Crate Diggin'

In this section I go over some titles that aren't new release but records I have picked up at my local record stores and thrift shops.

Hello Nasty by Beastie Boys

I was really looking forward to this record. The previous Beastie Boys records I had purchased sounded so great and this is such a favorite of mine.

The sound quality is amazing on this record, another great mastering by Chris Bellman. Great soundstage awesome imaging and quiet vinyl so I was getting really excited. Well excitement turned to frustration a few minutes after laying the needle into the groove. Lots of sibilance on MCAs voice and only his. Every one else's and all the other sounds on the record were fine. Its too bad to because it sounds great other than that.

I tried a second copy because I was hoping it was just an issue with that particular record. Nope, same problem. I even tried it on multiple turntables and they all had the same problem.

Sound Quality: 9/10

Packaging Quality: 8/10

Pressing Quality: 4/10

Enter The Wu-Tang (36 Chambers) by Wu-Tang Clan

I wasn't sure what to expect from this one it was cheap so I figured I would give it a shot. 

I opened it up and cleaned it and then saw what I always dread in the deadwax, the dreaded U with a circle around it. Well to my surprise I thought it actually sounded better then I was expecting. A relatively quiet pressing (quieter than almost any other pressings I have gotten from URP) and it was flat. 

The mastering didn't really jump out at me at all as being great or horrible, just somewhere in between.

Sound Quality: 7/10

Packaging quality: 6/10

Pressing quality: 7/10

Stop Pretending by Pandoras

I bought this on a whim because I know the guy who produced the album but I had never heard it before. I liked it, very cool mid 80s sound to it.

The pressing wasn't bad for what it was, a mid 80s pressing and the copy I got was in pretty good condition.

Sound Quality: 7/10

Packaging Quality: 6/10

Pressing Quality: 8/10