Marvin Gaye – Midnight Love U.S. half speed mastered LP


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Offered for sale is a U.S. limited edition half speed mastered pressing of Midnight Love by Marvin Gaye.

About this copy: This copy of Midnight Love is a 1982 U.S. pressing on the Columbia label.

The cover is M-.  The disc is M- with a couple of spindle marks on the labels, but no marks on the vinyl.  Clean disc!

A nice copy of one of the harder to find titles in the CBS Mastersound series.

Background: Released in 1982, Midnight Love was the seventeenth and final studio album by Marvin Gaye.

The album reached #7 on the U.S. album charts and sold more than three million copies. gave Midnight Love a 4 star review:

Larkin Arnold, former CBS Records (Sony Music) senior executive VP, convinced Marvin Gaye to leave his flat in Belgium and sign with Columbia Records; the result would become the soul singer’s last album before his untimely death. … Midnight Love is a classic Marvin Gaye effort. In addition to this project thriving with Gaye’s enthusiastic spirit, it has his harmonious background vocals, his stunning vocal arrangements and his creative penmanship, as he wrote all the selections.

This particular pressing was part of Columbia Records’ short-lived (1980-1983) “Mastersound” 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, the then-leaders in mass-produced “audiophile” records.

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.

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Country of origin: U.S.
Size: 12″
Record Label: Columbia
Catalog Number:
HC 48197
Year of Release: 1982
Format: Stereo
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Weight 9 oz
Dimensions 12.4 × 12.4 × 0.2 in