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Monday, May 18, 2009
Green Day has just released their eighth studio album, 21st Century Breakdown. This latest release from the trio is their first since the highly acclaimed 2004 rock opera, American Idiot, which has proven to be one of my favorite rock records of the decade. The domestic vinyl release of American Idiot was pressed on two discs of 180 gram vinyl and half-speed mastered by Stan Ricker and sounds fantastic.
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While it will likely prove difficult for the band to reach the heights of American Idiot with this latest effort, I have high hopes for it both musically and sonically. The vinyl is currently only available for pre-order and isn't scheduled for release until June 16. I do plan to review it upon release.
In the meantime, I just found a digital download of 21st Century Breakdown at Amazon for $4.99--and it even comes with an exclusive bonus track. Amazon had a similar promotion for the latest U2 album, and it didn't remain at the low price for very long. While you won't get audiophile quality sound from the 256 kbps download, vinyl fans can get a copy of the album now for the car or computer, and not feel like they're double-dipping when they buy the vinyl.
I haven't listened to my copy yet, but I wanted to let you know about this deal before it went away. During the next month, you can decide for yourself whether you like the record, and I'll plan on reviewing the vinyl as soon as it comes out. As always, I'll give you the scoop on the things vinyl fans care about: mastering, pressing quality, and packaging.
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Posted by My Vinyl Review at Monday, May 18, 2009