Offered for sale is a still sealed copy of the Mobile Fidelity half speed mastered edition of Bob Dylan’s 1964 LP, The Times They Are A-Changin’.
This is the original 1983 release and not Mobile Fidelity’s more recent 2 LP reissue.
About this copy: This copy is an original 1983 pressing on the Mobile Fidelity label, pressed on JVC’s “Supervinyl.”
As the album is sealed, the record is presumably new and unplayed.
The cover has no dents, splits or tears.
A nice sealed example of one of the harder to find Mobile Fidelity titles.
Background: Bob Dylan’s third LP, released in early 1964, was his first album of all original material and features the title track, which has become a classic of the folk-protest movement. Mobile Fidelity released this LP in the mid-1980s as a representative example of his early 1960s work.
If The Times They Are a-Changin’ isn’t a marked step forward from The Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan, even if it is his first collection of all originals, it’s nevertheless a fine collection all the same. It isn’t as rich as Freewheelin’, and Dylan has tempered his sense of humor considerably, choosing to concentrate on social protests in the style of “Blowin’ in the Wind.” …His absurdity is missed, but he makes up for it with the wonderful “One Too Many Mornings” and “Boots of Spanish Leather,” two lovely classics. If there are a couple of songs that don’t achieve the level of the aforementioned songs, that speaks more to the quality of those songs than the weakness of the remainder of the record. And that’s also true of the album itself — yes, it pales next to its predecessor, but it’s terrific by any other standard.
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. 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 a few titles were limited to 5000 numbered copies.
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