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markmck79

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Oof... so here's currently what I'm going to look to get replaced:

-Maiden Voyage has some surface noise, particularly on the opening track.
-1+1 - both records probably have the worst warps in the box and the first record in particular has some terrible pops on Side A.
-The River - first record is fine but the second record is ATROCIOUS. Just this horrible swooshing and distortion all throughout Side C. Is this surface noise? An off-center record? I have no idea but it really, really sucks. I haven't even listened to Side D yet, not sure if I should even bother.

I need to give VSOP another listen before making videos of everything. In my email to VMP I also might gripe a bit about Head Hunters' warp as well but at least it's listenable unlike the above.

Because I want to try and be a glass-is-half-full sort of fella, I will again state The Piano is amazing, Takin' Off and Future Shock have no issues of note, and Head Hunters would be perfect if it didn't have that dish warp. Oh and no complaints on the packaging, everything is absolutely beautiful.
I have similar issues...all are pressing issues ultimately and all are on GZ. I have no qualms with requesting replacements.
 

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Just submitted my request for replacements. I did include Head Hunters because seriously, guys:


Update: I'm getting me some replacements! Based on the shipping notification they're only going to be the records themselves, hopefully they'll be well packed (and flat).
 
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Received this from VMP today:

“Join us on Friday, 5/7 at 2pm PT / 5pm ET on Crowdcast for our capstone AMA (Ask Me Anything) video episode featuring VMP's Classics & Country Director, Andrew Winistorfer and Stephen Anderson, VMP's Music Operations Coordinator! You'll get a behind-the-scenes look at everything that went into making this box set a reality, from how the albums were picked to the 20+ test pressings of 1+1.

The best question asked will receive $25 in VMP Store Credit, so be sure to drop your questions into the chat box in advance of the recording!”

Interesting as I thought 1+1 had the relatively worst SQ of the box and was the only double album that I requested replacements of both records...
 

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Just popping in here to say how stunning Herbie Hancock's 'The Piano' is. I have quite a few solo piano jazz albums now and this has to be the most beautiful sounding of the bunch. The jump from V.S.O.P. - Live Under the Sky to this is staggering in terms of musical approach and it's clearly a great way to highlight Herbie's versatility as a musician.

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Just popping in here to say how stunning Herbie Hancock's 'The Piano' is. I have quite a few solo piano jazz albums now and this has to be the most beautiful sounding of the bunch. The jump from V.S.O.P. - Live Under the Sky to this is staggering in terms of musical approach and it's clearly a great way to highlight Herbie's versatility as a musician.

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This is the one album that was pulling me to get this set. Really wish this was released separately as well.
 

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That's very cool they added the Obi's for the japanese releases.

But it goes to show....they DO know what an Obi strip is and how to make one.
They have also reproduced any inserts which would have been included in the original releases. In the case of the Japan-only releases (including The Piano) this includes the original Japanese liner notes sheet and the Master Sounds product sheet. V.S.O.P also included the Direct Disk product sheet/process.

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They have also reproduced any inserts which would have been included in the original releases. In the case of the Japan-only releases (including The Piano) this includes the original Japanese liner notes sheet and the Master Sounds product sheet. V.S.O.P also included the Direct Disk product sheet/process.

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Wow. And we're sure VMP produced this themselves? The attention to detail is so unlike them.
 

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Okay, on the fence about grabbing one of these sets. Whats the consensus, so far seems like a crapshoot in terms of QA but is the sound worth chasing clean copies?
 

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Okay, on the fence about grabbing one of these sets. Whats the consensus, so far seems like a crapshoot in terms of QA but is the sound worth chasing clean copies?
3 LPs in, all 3 are fantastic sounding. 1 warp I'd like to replace but can live with, 2 pretty much flawless discs. If that ratio holds, it is worth it.
 

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Okay, on the fence about grabbing one of these sets. Whats the consensus, so far seems like a crapshoot in terms of QA but is the sound worth chasing clean copies?

Pretty much. The good copies sound amazing, and I'm hoping that the replacements will take care of the rest. I should have those in-hand early next week.

Another factor to consider is how many of these albums you're missing from your collection. If you already have good-quality copies of the Blue Note records and Head Hunters, it might be a bit harder to justify the cost/potential replacement hassle. But if you're like me and was missing most of these albums, I think it might be worth it.
 

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Pretty much. The good copies sound amazing, and I'm hoping that the replacements will take care of the rest. I should have those in-hand early next week.

Another factor to consider is how many of these albums you're missing from your collection. If you already have good-quality copies of the Blue Note records and Head Hunters, it might be a bit harder to justify the cost/potential replacement hassle. But if you're like me and was missing most of these albums, I think it might be worth it.
all of them, don't have any herbie yet hahaha. Been waiting on the BN classic series for Maiden Voyage and the AP headhunters
 
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