Offered for sale is a limited edition half speed mastered audiophile pressing of Blood on the Tracks by Bob Dylan, released in the early 1980s by Columbia Records.
About this copy: This copy of Blood on the Tracks is a limited edition pressing in Columbia’s Mastersound series.
The cover is VG++, with faint wear at the corners. The generic Mastersound insert is included.
The disc is VG++, with a couple of sleeve scuffs.
A nice copy of a terrific LP.
Background: Blood on the Tracks, released in 1975, was Bob Dylan’s 15th studio album. The LP reached #1 on the U.S. charts and reached #4 in the UK.
Following on the heels of an album where he repudiated his past with his greatest backing band, Blood on the Tracks finds Bob Dylan, in a way, retreating to the past, recording a largely quiet, acoustic-based album. But this is hardly nostalgia — this is the sound of an artist returning to his strengths, what feels most familiar, as he accepts a traumatic situation, namely the breakdown of his marriage. This is an album alternately bitter, sorrowful, regretful, and peaceful, easily the closest he ever came to wearing his emotions on his sleeve. …Dylan made albums more influential than this, but he never made one better.
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.|
|Year of Release:||1981|