Offered for sale is a limited edition half speed mastered U.S. pressing of Scheherazade And Other Stories by Renaissance, issued by Mobile Fidelity Sound Labs.
About this copy: This copy of Scheherazade And Other Stories is a 1983 U.S. pressing on the Mobile Fidelity label of an album that was originally released in 1975.
While this is technically a U.S. pressing, the disc was manufactured in Japan by JVC using their proprietary “Supervinyl” compound.
The cover is M- with trace wear in the upper left hand corner. There is a saw mark on the spine near the upper left and corner of the cover.
This copy was issued without a posterboard insert.
The disc is M- and looks unplayed. Clean disc!
A nice copy of a very good record and one of the harder titles to find from the original Mobile Fidelity era.
Background: Released in 1975, Scheherazade And Other Stories was the sixth album by Renaissance.
The album reached #48 on the U.S. album chart but did not chart in the UK.
This album was the group’s magnum opus in the perception of many onlookers and fans, and it still plays well, though its flaws are more evident than they were at the time. The “Song of Scheherazade,” really a suite for the group supported by the London Symphony Orchestra and a chorus, started with guitarist-composer Michael Dunford, who had a personal fascination with the medieval literary work Tales of 1,001 Arabian Nights, and was realized by Dunford and his composing partner Betty Thatcher, with bassist Jon Camp and pianist John Tout….Less ambitious and more completely successful are “Ocean Gypsy,” “The Vultures Fly High,” and “Trip to the Fair” on side one, all relatively unpretentious pieces which feature extraordinary singing by Annie Haslam.
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, with later issues pressed in the U.S. by RTI on 200 gram vinyl. 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.
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|Country of origin:||U.S.|
|Record Label:||Mobile Fidelity|
|Year of Release:||1983|