Many US albums at the time were pressed using recycled vinyl to some extent, as opposed to "virgin vinyl" which had never been recycled. Second, many of the highly successful albums were being mastered from "master tapes" which were second, third, or higher generation copies of the mixdown masters, not the original mixdown masters themselves.
Third, mass production in the s, especially in the US where record sales were at an almost undreamed-of height, had certainly resulted in a drop in quality control. Defects such as warpage were much more common than had previously been tolerated. MFSL tried to answer these problems in the marketplace with a high-quality reissue that, although priced at about double the price of a standard album, would appeal to those buyers who were quality-conscious about the factors which led to high sound quality.
Original Master Recordings are exclusively transferred from the original stereo master tape that the musicians recorded in the studio not from a second, third, or fourth generation copy of that master tape. Each Original Master Recording employs Mobile Fidelity Sound lab's exclusive half-speed mastering process, thus capturing every nuance of sound from the master tape. Quality, not quantity, is the overwhelming consideration in the creation of each Original Master Recording. The number of pressings is strictly controlled.
These limited editions assure you that the quality of the last pressing matches the quality of the first. Super Vinyl also bestows unsurpassed durability to each Original Master Recording LP, achieving a "playing lifespan" at least five times longer than mass- produced records. Each Original Master Recording is ultra-packaged to maintain flatness and prevent warpage. MFSL became well known for quality vinyl pressings. With the advent of compact discs in the mid- s, MFSL moved to the issue of "high quality compact discs," many with a gold strike on LP disc as opposed to the aluminum surface of regular discs.
The "gold disc" was meant to answer another of the concerns of audiophiles, this time the new CD buyers. Rumors in the mids had it that the lifetime of a normal CD may be as short as 10 years before the aluminum oxidized and the disc became unplayable.
This has widely been discredited as a theory, and most people in the business now view regular, defect-free, CDs as potentially lasting decades to centuries. Nevertheless, the MFSL "gold disc" led the way for many of the other record companies to issue their own "gold discs. Both Sides Now has done listening tests on various "gold discs" over the years, with the conclusion that the sound quality difference with CDs is much more related to the quality of the master tape than anything else, and in many cases the exact same master tape is used for regular and "gold discs.
Mobile Fidelity went bankrupt in They sent the following letter to their customers: November 19, Part 1 - John Klemmer - Waterfalls (Vinyl Friend; It is with incredible sadness that Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab announces its closure after more than 22 years in business. This announcement was made today after extreme, but unsuccessful, LP were made to overcome the financial blow dealt by the events leading up to the abrupt closure of M.
Distributing's music division. Mobile Fidelity has remained a small, fiercely independent audiophile label since its inception in The company was able to weather and withstand several economic and industry upheavals throughout the years. Schluss at AM 7 comments:. Labels: Tim Hardin. Tim Hardin - - Tim Hardin 1. Schluss at AM 1 comment:. Welp, this is the most psychedelic video I've seen for a while. I always do "I Am the Walrus" at karaoke without fail, and I'm always up for avant-garde strangeness, so this is directly up me alley.
Warning: you will see boobies in this video, so it's NSFW. I dunno, maybe it shouldn't be a warning - I like to see boobies. I'll get to you soon with new reviews - been stewing in my own juices or LP. I did create a lot of electronic music in those juices, though, which will soon be coming your way. Oh yes, video:. Schluss at PM 2 comments:. Moving straight along to our second release, a psychedelic rock opus from long-term underground stalwarts, Glaze of Cathexis.
Sharp songwriting, shamanistic lyrics, and piercing guitar parts abound. During the writing and recording of this LP, the band members were slogging through the wilderness of uncertainty, culture clashes, and corporate skullduggery, but the results still aim at a spiritual high and a release from the darker corners of our temporal existence.
The mono mix is free, while we would dig a bit of your bling for the stereo mix. Honestly speaking, some tracks sound better in both of the formats. You can delve into the sound of the Glaze over at their bandcamp page:.
Or have yourself a listen in the here and now:. Our primary goal is simply to share our vibrations, so the basic release is free. We Part 1 - John Klemmer - Waterfalls (Vinyl live in the real world, though, and could use your support. Dig us. You can enter the world of the Roving Sage and Shinano Express over at our bandcamp link:. Listen to a few sounds here:. Roving Sage Records.
Quality: 3. Anyway, these fluorescent synth grooves, Part 1 - John Klemmer - Waterfalls (Vinyl, backed by that fluorescent cover sparked up those memories. This EP features lazer-sharp electronic warbles programmed by the crystalline mind prism my designation, not theirsand some anthemic four-on-the-floor club vocals. The first two tracks along with the finale would've been just the right tune to follow "Borderline" on the radio playing poolside in Those are the tunes that got my attention.
Only "Goodbye" would have left the five-year-old doctor unhappy with its industrial vibe and electronic sandpaper vocals - and it is still my least favorite on here. I guess synth pop isn't quite psychedelic, but I think it's the start of the line that eventually led me deep into the strange recesses of sound I obsess myself with these day.
Crashfaster is by no means full-on retro, but they leave me with a similar impression that I got from those acts of 30 years past. Labels: Crashfaster. Labels: Red Plastic Buddha. Cirqles - - Meander. Labels: Cirqles. Labels: Gateless Gate.
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