Sigur Rós - Ágætis Byrjun 2015 EU

Ágætis Byrjun – 2015 EU Reissue 2xLP Black Vinyl

Edition: 180g 2xLP Black Vinyl. Contains CD.
Speed: 33 ⅓ rpm
Catalogue No: XL Recordings ‎– xllp610, Krúnk ‎– xllp610
Barcode: 6 349040 61012
Matrix A: XLLP610 BE45508-01 A1 KR
Matrix B: XLLP610 BE45508-01 B1 KR
Matrix C: XLLP610 BE45508-02 C1 KR
Matrix D: XLLP610 BE45508-02 D1 KR

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  1. Just like 2015 reissue of (), Sigur Rós’ second album Ágætis Byrjun is also sounding excellent. The pressing quality is hard to fault as it plays beautifully and quiet.

    However, I really want to love this pressing but I prefer the SQ of the two previous releases from 2009 and 2013. I expected this to be absolutely top notch but the SQ of this is — what I suspect a recut by Optimal Media’s in-house engineer KR from the 2013 MK’s master — is just not as open and sounding slightly cold and sterile in comparisons with before mentioned two reissues.

    The 2009 UK DMM FatCat Records Reissue and the 2013 EU [PIAS] Recordings Reissue both have better organic feel, tremendous depths and better details. Unfortunately I haven’t heard the first release and the 2001 reissues of Ágætis Byrjun so I can’t comment. Regardless, if you can’t find the 2009 and 2013 reissues, you would be very happy with the SQ of this 2015 reissue.


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