Offered for sale is a limited edition half speed mastered Japanese pressing of Silk Degrees by Boz Scaggs, including the original obi.
This title was one of only five half speed mastered releases in CBS/Sony’s “Mastersound” audiophile series, as most of the titles were digitally remastered.
About this copy: This copy of Silk Degrees is a 1980 Japanese pressing on the CBS/Sony label of an album that was originally released in 1976.
The cover is VG+ with slight edge and corner wear. The obi is M-.
The custom inner sleeve is VG++ with slight foxing. The lyric insert and generic Mastersound catalog are M-.
The disc is M- and looks like it may have been played once. Clean disc!
A nice copy of a rare half speed mastered LP and the only copy we’ve ever had for sale.
Background: Released in 1976, Silk Degrees was the seventh album by Boz Scaggs.
The album reached #2 on the U.S. album chart and #20 on the UK chart.
Allmusic.com gave Silk Degrees a 5 star review:
Both artistically and commercially, Boz Scaggs had his greatest success with Silk Degrees. The laid-back singer hit the R&B charts in a big way with the addictive, sly “Lowdown” (which has been sampled by more than a few rappers and remains a favorite among baby-boomer soul fans) and expressed his love of smooth soul music almost as well on the appealing “What Can I Say.” But Scaggs was essentially a pop/rocker, and in that area he has a considerable amount of fun on “Lido Shuffle” (another major hit single), “What Do You Want the Girl to Do,” and “Jump Street.”
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.
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