Al DiMeola/John McLaughlin – Friday Night in San Francisco CBS Mastersound half speed mastered LP


A limited edition half speed mastered pressing of Friday Night in San Francisco by Al DiMeola, John McLaughlin and Paco DeLucia.

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Offered for sale is a limited edition half speed mastered pressing of the 1981 LP Friday Night in San Francisco by Al Dimeola, John McLaughlin and Paco DeLucia, issued in 1981 on the CBS Mastersound label.

About this copy: This copy of Friday Night in San Francisco 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.

The CBS Mastersound insert is missing.

A nice copy of a terrific LP.

Background: Friday Night in San Francisco, released in 1981 was a live acoustic recording featuring three of the best-known jazz/fusion guitarists .  It reached #97 on the U.S. album charts. gave Electric Rendezvous a 4 1/2 star review:

Loose and spontaneous, this (mainly) live album is a meeting of three of the greatest guitarists in the world for an acoustic summit the likes of which the guitar-playing community rarely sees. Broken up into three duo and two trio performances, Friday Night in San Francisco catches all three players at the peaks of their quite formidable powers.

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 47152
Year of Release: 1981
Format: Stereo
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Additional information

Weight 24 oz
Dimensions 15 × 13 × 1 in
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