As I’m sure you know, there is a Mobile Fidelity Half-Speed Mastered version of this album currently in print, and an older one from the days when their records were pressed in Japan (#1-052).
We haven’t played the latter in years. As I recall it was as lifeless and sucked-out in the midrange as most of the other MoFis of that period, notably The Doors (#051) and Trick of the Tail (#062).
What’s key to the sound of Foreigner’s records?
Obviously, the big one would have to be ENERGY, a subject we have discussed at length here on the site.
Those would be the big three.
But those are qualities that are almost never found on Half-Speed Mastered Records!
The remastering of those records usually leaves them lifeless and compressed, with sloppy bass and recessed vocals.
For some reason, audiophiles — including the audiophiles who produce them — like that sound.
We do not. In fact we can’t stand it. Which is why we will not be auditioning MoFi’s remastered pressing. If you are feeling adventurous (and have $30 to throw away) and want to do the shootout for yourself, please let us know how it went.
The sound of the best pressings were jumping out of our speakers. Have you ever heard a Half-Speed do that?
Almost never, and we’ve played them by the hundreds.