Camel – Moonmadness 1976 UK LP

camel moonmadness uk lp

Offered for sale is a UK pressing of Moonmadness, the fourth album by Camel.

About this copy: This copy of Moonmadness is a 1976 UK pressing on the Decca label.

The textured gatefold cover is M-.

The disc is VG++ and close to M- with just a couple of faint sleeve scuffs and a few spindle marks on the labels.  Clean disc!

A nice copy of a classic LP.

Background: Released in 1976, Moonmadness was the fourth album by Camel.

The album reached #15 on the UK album chart and #118 on the U.S. chart.

Allmusic.com gave Moonmadness a 3 star review:

Abandoning the lovely soundscapes of Snow Goose, Camel delved into layered guitar and synthesizers similar to those of Pink Floyd’s Wish You Were Here on the impressive Moonmadness. Part of the reason behind the shift in musical direction was the label’s insistence that Camel venture into more commercial territory after the experimental Snow Goose, and it is true that the music on Moonmadness is more akin to traditional English progressive rock, even though it does occasionally dip into jazz-fusion territory with syncopated rhythms and shimmering keyboards.

Country of origin: UK
Size: 12″
Record Label: Decca
Catalog Number:
TXS-R 115
Year of Release: 1976
Format: Stereo
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Beatles – Abbey Road 1978 Japan Pro-Use audiophile LP with obi

beatles abbey road japan pro-use lp

Offered for sale is a copy of the limited edition Japanese “Pro-Use” pressing of Abbey Road by the Beatles, including the original obi.

This is possibly the best-sounding version of Abbey Road ever released on vinyl anywhere.

About this copy: This copy of Abbey Road is a 1978 Japanese issue on the Apple label with the “Pro-Use Series” obi.

The cover is M- with trace wear on one corner.  The obi is M-.  The insert is M-.

The disc is M- with a faint sleeve scuff on the first track on side one.  There are no other marks on the vinyl and no spindle marks on the labels.  Beautiful disc!

A beautiful copy of a great-sounding classic LP.

Background: In 1978, EMI-Toshiba introduced a limited edition audiophile series of albums in Japan.  Most of the titles were classical or Jazz titles by artists who were not well known, but the series also included Abbey Road by the Beatles and The Dark Side of the Moon by Pink Floyd.

Both titles offered exceptionally good sound and have long been sought out by audiophiles.

There’s not much to say about Abbey Road that hasn’t already been said; the album reached #1 on the album charts in 7 different countries, and has sold more than 12 million copies in the U.S. alone.

Allmusic.com gave Abbey Road a 5 star review:

 In many ways, Abbey Road stands apart from the rest of the Beatles’ catalog, an album that gains considerable strength from its lush, enveloping production — a recording so luxuriant, it glosses over aesthetic differences between the group’s main three songwriters and ties together a series of disconnected unfinished songs into a complete suite. Where Sgt. Pepper pioneered such mind-bending aural techniques, Abbey Road truly seized the possibilities of the studio and, in doing so, pointed the way forward to the album rock era of the 1970s. Many of the studio tricks arrive during that brilliant suite of songs, a sequence that lasts nearly a full side of an album. … While a single song or segment can be dazzling, having a succession of marvelous, occasionally intertwined moments is not only a marvel but indeed a summation of everything that made the Beatles great.

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Country of origin: Japan
Size: 12″
Record Label: Apple
Catalog Number:
EALF-97001
Year of Release: 1978
Format: Stereo
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Beatles – Abbey Road 1978 Japan Pro-Use audiophile LP with obi

Beatles - Abbey Road Japan Pro-Use audiophile LP

Offered for sale is a copy of the limited edition Japanese “Pro-Use” pressing of Abbey Road by the Beatles, including the original obi.

This is possibly the best-sounding version of Abbey Road ever released on vinyl anywhere.

About this copy: This copy of Abbey Road is a 1978 Japanese issue on the Apple label with the “Pro-Use Series” obi.

The cover is M-.  The obi is M-.  The insert is M-.

The disc is M- and looks unplayed.  Beautiful disc!

A beautiful copy of a great-sounding classic LP.

Background: In 1978, EMI-Toshiba introduced a limited edition audiophile series of albums in Japan.  Most of the titles were classical or Jazz titles by artists who were not well known, but the series also included Abbey Road by the Beatles and The Dark Side of the Moon by Pink Floyd.

Both titles offered exceptionally good sound and have long been sought out by audiophiles.

There’s not much to say about Abbey Road that hasn’t already been said; the album reached #1 on the album charts in 7 different countries, and has sold more than 12 million copies in the U.S. alone.

Allmusic.com gave Abbey Road a 5 star review:

 In many ways, Abbey Road stands apart from the rest of the Beatles’ catalog, an album that gains considerable strength from its lush, enveloping production — a recording so luxuriant, it glosses over aesthetic differences between the group’s main three songwriters and ties together a series of disconnected unfinished songs into a complete suite. Where Sgt. Pepper pioneered such mind-bending aural techniques, Abbey Road truly seized the possibilities of the studio and, in doing so, pointed the way forward to the album rock era of the 1970s. Many of the studio tricks arrive during that brilliant suite of songs, a sequence that lasts nearly a full side of an album. … While a single song or segment can be dazzling, having a succession of marvelous, occasionally intertwined moments is not only a marvel but indeed a summation of everything that made the Beatles great.

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Country of origin: Japan
Size: 12″
Record Label: Apple
Catalog Number:
EALF-97001
Year of Release: 1978
Format: Stereo
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Supertramp – Crime of the Century 1978 Canada half speed mastered LP

Supertramp - Crime of the Century 1978 Canada half speed mastered LP

Offered for sale is a Canadian half speed mastered pressing of Crime of the Century by Supertramp.

About this copy: This copy of Crime of the Century is a 1978 Canadian pressing on the A&M label of an album that was originally released in 1974.

While technically a Canadian release, the disc was pressed in Japan by JVC using the same “Supervinyl” compound that they used to press records for Mobile Fidelity.

The cover is VG++ and close to M- with a couple of slight creases.  The original outer plastic sleeve is included.

The disc is M- with a few spindle marks on the labels, but no marks on the vinyl.  Clean disc!

A nice copy of a scarce Supertramp LP.

Background: Released in 1974, Crime of the Century was the third album by Supertramp.

The album reached #4 on the UK album charts and #38 on the U.S. charts.

Allmusic.com gave Crime of the Century a 4 star review:

Supertramp came into their own on their third album, 1974’s Crime of the Century, as their lineup gelled but, more importantly, so did their sound. The group still betrayed a heavy Pink Floyd influence, particularly in its expansive art rock arrangements graced by saxophones, but Supertramp isn’t nearly as spooky as Floyd … At times the album floats off into its own world, with an effect more tedious than hypnotic, but it’s still a huge leap forward for the group and their most consistent album outside of that 1979 masterwork, Breakfast in America.

This LP was part of a short-lived audiophile series of half speed mastered albums released in Canada by A&M Records.  The discs were pressed in Japan on high-quality “Supervinyl” by JVC.

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Country of origin: Canada
Size: 12″
Record Label: A&M
Catalog Number:
SPJ 3647
Year of Release: 1978
Format: Stereo
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Tangerine Dream – Rubicon 1982 Japan LP with obi

tangerine dream rubicon japan lp

Offered for sale is an Japanese pressing of Rubicon by Tangerine Dream, including the original obi.

About this copy: This copy of Rubicon is a 1982 Japanese pressing on the Virgin label of an album that was originally released in 1975.

The cover is VG+ with a small 3 cm split at the top edge and a couple of small stains on the back cover where stickers were removed.

The obi is M-.  The insert is M-.

The disc is M- with a few spindle marks on the labels, but no marks on the vinyl.  Clean disc!

A nice copy of a terrific LP.

Background: Released in 1975, Rubicon was the sixth studio album by Tangerine Dream.

The album reached #10 on the UK album chart.

Allmusic.com gave Rubicon a 4 1/2 star review:

Rubycon has aged gracefully for the most part, making it a solid companion (and follow-up) to their 1974 album, Phaedra. The somewhat dated palette of sounds here never overshadow the mood: eerie psychedelia without the paisleys — Pink Floyd without the rock. “Rubycon, Pt. 1” ebbs and flows through tense washes of echo and Mellotron choirs, as primitive sequencer lines bubble to the surface. “Pt. 2” opens in a wonderfully haunted way, like air-raid sirens at the lowest possible pitch, joined in unison by several male voices (someone in the band must have heard György Ligeti’s work for 2001)….This is a satisfying ambient record from the pre-ambient era, too dark for meditation, and too good to be forgotten.

 

Country of origin: Japan
Size: 12″
Record Label: Virgin
Catalog Number:
VIP-4150
Year of Release: 1982
Format: Stereo
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Boz Scaggs – Silk Degrees 1980 Japan half speed mastered Mastersound LP with obi

boz scaggs silk degrees japan mastersound lp

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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Country of origin: Japan
Size: 12″
Record Label: CBS/Sony
Catalog Number:
30AP 1878
Year of Release: 1980
Format: Stereo
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Supertramp – Crime of the Century 1978 U.S. Mobile Fidelity half speed mastered LP

supertramp crime of the century mobile fidelity lp

Offered for sale is a U.S. half speed mastered U.S. pressing of Crime of the Century by Supertramp, issued by Mobile Fidelity Sound Labs.

About this copy: This copy of Crime of the Century is a 1978 U.S. pressing on the Mobile Fidelity/A&M label of an album that was originally released in 1974.

While technically a U.S. release, the disc was pressed in Japan by JVC using their proprietary “Supervinyl” compound.

The cover is VG+ with light general wear, mostly at the edges and corners.  This is the first issue of the LP with the words “Original Master Recording” in upright, rather than slanted, lettering.

The posterboard insert is M-.  The generic Mobile Fidelity warranty sheet and catalog are missing.

The disc is M- with a few spindle marks on the labels, but no marks on the vinyl.  Clean disc!

A nice copy of a scarce Supertramp LP, as they band’s albums sold poorly in Japan.

Background: Released in 1974, Crime of the Century was the third album by Supertramp.

The album reached #4 on the UK album charts and #38 on the U.S. charts.

Allmusic.com gave Crime of the Century a 4 star review:

Supertramp came into their own on their third album, 1974’s Crime of the Century, as their lineup gelled but, more importantly, so did their sound. The group still betrayed a heavy Pink Floyd influence, particularly in its expansive art rock arrangements graced by saxophones, but Supertramp isn’t nearly as spooky as Floyd … At times the album floats off into its own world, with an effect more tedious than hypnotic, but it’s still a huge leap forward for the group and their most consistent album outside of that 1979 masterwork, Breakfast in America.

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Country of origin: Japan
Size: 12″
Record Label: A&M
Catalog Number:
AMP-7045
Year of Release: 1979
Format: Stereo
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Supertramp – Brother Where You Bound 1985 U.S. LP

Supertramp - Brother Where You Bound 1985 U.S. LP

Offered for sale is an original U.S. pressing of the 1985 LP Brother Where You Bound by Supertramp.

About this copy: This copy of Brother Where You Bound is a 1985 U.S. pressing on the A&M label.

The cover is M-.  The custom inner sleeve is VG+ with a few wrinkles and a small (0.5 cm) tear at the top edge.

The virgin vinyl translucent disc is VG++ with a couple of faint sleeve scuffs and a stain on the side two label where a price sticker was removed.  It’s a very clean disc that has had little play.

A nice copy of a well-recorded LP.

Background: Released in 1985, Brother Where You Bound was the eighth album by Supertramp.

The album reached #20 on the UK album chart and #21 on the U.S. chart.

Allmusic.com gave Brother Where You Bound a 3 star review:

When vocalist-guitarist Roger Hodgson left Supertramp after 1982’s …famous last words…, few could have guessed that the band would continue and solidify its pop-oriented songcraft, let alone re-embrace its progressive-rock roots on 1985’s underrated Brother Where You Bound. With vocalist-keyboardist Rick Davies firmly in control — he wrote all the music and lyrics — the album examined tensions at the tail end of the Cold War. …The fantastic title track examines Cold War paranoia and clocks in at more than 16 minutes; after the creepy opening narration taken from George Orwell’s 1984, the song becomes a composite of several complex prog-rock “movements.” Pink Floyd’s David Gilmour contributes the searing, distorted guitar solos. Unfortunately, Brother Where You Bound never received the attention it deserved; it isn’t a perfect album, but it was a gutsy project for Supertramp to take on.

Country of origin: U.S.
Size: 12″
Record Label: A&M
Catalog Number:
SP-5014
Year of Release: 1985
Format: Stereo
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Supertramp – Crime of the Century 1979 Japan LP with obi

supertramp crime of the century japan lp

Offered for sale is a Japanese pressing of Crime of the Century by Supertramp, including the original obi.

About this copy: This copy of Crime of the Century is a 1979 Japanese pressing on the A&M label of an album that was originally released in 1974.

The cover is VG++ and close to M- with very slight edge and corner wear.  The obi is M-.

The insert is VG++ with a few slight wrinkles.

The disc is M- with a few spindle marks on the labels, but no marks on the vinyl.  Clean disc!

A nice copy of a scarce Supertramp LP, as the band’s albums sold poorly in Japan.

Background: Released in 1974, Crime of the Century was the third album by Supertramp.

The album reached #4 on the UK album charts and #38 on the U.S. charts.

Allmusic.com gave Crime of the Century a 4 star review:

Supertramp came into their own on their third album, 1974’s Crime of the Century, as their lineup gelled but, more importantly, so did their sound. The group still betrayed a heavy Pink Floyd influence, particularly in its expansive art rock arrangements graced by saxophones, but Supertramp isn’t nearly as spooky as Floyd … At times the album floats off into its own world, with an effect more tedious than hypnotic, but it’s still a huge leap forward for the group and their most consistent album outside of that 1979 masterwork, Breakfast in America.

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Country of origin: Japan
Size: 12″
Record Label: A&M
Catalog Number:
AMP-7045
Year of Release: 1979
Format: Stereo
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Kiss – Destroyer (Resurrected) sealed U.S. orange vinyl LP

kiss destroyer orange vinyl u.s. lp

Offered for sale is a still sealed limited edition orange vinyl U.S. pressing of Destroyer (Resurrected) by Kiss.

This limited edition colored vinyl pressing was sold exclusively through Walmart stores in the United States.

About this copy: This copy of Destroyer (Resurrected) is a 2019 U.S. pressing on the Mercury/Casablanca label of an album that was originally released in 1976.

The “resurrected” refers to the fact that the tracks are 2012 remixes.

As the album is sealed, the disc is presumably new and unplayed.

The wrap is fully intact with no rips, tears, or holes.

There is a hype sticer attached to the wrap that says “Limited Edition Exclusive Orange Vinyl.”

A nice copy of a classic Kiss LP.

Background: Released in 1976, Destroyer was the fourth studio album by Kiss.

The album reached #11 on the U.S. album chart and #22 on the UK chart.

Allmusic.com gave Destroyer a 4 1/2 star review:

The pressure was on Kiss for their fifth release, and the band knew it. Their breakthrough, Alive!, was going to be hard to top, so instead of trying to recreate a concert setting in the studio, they went the opposite route. Destroyer is one of Kiss’ most experimental studio albums, but also one of their strongest and most interesting. Alice Cooper/Pink Floyd producer Bob Ezrin was on hand, and he strongly encouraged the band to experiment…Destroyer also marked the first time that a comic-book illustration of the band appeared on the cover, confirming that the band was transforming from hard rockers to superheroes.

Country of origin: U.S.
Size: 12″
Record Label: Mercury/Casablanca
Catalog Number:
B0017201-0
Year of Release: 2019
Format: Stereo
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