Mumford & Sons ‎– Babel

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Babel is the second studio album by British rock band Mumford & Sons. As with Sigh No More, the album was produced by Markus Dravs. The vinyl LP version of the record was pressed by United Record Pressing in Nashville, Tennessee. It was released on 21 September 2012 in Ireland, Germany, Belgium, the Netherlands, Luxembourg, Norway, Australia and New Zealand. It was released on 24 September 2012 in the United Kingdom, Scandinavia, Spain, Italy, Eastern Europe, South America, and on 25 September 2012 in the United States and Canada.

Upon its release, Babel debuted at number one on both the UK Albums Chart and the US Billboard 200. It became the fastest-selling album of 2012 in the UK, selling over 159,000 copies in its first week, and was the biggest selling debut of any album in 2012 in the US at the time, selling 600,000 in its first week. The album received generally positive reviews from music critics and was nominated in the category of Album of the Year for both a Brit Award and Grammy Award, winning the latter.

Tracklist

Mumford & Sons Babel 3:28
Mumford & Sons Whispers In The Dark 3:15
Mumford & Sons I Will Wait 4:36
Mumford & Sons Holland Road 4:13
Mumford & Sons Ghosts That We Knew 5:39
Mumford & Sons Lover Of The Light 5:14
Mumford & Sons Lovers' Eyes 5:21
Mumford & Sons Reminder 2:04
Mumford & Sons Hopeless Wanderer 5:07
Mumford & Sons Broken Crown 4:16
Mumford & Sons Below My Feet 4:52
Mumford & Sons Not With Haste 4:09
Bonus Tracks
Mumford & Sons For Those Below 3:35
Jerry Douglas Feat. Mumford & Sons And Paul Simon The Boxer 4:05
Mumford & Sons Where Are You Now 3:39

Versions (45)

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
VVR712815 Mumford & Sons Babel(CD, Album, Dlx) Gentlemen Of The Road, Island Records, Cooperative Music VVR712815 Europe 2012 Sell This Version
none Mumford & Sons Babel(12xFile, MP3, Album, VBR) Universal Music International Division none Europe 2012
3717396 Mumford & Sons Babel(CD, Album) V2 3717396 South East Asia 2012 Sell This Version
LOVECD216 Mumford & Sons Babel(CD, Album) Gentlemen Of The Road, Love Da Records, Cooperative Music, Island Records LOVECD216 South East Asia 2012 Sell This Version
4605026711624 Mumford & Sons Babel(CD, Album) Universal Music Russia 4605026711624 Russia 2012 Sell This Version
3712787 Mumford & Sons Babel(CD, Album) Island Records, Gentlemen Of The Road 3712787 UK 2012 Sell This Version
GLS-0130-02 Mumford & Sons Babel(CD, Album) Glassnote (2) GLS-0130-02 Canada 2012 Sell This Version
60253712814 Mumford & Sons Babel(CD, Album) Island Records, Gentlemen Of The Road, Universal Music 60253712814 Brazil 2012 Sell This Version
VVNL24022 Mumford & Sons Babel(CD, Album) Gentlemen Of The Road, Island Records, V2 VVNL24022 Europe 2012 Sell This Version
VVR712814 Mumford & Sons Babel(CD, Album) Gentlemen Of The Road, Island Records, Cooperative Music VVR712814 Europe 2012 Sell This Version
VVR712814 Mumford & Sons Babel(CD, Album) Gentlemen Of The Road, Island Records VVR712814 Germany 2012 Sell This Version
3710656 Mumford & Sons Babel(CD, Album) Gentlemen Of The Road, Barclay 3710656 France 2012 Sell This Version
GLS-0130-02 Mumford & Sons Babel(CD, Album) Glassnote (2) GLS-0130-02 US 2012 Sell This Version
DEW9000496 Mumford & Sons Babel(CD, Album) Dew Process, Gentlemen Of The Road, Universal Music Australia DEW9000496 Australia & New Zealand 2012 Sell This Version
VVR712815, 3712815 Mumford & Sons Babel(CD, Album) Gentlemen Of The Road, Island Records VVR712815, 3712815 South East Asia 2012 Sell This Version
712814 Mumford & Sons Babel(CD, Album) Gentlemen Of The Road, Island Records, Cooperative Music 712814 Argentina 2012 Sell This Version
3712789 Mumford & Sons Babel(CD, Album) Island Records 3712789 Europe 2012 Sell This Version
VVR719376 (86) Mumford & Sons Babel(CD, Album) Gentlemen Of The Road, Island Records, Cooperative Music VVR719376 (86) Poland 2012 Sell This Version
060253712814 Mumford & Sons Babel(CD, Album) Gentlemen Of The Road, Island Records, Cooperative Music 060253712814 South Africa 2012 Sell This Version
3722520 Mumford & Sons Babel(CD, Album + CD, Album + DVD-V + Gen) Gentlemen Of The Road, Island Records 3722520 Europe 2012 Sell This Version
GLS-0131-02 Mumford & Sons Babel(CD, Album, Dlx) Glassnote (2), Gentlemen Of The Road GLS-0131-02 US 2012 Sell This Version
GLS-0131-02 Mumford & Sons Babel(CD, Album, Dlx) Glassnote (2), Gentlemen Of The Road GLS-0131-02 Canada 2012 Sell This Version
VVR712815 Mumford & Sons Babel(CD, Album, Dlx) Gentlemen Of The Road, Island Records, Cooperative Music VVR712815 Europe 2012 Sell This Version
60253712814 Mumford & Sons Babel(CD, Album, RP) Gentlemen Of The Road, Island Records, Cooperative Music 60253712814 Brazil 2012 Sell This Version
DEW9000489 Mumford & Sons Babel(CD, Album, Tri) Dew Process, Universal Music Australia DEW9000489 Australia & New Zealand 2012 Sell This Version
VVR712814 Mumford & Sons Babel(CD, Album, Unofficial) Gentlemen Of The Road, Island Records, Cooperative Music VVR712814 Europe 2012 Sell This Version
none Mumford & Sons Babel(CDr, Album, Num, Promo) Island Records, Gentlemen Of The Road none Germany 2012 Sell This Version
MUMFORDCD02 Mumford & Sons Babel(CDr, Album, Num, Promo) Gentlemen Of The Road, Island Records MUMFORDCD02 Europe 2012 Sell This Version
VVR712816 Mumford & Sons Babel(LP, Album, Gat) Gentlemen Of The Road, Island Records, Cooperative Music VVR712816 Europe 2012 Sell This Version
3710659 Mumford & Sons Babel(LP, Album, Gat) Gentlemen Of The Road, Island Records 3710659 Europe 2012 Sell This Version
3710659 Mumford & Sons Babel(LP, Album, Gat) Gentlemen Of The Road, Island Records 3710659 Europe 2012 Sell This Version
GLS-0130-01 Mumford & Sons Babel(LP, Album, Gat) Glassnote (2), Gentlemen Of The Road GLS-0130-01 USA & Canada 2012 Sell This Version
none Mumford & Sons Babel(LP, Album, TP) Glassnote (2) none US 2012 Sell This Version
(CD1&CD2) GLS-0137-02, DVD GLS-0136-04 Mumford & Sons Babel (Gentlemen Of The Road Edition)(CD, Album, Dlx + CD + DVD + S/Edition) Glassnote (2), Glassnote (2) (CD1&CD2) GLS-0137-02, DVD GLS-0136-04 US 2013 Sell This Version
GLS-0139-02 Mumford & Sons Babel(2xCD, Album, Dlx, Tar) Glassnote (2) GLS-0139-02 US 2013 Sell This Version
UICO-1239 Mumford & Sons Babel(CD, Album, Promo, S/Edition) Pachinko Records, Gentlemen Of The Road, Island Records, Cooperative Music UICO-1239 Japan 2013 Sell This Version
UICO-1239 Mumford & Sons Babel(CD, Album, S/Edition) Pachinko Records, Gentlemen Of The Road, Island Records, Cooperative Music UICO-1239 Japan 2013 Sell This Version
none Mumford & Sons Babel(15xFile, FLAC, Album, Dlx, 96K) Glassnote Records none US 2015
VVNL24032 Mumford & Sons Babel(CD, Album, Dlx, RE) V2, Island Records, Gentlemen Of The Road VVNL24032 Benelux 2015 Sell This Version
VVNL26691 Mumford & Sons Babel(LP, Album, Gat) Island Records VVNL26691 Europe 2015 Sell This Version
VVR712816 Mumford & Sons Babel(LP, Album, RE, Gat) Island Records, Gentlemen Of The Road VVR712816 Europe 2020 Sell This Version
VVR712814 Mumford & Sons Babel(CD, Album) Gentlemen Of The Road, Island Records, Cooperative Music VVR712814 Europe Unknown Sell This Version
VVR712814 Mumford & Sons Babel(CD, Album, RP) Gentlemen Of The Road, Island Records VVR712814 Europe Unknown Sell This Version
3712787 Mumford & Sons Babel(CD, Album, RP) Island Records, Gentlemen Of The Road 3712787 UK Unknown Sell This Version
GLS-0130-01 Mumford & Sons Babel(LP, Album, Gat) Glassnote (2), Gentlemen Of The Road GLS-0130-01 USA & Canada Unknown Sell This Version

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dsiurek1998

dsiurek1998

June 10, 2021
edited 6 months ago
referencing Babel, LP, Album, Gat, 3710659

First side sounded great minus one small spot scratched from the factory. Second side however, horrible amount of skipping just on the first half of the first track "Lovers Eyes". The record itself is pretty bent up and warped, and visually you can see a warp making the record look like an ocean wave when playing. Hard to describe but weirdly it doesn't effect it too much as far as i can tell. But from other reviews, i guess it could be worse. I bought straight from the UK store and had it imported to USA so that may be the reason for the warp/bend as all UK records ive received have the same experience. This one just moves so high and low it actually bumps the needle out of place on the first B side track. Dynamics aren't really there but the mastering is good and the songs sound pleasant. At least the ones i can actually listen to. little bit of surface noise as well even after deep cleaning. Long story short, it seems that no matter how you buy this vinyl, your copy is probably going to be messed up in one way or another
lanruisen

lanruisen

April 29, 2021
edited 7 months ago
referencing Babel, LP, Album, Gat, GLS-0130-01

Bought a copy of this from Barnes and Noble. Terrible pressing; skipped about 10 times just on the first side and was filled with cracks and hiss. Also, didn't sound very good. Sounded like a very compressed mix and no better than streaming from Spotify. Avoid at all costs.
speedingdeacon

speedingdeacon

March 25, 2021
referencing Babel, LP, Album, Gat, GLS-0130-01

Borrowed this one from a friend and had all of the same issues that everyone else has had with this pressing. Flat dynamics, surface noise, pops & clicks, and the added bonus of being misprinted causing tonearm waggle & sound warping. Definitely a shame considering that the instrumentation in this album is so rich and vibrant. Hopefully one day it will be repressed properly so their fans can be happy.
Tio89

Tio89

March 3, 2021
referencing Babel, LP, Album, RE, Gat, VVR712816
How it is compared to previous pressings? I heard they were pretty bad
donnfos

donnfos

November 22, 2020
referencing Babel, LP, Album, Gat, GLS-0130-01
Terrible pressing. A lot of light cracks or pops for me as others have noted - particularly between tracks. Worse than that, though, is that the mix is completely flat. Volume has to be cranked up to hear it and even then. There’s virtually no separation between the instruments or vocals. Sounds compressed like I’m listening to an mp3. Just awful.
richgers

richgers

November 15, 2020
edited about 1 year ago
referencing Babel, LP, Album, Gat, GLS-0130-01
A side sounded great. B side full of pops and crackles even after cleaning. Back it goes...
Update: 2nd copy arrived and sounds great on both sides. All good.
lundi-matin

lundi-matin

June 19, 2020
referencing Babel, LP, Album, Gat, GLS-0130-01

Really bad pressing. This album is really good however, this pressing sounds awfull. As said previously, there is no dynamic at all. After 20 seconds, I thought that my hardware had an issue.
Think about it twice before buying it.
s.l.-records

s.l.-records

February 23, 2019
referencing Babel, LP, Album, Gat, GLS-0130-01

Was a very strange experience playing this LP for the first time.
Because somehow I got a mispress. Cover, inlay and labels on the disc are the Mumford & Sons "Babel" album, but music is the album "Born to die" from Lana Del Rey.
Would be interesting to know if someone made the same experience...
zerekone

zerekone

December 1, 2018
referencing Babel, LP, Album, Gat, GLS-0130-01
I love Mumford & Sons! This record is another disappointment however. Their songs are amazing - it's the mastering and the pressing of the record that is terrible. Has a lot of surface noise and popping, even after a complete wash! Same as their 1st record. The songs also feel a bit muted, not dynamic at all. There's popping between 'Will Wait' and 'Holland Road' on side A, and through the album. Just not a good pressing.
1990_Oz

1990_Oz

March 15, 2017
referencing Babel, LP, Album, TP, none
So apparently there are only 12 copies yet 80 people have one according to the stats here on Discogs?? ummmm......