Side 1 1. ...Baby One More Time 2. (You Drive Me) Crazy (Album Version) 3. Sometimes 4. Soda Pop 5. Born to Make You Happy 6. From the Bottom of My Broken Heart Side 2 1. I Will Be There 2. I Will Still Love You 3. Thinkin' About You 4. E-Mail My Heart 5. The Beat Goes On
Would recommend - but buy it in the store so you can check for physical damage before purchasing
5 out of 5 stars
WD4OWA - 11 months ago
I was looking thru the record albums at our local Target here in Acworth, Georgia that were on sale and ran across this Britney Spears picture record but noticed (as other reviewers have) the clear vinyl cover was tearing open and the bottom heat-sealed seam allowing the first 1/4 inch or so of the outer record edge to protrude out and be unprotected from damage. So my wife and I went to another Target that claimed to have two in stock and luckily the first one we looked at had all seams of the outer vinyl cover still sealed. I also noticed the seam was heat sealed differently (a continuous heat seal line instead of a series of short "dashes" of heat sealed spots) so maybe the manufacturer finally discovered the problem and changed the method of sealing the plastic cover. I've attached a photo showing the continuous heat-seal seam which you need to look for and not the seam that looks like a series of "dashes" or small skinny rectangles along the edge. Okay, enough about this topic and now about the record itself.
I own a nice Audio-Technica AT-LP1240-USB turntable and purchased the Audio-Technica AT440MLb cartridge to use with the turntable so it's not a cheap turntable nor is it a rich person's high-end turntable and cartridge. See photos. I put the record on the turntable last night to do a sound quality test and check for warpage and whether the center-hole was punched in dead center. Didn't see any warpage and the hole was very close to dead center which was good news before I started listening to the album.
I put on my Audio-Technica ATH-M40x Monitor Headphones to listen critically to the audio quality. Picture records are known to have lower audio sound level to surface noise ratio than regular black vinyl records (meaning the audio loudness of the music compared to the "silent" portions of the track between songs is better on regular black vinyl). I didn't find the surface noise objectionable at all and was lower than expected. Sound quality was excellent with no problems with skipping, distortion, or scratches.
I'm not a big Britney Spears fan but there were only a couple songs I wouldn't care to listen to again. Then again, I can't think of any groups including groups like the Beatles or Eagles that don't have songs I wouldn't care to listen to again :-)
All in all it is a keeper.
Was so excited to see this album released on vinyl. The first copy that was delivered to me had 2 very noticeable scratches on it and it skipped when I played it. I reached out to customer service and they sent me a replacement copy. The replacement didn't have the visible scratches on the album, but it did still skip in the same exact spot. Really disappointed because I was looking forward to this album.