Vinyl Pressing Review



Reviewed by Rob Peoni on 08.29.2013

Originally released in 2001, Magnification is the 19th studio album from prog rock icons Yes. After the departure of guitarist Billy Sherwood and keyboardist Igor Khoroshev, Yes was reduced to a four-piece and decided to record the LP with an orchestra conducted by Larry Groupe. This is the only album in the exhaustive Yes catalog that does not feature a keyboard player, and it was the last studio release with longtime leading vocalist Jon Anderson at the helm.

Ratings are based on a scale from 0-10.

Overall Sound:


Top notch production on this LP. Jon Anderson's soaring vocals are out front. The instrumentation is professional and immaculate. The orchestral arrangements from conductor Larry Groupe add lush, theatrical elements to the signature Yes sound. The rhythms are exploratory. Despite the mammoth scale of the production at play here, nothing gets lost in the mix. Yes has always had a divisive effect on listeners, but their sound is nothing if not professional and of the highest quality.

Pressing Quality:


This is a great pressing. The 180 gram vinyl is thick and durable. No warping, weaving, or other manufacturing flaws present. The plastic-lined paper sleeves are high quality. The gatefold jacket includes lyric sheets on the inside panels, as well as a reproduction of the original cover art. The volume remains consistent throughout.

Vinyl Noise:


Very quiet pressing. No popping, skipping, or noticeable static to speak of, even between tracks.

Overall Artwork:


The artwork doesn't do much for me. It's reminiscent of an early Windows screensaver, with a black and purple cosmos as the basis of the cover. The album's title and band's logo appear as if they've been cut from etched glass, and have a three-dimensional effect. The rear cover has the same background as the front with on magnified vignettes of what appear to be satellites.

Overall Extras:


The first 1,000 copies of this record are pressed on purple vinyl. High quality paper sleeves with plastic liners are always a nice touch.

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

: 4.00



Label: Sireena Records
Release Year: 2013
Purchase Price: 21.51
Pressing Company: unknown
Format: 12 inch LP
# of Records: 2
Pressing Weight: 180 gram
Color: purple
Gatefold: Yes
Digital: No
Inner Sleeves:
paper with plastic liner

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