What is an audiophile pressing?
Well, in a nut shell, it’s an audio format pressed to help enhance the sound quality, be that on vinyl or Compact Disc.
The idea being the heavier the vinyl pressing, the better. There have been pressings released from 120 up to 200 Gram in weight, usually the 200 Gram will play at 45rpm providing a better audio experience, instead of the standard 33 1/3rpm.
Compact Discs have various different formats, gold was used in the earlier pressing as it supposedly provided a better a clearer sound reproduction.
Mobile Fidelity are known for being one of the leaders in producing vinyl and CDs of an audiophile grade, with the original releases now highly collectable.
We now have Super Audio CDs, SHM-CD providing a high-fidelity-audio, Blu-Spec CDs using Blu-ray technology, along with DVD-Audio using DVD technology, both providing surround sound audio.
Here at eil.com we have a nice range of Audiophile pressings to suit everyone’s taste and pockets.
THE BEATLES Revolver (Super rare 1986 US limited edition Mobile Fidelity label half-speed mastered ‘Original Master Recording’ 14-track stereo audiophile LP pressed on High Definition Vinyl in Japan, picture sleeve. This copy remains factory sealed from new in the original perforated bag and is therefore still MINT and unplayed! MFSL1-107).
QUEEN Queen (2009 US Hollywood Records label 10-track LP pressed on Audiophile quality 180 Gram Heavyweight Vinyl, the groups debut album originally released in July 1973, including the singles Keep Yourself Alive, Liar and their accompanying b-sides Son And Daughter & Doing All Right, slightly different picture sleeve to UK release with striking lightly embossed golden title logo and crest logo on the reverse. Although not sealed, this example is still in the open shrink, therefore the sleeve displays minimal wear and the vinyl looks barely played D000436301).
ROLLING STONES Bridges To Bremen (Sealed 2019 UK limited edition 22-track triple LP pressed on 180 gram Crystal Clear Vinyl featuring previously unreleased recordings from a live performance in Bremen, Germany during their Bridges To Babylon tour. Includes live versions of Satisfaction, Gimme Shelter, Paint It Black, Miss You, Sympathy For The Devil, Start Me Up & more. All three discs are BRAND NEW & unplayed housed in a gatefold picture sleeve which remains sealed inits hype-stickered shrinkwrap. Recently picked-up by our man in Japan as a Disk Union Tokyo exclusive, there is an additional Japanese hype sticker attached EAGLP694).
GLASS ANIMALS Dreamland (2020 UK limited edition 16-track LP pressed on 180 Gram Blue Vinyl, the third album from the English psychedelic pop band. The vinyl is UNPLAYED, housed in a picture sleeve which remains factory sealed in the hype-stickered shrink).
FLEETWOOD MAC Before The Beginning Vol 2: Live & Demo Sessions 1970 (2020 UK/US limited edition 22-track remastered Triple LP set pressed on 180 Gram Heavyweight Vinyl. Peter Green’s Fleetwood Mac had a short but hugely prolific career,with the 1968 recording being at the early stages of the band and the 1970 recording will, in contrast, be one of their final shows before Peter left the band. Not much is known about the live recordings. Discovered (unlabelled) by pure luck inthe US, this era has been authenticated by experts of the band’s blues origins. The band have given their full approval for the release of these tapes. The recordings were discovered in incredibly good condition considering they have been untouched for over 40 years and provide a vital insight into the very earliest incarnation of one of the world’s biggest bands. This volume features the 1970 recording plus demos and rarities of classic tracks including ‘Oh Well’, ‘Green Manalishi’ and the band’s first UK number one ‘Albatross’. The vinyl is UNPLAYED, housed in a fold-out picture sleeve with download code, and remains factory sealed in the hype-stickered shrink).
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