Offered for sale is a limited edition half speed mastered audiophile pressing of Secret Messages by the Electric Light Orchestra, released as part of Columbia Records’ Mastersound series in 1983.
About this copy: This copy of Secret Messages is a half speed mastered pressing on the Jet label.
The cover is VG++, with slight wear at the edges and corners. The custom lyric insert is included, but the generic Mastersound insert is missing.
The disc is VG++, with a couple of faint scuffs. The record has clearly had little play.
A nice copy of a scarce ELO item.
Background: Released in 1983, Secret Messages was the tenth album by ELO. Originally intended as a double album, the LP was reduced to a single LP shortly before release.
The album reached #36 in the U.S., though it reached #4 in the UK, helped by the single “Rock and Roll is King.”
Originally conceived of as a double album, and wisely whittled down to one on release, Secret Messages was routine, formulaic Electric Light Orchestra. Lynne’s hooks and dense production were still in force, but it sounded more mechanized and heartless than usual, due in part to the surfeit of synthesizers on some tracks.
About Mastersound LPs: 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.|
|Year of Release:||1983|