When buying vinyl, deciding which pressing, issue, or version to buy can be a bit of a dilemma. While many audiophiles are strict believers in original or first pressings, reissues and newer versions can be much cheaper and easier to get your hands on. With today’s technology, you would think the quality of sound may be improved, as well, but that’s debatable. Some reissues are even called “audiophile reissues” specifically marketed to suggest they have better quality of sound for the more selective ear. However, for many vinyl enthusiasts, purchasing reissues is a big no-no.
We come to wonder, why don’t reissues hold a candle to the originals? Here’s our take on why to buy original.
1. Buying a reissue guarantees you a shiny, nice new cover and LP without any damage, but part of the appeal of listening to vinyl is the “oldness” of it. Some pops and crackles give it that feel, and many want it to take them back in time.
2. With that “oldness” comes the collectible factor. If you invest in original and early pressings, they could be easier to re-sell and might be worth even more later.
3. While technology may have improved, because vinyl isn’t in high demand any longer, many press plants have closed (some that were considered the best). Many audiophiles say the quality of the new pressings isn’t as good because of this.
4. Different tonal qualities and sounds are valued today, so reissues (especially remastered versions) will emphasize these factors. Many audiophiles say reissues sound more sterile, louder, more off-balance (pumped up bass, etc.), or just don’t have the qualities that they originally loved about that album.
5. Some reissues and remasters don’t have the original master tapes of the recording session to work with. Because of age, these tapes may have deteriorated or disappeared, so its only natural that it won’t sound as good as an original.
There are some exceptions to the reissue debacle, but overall, originals are worth the investment. Disagree? Give us your input by commenting below.