Offered for sale is a limited edition half speed mastered audiophile pressing of the 1976 LP Wired by Jeff Beck.
About this copy: This copy of Wired is an original half speed mastered audiophile pressing, released in about 1981 by Epic Records.
The cover is VG++, with traces of wear at the corners and edges.
The disc is M- and looks to have had little, if any, play.
A nice copy of a terrific album.
Background: Wired, released in 1976, was Jeff Beck’s seventh solo album and the follow-up to the massively successful Blow by Blow. Wired took Beck’s band in a direction of more fusion, and the album was almost as successful, reaching #16 on the American album chart.
As with Blow by Blow, Wired 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.
Released in 1976, Jeff Beck’s Wired contains some of the best jazz-rock fusion of the period. Wired is generally more muscular, albeit less-unique than its predecessor, Blow by Blow. …On Wired, with first-rate material and collaborators on hand, one of rock’s most compelling guitarists is in top form.