Offered for sale is a still sealed limited edition half speed mastered U.S. pressing of Magical Mystery Tour by the Beatles, released by Mobile Fidelity Sound Labs.
About this copy: This copy of Magical Mystery Tour is a 1981 U.S. pressing on the Mobile Fidelity Label, though the discs were pressed in Japan by JVC on their proprietary “Supervinyl” compound.
As the album is still sealed, the record is presumably new and unplayed.
The loose bag wrap is fully intact, with no rips, tears, or holes. There are no seam splits in the cover, which is unusual for this title.
A beautiful copy of a rare Beatles LP that seldom turns up sealed.
Background: Released in 1967, Magical Mystery Tour was a collection of songs from the film of the same name combined with some singles that had been released shortly before the album.
In the UK, the material from the film was released as a double EP set, but in Japan, the album was released in the U.S. format. The album reached #1 in the U.S.
The U.S. version of the soundtrack for the Beatles’ ill-fated British television special embellished the six songs that were found on the British Magical Mystery Tour double EP with five other cuts from their 1967 singles. The psychedelic sound is very much in the vein of Sgt. Pepper’s, and even spacier in parts (especially the sound collages of “I Am the Walrus”). Unlike Sgt. Pepper’s, there’s no vague overall conceptual/thematic unity to the material, which has made Magical Mystery Tour suffer slightly in comparison. Still, the music is mostly great.
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:||1981|