FilmTake a look at the latest additions to our Half-Speed master series, including Blind Faith, Elbow and Scissor Sisters, all cut at half speed by Miles Showell at Abbey Road.
First up, is the only album by blues-rock supergroup Blind Faith which has been reissued as a half-speed master vinyl disc. The platinum-selling set was first released in August 1969 by Eric Clapton, Ginger Baker, Steve Winwood and Ric Grech. The 1969 album was a monumental success, coming after the end of Clapton and Baker’s work with Cream, Winwood’s hiatus with Traffic and during Grech’s time with Family. It topped the charts in the UK, the US, Canada, Denmark, Norway and Holland.
Blind Faith famously played in London’s Hyde Park in June 1969, ahead of the album’s release, and went on to European dates before their one and only North American tour in July and August of that year.To mark the tenth anniversary of the widely-acclaimed live album The Seldom Seen Kid Live At Abbey Road, Elbow are set to release a newly mastered edition on vinyl, remastered from the digital source and cut to vinyl at half-speed by Miles Showell.
Miles explains: "The album was mixed to high resolution digital (96 kHz 24-bit resolution). The previous version of this album was made from the digitally peak limited mastered files. While loud compressed pop music can be fun, if done to extremes it is often unmusical and quickly becomes fatiguing. Seeing as so much of this album is soft and delicate, it made perfect sense to go back to the original source and remaster it sympathetically with vinyl in mind and to avoid digital peak limiting entirely. This album can breathe now that the dynamics are restored and is an even more pleasurable listen. There is an air and space to the studio files which to some extent had been squashed out until now."To complete the trio of records, we have the half-speed mastered release of the Scissor Sisters eponymous 2004 album. Reaching number one on its release, it was the best-selling album of 2004 in the UK where it went nine-times platinum. Winning ‘Best International Album’ at the 2005 BRIT Awards, it features the hit singles Laura and Filthy/Gorgeous and sold over three million copies worldwide.