Offered for sale is a still sealed copy of the limited edition Mobile Fidelity pressing of the 1966 blues-rock LP, John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers Featuring Eric Clapton, also sometimes known as the “Beano” LP.
Eric Clapton left the Yardbirds in 1965 when it appeared to him that the band was getting away from their blues roots. In order to stay in the genre, he briefly joined John Mayall’s band, along with John McVie, later of Fleetwood Mac. Clapton’s lone release with Mayall, John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers Featuring Eric Clapton, is rightly regarded as a blues-rock classic. The album is sometimes referred to as, “Beano”, because of the comic book that Clapton is shown reading on the cover.
This LP was released as a half speed mastered limited edition by Mobile Fidelity Sound Labs in 1987 and soon went out of print.
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 number of their titles were limited to 5000 numbered copies. The album sold out in a matter of just a few months.
This copy is still sealed in its loose, perforated outer bag and is new and unplayed. The cover is also mint, with no dents, holes or tears. It’s a beautiful copy of an album that’s becoming increasingly hard to find in this condition.
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