Record Articles

We have written a number of articles about various aspects of record collecting. We hope you find them to be helpful.

Why do people collect vinyl records? – An explanation about record collecting.

Acetates and Test Pressings – What are they?

Audiophile Records – Albums made to sound better than regular pressings

Beatles Albums – Information about Beatles albums from around the world

Beatles Colored Vinyl Albums – Beatles albums from around the world that were issued on colored vinyl

Bootleg Records – Unauthorized pressings including live albums and ROIR pressings

Butcher cover – The story of the Beatles’ most notorious album – Yesterday and Today

Colored Vinyl – Information about records pressed on some color of vinyl other than black

Counterfeit Records and Pirate Pressings – Information about fake rare records

Japanese albums – Why collectors seek out records from Japan

Lesley Gore records – We have a large collection of albums, singles and more by the singer.

Most Valuable Vinyl Records – The Top 10 Rarest Albums That Were Sold in Stores

Picture Discs – Information about picture discs and their history

Pink Floyd Albums – An overview of unusual records by one of the world’s most collectible artists

Stereo Records and Mono Records – Why collectors prefer one or the other

Vintage Vinyl Records – 9 Reasons Why Collectors Like Them – The reasons collectors might prefer vintage records over new ones

Vinyl Record Collecting Glossary – A collection of useful terms related to records and record collecting

Vinyl Record Storage and Care – Taking Care of Your Investment

Vinyl Records Value – What determines what your records are worth?

White Label Promo – Information about promotional releases

 

Count Basie – Basie Plays Hefti Mobile Fidelity (MFSL) LP

Count Basie - Basie Plays Hefti Mobile Fidelity (MFSL) LP

Offered for sale is a scarce Mobile Fidelity half speed mastered pressing of the 1958 LP Basie Plays Hefti by Count Basie and his orchestra.

About this copy: This copy of Basie Plays Hefti is a half speed mastered audiophile pressing, issued by Mobile Fidelity Sound Labs in the early 1980s.

The cover is VG++, with traces of wear at the edges and corners.  There’s a discolored area on the front cover where a price sticker was removed. No posterboard stiffener.

The record is M- and aside from a spindle mark or two on the label, looks unplayed.

A nice copy of a terrific record.

Background:  Basie Plays Hefti has long been one of our favorite Mobile Fidelity LPs, as it has a big, fat soundstage.  It’s a terrific recording, and the material, all written by Neil Hefti, is first-rate, as well.

Tracks are:

“Has Anyone Here Seen Basie” – 2:42
“Cute” – 3:10
“Pensive Miss” – 3:48
“Sloo Foot” – 3:08
“It’s Awf’ly Nice to Be With You” – 3:31
“Scoot” – 2:28
“A Little Tempo, Please” – 2:36
“Late Date” – 3:17
“Count Down” – 2:45
“Bag’a Bones” – 2:42
“Pony Tail” – 3:59

You can listen to the first track, “Has Anyone Here Seen Basie?” here:

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. By their very nature, all of Mobile Fidelity’s titles were limited-edition pressings, and Basie Plays Hefti was limited to an unknown number of copies.

 

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New Rare Records – June Christy, Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan

new rare records - june christy, rolling stones, bob dylan

new rare records - june christy, rolling stones, bob dylan

New items in our store include:

June Christy – The Intimate Miss Christy 1963 stereo acetate
Rolling Stones – Beautiful Delilah orange/pink vinyl TMOQ LP
Bob Dylan – Great White Wonder orange/blue vinyl TMOQ 2 LP set

You can browse the rest of our items in our store.

Albert Collins – Cold Snap 1986 Mobile Fidelity LP

Albert Collins - Cold Snap 1986 Mobile Fidelity LP

Offered for sale is a copy of the limited edition, half speed mastered pressing of Albert Collins’ 1986 LP, Cold Snap, pressed by Mobile Fidelity Sound Labs.

About this copy: The copy offered for sale has a M- record and cover.  The posterboard stiffener is included.  This copy is numbered 1206 from an edition of unknown quantity.

A nice copy of a great electric blues album.

Background:  Cold Snap is classic electric blues by Albert Collins, consisting of both instrumentals and vocal tracks.  It’s a great recording, and this half speed mastered pressing by Mobile Fidelity sounds terrific.

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.

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.  By their very nature, all of Mobile Fidelity’s titles were limited-edition pressings, and Cold Snap was limited to an unknown quantity of numbered copies.

 

Previn/LSO – 1812 Overture sealed Mobile Fidelity LP

Previn/LSO - 1812 Overture sealed Mobile Fidelity LP

Offered for sale is a still sealed copy of the Mobile Fidelity half speed mastered pressing of Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture.  The title is actually, A Tchaikovsky Spectacular, as it features three works:  the 1812 Overture, Romeo and Juliet, and March Slave.

About this copy: This copy is still sealed and has never been opened or played.  This copy is a cutout; it has a small saw mark on the cover and the LP was packaged at the factory without the heavy cardboard stiffener that usually accompanied Mobile Fidelity LPs.  The cover is sealed with loose-fitting shrinkwrap.

A nice sealed copy of one of Mobile Fidelity’s harder to find titles.

Background: The 1812 Overture is a workhorse for orchestras around the world; it lets them stretch out and even use real cannons when they are so inclined.  There are numerous audiophile recordings of the work that are highly regarded – Mercury’s late 1950s pressing, which was the first to use real cannons, another by Reiner and the Chicago Symphony from around 1960, and the early digital recording by Telarc that has been known to throw tonearm needles right out of the grooves when the cannons fire.

This recording, from 1973, features the London Symphony Orchestra, which was then conducted by Andre Previn in an all-Tchaikovsky album.  The 1812 piece includes the now-mandatory cannons in the finale.

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. 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.  By their very nature, all of Mobile Fidelity’s titles were limited-edition pressings, and several titles were limited to 5000 numbered copies.

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