Sonic Grade: F
The MoFi Anadisc of Boston’s first album has the same problems that seem to have plagued the whole of the Anadisq 200 series:
- blurry, and
A real slogfest. Audiophile trash of the worst kind. If this isn’t the worst version of the album ever made, I cannot imagine what would be.
Many of the worst releases from MoFi in this era were mastered by Ken Lee. If you happen to come across a record in a store with his name in the credits, or his initials in the deadwax, you are best advised to drop it back in the bin and keep moving. Anything else is just asking for trouble.
Do people still pay good money for this kind of awful sound? Yes they do!
Go to ebay and see the high prices these kinds of records are fetching. This is in equal parts both shocking and disgusting.
Here is what is available for the MoFi pressing on Discogs today (2/2/2022). If you have $400 you can order one there.
Marketplace 3 For Sale from $399.99
And people complain about our prices? At least we send you a great sounding record for all the money we charge.
The typical album MoFi remastered on Anadisq suffered from many or most of the shortcomings you see listed below. If you want to avoid records with these faults, you would be well advised to keep a safe distance from any of the records we’ve linked to here.
- More titles that are dark,
- More titles that are murky,
- More titles that are recessed,
- More titles that are compressed,
- More titles that are thick,
- More titles that are veiled, and
- More titles that are opaque.
We play mediocre-to-bad sounding pressings so that you don’t have to, a public service from your record loving friends at Better Records.
You can find this one in our Audiophile Hall of Shame, along with more than 250 others that — in our opinion — qualify as some of the worst sounding records ever made. On some records in the Hall of Shame the sound is passable but the music is bad. These are also records you can safely avoid.
Here’s a good question:
To learn more about records that sound dramatically better than any Half-Speed ever made (with one rare exception, John Klemmer’s Touch), please consult our FAQs:
Below you will find our breakdown of the best and worst Half-Speed mastered records we have auditioned over the years.