Offered for sale is a still sealed half speed mastered pressing of Don’t Look Back by Boston.
Boston’s first two LPs, the self-titled 1976 debut and the 1978 follow up, Don’t Look Back, were multi-platinum sellers that generated a lot of airplay. They were also well-recorded albums that have long been favored by audiophiles.
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.
While the first album was issued in half speed mastered form by Columbia Records in 1980, it was also later reissued by Mobile Fidelity. Both versions of that album are fairly easy to come by today.
Don’t Look Back, on the other hand, has only been issued once as an audiophile LP, in 1981 as part of Columbia’s short-lived Mastersound series. For whatever reason, the audiophile pressing of Don’t Look Back sold in much fewer numbers than the debut album and has always been the harder of the two albums to find.
About this copy: This copy of Don’t Look Back is a still sealed half speed mastered pressing, pressed on high quality Masterworks vinyl. The album is still sealed with the sticker applied at the factory, and is presumably new and unplayed. The album cover has a promotional stamp, indicating that it was shipped to either radio for promotional play or to reviewers in the media.
A beautiful copy of a great-sounding album. This is likely to be your final upgrade.
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