- A superb pressing with Triple Plus (A+++) sound on the second side and Double Plus (A++) on the first
- Both sides here are outstanding — big, full and musical with a solid bottom end and lots of energy
- One of the best copes from our most recent shootout, and this one is on fairly quiet vinyl too
- 5 stars on Allmusic: “A powerful, uncompromising record that became a hit.”
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The soundstage is huge, and the overall quality of the recording is big and bold. Most copies of this album are either thin, shrill and agressive — like most U2 albums — or thick and veiled. This one is actually smooth and natural sounding, with the added benefit of some deep punchy bass! It conveys the ENERGY and POWER of the music, and that makes it a very unusual pressing indeed.
’80s vinyl is almost always tricky in terms of sound, and U2 is not a band we associate with audiophile-quality sonics. We’ve been through a number of their albums now, including this title, War and October, and while Demo Quality Sound may never be in the cards for these guys, we have at very least found pressings that do a better job communicating the music. I don’t want to throw on a record that just sounds like a CD when I have access to so much amazing sounding vinyl, but clean and play enough copies of this album and eventually you’ll find one like this copy that gives you something to enjoy. (more…)