Offered for sale is an original U.S. test pressing of the Mobile Fidelity half speed mastered edition of Crime of the Century by Supertramp.
About this copy: This copy of Crime of the Century is a 1978 U.S. pressing on the JVC label. While technically a U.S. release, the disc was actually pressed in Japan by JVC using their proprietary “Supervinyl” compound.
The cover is a generic white cover and is VG+ with slight wear on the back. There is a sticker on the cover that lists the catalog number, a date, and says “Sample Record Not for Sale.”
The disc is M- and looks unplayed. Clean disc!
Side one: MFSL 1-005 – A SR/2 1 1 1 ꔰ L
Side two: MFSL 1-005 – B SR/2 1 2 1 ꔰ L
This seems to be an earlier mastering than any that are listed on Discogs.
A beautiful copy of a rare Supertramp LP. Great-sounding LP, too.
Background: Released in 1974, Crime of the Century was the third album by Supertramp.
The album reached #4 on the UK album charts and #38 on the U.S. charts.
Supertramp came into their own on their third album, 1974’s Crime of the Century, as their lineup gelled but, more importantly, so did their sound. The group still betrayed a heavy Pink Floyd influence, particularly in its expansive art rock arrangements graced by saxophones, but Supertramp isn’t nearly as spooky as Floyd … At times the album floats off into its own world, with an effect more tedious than hypnotic, but it’s still a huge leap forward for the group and their most consistent album outside of that 1979 masterwork, Breakfast in America.
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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