losers.

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Harry Nilsson - Nilsson Schmilsson

Simply Vinyl Debunked

  (Item #: nilssschmi_simply_vinyl) 



Sonic Grade: F

A Hall of Shame Pressing.

Awful in every way.

Check out our Heavy Vinyl Scorecard to read all about the latest winners and losers.

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Gerry Rafferty - City To City

Simply Vinyl Debunked

  (Item #: raffecityt_svlp) 



Sonic Grade: F

A Hall of Shame pressing and another Simply Vinyl pressing debunked.

We had two copies of the Heavy Simply Vinyl pressing to audition as part of our last big shootout a few years back. We used to actually like it, but it now sounds worse than we remember, especially in the low end, which is a blurry mess. Better than any domestic copy I suppose, but that's not really saying much.

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Roxy Music - Avalon

A Simply Vinyl Mastering Success? Or Is It?

  (Item #: roxymavalo_scorecard) 



Sonic Grade: B (I'm guessing)

[These notes were written many years ago, which means that even we may not agree with some or all of the commentary.]

This version just plain KILLS most domestic copies and probably quite a few Brit ones too. Simply Vinyl did a superb job here.

Correction: an unnamed mastering engineer at the label did a superb job. Simply Vinyl isn’t in the business of mastering ANYTHING. They leave that up to the pros at the record labels. Sometimes those guys screw it up and sometimes they get it right.

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In Defense of Simply Vinyl

Are Their LPs Really Worse Than Anybody Else’s?

  (Item #: simplyvinyl) 



Making Movies on Simply Vinyl had been out of print for quite a while, so when it was repressed recently we took the opportunity to give it a fresh spin and were SHOCKED -- that’s right, SHOCKED -- to hear how good it sounded, every bid as good as we remember from years ago. It sounded like a good British import, not some 180 gram remastered wannabe. Most 180 gram records don’t do anything for us these days [circa 2008] -- they leave a lot to be desired as we point out left and right in our commentaries -- but here’s a wonderful exception to the dismal heavy vinyl rule.

But it is a good British (or Dutch, same thing) import, because Simply Vinyl is not in the remastering business.

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The Who - Tommy

Simply Vinyl Reviewed

  (Item #: who__tommy_svlp) 



Sonic Grade: B

One of the BEST titles on Simply Vinyl! Better than the Classic version, that’s for sure. This one has the bass that’s all but missing from the new 200 gram pressing.

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