Got this item, today. So far, the reverb in 'Lycka' is well balanced, and it doesn't have too much of the reverb. The double tracking vocals in 'En ton av tystnad' is very clear and easily distinct on this particular issue.
SPOILERS AHEAD Tre kvart från nu audio waves comparison; on top, the 2017 RSD exclusive, on bottom, the 1990s EMI CD remaster. Which one do you prefer? (I'm not restarting the survey, though)
Although I'm comparing apples to oranges, like vinyls to CDs... The 2017 Warner gramophone's remaster VU gradient meter can go as high as -7 and -6, and as low as -18, (Green to yellow indicates an audible and listenable state of the audio) while 1990s EMI CD remaster's VU gradient meter can go high at -3 and -2, and as low as -12. (Yellow to red indicates clipping ahead)
EMI CD remaster's has a large emphasis on the treble like the 'Tretow-treble' (except.. it's not engineered by Michael Tretow; I use it to describe the aching excessive treble) and a reduced midrange EQ (leaving the EMI CD with an emphasised bass and treble sound), while Warner's has a mellower EQ that stays faithful to the supposedly original master, retaining the bass, midrange, and treble.
What's not shown on the image (I'd hate to spoil all of it for you!) is that, on the bombastic instrumentation of 'All ting skall bli bra', the EMI CD remaster has a high playback meter peak of 0, while the Warner vinyl has a high playback meter peak of between -9 and -3.
On the Warner gramophone remaster of 'Vad gör jag med min karlek', you can hear the Hammond organ, clear and easily discernable, while on EMI's version, it has an unbalanced mix between the bass and the Hammond.
Very impressive. This is an absolute bang for your buck if you're frustrated at EMI for ruining the sound quality of Frida's old EMI singles/albums. Preserves just as good as the original 1971 mix does
Hadn't heard Frida's version of Lycka before, but seeing this post prompted me to have a click on YouTube, and it's a lovely version. Smokes both versions - Swedish and English - that Bjorn handled lead vox on, as you'd expect, but maybe by a wider margin than you'd expect (I think Bjorn was always capable of delivering quite an affecting vocal, given the right track, but the latter never really came his way during ABBA's run). Anyway, Frida really infuses Lycka with feeling.
I received my copy on Tuesday. It looks fabulous. Can't say anything about the sound though, as I don't have a gramophone. By the way, the LP is number one on Sverige Topplistan Vinyl chart while Agnetha's Som Jag Är is at No. 2: /photo/1