Japan & related, Ultravox, No-Man, Depeche Mode, New Order and Propaganda/Brücken completist. And let’s not forget Bowie, Kate Bush, Roxy, Queen, Cure, The Human League, Heaven 17, etc, etc.

Not interested in collecting every single pressing but certainly interested in collecting all tracks & versions/masters of tracks by these artists.

Outstanding for submission:

Big Country - Buffalo Skinners TP
Big Country - Without The Aid Of A Safety Net TP
Uriah Heep - Look At Yourself (HMV Centenary)
Black Francis - Live At Utah Hotel LP

Recent Activity
submitted Nothing But Thieves - Moral Panic II. 7 days ago
posted a comment on Ennio Morricone - The Thing (Bande Originale Du Film). 22 days ago
It's a separate master due to the additional features: John Carpenter's The Thing / Lost Cues: The Thing
posted a comment on Ultravox - Extended. 23 days ago
Yep - about 1.25% faster all told. 142.8BPM to 141.1BPM (give or take)
submitted Big Country - The Buffalo Skinners. about 1 month ago
submitted Big Country - Without The Aid Of A Safety Net (Live). about 1 month ago
posted a comment on Years & Years And Kylie* - Starstruck. 2 months ago
So she's not British then.....[five more words or thereabouts. Ish]
submitted Lorde - Solar Power. 2 months ago
posted a review of John Webb. 3 months ago
Jeez....whoever described Webb as a "proficient multi instrumentalist" probably needs to either look up the meaning of the words or seek medical help.
posted a comment on Japan - Quiet Life. 3 months ago
Guill: Not quite. BMG only licensed the music and it is currently Sony that is currently accountable for the management of the archives. Also Sony is only the latest in a list of owners and the real issue is that it was probably Ariola Hansa that... See full review
submitted Jeff Russo & Perrine Virgile - The Umbrella Academy 2. 3 months ago
posted a comment on Nothing But Thieves - Moral Panic . 3 months ago
Hardly an exclusive then....a bit like the 2021 HMV Hounds Of Love.
posted a comment on The Sisters Of Mercy - BBC Sessions 1982-1984. 3 months ago
minicold: if there is a separate US pressing - and you are sure that it is a separate pressing then add it as a release so then people can determine whether or not they buy the Euro or the US version.

Regardless, records generally are cheaper in the... See full review
posted a comment on The Sisters Of Mercy - BBC Sessions 1982-1984. 3 months ago
Probably better to mention tht to the seller rather than post a comment on the release itself....
posted a comment on Soft Cell - Tainted Love (40th Anniversary Edition EP). 3 months ago
The vinyl version is up for pre-sale at The Sound Of Vinyl with a release date of 16 July 2022....I knew vinyl production times were... See full review
posted a comment on Visage - Visage. 4 months ago
It is a sign of the dynamic range of the release: the higher the DR figure, the greater the amount of range or difference between the quiet & loud bits on a track. Scores of 11 or more is classed as 'good' 8 or less as 'bad' (depending on your point... See full review
posted a comment on Visage - Visage. 4 months ago
I just checked my original LP & early Poly CD pressing and neither have the thuds. It is not unusual for slightly different masters to be used in different territories, for different formats, by mistake, etc. In fact I'm working on a couple of... See full review
posted a review of Andrea Chimenti - L'Albero Pazzo. 4 months ago
I suspect that this will be a future rarity in good or better condition - at least the initial pressing - since the records were distributed by Ebay Italy in what is best described as a corrugated paper bag. As such, more than a few copies,... See full review
posted a comment on Ultravox - Vienna [Deluxe Edition]. 4 months ago
I would still check the alignment, tracking, etc first before swapping out the cart/stylus. Or even check other aspects of the turntable if it has been a long term issue: is the arm damaged? Is the arm mount fixed to the base correctly (all too often... See full review
posted a comment on Ultravox - Vienna [Deluxe Edition]. 4 months ago
‘Extended’ with a capital ‘E’: Extended. As mentioned, all the extended versions are kept on that release with the new album releases keeping to just the shorter edits. This way of doing it started with the 2017 double vinyl re-release of Lament
posted a comment on Ultravox - Vienna [Deluxe Edition]. 4 months ago
Everything on this release is freshly mastered by Alchemy Mastering’s Phil Kinrade
posted a comment on The Specials - Ghost Town / Why? / Friday Night, Saturday Morning. 5 months ago
It’s a promo so is distributed to influential music individuals and companies for free. It isn’t for sale and I believe that all but the label copies are now issued.
posted a comment that has since been deleted. 5 months ago
submitted The Specials - Ghost Town / Why? / Friday Night, Saturday Morning. 5 months ago
posted a comment on Years & Years And Kylie* - Starstruck. 5 months ago
Kylie's from the UK?!?!? Wow! I spent the last 34 years thinking she came from Oz.....
posted a comment on Peter Murphy - Deep. 5 months ago
Anyone else get a loud noise c.15s into "Marlene Dietrich's Favourite Poem"? No signs of dirt or damage anywhere.
posted a comment that has since been deleted. 7 months ago
posted a comment on Ultravox - The Thin Wall. 7 months ago
Well think what you like - I don't want to argue about it but as a consultant researcher for Chrysalis, predominantly on the Ultravox back catalogue, and there is zero record of the record being released with a brown swirl and - having been a fan at... See full review
posted a comment on Japan - Quiet Life. 7 months ago
Everybody seems to be getting very heated over this and people are getting really pissy over on Steve Hoffman about it. Most records don’t say who mastered the disc at then end of the day but I guess people’s expectations haven’t been very well... See full review
posted a comment on Steven Wilson - The Future Bites (Ultra Deluxe Music Product On Obsolete Media Limited Edition Of One). 8 months ago
Mac: https://sourceforge.net/projects/xld/
PC: https://www.freac.org/

It isn't hard to do this, after all.......
posted a comment on Japan - Quiet Life. 8 months ago
They did state what the source was prior to release but, admittedly, not until after plenty of people had placed orders.
posted a comment on Japan - Quiet Life. 8 months ago
The corrected pitch version is not previously released but is actually a fan-made speeded-up 7" recording.
posted a comment on Japan - Quiet Life. 8 months ago
Sourced from production master at 24/192khz by Alchemy Mastering, I believe.
posted a comment on Japan - Quiet Life. 8 months ago
Because there is nothing better and BMG wanted to give something.. You should have heard the version they wanted to release before this one fell into their hands.....

Rightly or wrongly, that's what happened and sometimes best not to look gift... See full review
posted a comment on Japan - Quiet Life. 8 months ago
Actually it sounds pretty good to me. The Alchemy remaster is similar to the original Japanese pressing in tone but still stands proud in its own right.

Having access to the digital master file, the acetate, TP & both the red & black pressings,... See full review
posted a review of Japan - Life In Tokyo.. 8 months ago
This CD is effectively a lightly remastered version of a CD distributed in-house at BMG and features several tracks with MP3s as the source (easy enough for anyone to verify looking at the frequency drop off between 15khz-20khz).

It's also... See full review
posted a comment on Japan - Quiet Life. 8 months ago
Incorrect Curtis: CD1 & 2 - plus the record are all remastered, as is the Life In Tokyo disc. There are also a number of tracks that are pretty scarce including one completely unreleased track.

And NONE of them have been sourced from vinyl: direct... See full review
posted a comment on Thin Lizzy - Whisky In The Jar / Black Boys On The Corner. 8 months ago
Not according to the record's label....just four more words. Ish.
posted a comment on Frank Black - The Cult Of Ray. 8 months ago
It's OK. Better than the reissue of the first solo album.
posted a comment that has since been deleted. 8 months ago
submitted Japan - Assemblage. 8 months ago
posted a review of Prince - The Hits 1. 9 months ago
Whilst the overall sound of the music is decent, there is quite a lot of no-fill at various points in my copy - both discs.
posted a comment on Ultravox - Vienna [Deluxe Edition]. 9 months ago
You’re correct Paul. It was a track that Midge brought to the band during the initial rehearsals and they played around with it for a number of sessions before leaving it behind. Probably a good thing since, while it’s not a bad tune, it would not... See full review
posted a comment on Ultravox - Vienna [Deluxe Edition]. 9 months ago
Agree. Having reviewed multiple test pressings of this release as well as multiple copies of the finished products, there was no sibilance over and above what you would expect from a vinyl release on using my main deck.
posted a comment on Blackfield - V. 10 months ago
You were wrong then - at least another record in them!
posted a comment on Ultravox - We Came To Dance. 10 months ago
Actually there were a number of flaws on the master for the 7:58 version which more likely caused the withdrawal in the UK. These were revisited for the 2018 Extended release and corrected.

Personally, I don't believe the 'over-modulation' as it... See full review
posted a comment on Various - The Original Masters: Afro Mania Vol. 6. 10 months ago
For the life of me I really don't understand why something like Japan's 'Life In Tokyo' would be on a compilation called "Afro Mania".....
posted a review of Kraftwerk - Manchester 2009. 10 months ago
How rude! This appears to be my recording of the gig AKA "Neon Bikes". :-D
posted a comment on Ultravox - Vienna. 10 months ago
Check the timeline of the comments.....they weren't referring to you and were referring to the daft comment about 'black vinyl being coloured vinyl/do some research' which wasn't a comment about the release. Or it was referring to me saying that some... See full review
posted a comment on Arctic Monkeys - Live At The Royal Albert Hall. 11 months ago
I was thinking the same thing listening to it just now....
posted a comment on Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark - Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark. 11 months ago
HMV are ultimately just as bad. They are currently selling it for £39.99 themselves: £10 over the pretty inflated original price.