Electric Light Orchestra (ELO) – Discovery CBS Mastersound half speed mastered LP


A limited edition half speed mastered pressing of Discovery by the Electric Light Orchestra, released in 1981 by Columbia Records.

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Offered for sale is a limited edition half speed mastered pressing of Discovery by the Electric Light Orchestra, released in 1981 as part of Columbia Records’ Mastersound audiophile series.

About this copy: This copy of Discovery is an original 1981 audiophile pressing, pressed on Columbia’s Masterworks vinyl.

The cover is M-.  The custom insert and the generic Mastersound insert are included.

The disc is M- and looks unplayed.

A nice copy of a somewhat scarce ELO item.

Background: Released in 1979, Discovery was the eighth album by the Electric Light Orchestra.  An album of it’s time, the LP had a more beat-oriented sound than its predecessors, but sold well, reaching #1 in the UK and #5 on the U.S. charts.

Allmusic.com gave Discovery a 3 star review:

Electric Light Orchestra continued on their winning Top 40 ways with the release of Discovery. Now pared down to the basic four-piece unit, Jeff Lynne continued to dominate the band and they still got their hits (this time around it was the smash “Don’t Bring Me Down”).

About Columbia’s Mastersound series: 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.
Size: 12″
Record Label: Jet
Catalog Number:
HZ 45769
Year of Release: 1981
Format: Stereo
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Additional information

Weight 24 oz
Dimensions 15 × 13 × 1 in