Offered for sale is a copy of the limited edition, 16 LP box set, The Sinatra Collection, issued in 1984 by Mobile Fidelity Sound Labs.
Issued in a limited edition pressing of ten thousand numbered copies, The Sinatra Collection contains 17 of the albums Frank Sinatra recorded for Capitol Records (one disc reproduces two albums that were originally issued on a ten inch LP) in the 1950s and early 1960s, pressed on high-quality “Super Vinyl” by JVC in Japan and half speed mastered for optimum sound quality.
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. 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 The Sinatra Collection was limited to a pressing of 10,000 of numbered copies.
The Albums in this collection are:
Swing Easy/Songs For Young Lovers
In The Wee Small Hours
Songs For Swingin’ Lovers
Close To You
A Swingin’ Affair
Where Are You?
Come Fly With Me
Sings For Only The Lonely
Come Dance With Me
Look To Your Heart
No One Cares
Nice N’ Easy
Sinatra’s Swingin’ Session
All The Way
Come Swing With Me
Sinatra Sings….Of Love And Things
The set was issued in a lavish box and a Geodisc phono cartridge alignment tool. Each of the albums was packaged in a special silver cover, with the album’s original artwork and liner notes printed on the posterboard stiffener that was inserted into each cover to prevent warpage.
Each of these sets was numbered on a plate on the inside of the box. This copy is #10239, which is rather unusual, since the generally-agreed-upon number of boxes sold was only ten thousand.
The records are M-, and look essentially unplayed. The box is VG++, with just traces of wear on the corners and a couple of small scuffs. This copy came from our personal collection, and we acquired it new. A couple of the records have been played twice; about half of the records in the set have never been played.
A beautiful copy of a terrific and highly desirable set. If you are only going to own one Frank Sinatra item, this is a great one to have.
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