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.
Cold Snap has a stronger R&B direction than Collins’s previous Alligator releases, most notably in the presence of a slicker production. That approach doesn’t suit him particularly well — he’s at his best when he’s just playing the blues, not when he’s trying to sing. Nevertheless, he turns out a number of gripping solos, and that is what prevents Cold Snap from being too much of a disappointment.