Offered for sale is a limited edition half speed mastered U.S. pressing of True by Spandau Ballet, issued by Mobile Fidelity Sound Labs.
About this copy: This copy of True is a 1984 U.S. pressing on the Mobile Fidelity label of an album that was originally released in 1983. While this is technically a U.S. release, the disc was pressed in Japan by JVC using their proprietary “Supervinyl” compound.
The cover is M-, with a punch hole in the upper left hand corner. This copy was sold as a discontinued item; as such it did not include a posterboard stiffener when new.
The half speed mastered disc is M- and looks unplayed. Clean disc!
A nice copy of one of the harder to find Mobile Fidelity titles.
Background: Released in 1983, True was the third album by Spandau Ballet.
The album reached #1 on the UK album chart and #19 on the U.S. chart.
By 1983, with the new romantic movement they’d sprung from a rapidly fading memory, the members of Spandau Ballet showed they had no intention of traveling the same path. Always ambitious, the British quintet really got down to business: Gone were the kilts, frilly shirts, and makeup — as well as the sometimes chilly electronics of their first two albums. Instead, after recording at Compass Point Studios in the sun-soaked Bahamas, the group turned up in smartly tailored suits, with a sleek and mainstream sound to match. That came courtesy of producers Steve Jolley and Tony Swain, who gave Spandau the sort of pop-R&B sheen that had produced hits for clients like Imagination. And it also reflected the growing skill of guitarist Gary Kemp, the band’s primary songwriter, who crafted a set of tunes aimed squarely at the charts. …True remains Spandau Ballet’s most consistent and best all-around album.
Every title ever issued by Mobile Fidelity is collectible in its own right; their pressings from 1978 through 1989 were pressed in Japan by JVC on their proprietary Super Vinyl, an exceptionally resilient, dead-quiet vinyl compound, with later issues pressed in the U.S. by RTI on 200 gram vinyl. These records were mastered at half speed; both the tape and the cutting lathe were run at half the normal speed, allowing the cutting head to cut a more accurate groove in the acetate. The finished product featured dead-quiet vinyl, with improved dynamics, better imaging, and tighter bass.
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|Country of origin:||U.S.|
|Record Label:||Mobile Fidelity|
|Year of Release:||1984|