Foo Fighters – Wasting Light

Posted: April 18, 2011 in Vinyl

In my opinion, the new Foo Fighters album, Wasting Light, is their best since The Colour And The Shape. I’ve come to the conclusion it’s due to two reasons. First, it’s the first album since The Colour And The Shape that Pat Smear appears as a full-fledged member of the band. Two, the album was recorded on open reel analog tape in Dave Grohl’s garage, it was not messed around with too much digitally or recorded 100% digitally.

The vinyl release of Wasting Light was pressed as a double LP on black vinyl housed in a gatefold jacket. As with the past few Foo Fighters vinyl releases, the quality is superb. The jacket is heavy-duty and not only do the records come in those poly lined audiophile paper dust sleeves; double-sided, full color, photo dust sleeves are also included for each record. The liner notes are printed on these photo sleeves, which to me is fine in place of an insert. The only thing that didn’t really impress me with the packaging is the gatefold artwork. All copies come with a digital download of the album, the vinyl master of the album taken directly from the analog tapes, which I think are now destroyed because pieces of it were given out in special pre-order bundles of the album. I’ve heard both the high quality CD/digital master of the album and this download version of the album, and the download that comes with the vinyl version is far superior in terms of quality. Other than playing the records this is the next best thing.

I have no idea how many copies were pressed but it has to be close to 10,000 copies if the intention is not to keep the album in print for the forseeable future.

  1. Marcin says:

    Thanks for the review. Just received ‘Wasting Light’ on wonderful vinyl. However, I cannot find a download code or something – where is that supposed to be?


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