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TrivialPursuit

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True Colors: What You Should Know About Black vs. Colored Vinyl

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Discogs.com posted this fun read about black vs. color vinyl. Here's a snip:

For decades, colored vinyl was looked upon as some open joke. A way that record companies could charge more while distancing themselves from what many music lovers demanded from their records: high-quality sound. Almost without exception, a colored vinyl disc would play with much more noise and hiss compared to their black counterparts. Well, those times have certainly changed. As we enjoy the non-stop upward momentum ...vinyl boom it’s clear more and more people demand colors that pop.

If you’re looking for the short version of whether colored vinyl is worse you can walk away with this – vinyl record production has come a long way in the last 20 years and most modern colored vinyl is on par with black pressings. Sure, there are exceptions to the rule. And, yes, picture discs are still more prone to be problematic, at least regarding playback durability. But that shouldn’t deter you from purchasing a new record just because it is not black.


Other steps in the vinyl-record production process, such as mastering and a pressing plant’s quality control standards, have a more substantial impact on playback. When in doubt about a pressing quality check out the Reviews section on the Discogs release page. Chances are, other collectors have listened to the pressing and can provide a sneak peek into the quality.

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Reply #1 posted 12/16/19 9:01am

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Reply #2 posted 12/31/19 3:51pm

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I prefer Black Vinyl and seek the Black vinyl pressings if I can because you can see any flaws and imperfections and scratches much easier on it.

I have read that the coloured vinyl with Splatters is also quite problematic too.

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Reply #3 posted 01/07/20 10:26am

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I think the 7 maxi single is the only official picture disc I own, and the Veni Vidi Vici marble looking colored vinyl bootleg.

Back in the day when I regularly listened to vinyl records I noticed that American pressings sounded a bit louder and the bass a tad deeper, whereas German pressings sounded great, too, but the bass seemed a bit weaker in comparison, and British pressings were louder than both but sounded a bit crisper, dryer, for lack of better words.

Maybe it had to do with the genres I listened to but I also compared American and German pressings of the same album and the American ones definitely sounded different compared to British and German vinyl.

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Reply #4 posted 01/08/20 4:04am

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I love colour vinyl, and collect them.

Picture discs are not my thing.

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I even collect flexi discs and rare vinyl or shellac items.

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Reply #5 posted 01/08/20 3:27pm

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I still have Bobby Caldwell's "What You Won't Do for Love" on heart-shaped red vinyl.

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Reply #6 posted 01/13/20 2:38pm

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uPtoWnNY said:

I still have Bobby Caldwell's "What You Won't Do for Love" on heart-shaped red vinyl.

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jealous !

I Love Bobby Caldwell.

Another favorite song of him that i like is 'Open Your Eyes'

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Reply #7 posted 01/19/20 9:30pm

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Vannormal said:

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I love colour vinyl, and collect them.

Picture discs are not my thing.

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I even collect flexi discs and rare vinyl or shellac items.

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OMG those were so great. They even put them on the back of cereal boxes!

I found a red vinyl records a few years ago from the 80s. No name on it, no title. Just a sticker that said "Lust For Freedom", and to call a number to find out who/what it was. It was one song on either side. The sticker said:


?_______________________________(write in band's name)
A great new record by a mystery band. To find out who -?, just dial (212)930-4260 and ask.
The first 200 callers will win a T-shirt.



It was Grim Reaper. Def one of the more obscure things in my collection.

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Reply #8 posted 01/20/20 10:39pm

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TrivialPursuit said:

Vannormal said:

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I love colour vinyl, and collect them.

Picture discs are not my thing.

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I even collect flexi discs and rare vinyl or shellac items.

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OMG those were so great. They even put them on the back of cereal boxes!

I found a red vinyl records a few years ago from the 80s. No name on it, no title. Just a sticker that said "Lust For Freedom", and to call a number to find out who/what it was. It was one song on either side. The sticker said:


?_______________________________(write in band's name)
A great new record by a mystery band. To find out who -?, just dial (212)930-4260 and ask.
The first 200 callers will win a T-shirt.



It was Grim Reaper. Def one of the more obscure things in my collection.

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Ah man, smile)) I love these mysterious searches.

Since Discogs is available ( and a couple of other internet sites),

it is more than a true joy to collect things. Because there is much more information available (sometimes even too much). wink

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Recently I found rare recordings on sort of vinyl or cardboard singles that were recorded in a Voice-O-Graph. Look it up:

https://voiceograph.com

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I never heard of this before.

It's sort of a telephoneboot where you could record your own thing.

They are fun, sometimes excellent- sometimes crappy sound, and really wonderful to have. biggrin

People recording their own messages (like sending a postcard), or young artists quickly recording something (like they did in the 60s apparently in the UK), to send it off, hoping to get more attention or a contract.

Hard to find, but fun to have.

My dream is to find such a machine and record something of my own.

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Reply #9 posted 01/21/20 5:52pm

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Vannormal said:

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Recently I found rare recordings on sort of vinyl or cardboard singles that were recorded in a Voice-O-Graph. Look it up:

https://voiceograph.com

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I never heard of this before.


Doesn't Jack Black own something like that?

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