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Penetration: Moving Targets (Virgin V 2109)

Ira Robbins, Trouser Press, January 1979

IT'S ONLY slightly difficult to take a record pressed on glow-in-the-dark plastic seriously, but such is the level of total foolishness that the British record industry has slipped to. In the wake of pioneering efforts in colored vinyl and record packaging begun by the early new wave mavens, the business of colored limited edition bullshit has totally gotten out of hand, and rather than entice buyers and reviewers towards the music (remember the music?), it's begun to repel. Had I not been interested in hearing Penetration's album, all of the stupidity in design and pressing would have more than likely dissuaded me from bothering. (On top of which, I haven't heard a record with pressing sound quality this bad since the days of Buddah Records — face it, black is better!)

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