If you've looked into this release, or really the whole series of 75th anniversary releases at all then you've probably heard that they are more or less embarrassments. Sadly this is true, at least for the two copies I've received.
The first was slightly warped with many scuffs and a few scratches. The lead in to side A doesn't track properly, Blue Train has a noticeable click in the first 30 seconds of the song (this seems to be an issue with the stamper as the same clicks are present on my replacement), spindle hole was far too tight and had some excess vinyl still attached, and there is quite a bit of surface noise throughout. If I were to list this copy for sale, I wouldn't grade it higher than VG.
My replacement copy, while much better, still has a few scuffs and the aforementioned click in Blue Train as well as far more surface noise than it should have.
I really wish that record labels would stop using United to press great albums until they got their act together. What a terrible treatment given to great recording.
The saddest part is, besides the QC issues, this seems to be a well mastered release of a timeless recording.
One last thing to mention is that Amazon was quick to send a replacement and I have no doubt that they'd send yet another if I asked. I'm sticking with the second one, as I doubt United did much better than what I have.
- Vinyl (4 April 2014)
- Original Release Date: 28 March 2014
- Number of Discs: 1
- Label: Decca Records
- Run Time: 42 minutes
- ASIN: B00HG30CD4
- Other Editions: Audio CD | DVD Audio | Vinyl
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- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,068 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)