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    I've recently bought 2 LP's, Roxy Music Siren which is on the Polydor label and pressed in France, the other is Fleetwood Mac Tango in the Night on Warner Bros WEA label and pressed in Czechoslovakia. Both are very well finished dead flat and of a heavier / thicker vinyl than UK pressings of similar age, this got me thinking, probably 90% of my vinyl hails from the UK, I thought our vinyl production, LP pressing plants were up there with the best if not THE best, but are they? I'll certainly be looking out for foreign pressings in the future.


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    I have a lot of German and Dutch pressings. They appear to be a thicker better quality vinyl than the original UK equivalent. I think a lot of it is luck of the draw. Some poor presses can come from the UK and abroad.
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    I can't say for current pressings but my general rule of thumb for 60's/70's and possibly 80's is that Euro (inc. GB) pressings are far superior to anything worldwide except for Japanese.

    I'd prefer a Japanese copy of anything but sadly only have few.

    I try to avoid USA pressings if possible as the majority always seem bright and noisy even if bought as "still sealed"

    I'm also not a fan of the Sony / Universal "Back To Black" reishs. A couple of them have given me little nagging thoughts that the vinyl itself is substandard.
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    I didn't pay much attention as to where in the world my LP's had been pressed until i bought these two as i said, like everyone i guess, i presumed that vinyl quality generally deteriorated through the 80's and 90's, however the Czech copy of Tango in the night is more like something from the 70's with regard to weight and overall finish


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