Offered for sale is a limited edition half speed mastered Japanese pressing of Wish You Were Here by Pink Floyd, including the original obi, postcard, and poster.
About this copy: This copy of Wish You Were Here is a 1980 pressing on the CBS/Sony label.
The cover is VG++ and very close to M-, with trace general wear. The obi is M-.
Poster – The poster is M-.
Record company postcard and Mono Lake postcard. Both are M-.
Generic Mastersound inner sleeve is M-.
Lyric insert is M-.
Custom inner sleeve is VG+ with no wear or splits, but with moderate foxing.
The generic Mastersound catalog is missing.
The disc is VG+ on side one, with a couple of light marks through “Welcome to the Machine.” They’re not deep, but the track does play with slight surface noise. Side two is M-.
A nice copy of a very rare Pink Floyd LP and the first copy we’ve had for sale in more than thirty years.
Columbia Records had a short-lived series of audiophile pressings in the early 1980s that they called their Mastersound series.
These were high-quality pressings mastered with extra care and pressed on premium quality vinyl, and sold at a premium price.
Probably 90% of the records issued in that series in the United States were half speed mastered, while the remainder were digitally mastered. Most of the digitally mastered titles were of classical music.
That wasn’t the case with the Japanese Mastersound series, however. Nearly all of the titles in the CBS Mastersound series from Japan were digitally remastered, and most of them don’t sound as good as their analog Japanese counterparts.
In fact, there were only five pop/rock titles in the Japanese series that were half speed mastered:
- Billy Joel – The Stranger (first issue only; second issue was digitally remastered)
- Earth, Wind & Fire – Greatest Hits
- Electric Light Orchestra – Discovery
- Pink Floyd – Wish You Were Here
- Boz Scaggs – Silk Degrees
All are quite rare, and all sound great. The Pink Floyd is easily the rarest of the five titles.
Released in 1975, Wish You Were Here was the ninth studio album by Pink Floyd.
The album reached #1 on the charts in the U.S. and the UK.
Allmusic.com gave Wish You Were Here a 5 star review:
Pink Floyd followed the commercial breakthrough of Dark Side of the Moon with Wish You Were Here, a loose concept album about and dedicated to their founding member Syd Barrett. The record unfolds gradually, as the jazzy textures of “Shine on You Crazy Diamond” reveal its melodic motif, and in its leisurely pace, the album shows itself to be a warmer record than its predecessor. Musically, it’s arguably even more impressive, showcasing the group’s interplay and David Gilmour’s solos in particular. And while it’s short on actual songs, the long, winding soundscapes are constantly enthralling.