Vinyl Pressing Review

Nick Drake

Pink Moon (40th Anniversary Box)

Reviewed by Rob Peoni on 08.16.2013

What is left to be said about this album? For many, Nick Drake's third and final LP is nothing short of a masterpiece. It's a desert island record, both in its construction by the isolated songwriter and its place in the pantheon of modern music. Island spared no expense for the 40th Anniversary edition, and the end result is a pressing that any audiophile and diehard Drake fan will understandably drool over.

Ratings are based on a scale from 0-10.

Overall Sound:


Improvements to the pressing process have allowed more high frequency signals to be transferred, which gives a feeling of more air and space to the material than on earlier pressings. The stark production of this album is as minimalist and perfect as ever before. Every stroke of the acoustic guitar and every breath of Drake's haunting, disturbed lyrics is on display.

Pressing Quality:


It's tough to envision any possible improvements. Every piece of the packaging was crafted for quality. The 180 gram pressing on virgin vinyl is the stuff every audiophile dreams of. If only every LP displayed this attention to detail. Virtually no manufacturing flaws to speak of.

Vinyl Noise:


Very quiet pressing. No, skipping, popping, or static is present, even between tracks.

Overall Artwork:


Where to begin? The recreation of the original promotional poster features Drake's ghostlike visage appearing in a negative. The gatefold jacket features an accurate recreation of the album's original Salvador Daliesque artwork. Find more info on the rest of the artwork in the "Overall Extras" section.

Overall Extras:


Audiophile virgin vinyl. Gatefold sleeve, inner sleeve, paper labels. Original promotional shop-poster. Facsimile of Drake's handwritten lyrics to four of the songs. Vinyl mastering notes from original engineer John Wood. Box showing the original tape box from which the vinyl was mastered. Digital download with choice of three, high-quality formats.

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...

Rob has reviewed 48 other Records.


Total Score

: 4.65



Label: Island Records
Release Year: 2012
Purchase Price: 60.00
Pressing Company: unknown
Format: 12 inch LP
# of Records: 1
Pressing Weight: 180 gram
Color: black
Gatefold: Yes
Digital: Yes
Inner Sleeves:
heavy card stock paper

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