Offered for sale is a limited edition half-speed mastered pressing of Parallel Lines by Blondie, issued in 1980 by Mobile Fidelity Sound Labs.
They often say that the third time is a charm, and that was certainly the case with their third album, Parallel Lines, which gave them an album that reached #6 on the U.S. charts and which spawned a #1 hit, “Heart of Glass.”
Allmusic.com gave Parallel Lines a 5 star review:
Blondie turned to British pop producer Mike Chapman for their third album, on which they abandoned any pretensions to new wave legitimacy (just in time, given the decline of the new wave) and emerged as a pure pop band. …The result is state-of-the-art pop/rock circa 1978, with Harry’s tough-girl glamour setting the pattern that would be exploited over the next decade by a host of successors led by Madonna.
You can listen to “Hanging on the Telephone” here:
As Parallel Lines was a well-recorded album, Mobile Fidelity Sound Labs released it in 1980 as a high quality, limited edition half speed mastered pressing.
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 Parallel Lines was limited to an unknown quantity of numbered copies.
About this copy: This copy of Parallel Lines is a limited edition audiophile pressing, issued in 1980 by Mobile Fidelity Sound Labs, pressed on “Supervinyl” by JVC in Japan.
The cover is VG+, with a bit of general wear and a small (1″) repaired split at the bottom.
The disc is M- and appears to have had little play. The posterboard stiffener is included.
A nice copy of a terrific record.