I’m quite judgmental, I get an idea and I just go with it until knowledge or people I trust point in a better direction.
With VMP, I always saw them as more like Mondo records, pretty, unique, but generally poor quality.
After seeing a lot of glowing review on the net generally, at Christmas I leapt on their Anthology series of Quincy Jones and was astounded at how good they are, not just the packaging which was very high quality, but the coloured vinyl didn’t detract at all from what was a stellar analogue mastering effort and wonderful pressings. Even the two digitally mastered copies (Miles & Quincy Live At Montreux and Back On The Block) I thought were exceptional.
Really opened my eyes. I realise the Anthology series are pricey and their top efforts, but still, it made re evaluate them entirely.
So to see this news got me really excited.
I think they’ve done incredibly well with GZ that gets a lot of bad press, and I think historically for good reason, but increasingly less the case. I’ve had some impeccable pressings from GZ in the last year.
But I am really optimistic about this, it shows they must be doing very well to be able to do this after only 10 years efforts, and I welcome the results.