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Pretty Hate Machine (Vinyl) Original recording remastered

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  • LP Record (July 3 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: Interscope
  • ASIN: B004AV5H3A
  • In-Print Editions: Audio CD
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #30,932 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Head Like A Hole
2. Terrible Lie
3. Down In It
4. Sanctified
Disc: 2
1. Something I Can Never Have
2. Kinda I Want To
3. Sin
4. That's What I Get
Disc: 3
1. The Only Time
2. Ringfinger
3. Get Down Make Love

Product Description

Digitally remastered and expanded edition of this 1989 debut album from Trent Reznor and Co. featuring one bonus track: 'Get Down Make Love'. Rob Sheridan, NIN's longtime art director, has also re-imagined the packaging of Pretty Hate Machine under Reznor's supervision. The Bicycle Music Company acquired the rights to Pretty Hate Machine from a division of Prudential Securities in the spring of 2010. It was Bicycle's intention from the onset to enable Reznor to regain some control of the lost piece of NIN's legacy, resulting in this artist approved 2010 reissue of one of music's most groundbreaking and influential albums. This 2LP vinyl edition comes in a double gatefold sleeve.

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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By E. A Solinas HALL OF FAMETOP 10 REVIEWER on Aug. 25 2011
Format: Audio CD
Woe. Pain. Anger. Rejection. And some very catchy industrial beats.

Trent Reznor has become legendary for the sound he perfected in "Pretty Hate Machine," his exceptional debut album. Wrapped in catchy industrial beats and sizzling basslines, he exposes all the rage and pain from being betrayed. Like a bad breakup, it's raw and rough and painful, but there's a strange catharsis once it's over.

It opens on a high note with the ear-blowing "Head Like A Hole," which alternates between dark techno and explosive hard-rock. "Bow down before the one you serve/you're gonna get what you deserve... Head like a hole, black as your soul/I'd rather DIE than give you control!" Reznor snarls. And he sounds like he means it, too.

That mix of rage and bitterness permeate the songs that follow. Not every song is a rockin' ragefest: "Something I Can Never Have" is a sweeping, haunted ballad with Reznor lamenting that "I'm starting to scare myself." It's one of the most powerful songs on a hard-hitting record, and shows Reznor's anguished vocals at their best.

But the majority are harder, angrier songs with Reznor's rough industrial-pop, raw singing and sparse electronic beats. The second half does drag a bit, but is pulled back up by the explosive "Sin" ("You give me the reason/you give me control/I gave you my purity/and my purity you stole!") and hauntingly out-there "Ringfinger."

"Pretty Hate Machine" could, in a sense, be seen as a concept album -- a mapping of the painful emotions in a breakup. Okay, painful breakups are not a big deal in the musical world -- every cheesy popstar does them. The difference is, Trent Reznor does them with passion, genuine anger, and explosive music that mirrors the betrayed feelings.
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful By M. Littman on Jan. 4 2011
Format: Audio CD
I love the original album. And I still have the original CD in good condition. I bought this album to see if the remaster sounded better. In my opinion it does not sound any better. Yes you can hear a few synths that you couldn't hear before, however we have lost all the dynamic range. The audio is squished to make it as loud as possible. I prefer the original issue Cd. If you don't have this album on CD definitely buy this.
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0 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Sandra Reid-Swanson on Feb. 26 2014
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
I was recently introduced to Nine Inch Nails by purchasing Hesitation Marks.I really liked the album except a couple of songs.I purchased Downward Spiral and Pretty Little Hate Machine mistakenly thinking I would like them as much.NOT!!!!! I have never heard anything so violent,hateful and degrading in all my life.I only wish my expectations hadn't been so high.Unfortunately I opened both CD's so I can't return them.I'm seriously considering taking a hammer to both of them.I fear anyone who is a little bit"off" would listen to this garbage and act out.My personal opinion is the Artist should seek some professional help,STAT!!!
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177 of 186 people found the following review helpful
Trent's first endeavor, built with 21 years of new tech Nov. 22 2010
By Deven - Published on
Format: Audio CD
Has it really been 21 years? Hard to believe that Trent was changing the world at the same time that songs like Tone Loc's "Wild Thing" were bouncing around people's heads. Let's get down to it (or rather down in it).

I first have to commend Trent for the packaging. Clear lettering slip cover, insert with lyrics, sharp album art and a nice info section round out a fantastic physical product. There's a nice touch just below the "Thank You" section, but I won't spoil it for you.

Onto the music. If you've ever seen or heard NIN live, you've probably thought: "Man, why can't [insert PHM song title] sound this good at home?" Fortunately, we have Halo 02R to change all of that. The album sounds like 1989 Trent hopped in a wormhole to the year 2010, re-recorded the album, heard a Justin Bieber song on the radio and ran straight back.

The first thing you notice is that it's louder. Anyone who's listened to PHM knows that it had a "quiet" sound. Then you hear Trent sing, and you realize that his vocals are finally as loud as the instruments/synths. Finally you start picking up the fun stuff, like the remastered thump of bass guitar in Sanctified's intro, or the background quips and sounds in Terrible Lie. The real winner on the album is Kinda I Want To. Listen to it with earbuds or good surround sound and you'll hear what I mean. I could go on and on about how "this part" from "that song" sounds, but you really have to hear it for yourself. All I can do is promise you that the re-master wasn't overdone. This is still 1989 Nine Inch Nails, but with higher quality for your listening pleasure.

Long story short, drive to your local cd retailer, throw down your $8 and buy this. Of course, if you're a NIN fan you already have. I drove through a semi-blizzard in Fargo, ND at 9am to get it. Now if you'll excuse me, I must return to my hot chocolate and my music.
48 of 52 people found the following review helpful
BIG improvement over original! Nov. 23 2010
By G. Ellisberg - Published on
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The clarity and updated sound of this remaster is outrageously good. The lows are richer and the highs are crisper. The instrument and sound separation in the mix is far superior to the original. I am intimately familiar with every note and sound on this album and I hear things I never noticed before. I am glad that the original tracks found their way back home for a little polishing. Well done Trent.
102 of 117 people found the following review helpful
Not as good as everyone would like you to believe. Dec 12 2010
By Scentless Apprentice - Published on
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
My title and rating in no way refer to the music, but the new 2010 remaster.

I've always thought the 1989 CD master i have sounded a bit thin and could've benefited from having a fuller sound and a bit more power. So this remaster for me, was a must buy. I even imported it from the US through because it's mot available here in Australia. The 1989 master has never gone out of print here so that's maybe why (Pretty Hate Machine is on Interscope here - they must've bought the rights for this country of TVT when NIN made it big in the early 90's).

Anyway, This new master despite being done by Trent himself suffers from loudness war mastering and i just don't get it. Trent surely has to know about this stuff since he's not some beginner audio newbie and unlike most bands he produces his music as well instead of just performing it. He's even been around since the 'golden age' of CD mastering (late 80's - early 90's).

It's really disappointing that this remaster was done brilliantly and then for some reason it was decided that the dynamics should just be sucked out through peak limiting added as a finishing touch. 'Kinda I Want To' used to have schizophrenic drums that seemed to leap out of the speaker at you and now they just sound held back and restrained, changing the song drastically. Just listen to 'Head Like A Hole' remastered and then play the 1989 original back to back... notice the punchy drums in the original?

This remaster gets even more confusing taking into account 'The Downward Spiral' remaster from 2004 that didn't suffer from this loudness war problem! It was a bit louder but the waveforms weren't clipped like on this 'Pretty Hate Machine' remaster.

I thought maybe this remaster caters for the iPod generation... but then i also thought they wouldn't have gone through the effort of redesigning the cover art and designing nice new packaging if that was the case.

I'm confused. Why are people calling this remaster fantastic, do they not own a decent quality home stereo? Do they not know louder does not equal better?
20 of 22 people found the following review helpful
sounds as though it could have been recorded yesterday Nov. 22 2010
By Daniel Ferguson-Maltzman - Published on
Format: Audio CD
Nine Inch Nail's debut album has been in my walkman, discman and i-pod for well over a decade. It's one of my favorites and something that got me through my teens and 20s. I know every note of music on this album, so it's a bit surreal listening to the 2010 remaster. It's a bit of a trip hearing something that you are so familiar with sound different.

How does the 2010 version of PHM differ fro the 1989 version? As others have pointed out, it is louder, crisper, and just sounds fresher. When one listens to the original album, as good as it is, one can date it. From a production standpoint, it sounds like it came out in 1989. This new version sounds as though it could have been recorded yesterday--as these classic songs have been polished up a bit.

The new packaging and design, with the fold-out slip-case is awesome. If you are a NIN fan and love the original PHM, this new remaster is well worth the eight bucks. Although I'll still hold on to my original album, as it's kind of like an old friend and it's how I remember hearing these songs.

What follows is my review of "Pretty Hate Machine" that I wrote five years ago and appears in the review of the older pressing.

If you don't own any NIN's albums, this is definitely the place to start.

"The Downward Spiral" will probably forever be Trent Reznor's most popular and critically acclaimed album. And "The Fragile," in my opinion is Reznor's magnum opus. And although those are some of the best albums in modern rock, they both need time and a few plays to get into. "The Downward Spiral" is a classic, no doubt, but it's so intense, people unfamiliar with NIN may be initially turned off. And with the "The Fragile," there are a lot of instrumentals with long buildups and climaxes (not that that's a bad thing). Both of these albums need a few plays to really appreciate. "Pretty Hate Machine" is more meat-and-potatos and gets right to the point with each song. It's easy to digest these songs with just one listen.

NIN's debut album, "Pretty Hate Machine," is instantly accessible, instantly catchy. Some industrial purists may eschew NIN for being overly assesable/pop, but the hooks in these songs are undeniable. "Pretty Hate Machine" is not the kind of album where you listen to it a few times, every once and a while, or listen to a few songs now and then. "Pretty Hate Machine" is the kind of album that you get hooked on. And it's not just a few songs, the entire album is mesmerizing.

From the opening classic "Head Like a Hole" to the closing "Ringfinger" every song is meticulously crafted and delivered. Even if you know nothing at all about Trent Reznor, just by listening to any of NIN's albums, you get the sense that every song on every one of his albums is a labor of love.

This is the kind of album that any person can relate to. Trent Reznor takes universal feeling and themes of being rejected, disappointed, screwed over, dejected and depressed, and he puts it to catchy industrial beats. There is a certain healing power to the music of Nine Inch Nails. You feel a certain catharsis when you listen to Trent Reznor's music.

"Pretty Hate Machine" is a modern-day classic and a cornerstone in any college/alternative collection.
15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
A mixed bag (score for remaster, not original album) May 23 2012
By ANAF - Published on
Format: Audio CD
So, I love Pretty Hate Machine and I just thought I'd throw my comments out regarding the remaster.

Unfortunately, the CD/digital version of the remaster is brickwalled to hell. This is so unbelievably compressed (because apparently, TR thought it needed to be 10x louder than anything NIN ever put out before) that the dynamics in most of the tracks are gone.

Fortunately, there is hope. The vinyl version was pressed using a rendering of the remaster that is about 6 db lower, so the dynamics are still there along with the equalization and widening improvements. If you have a turntable, get that instead of the CD, or go online and find a rip of the vinyl version to digital. As for the CD version, do your ears a favor and get the original 1989 pressing instead.

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