Al DiMeola – Elegant Gypsy CBS Mastersound half speed mastered LP


A limited edition half speed mastered pressing of Elegant Gypsy by Al DiMeola.

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Offered for sale is a limited edition half speed mastered pressing of the 1977 LP Elegant Gypsy by Al Dimeola, issued in 1981 on the CBS Mastersound label.

About this copy: This copy of Elegant Gypsy is a limited edition audiophile pressing, mastered at half speed for optimum fidelity.

The cover is VG++, with trace wear at the edges and corners.  The disc is M- and appears to have had little, if any play.

Both the custom insert and the generic CBS Mastersound insert are included.

A nice copy of a terrific LP.

Background: Elegant Gypsy, released in 1977, was Al Dimeola’s second album.  While it wasn’t his highest-charting album, it was his only LP to be certified gold by the RIAA. gave Elegant Gypsy a rare 5 star review:

Guitarist Al di Meola’s second record as a leader is generally an explosive affair, although it does have a fair amount of variety. With Jan Hammer or Barry Miles on keyboards, electric bassist Anthony Jackson, drummer Lenny White (Steve Gadd takes his place on the “Elegant Gypsy Suite”), and percussionist Mingo Lewis on most of the selections, di Meola shows off his speedy and rock-ish fusion style. … A near classic in the fusion vein.

This particular pressing was part of Columbia Records’ short-lived (1980-1983) audiophile series, in which they released a number of then-new and vintage titles in high-quality, half speed mastered editions in order to compete with Mobile Fidelity and Nautilus. These records were mastered with both the tape deck and the cutting lathe running at half speed, which produces deeper bass and better imaging than standard pressings. In addition, these records, which sold for a substantial premium over the regular pressings of the album, were pressed on high quality virgin vinyl. Mobile Fidelity’s audiophile pressings are better known than those from Columbia, but Columbia’s half speed mastered pressings are, for the most part, exceptionally good ones, and this album is no exception.

Country of origin: U.S.
Size: 12″
Record Label: Columbia
Catalog Number:
HC 44461
Year of Release: 1981
Format: Stereo
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Additional information

Weight 12 oz
Dimensions 12.4 × 12.4 × 0.2 in