Wednesday, May 06, 2015
Recently-Acquired Vinyl LP of the Day #14: Belle & Sebastian 'Push Barman to Open Old Wounds'
As with the recent acquisition blogged but yesterday, the decision to invest in the triple(!) vinyl pressing of Belle & Sebastian’s ‘Push Barman to Open Old Wounds’ was motivated in the main by a desire to hear songs so familiar from their digital form on CD in the analogue context that, romantically, somehow seems to be the most appropriate for the fullest appreciation of their charms, manifest as they already are in other formats. The widescreen artwork might have been a contributory factor too, as can be appreciated.
It’s disappointing to report, however, that the sound issuing forth from the vinyl doesn’t quite cut the mustard in the manner one had anticipated, especially as the stylus follows its course over a side of the platter, towards the centre, where the quality seems to deteriorate quite noticeably and badly, rendering the subtleties of the music almost unlistenable – an unsatisfactory transfer to vinyl &, all in all, product, which is a shame indeed (not least considering the £30-plus price tag). I would consider this a fault of my playing system, but it seems common to at least some of the few current pressings in which I’ve invested, & the old, original records (not these ‘heavyweight’ 180gram examples, although I can’t tell/feel the difference anyway) from the Seventies & Eighties don’t suffer the same problem for all that they might be a bit scratchy in places (as to be expected).
Perhaps, indeed, my hardware is of a vintage that won’t do new LPs justice, but it’s a shame all the same, & in this particular instance we’ll be returning to our double CD housed within its ‘bound book’ packaging (a lovely object in itself) for a proper appreciation of what remains fabulous music, a good deal of the cream of B&S.