Audiophile collectables at this week, includes Black Sabbath, Prince, Kate Bush & more

For anyone who collects vinyl, we know that some of the most highly wanted pressings tend to be those classed as Audiophile.
Those with the best hi-fi equipment will always want the best quality sounding pressing available, be that high quality 180 gram or heavier vinyl, CD’s, Super Audio CD’s, SHM-CD’s, DVD-Audio Discs and more, from companies like DCC, Mobile Fidelity, Nautilus, Nexus, Simply Vinyl or Nimbus.
‘True Fidelity’ vinyl is perhaps the ultimate format for the audiophile. Issues are taken from original master tapes for pure ‘as intended sound’, and production techniques such as half-speed mastering, quadraphonic sound and special formulated virgin vinyl are common in most audiophile releases.
There are many labels who issue audiophile recordings, but only a few specialize in it. Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab (MFSL) have a variety of series including ‘Original Master Recordings’
[OMR] and ‘Ultra High-Quality Recordings’ [UHQR]. Other important audiophile labels include Nautilus, Direct-Disk Labs, Sheffield Lab and Wilson Audio.
With the development of the compact disc so typically came the development of its audiophile counterpart. Again, there are specialist labels, there are varying techniques (gold discs, layered discs, high-density discs) and there are varying opinions on the listening pleasure! But we’re here to bring all those quandaries together.

Here at we have a nice range of Audiophile pressings to suit everyone’s taste and pockets.

PRINCE 94 East Featuring Prince (2016 UK limited edition 17-track remastered triple LP pressed on Audiophile quality 180gram Heavyweight Vinyl featuring the earliest recordings of Prince made with Pepe Willie’s 94 East. Complete with adownload code voucher, all three vinyl discs are UNPLAYED housed in a superb purple & black picture box which remains sealed within its hype stickered shrinkwrap CHARLYL221).

STRAY CATS Runaway Boys! (2019 UK Deluxe ’40th Anniversary’ Edition FOUR LP Boxset comprising Half-Speed Mastered editions of their Stray Cats [1981], Gonna Ball [1981] and Rant N’ Rave With The Stray Cats [1983] studio albums, all pressed on Audiophile quality 180gm Heavyweight Vinyl LPs plus a Bonus LP of rarities including rare B-sides and deep cuts from the archives. All four discs are UNPLAYED inside individual picture sleeves, housed in the 13″ x 13″ x 2.5″ two-piece picture sleeve which remains sealed within its hype-stickered shrinkwrap and is complete with 40-page hard-back book of classic interviews, never before seen photos & rare memorabilia plus the ‘Rumble In Brighton’ Game with bespoke playing pieces, dice and drawstring bag! BMGCAT383BOX).

QUEEN Jazz (2019 UK strictly limited edition 13-track Half-Speed Mastered LP issue of their 1978 13-track album, now pressed on 180gram Hot Pink Vinyl exclusively in HMV for ‘2019 National Album Day’, including the classic hits Bicycle Race, Fat Bottomed Girls and Don’t Stop Me Now. Complete with a printed inner sleeve and a double-sided printed tri-fold poster with bicycle-girls & lyrics, the vinyl is UNPLAYED housed in the embossed gatefold picture sleeve which remains sealed within its original custom-stickered shrinkwrap).

THE 1975 I Like It When You Sleep (2016 UK limited edition 17-track double LP pressed on Audiophile quality 180gram Heavyweight Clear Vinyl. The second studio album by English rock band including the singles Love Me, UGH!, Somebody Else, The Sound and A Change of Heart. Complete with a download code and printed lyric inners, the gatefold picture sleeve has minimal wear and the vinyl discs look barely played DH00118).

KATE BUSH Hounds Of Love (2010 US limited edition issue of the classic 1985 12-track LP pressed on Audiophile quality 180 Gram Heavyweight Pink & Grey Swirl-Effect Vinyl, mastered by Steve Hoffman & Kevin Gray, gatefold picture sleeve which reproduces the original album artwork. This copy remains in near as new condition throughout AFZLP087).

BLACK SABBATH 13 (2013 UK & European limited edition 8-track double LP pressed on 180 Gram Heavyweight Vinyl, the nineteenth studio album by the British heavy metal band, their first full album under name of Black Sabbath since 1995’s ‘Forbidden’ and the first full studio recording with original singer Ozzy Osbourne; including the single God Is Dead? & End Of The Beginning which premiered during the finale of season 13 of CSI: Crime Scene Investigation. Complete with the printed inners, both vinyl discs are UNPLAYED housed in the gatefold picture sleeve which remains sealed within its original hype-stickered shrinkwrap)

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