Offered for sale is a rare Canadian half-speed mastered pressing of the double live album Paris, by Supertramp, released in 1980.
About this copy: This copy of Paris is an original Canadian half speed mastered audiophile pressing, released in the early 1980s and pressed on Super Vinyl by JVC in Japan. This pressing sounds terrific, and is a definite improvement over the Japanese pressing, which sounds pretty good itself.
The cover is very close to M-, with faint traces of wear at the corners.
The two discs are M- and appear to have had little play.
A nice copy of a terrific live album and the only copy of this particular pressing we’ve ever had.
Background: After the success of 1979’s Breakfast in America, Supertramp went on an extended world tour, playing a setlist that consisted of tracks from that album along with their previous three LPs. In fact, the live album contains all but one track from 1974’s Crime of the Century.
Paris is a well-recorded live album, and the performances are fairly accurate reproductions of their also well-recorded studio LPs.
You can listen to “Crime of the Century” here:
While Mobile Fidelity was getting most of the attention in the United States with their high-quality, half-speed mastered audiophile pressings, A&M Records in Canada was doing something similar in the early 1980s.
In fact, A&M’s pressings were half-speed mastered just as Mobile Fidelity’s were and the records were pressed in Japan by JVC using the same proprietary “Super Vinyl” that Mobile Fidelity used.
While Mobile Fidelity released titles from artists on a variety of labels, A&M released titles only by their own artists, and the titles were released only in Canada (though they were widely exported to the U.S.)
Though these A&M Audiophile titles are fairly scarce, Paris may be the rarest of all of them, as it was a double album that cost nearly twice as much as the already-expensive single LPs in the series.