Genesis – A Trick of the Tail Mobile Fidelity half speed mastered LP


Free U.S. shipping!  A limited edition half speed mastered audiophile pressing of A Trick of the Tail by Genesis, issued by Mobile Fidelity Sound Labs in 1981.

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Offered for sale is a limited edition half speed mastered audiophile pressing of A Trick of the Tail by Genesis, issued by Mobile Fidelity Sound Labs

About this copy: This copy of A Trick of the Tail is a 1981 pressing on the Mobile Fidelity label of an album that was originally issued in 1976.

The cover is VG+ with light general wear.  The posterboard stiffener is included, but there are no other inserts.

The disc is M- with a couple of spindle marks on the labels, but no marks on the vinyl.  Clean disc!

A nice copy of a terrific LP.

Background: Released in 1976, A Trick of the Tail was the seventh album by Genesis and the band’s first with Phil Collins on lead vocals.

The album reached #3 on the UK charts and #31 on the U.S. charts. gave A Trick of the Tail a 4 1/2 star review:

After Peter Gabriel departed for a solo career, Genesis embarked on a long journey to find a replacement, only to wind back around to their drummer, Phil Collins, as a replacement. With Collins as their new frontman, the band decided not to pursue the stylish, jagged postmodernism of The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway — a move that Gabriel would do in his solo career — and instead returned to the English eccentricity of Selling England by the Pound for its next effort, A Trick of the Tail. In almost every respect, this feels like a truer sequel to Selling England by the Pound than Lamb; after all, that double album was obsessed with modernity and nightmare, whereas this album returns the group to the fanciful fairy tale nature of its earlier records.

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.

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 A Trick of the Tail was available for sale for only a short time in the early 1980s.

Country of origin: U.S.
Size: 12″
Record Label: Mobile Fidelity
Catalog Number:
Year of Release: 1981
Format: Stereo
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Weight 14 oz
Dimensions 12.4 × 12.4 × .25 in