Offered for sale is a scarce half speed mastered audiophile pressing of the Carpenter’s The Singles 1969-1973, released only in Canada.
About this copy: This copy of The Singles 1969-1973 is an original Canadian half speed mastered audiophile pressing, released in the early 1980s and pressed on Super Vinyl by JVC in Japan.
The cover is nearly perfect, with just faint traces of wear on the corners. The record is M- and appears to have had little play.
A nice copy of a great sounding record.
Background: While Mobile Fidelity was getting most of the attention in the United States with their high-quality, half-speed mastered audiophile pressings, A&M Records in Canada was doing something similar in the early 1980s.
In fact, A&M’s pressings were half-speed mastered just as Mobile Fidelity’s were and the records were pressed in Japan by JVC using their proprietary “Super Vinyl” that no one has ever been able to duplicate.
While Mobile Fidelity released titles from artists on a variety of labels, A&M released titles only by their own artists, and the titles were released only in Canada (though they were widely exported to the U.S.)
While these A&M Audiophile titles are somewhat scarce, there are several titles in the series that represent what are, to date, the only audiophile pressings of those titles. One of those is the Carpenters The Singles 1969-1973, which includes ten of the group’s 12 Top Ten hits and which sounds terrific.
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