Sonic Grade: B+
Another MoFi LP reviewed, and this one is actually pretty good.
The Mobile Fidelity pressing of this album can actually sound quite good (if you get hold of a decent copy that is). Audio perfection it ain’t, but all in all it’s a very enjoyable record. Its strengths are many and its faults are few. Let’s give credit where credit is due; the MoFi is rich, transparent, sweet, and natural, and you won’t hear us saying that about very many MoFi pressings.
It belongs in their Top Ten, toward the bottom I would guess, due to its own sloppy bottom, but that’s half-speed mastering for you.
Like most new audio technologies it was a giant step in the wrong direction: backwards.
We suppose you could live with the blubbery MoFi bass found on their remastered LP — most audiophiles seem more than happy to, right? — but instead we’re happy to report that it will no longer be necessary. We have Hot Stamper pressings of the album available from time to time.
The average domestic copy of this record gives no indication whatsoever that this album was well recorded — flat, grainy dead-as-a-doorknob sound is the rule, not the exception. There are amazing domestic pressings, but they are so few and far between that it almost isn’t even worth the time and trouble it takes to find them. Only very recently did we start finding amazing sounding domestics, and when we do, they ain’t cheap.
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