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yes they did. I canceled the order and they refunded. I still am not sure about this being released. It still cannot be found on the Abbey road website. Maybe, it will, but it won't be the first pressing.
It was released on June 24th, and is available right now on Amazon US ready to be shipped:
Exile on Main Street: Half Speed Mastering Import
Vinyl (June 24, 2016)
"HALF-SPEED MASTER : (2LP) 2016 reissue of 1972 album, mastered at Abbey Road Studios from the original tapes & pressed on 180-gram audiophile quality vinyl! Includes 'Tumbling Dice' & 'Happy'.
The price has jumped to $74 via Amazon, but there's also $56.13 + 3.99 shipping via Amazon marketplace here:
Exile on Main Street: Half Speed Mastering
Still holding out on this - might eventually purchase if there's a massive price drop.
Just looking at this before I buy (and it is still advertised on the Abbey Road website) and without going back through the thread (sorry) is it worth the listen? Was everyone who bought happy with the sound?
I bought mine copy on amazon.de a few days ago for only 25 Euro!
I was blown away by the fantastic sound. I never heard the album like that.
You also get a download ticket for the album. But the files are not MP3 they are in WAV.
So if you have the chance to get it, buy it - it's worth the Money.
It is the best pressing of the album I have heard and own. I have the orginial from 72 (England), Japanese import, and remastered (hack Universal), and this pressing. The most dynamic and deep sounding. Hear a lot of stuff I hadn't heard before. Very well done, with great packaging.
180gm double LP, replica VERY LIMITED first pressing packaging with additional ‘obi strip’. Includes 12 original post card photographed by Norman Seeff.
This artisan process results in cuts that have superior high frequency response (treble) and very solid and stable stereo images. In Short, a very high quality master that helps to create a very high quality record.
Album photography and concept by Robert Frank. Original colour printed inner sleeves.
It is not the same. It is done as a half speed master which changes things dramatically. They also did a straight digital transfer of the analog source with no brickwalling or compression.