just joined this forum after reading up on all the problems with those Zeppelin 200 gram albums
i've been collecting 180 gram albums for a few years now, and i have only ran into a couple problems really. but the one thing that really, REALLY just makes me pull my hair out, is a really bad pressing. i should've known better when i saw the first Mr Bungle album on Plain Recordings in 180 gram vinyl. that was a total waste of money. and i shouldve just realized it right from the start and walked away from it. what is really upsetting is that i would classify this under the "WE WANT MONEY" kinda pressings. they didn't bother to think about the length of the album vs how squished the grooves would be. i believe the cd length is around 60-65 minutes ? (it's been awhile since i've owned it) but there aint no way, no matter, no how, they should've even call this a 180 gram pressing. the sound level is so low and quiet that i would call this the worse 180 gram album ever. i even tried testing it thru the VU levels of my tape recorder. and even cranked up to 10, it's no where near hitting the red at all. which i could not believe.....which leads me to this problem
Nirvana - Bleach (double album 20th anniversary reissue on 180 gram white vinyl)
i was totally hyped up when i saw this, well. for not dirt ass cheap, but i thought $35 seemed worth it considering it felt like the entire package weighed up way heavy, heavy duty packaging and whatnots. and then after the 2.5 hour ride back home thinking about how cool this gonna sound at such a loud volume on my stereo, just to find out that it skipped on track 1 side 1 at least 10 times within the first 20 seconds of the song, and then kept doing it here and there. and sure enough. the first song was the only one that did it. so wtf? here i am stuck with an album i didn't end up buying locally where it'd be no problem to take back, but do i really want to go back to the store i bought it at. spend all that gas money. no. i ended up giving it away to a friend and warned him about it. he said he didn't care. which, okay. fine. but still. what's with this thing about just the first song skipping (which i also read alot about from RTI pressed albums)
i wonder if it's coming from the people who are handle the albums when they get packaged. i recentally saw a DOORS ANALOGUE PRODUCTION 45RPM video on youtube, and as much as i'm all for pristine packaging and all that. i couldn't believe that when they were hand folding the gatefold covers, that they were not wearing gloves. they do when they handle the records themselves. so, could it also be from incorrect handeling?
anyways, on the other hand, i'm so glad i didn't pick up any 200 gram Alan Parsons Project albums after reading about all this QA problems with 200 gram albums. i'm not saying i would never own one, but i think i would have better luck with a used copy of it in mint shape.
i now only buy 180 gram albums. i got a buddy who's on the up and up with a distributor here in canada, and i will only get 180 gram albums from. he actually gets release sheets emailed to him, and then he forwards them to me. which is nice, because i can scope out the 180 gram albums that i would want, as opposed to just blowing $200 on ones in a record store. i now have come down to this personal fact that i will only buy 180's if the album warrants owning it in that format. like the recent Ziggy Stardust album, or Ministry's Psalm 69.
i still buy "standard" weight albums, like the last 2 Guided By Voices albums and they seem to sound fine.
as much as i like colored vinyl. i find that white albums are a 50/50 thing. white as i've learned is the softest vinyl out there and i would deam that buyer beware, which made me very cautious about the new HEAVY BLANKET album that ran me almost $50 (but limited to 1000 copies)
and yes, i still buy used crappy thirft store vinyl, but dont go ape**** doing it like i used to 20 years ago