After weeks of waiting I have finally received my “Blackstar” vinyl. It’s a nicely packaged, heavy weight 180g transparent pressing which comes accompanied with a lovely 12″ matt print book.
Visconti mentioned that the master for the vinyl would sound like a “good old record”. But it doesn’t really, not to my ears anyway. It’s slightly brighter than the digital releases, but certainly not more dynamic. This leads me to believe that a lot of the compression used on “Blackstar” was done during the mixing/recording process, which would seem like a reasonable assumption.
The vinyl does sound good, but still with a very modern sound.
There’s some samples below, recorded from my vinyl and volume normalised against the CD masters. See if you can ABX between them.
David Bowie “‘Tis A Pity She Was A Whore” Vinyl Master
David Bowie “‘Tis A Pity She Was A Whore” CD Master
David Bowie “Dollar Days” Vinyl Master
David Bowie “Dollar Days” CD Master