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.
AUDIOPHILE COMPACT DISCS
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 eil.com we have a nice range of Audiophile pressings to suit everyone’s taste and pockets.
JOHN LENNON Imagine (Rare early to mid 1970s Japanese Apple Records QUADRAPHONIC pressing of the 10-track vinyl LP, fully compatible with conventional stereo systems, within a pasted picture sleeve complete with the original die-cut lyric/credit inner, Japanese lyric inner, 4 Channel RM Sound explanation sheet in Japanese, large fold-out Poster, Postcard and golden wide obi-strip. The sleeve & obi both displays just a little light wear with minimal signs of age, the inner, poster and inserts remain in a really nice condition whilst the vinyl looks barely played EAZ-80006).
MALCOLM LOCKYER, BILL McGUFFIE & BARRY GRAY DR. Who & The Daleks/ 1966 Daleks: Invasion Earth 2150 A.D. (Limited Edition 2016 UK 36-track double LP exclusive to Record Store Day, pressed on 180gram Yellow Vinyl – two previously unreleased & lovingly restored soundtracks to the only big screen Doctor Who films ever made. The music was composed by Malcom Lockyer & Bill McGuffie respectively, with sections enhanced by electronic sounds created by Barry Gray, famed for his work with Gerry Anderson. Also includes contemporary single releases, housed in a deluxe gatefold sleeve depicting the original poster artwork with detailed production notes. Near Mint SILLP1244).
ORIGINAL SOUNDTRACK The Italian Job (2014 UK 180gram Vinyl issue of the 1969 12-track stereo LP, featuring Quincy Jones’ score from the soundtrack to everyone’s favourite British caper movie. Includes lyrics penned by Don Black, ‘On Days Like These’ sung by Matt Monro plus a vocal from leading actor Michael Caine & comes housed in a deluxe & retro front laminated flipback picture sleeve. The sleeve & the vinyl is Near Mint with few signs of wear & play. This is a must-have, so you know what to do… and get a bloomin’ move on! SPFL256).
UNDERWORLD Beaucoup Fish (1999 UK 11-track double LP pressed on HEAVYWEIGHT AUDIOPHILE VINYL – Their 3rd album and the follow-up to ‘Second Toughest In The Infants’, possessing the same raw energy as their debut ‘Dubnobasswithmyheadman’, whilst also benefiting from differences such as the more experimental use of sounds, a slicker production & a generally more intricate feel, complete with original printed inners, gatefold picture sleeve).
DEVIN TOWNSEND Empath (2019 German limited edition 10-track double LP pressed on Audiophile quality 180 Gram Heavyweight Vinyl, the eighteenth studio album by Canadian metal musician, featuriing guest apperanced from Chad Kroeger, SteveVai and Mike Keneally; gatefold picture sleeve with fold-out lyric insert and a copy of the full album on Comact Disc. The sleeve displays minimal wear and the vinyl looks barely played IOMLP526).
PAUL MCCARTNEY Flaming Pie (1997 UK 14-track LP pressed on heavyweight audiophile vinyl, including the singles The World Tonight, Young Boy & Beautiful Night, gatefold picture sleeve with lyric inner. The sleeve is Excellent with few signs of age wear & the vinyl grades EX/EX- with some light hairlines & spindle marks not affecting play. Now very in demand PCSD171).
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