Offered for sale is a limited edition, half-speed mastered audiophile pressing of Breezin’ by George Benson, released by Mobile Fidelity in 1978.
Breezin’ was George Benson’s fifteenth album, but it was the one that made him a superstar, reaching #1 on the American album chart shortly after its release in 1976 and being certified triple platinum by the RIAA.
The album was helped by a rare vocal track, “This Masquerade,” which made the Top Ten.
As the album was both popular and well-recorded, Mobile Fidelity Sound Labs made Breezin’ just the second album released by a popular artist in their then-new series of half-speed mastered recordings.
All of a sudden, George Benson became a pop superstar with this album, thanks to its least representative track. …Yet it is the sole vocal track (his first in many years), Leon Russell’s “This Masquerade” — where George unveiled his new trademark, scatting along with a single-string guitar solo — that reached number ten on the pop singles chart and drove the album all the way to number one on the pop (!) LP chart.
You can listen to the title cut 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 Breezin’ was limited to an unknown quantity of numbered copies.
About this copy: This copy of Breezin’ is a limited edition, half speed mastered pressing, pressed on “Supervinyl” by JVC in Japan and issued by Mobile Fidelity Sound labs.
The cover is VG++, with traces of wear at the corners. The original posterboard stiffener is included.
The disc is M- and appears to have had little, if any, play.
A beautiful and great-sounding copy of a terrific album.