Has anyone had any experience with the recent Talk Talk re-issues? I currently own all their albums apart from the apparently essential 'Spirit of Eden'. Originals are around online, but will probably set me back around £30. I can imagine this pressing is wafer thin, as was the style of EMI in the late 80s.
Are the recent 180g re-issues any good? Bear in mind my Colour of Spring is an original 80s press (again wafer thin) and it's one of the best sounding records I own. I do also prefer sound to be as true to the original as possible - nothing too heavily remastered or 'tampered' with.
In my experience & assessment, it all just depends on what pressing plant was used to press the records. Some place are excellent, but a lot of them are shit! I find most imports from Europe or Japan to be quite good, most notably Japan & Germany.
My advice to you would be to type the name of the record label you purchase your records from on Google, find out what pressing plant the record company you deal with uses to press your records, then find a forum online about the record pressing plant you would like to know about, and you might get the information you are looking for.
Again, it all depends, but purchasing newer pressings are actually more of a trial & error than even the 80's pressings to be honest. With 80's pressings, as long as they are stored properly, they should be of just as excellent quality in terms of sound as these new modern 180 gram pressings. In fact, I have even found a lot of newer modern 180 gram pressings to have manufacturer defects such as scuffs & scratches, which back in the 80's, such things as this would have NEVER made it past the quality control at the pressing plants. That is the exact problem I think of a lot of the newer modern pressing plants: QUALITY CONTROL SUCKS!
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