This is a BRAND NEW UNPLAYED Reference 45 RPM Half-Speed Mastered UHQR LP. They only made 1,000 of these, so sealed or unplayed copies are virtually non-existent.
This is actually one of the best sounding Reference Records. It was recorded in the ’50s on location and has very natural sound. Half-Speed Mastered by Jack Hunt even!
I think the exceptionally natural sound is the result of two factors:
- It’s a live recording, meaning not everything can be controlled and the space is real, not engineered. And,
- This is early days in the recording history of Keith Johnson. As time went on he thought his engineering skills were improving, but I see little evidence of that in the results of his labors, the records he made. His records are as phony and weird as practically every other audiophile label of the day (M&K, Telarc, Chesky), no doubt the result of these audiophile types thinking they knew a lot more about the subject of recording than was actually the case. Play any vintage pressing from the ’50s to see exactly what they failed to understand.