Boston – Don’t Look Back Japan Mastersound LP with obi


A rare Japanese limited edition Mastersound pressing of Don’t Look Back by Boston, including the original obi.

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Offered for sale is a limited edition Japanese “Mastersound” audiophile pressing of Don’t Look Back by Boston, including the original obi.

About this copy: This copy of Don’t Look Back is an original 1984 digitally remastered audiophile pressing on the Epic label, released in Japan as part of their limited edition Mastersound audiophile series.

The album has a regular cover and an outer slipcase.  The outer slipcase is VG++, with slight corner wear.  The gatefold inner cover is M-.

The obi is VG++ with a few minor wrinkles, but no tears.  The custom inner sleeve is VG+, with no tears or splits, but a bit of foxing.  The insert and generic Mastersound booklet are M-.

The disc is M- with two tiny inaudible marks through “Don’t Be Afraid.”  There are no spindle marks on the label; the record may be unplayed.

A nice copy of a scarce Boston LP.

Background: Boston’s second LP came out sooner than guitarist Tom Scholz would have liked, but it still sold millions of copies and also happens to be a great sounding, well recorded album.   While this album was later reissued in Japan as part of their “Mastersound” series, that particular pressing was digitally remastered,this one, which is all analog, is the better-sounding pressing of the two.

Released in August, 1978, Don’t Look Back reached #1 on the U.S. album charts and has sold more than seven million copies to date. gave Don’t Look Back a 4 star review:

Boston’s many fans were upset that it took the band two years to follow up its monster debut. When it arrived, the sophomore effort DON’T LOOK BACK was a virtual rewrite of BOSTON. This didn’t stop the masses from snapping up the album, which ultimately racked up sales in the multi-platinum range.

In the early 1980s, CBS Records in the U.S. and Japan created a limited edition series of high quality audiophile pressings of then-new and older LPs that were pressed on premium vinyl and sold at a premium price.

In the U.S., most of the titles were half speed mastered.  In Japan, most of the titles were digitally remastered pressings.

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Country of origin: Japan
Size: 12″
Record Label: Epic
Catalog Number:
Year of Release: 1984
Format: Stereo
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Weight 21 oz
Dimensions 12.4 × 12.4 × .25 in
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