Offered for sale is a numbered, limited edition half speed mastered pressing of Armed Forces by Elvis Costello and the Attractions, released in 2010 by Mobile Fidelity Sound Labs.
Armed Forces was Elvis Costello’s third album, and the album offered his first real success, reaching #10 on the U.S. album charts.
After releasing and touring the intense This Year’s Model, Elvis Costello quickly returned to the studio with the Attractions to record his third album, Armed Forces. In contrast to the stripped-down pop and rock of his first two albums, Armed Forces boasted a detailed and textured pop production, but it was hardly lavish. However, the more spacious arrangements — complete with ringing pianos, echoing reverb, layered guitars, and harmonies — accent Costello’s melodies, making the record more accessible than his first two albums…. It’s a dense but accessible pop record and ranks as his third masterpiece in a row.
You can listen to “Oliver’s Army” here:
Every title ever issued by Mobile Fidelity is collectible in its own right; their pressings from 1978 through 1989 were pressed in Japan by JVC on their proprietary Super Vinyl, an exceptionally resilient, dead-quiet vinyl compound, with later issues pressed in the U.S. by RTI on 200 gram vinyl. These records were mastered at half speed; both the tape and the cutting lathe were run at half the normal speed, allowing the cutting head to cut a more accurate groove in the acetate. The finished product featured dead-quiet vinyl, with improved dynamics, better imaging, and tighter bass. By their very nature, all of Mobile Fidelity’s titles were limited-edition pressings, and Armed Forces was limited to an unknown quantity of numbered copies.
About this copy: This copy of Armed Forces is a numbered, limited edition half speed mastered pressing, issued by Mobile Fidelity in 2010.
This copy is number 1489 out of an unknown number of copies.
Cover and disc are M- and the record appears to have only been played once or twice. The posterboard stiffener is included.
A nice copy of a terrific LP.
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