Back To Black
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Vinyl, Import, 7 June 2007
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- Is Discontinued By Manufacturer : No
- Product Dimensions : 31.19 x 31.19 x 0.51 cm; 295.97 Grams
- Manufacturer : X6SEF
- Manufacturer reference : 173 412 8
- Original Release Date : 2007
- Batteries : 1 AA batteries required.
- Label : X6SEF
- ASIN : B000P5FG1I
- Country of origin : USA
- Number of discs : 1
- Best Sellers Rank: 218 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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Limited edition vinyl LP pressing of the uber-successful sophomore album from this UK vocalist. Although her 2003 debut was a success, her rowdy offstage behavior became the focus of tabloids and critics instead of the music. Because of this, Winehouse stepped out of the spotlight and concentrated on putting the focus back on her music. Three years later, her sophomore release surprised critics and excited her fan base. Combining a strong, Jazzy vocal style with often frank lyrical content recounting tales of love and loss, Winehouse is a truly talented songwriter with a good ear for melody, making this album an essential purchase. Universal.
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Back to Black
This is the second studio album by the late singer. The album was co-produced by her close friend Mark Ronson and features the singles 'Rehab', 'You Know I'm No Good', 'Back to Black', 'Tears Dry On Their Own' and 'Love Is a Losing Game'.
Amy Winehouse's second album, Back to Black, is one of the finest soul albums, British or otherwise, to come out for years. Frank, her first album, was a sparse and stripped-down affair; Back to Black, meanwhile, is neither of these things. This time around, she's taken her inspiration from some of the classic 1960's girl groups like the Supremes and the Shangri-Las, a sound particularly suited to her textured vocal delivery, while adding a contemporary songwriting sensibility. With the help of producers Mark Ronson and Salaam Remi, "Rehab" becomes a gospel-tinged stomp, while the title track (and album highlight) is a heartbreaking musical tribute to Phil Spector, with it's echoey bass drum, rhythmic piano, chimes, saxophone and close harmonies. Best of all, though, is the fact that Back to Black bucks the current trend in R&B by being unabashedly grown-up in both style and content. Winehouse's lyrics deal with relationships from a grown-up perspective, and are honest, direct and, often, complicated: on "You Know I'm No Good", she's unapologetic about her unfaithfulness. But she can also be witty, as on "Me & Mrs Jones" when she berates a boyfriend with "You made me miss the Slick Rick gig". Back to Black is a refreshingly mature soul album, the best of its kind for years. -Ted Kord
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• Clarity – OK but vocals occasionally get swamped
• Channel separation - good
• Channel balance – very good clear with stable instrument placement
• Sound Stage – ok, quite wide and rich. The good channel balance and stable instrument placement help create a warm, realistic and intimate sound stage
• Distortion – On the whole none but occasionally some on the vocals as they push into the higher registers
• Compression – good dynamic range brings the recording alive
• Atmosphere – an intimate atmosphere like a small club
• Bass – low frequencies – reasonable, the bass guitar and kick drum are little muted but remain tight
• Treble – high frequencies – the cymbals are excellent and resonate very well sounding life like. The horns are distinct and lifelike.
• Vocals – very clear and well articulated without being at the expense of the other instruments. There is good dynamic range.
As a general rule of thumb recordings from the 1960’s, 70’s and 80’s are nearly always better on the original vinyl. Remasters often fail to please as it’s just not possible to make a silk purse from a sows ear, i.e. the original recording lacks the necessary detail to be processed digitally and show an audible improvement. Indeed such processing can make the sound worse.
Modern recordings which have been processed digitally from start to finish can be as good as vinyl. CD’s are often unfairly criticised for being poor quality. This is not the case, it is the original recording or the process which is to blame. Modern “remasters” can both enhance and degrade a recording. The statement GIGO (Garbage In Garbage Out) is the limiting factor. Ignore this at your cost.