Offered for sale is a limited edition U.S. half speed mastered pressing of Rickie Lee Jones, the debut album by Rickie Lee Jones, issued by Mobile Fidelity Sound Labs.
This is the original 1983 release and not the later 2013 reissue.
About this copy: This copy of Rickie Lee Jones is a 1983 U.S. pressing on the Mobile Fidelity label, though the discs were pressed in Japan by JVC on their proprietary “Supervinyl.”
The cover is VG++ with a small repaired 1″ (2 cm) split at the center of the top seam. There are tiny dents on three corners, but no general wear on the cover.
The posterboard stiffener is included and is M-.
The disc is M- on side one and VG++ on side two with a tiny little mark through the second to last track on side two (“Company.”)
A nice copy of a highly regarded audiophile LP.
Background: Released in 1979, Rickie Lee Jones was the debut LP by Rickie Lee Jones.
The album reached #3 on the U.S. album chart, helped by the #4 single, “Chuck E’s in Love.”
With her expressive soprano voice employing sudden alterations of volume and force, and her lyrical focus on Los Angeles street life, Rickie Lee Jones comes on like the love child of Laura Nyro and Tom Waits on her self-titled debut album. …Rickie Lee Jones is an astounding debut album that simultaneously sounds like a synthesis of many familiar styles and like nothing that anybody’s ever done before, and it heralds the beginning of a potentially important career.
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. By their very nature, all of Mobile Fidelity’s titles were limited-edition pressings, and Rickie Lee Jones was limited to an unknown quantity of numbered copies.
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|Country of origin:||U.S.|
|Record Label:||Mobile Fidelity|
|Year of Release:||198|