Vinyl Pressing Review


Inside The Shadow

Reviewed by Rob Peoni on 07.12.2013

'Inside The Shadow' should be another in the long list of forgotten LPs. Thanks to upstart imprint Machu Picchu, Ltd., a little-known 1970s psychedelic rock outfit is finally getting a second chance. Pristine acoustic tracks pair with West Coast psychedelia to offer a snapshot of the post-"flower power" American rock landscape.

Ratings are based on a scale from 0-10.

Overall Sound:


Immaculately mixed and sequenced production on this LP. The vocals are up front. The guitars shimmer. John Medvescek's phenomenal drumming shines. Every piece to this psychedelic puzzle is polished and pure. Much credit is due to Warren Defever who handled the album's remastering and restoration.

Pressing Quality:


No warping, weaving or other manufacturing flaws present. The LP is pressed on heavy, black vinyl. The paper sleeve is standard issue. The album is sleeved in a tip-on jacket, with a reproduction of the original insert. There is some minor static (see vinyl noise), but nothing major. Overall, the pressing is somewhere between good and great.

Vinyl Noise:


The light crackle of static is present throughout the album, but it almost feels as if it belongs on this reissue. No noticeable popping or skipping.

Overall Artwork:


The album features a reproduction of the original cover art by J. Heitzman. Everything is done up in blue and white. I'm particularly taken by the back cover art by K. Gehrke, which features a reclined man fading into the horizontal lines of a couch.

Overall Extras:


The original lyrics sheet has been reproduced for the insert. Along with that is included some lengthy sleeve notes by Aaron Milenski of The Acid Archives. Anonymous lead-singer Ron Matelic also offers some insight into the album in the sleeve notes. The only thing missing is a digital download.

Reviewed By:
Rob Peoni

I'm a longtime music junkie who began collecting vinyl around three years ago. I have around 300 titles that span a broad variety of genres. I tend to gravitate toward...

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Total Score

: 4.15



Label: Light in the Attic / Machu Picchu, Ltd.
Release Year: 1976
Purchase Price: 16.00
Pressing Company: unknown
Format: 12 inch LP
# of Records: 1
Pressing Weight: unknown
Color: black
Gatefold: No
Digital: No
Inner Sleeves:

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