Willie Nelson – Red Headed Stranger 1980 U.S. half speed mastered audiophile LP


Free U.S. shipping!  A limited edition half speed mastered U.S. pressing of Red Headed Stranger by Willie Nelson.

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Offered for sale is a limited edition half speed mastered U.S. pressing of Red Headed Stranger by Willie Nelson.

About this copy: This copy of Red Headed Stranger is a 1980 U.S. pressing on the Columbia label, issued as part of Columbia’s “Mastersound” series of audiophile LPs.

The cover is M-.  There is a promotional stamp on the back cover.  The generic Mastersound catalog is M-.  The lyric insert is M-.

The disc is M- and looks unplayed.  Clean disc!

A nice copy of a fairly rare (and very good) Willie Nelson LP.

Background: Released in 1982, Red Headed Stranger was the eighteenth album by Willie Nelson.

The album reached #28 on the U.S. album charts. gave Red Headed Stranger a 5 star review:

Willie Nelson’s Red Headed Stranger perhaps is the strangest blockbuster country produced, a concept album about a preacher on the run after murdering his departed wife and her new lover, told entirely with brief song-poems and utterly minimal backing. It’s defiantly anticommercial and it demands intense concentration — all reasons why nobody thought it would be a hit, a story related in Chet Flippo’s liner notes to the 2000 reissue. It was a phenomenal blockbuster, though, selling millions of copies, establishing Nelson as a superstar recording artist in its own right.

Between 1980 and 1983, Columbia Records released albums for the audiophile market in their Mastersound series.  These records were either digitally remastered or half speed mastered.

Most of these records were mastered with both the tape deck and the cutting lathe running at half speed, which produces deeper bass and better imaging than standard pressings. In addition, these records, which sold for a substantial premium over the regular pressings of the album, were pressed on high quality virgin vinyl. Mobile Fidelity’s audiophile pressings are better known than those from Columbia, but Columbia’s half speed mastered pressings are, for the most part, exceptionally good ones, and this album is no exception.


Country of origin: U.S.
Size: 12″
Record Label: Columbia
Catalog Number:
HC 43482
Year of Release: 1980
Format: Stereo
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Additional information

Weight 9 oz
Dimensions 12.4 × 12.4 × 0.2 in