Offered for sale is a limited edition half speed mastered pressing of the jazz LP Suite for Flute and Jazz Piano by Jean-Pierre Rampal (flute) and Claude Bolling (piano) released in 1980.
About this copy: This copy of Suite for Flute and Jazz Piano is a limited edition half speed mastered pressing, released in 1980.
The cover is VG+, with a bit of wear at the edges and corners and a couple of bent corners.
The disc is M- and appears to have had little play.
A nice copy of a fun record and a pretty good recording, too.
Background: Jean-Pierre Rampal is best known as a classical flautist, but he went jazz on this LP, originally released in 1975.
Suite for Flute and Jazz Piano 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.