GZ Media

GZ Media

Profile:
Czech based company, operating under this name since 1 January 2014, is the largest record manufacturer in the world with expanded manufacturing activities to include investments in Canada (Precision Record Pressing), France (SNA) and the USA (Memphis Record Pressing). Operations include vinyl, CD and DVD manufacturing. Owned by Zdenek Pelc.

Successor to Gramofonové Závody (Gramophone Record Factory) and GZ Digital Media
Vinyl manufacture in Loděnice has taken place continuously since 1951. GZ temporarily used the internal trademark “GZ V!nyl”, also known as “GZ Vinyl”. Sometimes credited with a “www.gzvinyl.com” laser etched in the vinyl runout area.

Vinyl matrix schemes - laser etched in runouts
######X~/Z or ######X~~/Z
“X” = format
“~” = side number
“Z” = galvanoplasty

Main vinyl formats
E = stereo, 12", 33⅓ RPM
F = stereo, 10", 33⅓ RPM
H = stereo, 7", 45 RPM
M = stereo, 12", 45 RPM
N = stereo, 10", 45 RPM
O = stereo, 7", 33⅓ RPM - "O" can sometimes be mistaken with a "0" (zero)
X = stereo, 78 RPM (very rare)

(GZ may use "E", etc. on a pressing labeled as 'mono', such as on Aretha Franklin - I Never Loved A Man The Way I Love You. This is because all GZ cuts are now in stereo – they no longer have mono lathes. A recent GZ 'mono' pressing is in fact a stereo cut with identical audio on both channels, giving the effect of mono to the listener: 'simulated mono'. A true mono cut, in the days when they had mono lathes, had the codes A to D or V: see Gramofonové Závody.)

CD matrix scheme
X#####
“X” = year of matrix manufacturing
A=2014, B=2015, C=2016, D=2017, E=2018, F=2019, G=2020, H=2021, etc.
Mastering SID code is LD02

CD matrix will be stored for 2 years, i.e. any represses in that time window will bear the same number.
If the original CD matrix was damaged, a new one will be created with a new number.
Note that the CD matrix year codes “A”, “B”, “C“, etc. were already in use since 1989 by Gramofonové Závody and continued up to “Z” in 2013 by GZ Digital Media.


How to
Use this entity to list releases manufactured in 2014 or later only. All releases manufactured (and released) in 2013 or earlier should be listed under GZ Digital Media or Gramofonové Závody respectively. 115067E matrix number is known to have been made still in 2013: for this reason, 2014 releases that carry a matrix number lower than 115067E should be listed under GZ Digital Media because they were still made in 2013.
• When another company (such as Pirates Press and www.gzvinyl.com) is etched into the runouts alongside the laser etched GZ Media matrix number, a Manufactured By credit for that company should be added in addition to the Pressed By credit for GZ Media.
• Please refer to Precision Record Pressing when an additional etched number starting with 10- (example 10-83451) appears in the runouts alongside the GZ Media matrix number.
• Please refer to Memphis Record Pressing when an additional etched number starting with MRP (example MRP2329) appears in the runouts alongside the GZ Media matrix number.

LCCN how-to
Vinyl: Enter numbers and the letter only. For example: 130500E, with role: Pressed By
Note:
- Digit "2" can be mistaken with the letter "Z", digit "0" - with letters "D" or "O". Example.

CD: only the “X#####” string should be entered, without any “GZ” prefix or any optional suffix.

Note about the vinyl matrix numbering (Source)
"The so called matrix (stamper) numbers are not exactly matrix (stamper) numbers, but metal parts numbers - either for metal mothers or DMM copper plates. Therefore /A or /B indexes. Every copper plate cut (or a mother plate produced from a lacquer) receives an unique number consisting of a "premaster" number (e.g. 97460E1) and an index of cutting (mother producing), e.g. /B means a second DMM cut and /C means a third DMM cut. Or a lacquer cut. For lacquer technology or for externally supplied copper plates (e.g. from Abbey Road studios) where the 3-step technology has to be used it is more complicated as there may be additional indexes - /B would still be the first mother produced from a second lacquer (father/master). /B1 would be a second mother produced from the second lacquer/father, /C3 would be a fourth mother produced from a third lacquer/father etc."
Jiri Zita
Premastering manager
GZ Vinyl

Pressing rings on vinyl associated with this pressing plant:
-a pressing ring at 1 9/32" (32,6mm) diameter
Sublabels
Contact Info:
GZ Media, a.s.
Tovární 340
267 12 Loděnice
Czech Republic

Tel.: +420 311 673 111
email: [email protected]
VAT# CZ27380068
Sites:
[l430654]

Label


Cat#  Artist Title (Format) Label Cat#  Country Year
8BIT-8079 Guild Wars 2: Path Of Fire (Original Soundtrack)  album cover Maclaine Diemer, Wilbert Roget, II, Brendon Williams, Stan LePard Maclaine Diemer, Wilbert Roget, II, Brendon Williams, Stan LePard - Guild Wars 2: Path Of Fire (Original Soundtrack)(2xLP, TP) Iam8bit 8BIT-8079 US 2018 Sell This Version
14D524E1/A Mind Control  album cover Night Control Mind Control(LP, Album) Not On Label (Night Control Self-released) 14D524E1/A US 2016 Sell This Version
112GONE Order Of Operation  album cover Ausmuteants Order Of Operation(LP, Album) Goner Records 112GONE US 2014 Sell This Version
690A Deus Vult  album cover The Templars Deus Vult (Album) 690A US 2017 Sell This Version
2013 Trago em mim a resistencia dos nativos e das raizes africanas  album cover Afavel Trago em mim a resistencia dos nativos e das raizes africanas(12") LLobato 2013 Brazil 2013 Sell This Version
2014 / HELLS LP 120 Meet Thy Maker  album cover October 31 Meet Thy Maker(LP, Ora + LP, Yel + Album, RE) Hells Headbangers 2014 / HELLS LP 120 US 2014 Sell This Version
2014 / HELLS LP 134 Bury The Hatchet  album cover October 31 Bury The Hatchet(LP, Album, Yel) Hells Headbangers 2014 / HELLS LP 134 US 2014 Sell This Version
2017 Influence  album cover Everything In Slow Motion Influence(LP, Ltd, 180) Facedown Records 2017 US 2020 Sell This Version
2021/HELLS EP 100 Shower Me In Death  album cover Sacrifixion Shower Me In Death (EP) 2021/HELLS EP 100 Germany 2021 Sell This Version
5356 The Death Of Me  album cover Polaris (21) The Death Of Me(LP, Album, Blo) SharpTone 5356 Europe 2020 Sell This Version
6364-1 Aquello  album cover Jaime Roos Aquello(LP, Album, 40 ) Bizarro Records 6364-1 Uruguay 2021 Sell This Version
7686-1 Fuera De Ambiente  album cover Jaime Roos Fuera De Ambiente(LP, RE) Montevideo Music Group 7686-1 Uruguay 2021 Sell This Version
7727-1 Viva The Underdogs  album cover Parkway Drive Viva The Underdogs(2xLP, Album, TP) Epitaph 7727-1 Europe 2020 Sell This Version
7819-1 Horizons / East  album cover Thrice Horizons / East(LP, Album, Ltd, Pur) Epitaph 7819-1 Europe 2021 Sell This Version
11560M Gripless 12"  album cover Dorsal Fins Gripless 12"(12", EP, Ltd) Not On Label 11560M Australia 2014 Sell This Version
11833M Woodwork  album cover Further Reductions Woodwork(LP, Ltd, Cle) Cititrax 11833M US 2014 Sell This Version
11977E Oh, Common Life  album cover Fireworks (11) Oh, Common Life(LP, Album, Ltd, Sil) Banquet Records 11977E UK 2014 Sell This Version
12488H Infinite Void / Arctic Flowers  album cover Infinite Void / Arctic Flowers Infinite Void / Arctic Flowers - Infinite Void / Arctic Flowers(7", Single, Gre) Poison City Records, Contraszt! Records, Mass Media Records 12488H Europe 2016 Sell This Version
13590E Jackson Sisters  album cover Jackson Sisters Jackson Sisters(LP, Album, RE) Polydor, Universal Music, Polydor 13590E Japan 2015 Sell This Version
14016E Vomiting Blasphemies Over The World  album cover Impurity (2) / Sex Messiah Impurity (2) / Sex Messiah - Vomiting Blasphemies Over The World 14016E US 2016 Sell This Version
14263E II  album cover Lasten Hautausmaa II(LP, Album, Ltd, Bla) Svart Records 14263E Finland 2016 Sell This Version
14466DE Bustin' Out  album cover BT's Bustin' Out(LP, Album) Southpaw Records (2), King Rocker Records 14466DE US 2016 Sell This Version
14473E Corvus  album cover Recondite Corvus(12", EP) Ghostly International 14473E US 2016 Sell This Version
14721SE Cymande  album cover Cymande Cymande(LP, Album, RE, Gat) Alaska 14721SE UK 2017 Sell This Version
14950H Shelter  album cover Porter Robinson & Madeon Porter Robinson & Madeon - Shelter(7", S/Sided, Etch, Ltd) Popcultur 14950H US 2016 Sell This Version
15481M Dealer Of Death  album cover Liberty Corps Dealer Of Death(LP, Album, Ltd) Under Watchful Eyes 15481M US 2019 Sell This Version
15638E Twist  album cover Dick Annegarn Twist(LP, Album) Musique Sauvage, Musique Sauvage 15638E Europe 2016 Sell This Version
16467E Stairgazing  album cover Matt Edible & The Obtuse Angels Stairgazing(LP, Album) Farm Music (2) 16467E UK & Europe 2018 Sell This Version
16874E United We Swing: Best Of The Jazz At Lincoln Center Galas  album cover Wynton Marsalis Septet United We Swing: Best Of The Jazz At Lincoln Center Galas(2xLP, Album) Blue Engine Records 16874E US 2018 Sell This Version
17261E Don't You Hear?  album cover Trisomie 21 Don't You Hear?(LP, Ltd) Minimal Maximal 17261E Belgium 2018 Sell This Version
17557SE Space For Days  album cover Kendall Street Company Space For Days(LP, Ltd, Gat) Not On Label (Kendall Street Company Self-Released) 17557SE US 2018 Sell This Version
17746E Nexus Of Teeth  album cover Hyperdontia (2) Nexus Of Teeth (Album) 17746E UK 2018 Sell This Version
17990M Amber &  Gold  album cover Alunah Amber & Gold(12", EP, Num) Alunah 17990M UK 2018 Sell This Version
18631E Myths 004  album cover Cate Le Bon & Bradford Cox Cate Le Bon & Bradford Cox - Myths 004(12", EP, Ltd) Mexican Summer 18631E US 2019 Sell This Version
18935E The Bleakness Of Our Constant  album cover Eneferens The Bleakness Of Our Constant(LP, Album, Ltd, Pur) Bindrune Recordings, Nordvis Produktion 18935E US 2018 Sell This Version
18992E Step In The Arena  album cover Gang Starr Step In The Arena (Album) 18992E US 2019 Sell This Version
19713E In Cauda Venenum  album cover Opeth In Cauda Venenum(2xLP, Album, Ltd, RE, Gre) Nuclear Blast, Moderbolaget Records, Nuclear Blast, Moderbolaget Records 19713E US 2020 Sell This Version
19735E Stone Crush (Memphis Modern Soul 1977-1987)  album cover Various Stone Crush (Memphis Modern Soul 1977-1987) (Comp) 19735E US 2020 Sell This Version
19736E Ending Friendships  album cover Laura Secord (2) Ending Friendships(LP, Album, Pur) Why not? Plötuútgáfa! 19736E Iceland 2019 Sell This Version
19909E There Is Only Now  album cover Adrian Younge Presents Souls Of Mischief Adrian Younge Presents Souls Of Mischief - There Is Only Now(LP, Album, Pic) Linear Labs 19909E US 2014 Sell This Version
19979E La Leyenda Del Tiempo  album cover Camarón* La Leyenda Del Tiempo(LP, Album, Ltd, RE, RM, Red) Philips 19979E Spain 2019 Sell This Version
20042E In A Lifetime  album cover Clannad In A Lifetime(2xLP, Comp, Ltd, Smo) BMG 20042E Europe 2020 Sell This Version
20088E Death Throes  album cover Motives (3) Death Throes 20088E US 2020 Sell This Version
20145E The Great Lost No Ones Album  album cover The No Ones The Great Lost No Ones Album(LP, Album, Yel + 7", Single, Pur) Yeproc Records 20145E US 2020 Sell This Version
20173E Ordinary Man  album cover Ozzy Osbourne Ordinary Man(LP, Album, Ltd, Bla) Epic 20173E US 2020 Sell This Version
20524E Penumbra  album cover Barrens Penumbra (Album) 20524E Germany 2020 Sell This Version
21511E Birthday Boy  album cover Aaron Taos Birthday Boy(LP, Album, Cle) Not On Label (Aaron Taos Self-Released) 21511E US 2020 Sell This Version
21776M Surut  album cover Surut Surut(12", EP, Ltd, Bab) Petrichor 21776M Netherlands 2021 Sell This Version
22386E Halloween Kills (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)  album cover John Carpenter, Cody Carpenter , And Daniel Davies John Carpenter, Cody Carpenter , And Daniel Davies - Halloween Kills (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)(LP, Album, Ltd, Ora) Sacred Bones Records, Sacred Bones Records 22386E US 2021 Sell This Version
22487M Nice One  album cover Catbite Nice One(LP, Album, Ltd, Gre) Bad Time Records 22487M US 2021 Sell This Version
22697E Change Of Plans  album cover Can't Swim Change Of Plans(LP, Album, TP) Pure Noise Records 22697E US 2021 Sell This Version
22790H One Way Or The Highway  album cover The Coathangers / L.A. Witch The Coathangers / L.A. Witch - One Way Or The Highway(7", Ltd, Pur) Suicide Squeeze 22790H US 2021 Sell This Version
54191E Post  album cover Björk Post (Album) 54191E UK 2015 Sell This Version
54192E Homogenic  album cover Björk Homogenic(LP, Album, Ltd, RE, RP, Gre) One Little Indian 54192E UK 2015 Sell This Version
55151E Dirty Reggae  album cover The Aggrolites Dirty Reggae(LP, Album, RE) Pirates Press Records, Axe Records 55151E US 2019 Sell This Version
55253E Si Monvmentvm Reqvires, Circvmspice.  album cover Deathspell Omega Si Monvmentvm Reqvires, Circvmspice.(2xLP, Album, RE, RP, 180) Norma Evangelium Diaboli 55253E France 2016 Sell This Version
56662E Debut  album cover Björk Debut(LP, Album, Ltd, RE, RP, Bei) One Little Indian 56662E UK 2015 Sell This Version
57374H Bad Move / Why Not?  album cover Dale Crover Bad Move / Why Not? 57374H US 2017 Sell This Version
57567H Eye To Eye  album cover Blood Red Shoes Eye To Eye(Flexi, Shape, S/Sided, Red) Jazz Life (2) 57567H UK 2017 Sell This Version
58371E Ta Det Lugnt  album cover Dungen Ta Det Lugnt(2xLP, Album, RE) Subliminal Sounds 58371E Sweden 2016 Sell This Version
63967E What It Meant - The Complete Discography  album cover Judge What It Meant - The Complete Discography(2xLP, Comp, RP, Blu) Revelation Records (8) 63967E US 2014 Sell This Version
67474E Cairo  album cover Taxi (8) Cairo(LP, Album, Ltd, Pic, RM) Universal Music Portugal 67474E Portugal 2018 Sell This Version
67783E The Too Late Show  album cover The Lillingtons The Too Late Show(LP, Album, RE) Red Scare, Hi-Shock Schlock 67783E US 2017 Sell This Version
69282E Reflections Of The Solstice  album cover Goatlord Reflections Of The Solstice (Album) 69282E US 2015 Sell This Version
69310E The Last Sodomy Of Mary  album cover Goatlord The Last Sodomy Of Mary (Comp) 69310E US 2015 Sell This Version
70073M The Always Open Mouth  album cover Fear Before The March Of Flames The Always Open Mouth 70073M US 2017 Sell This Version
71003E Fallen Angel Of Doom  album cover Blasphemy (2) Fallen Angel Of Doom (Album) 71003E USA & Canada 2015 Sell This Version
71567E Mare Vitalis  album cover The Appleseed Cast Mare Vitalis(2xLP, Album, Club, Ltd, Num, RE, RP, Bla) Graveface Records 71567E US 2015 Sell This Version
71589E Epitome Of Darkness  album cover Repugnant Epitome Of Darkness (Album) 71589E Netherlands 2015 Sell This Version
71692E Their Satanic Majesties' Second Request  album cover The Brian Jonestown Massacre Their Satanic Majesties' Second Request(2xLP, Album, RE, RP, 180) A Records (4) 71692E Europe 2017 Sell This Version
72022E Self-Titled & Above The Earth, Below The Sky  album cover If These Trees Could Talk Self-Titled & Above The Earth, Below The Sky(LP, EP, RP, Cle + LP, Album, RP, Cle + Comp, Ltd) The Mylene Sheath 72022E US 2014 Sell This Version
72245E Surreal Folk Blues Gospel Trash Vol 1  album cover Reverend Beat-Man Surreal Folk Blues Gospel Trash Vol 1(LP, Album, RP + CD, Album) Voodoo Rhythm, Voodoo Rhythm 72245E Switzerland 2015 Sell This Version
73430H Jumbie Jamboree / One Love  album cover The Wailers Jumbie Jamboree / One Love(7", RE, Cle) Studio One, Coxsone Records 73430H US 2015 Sell This Version
73430H Where Will I Find / I Left My Sins  album cover Bob Marley & The Wailers / Bob Marley & The Spiritual Sisters Bob Marley & The Wailers / Bob Marley & The Spiritual Sisters - Where Will I Find / I Left My Sins(7", Red) Tabernacle Records, Supreme Records (25) 73430H Unknown Sell This Version
74176E Live The Storm  album cover Disfear Live The Storm(LP, Album, RP) La Familia Releases, Disfear Records 74176E Sweden 2017 Sell This Version
74476E Urgehal The Eternal Eclipse - 15 Years Of Satanic Black Metal(LP, Comp, Ltd, RE, RP) Agonia Records 74476E Poland 2016 Sell This Version
75040E Dandelion Gum  album cover Black Moth Super Rainbow Dandelion Gum(2xLP, Album, Club, Num, RE, RP, Cle) Graveface Records 75040E US 2015 Sell This Version
75044E Red Of Tooth And Claw  album cover Murder By Death Red Of Tooth And Claw (Album) 75044E US 2015 Sell This Version
75486E Reveries  album cover Pacific! Reveries(LP, Album, Ltd, RE) Virgin, Dolores Recordings 75486E Sweden 2021 Sell This Version
75990E Warning Device  album cover Teenage Bottlerocket Warning Device(LP, Album, RE, RP, S/Edition, Yel) Red Scare 75990E US 2018 Sell This Version
76631E Buried Death  album cover Coffins Buried Death(LP, Album, RP, Ele) 20 Buck Spin 76631E US 2016 Sell This Version
78118E You Are The Conductor  album cover Caspian (3) You Are The Conductor(12", EP, Ltd, RE, RP) The Mylene Sheath 78118E US 2014 Sell This Version
78154E Life...The Best Game In Town  album cover Harvey Milk Life...The Best Game In Town(2xLP, Album, Ltd, RP, Rai) Hydra Head Records 78154E US 2015 Sell This Version
78636E Use Your Illusion I  album cover Guns N' Roses Use Your Illusion I(2xLP, Album, RE, RM) Geffen Records, Uzi Suicide Records 78636E Europe 2016 Sell This Version
78733E Use Your Illusion II  album cover Guns N' Roses Use Your Illusion II (Album) 78733E USA & Europe 2016 Sell This Version
79123M Red Album  album cover Baroness Red Album (Album) 79123M US 2015 Sell This Version
79453E Préfabriqués  album cover Trust (2) Préfabriqués(LP, Album, Pic, RE) Epic, Sony BMG Music Entertainment, Legacy 79453E France Unknown Sell This Version
79953E After School Session  album cover Chuck Berry After School Session(LP, Album, RE, RP) Rumble Records (10) 79953E Europe 2017 Sell This Version
79954E New Jazz Conceptions  album cover Bill Evans New Jazz Conceptions(LP, Album, Mono, RE, 180) DOL 79954E Europe 2015 Sell This Version
80003 Anthology  album cover Swing Kids (2) Anthology (Comp) 80003 Europe 2020 Sell This Version
80439M Bambule  album cover Absolute Beginner Bambule(2xLP, Album, RP) Buback, Universal 80439M Germany 2015 Sell This Version
80505E Little Girl Blue  album cover Nina Simone Little Girl Blue(LP, Album, RE, RP, 180) DOL 80505E Europe 2015 Sell This Version
80827E The Brondesbury Road Tapes (1968)  album cover Giles Giles & Fripp* The Brondesbury Road Tapes (1968)(LP, Album, RM, RP, 180) Tiger Bay 80827E UK 2018 Sell This Version
80839E Give Me Fire!  album cover Mando Diao Give Me Fire!(2xLP, Album, Ltd, RE, Ora) Musica De La Santa 80839E Europe 2020 Sell This Version
81038E Nerve Damage  album cover Tragedy Nerve Damage(LP, Album, RE, RP) Tragedy Records 81038E Europe 2014 Sell This Version
81690E In Bocca Al Lupo  album cover Murder By Death In Bocca Al Lupo(LP, Album, Ltd, RE, S/Edition, Blu) Tent Show Records 81690E US 2015 Sell This Version
81720E Origin Of Symmetry  album cover Muse Origin Of Symmetry(2xLP, Album, RE, RP, Gat) Warner Bros. Records, Helium 3 81720E Europe 2015 Sell This Version
82154H The Drag / Maria Stacks  album cover Thee Oh Sees / Ty Segall Thee Oh Sees / Ty Segall - The Drag / Maria Stacks(7", Single, Ltd, RP) Castle Face 82154H US 2016 Sell This Version
82264E We Are French Fukk You  album cover Gronibard We Are French Fukk You(LP, Album) Apathic View Productions 82264E Germany 2018 Sell This Version
82284E Black Holes And Revelations  album cover Muse Black Holes And Revelations(LP, Album, RE, RP) Warner Bros. Records, Helium 3 82284E Europe 2015 Sell This Version

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filippo_morris

filippo_morris

November 5, 2021
After buying a warped vinyl from Amenra I will try to avoid buying any records pressed by GZ. It is a shame that this company I still responsible for such horrific pressings.
Martin_M

Martin_M

October 13, 2021
Rule #1: Records are flat.
Rule #2: Only clean records are happy records
Rule #3: Clicks and Pops are not part of the music.
Anthon40

Anthon40

October 7, 2021
I have many GZ and all are in the good pressing range. Maybe not great, but good. Most recent is the George Harrison Super Deluxe 8 lp set and every disc is quiet no clicks or pops.
Vivalafica

Vivalafica

October 6, 2021
edited about 1 month ago
GZ is terrible! All of the records I own that are pressed by them are a feast of clicks and pops! And yes I wash my records and I have a high end turntable/stylus....
SyntheticBiscuits

SyntheticBiscuits

September 22, 2021
Worth reiterating for those having second thoughts: for the most part there is *NOTHING WRONG* with GZ's pressings. Are they the best-pressed records I've ever heard? No. But are they riddled with clicks, pops and noise? Also no. I have numerous records on both black an coloured vinyl pressed by GZ under its various names between 1996 and 2021 and they're all absolutely fine.

I'm listening on a £600 hi-fi system, not a Crosley, and unless it's basically impossible I always buy new or NM copies of my records. I consider myself fairly picky when it comes to vinyl condition and studied music & music technology at degree level so I'd like to think I have a good critical ear, so if I of all people think GZ's pressings are totally acceptable (especially for the price) then unless you're the kind of person who's impossible to please you shouldn't have any issues with their stuff, either. Just give your records a quick going-over with a carbon fibre brush and you'll be fine.
itchyring

itchyring

July 29, 2021
My take on GZ is that it depends what is asked of them (and maybe also paid to them). Have a listen to ANY Data Discs record and you will see what they are capable of. On the other hand I have lots of GZ pressing that are pure shite - looking and sounding. I reckon labels get what they specify and if they don't then they get a budget service.
ElliottCrews

ElliottCrews

July 25, 2021
The Bobbie Gentry RSD, The Wonders of the World came out the the jacket scratched up and full of ticks.
jcksn

jcksn

July 13, 2021
Avoid whenever possible. QC does not exist and a lot of records are scratched/warped and dirty straight out of the cover. They also very often use slippery paper inners, which are a dust magnet and it results in even more scratches... but even a record that had poly-lined inners had a big scratch. Very rarely you can get a perfect copy of an album pressed by GZ and I'm talking about new and sealed records here...
ToddMeehan

ToddMeehan

July 2, 2021
It's weird how all over the board GZ Media is with the quality control, some pressings sound great and others are trash, it's a crap shoot! My 40th Anniversary pressing of ELO "Out of the Blue" picture discs sound pretty good for the most part, but the latest OZZY "Ordinary Man" picture disc is a travesty! Loud static that fades in and out continuously throughout both sides of the album. Yeah I know, picture discs are notorious for sounding inferior, but that was the old days, I've had some absolute killer sounding picture discs in the last few years, The Beatles "Sgt Pepper" comes to mind as a very nice picture disc to listen to.
Of course it could be a case of too much music crammed onto vinyl, I have a feeling that's what's happening with the dicey CHEAP TRICK "In Another World" picture disc.
But I'm also curious to see if the Ozzy and Cheap Trick albums sound better on traditional black vinyl instead of the picture discs I have, that would lead me to believe it's simply the picture disc pressings that are inferior.
billw415

billw415

May 22, 2021
I'm hopeful for GZ, and I've recently heard things are getting better there. When I was young and buying thousands of records in the early 70's through early 90's, I never had one bad pressing - not a single warp or non-fill issue, nada. Some may call me lucky, but to me, it was a statistical indicator of strict quality control. The last decade has not been as kind. I'm hoping quality control is returning to the forefront of record pressing operations, or we will lose tens of thousands of prospective vinyl fans - who will simply get frustrated and turn to hirez.