Offered for sale is a copy of the limited edition U.S. half speed mastered audiophile pressing of Blow by Blow by Jeff Beck, issued as part of Columbia Records’ “Mastersound” series of audiophile albums.
About this copy: This copy of Blow by Blow is a 1980 U.S. pressing on the Epic label of an album that was originally released in 1975.
The cover is M-. The generic Mastersound insert is M-.
The disc is M- and looks unplayed. Clean disc!
A beautiful copy of a classic LP.
Background: Released in 1975, the all-instrumental Blow by Blow was the sixth album by Jeff Beck.
The album reached #4 on the U.S. album chart but did not chart in the UK.
Blow by Blow was released in Columbia Records’ short-lived half speed mastered 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.
Allmusic.com gave Blow by Blow a 4 1/2 star review:
Blow by Blow typifies Jeff Beck’s wonderfully unpredictable career. Released in 1975, Beck’s fifth effort as a leader and first instrumental album was a marked departure from its more rock-based predecessors. … George Martin’s ingenious production and string arrangements rival his greatest work. Beck’s versatile soloing and diverse tones are clearly the album’s focus, and he proves to be an adept rhythm player. Blow by Blow is balanced by open-ended jamming and crisp ensemble interaction as it sidesteps the bombast that sank much of the jazz-rock fusion of the period. … Blow by Blow signaled a new creative peak for Beck, and it proved to be a difficult act to follow. It is a testament to the power of effective collaboration and, given the circumstances, Beck clearly rose to the occasion. In addition to being a personal milestone, Blow by Blow ranks as one of the premiere recordings in the canon of instrumental rock music.
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