Offered for sale is a sealed copy of the numbered, limited-edition Mobile Fidelity pressing of Sting’s first solo album, The Dream of the Blue Turtles.
About this copy: This copy is still sealed, unplayed, and presumed to be perfectly mint. The cover is still sealed in its original loose perforated bag, and the gatefold cover has no dents, rips, tears or holes. This copy is #2500 in a limited pressing of 5000 copies. If you’re looking for a great copy of a terrific album, pressed on dead-quiet vinyl, this is the one for you.
Background: Sting’s first solo album, 1985’s The Dream of the Blue Turtles, caught a lot of fans by surprise. Expecting more of the Police-style rock to which they had become accustomed, they instead got an album of jazz rock. It was a really good album of jazz rock, and it spawned several hit singles, including Fortress Around Your Heart.
In the late 1980s, the album was issued in a numbered, limited edition by Mobile Fidelity Sound Labs, using their half speed mastering process. 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 The Dream of the Blue Turtles was limited to 5000 numbered copies. The album sold out in a matter of just a few months.
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