Elvis Costello - Imperial Bedroom - 180g LP


Elvis Costello - Imperial Bedroom - 180g LP

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Elvis Costello - Imperial Bedroom - 180g LP
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Mobile Fidelity - MFSL 1-353 - 180 Gram Virgin Vinyl - 821797135313

AAA 100% Analogue - Numbered Limited Edition -  - Pressed at RTI  

Pure Analogue Mastered by Kreig Wunderlich from the Original Master Tape at MFSL

Half Speed Mastered on the Mobile Fidelity The Gain 2 Ultra Analog System

Michael Fremer Rated 9/10 Music, 8/10 Sonics!

Rolling Stone 500 Greatest Albums of All Time - Rated 166/500!

One of TONEAudio Magazine's 2012 Best Audiophile Pressings!

Universally Hailed 1982 Pop Masterpiece Pairs Costello and Co. With Beatles Engineer Geoff Emerick Recorded with famed Beatles engineer Geoff Emerick, Imperial Bedroom stands as Elvis Costello and the Attractions’ most highly decorated traditional pop album. Boasting sumptuous arrangements, large-scale instrumentation, ambitious layers, Tin Pan Alley melodies, and orchestrated devices, the 1982 record is a testament to studio creativity and ornate production.

Amidst the lavish settings beats the heart of Costello’s biting, brutal lyrics that confront domestic malaise and sober emotional reflection. It’s little wonder the intelligent effort took top honors in the Village Voice’s Pazz & Jop Critics’ Poll. Not that audiences back in the day ever had the privilege of hearing Imperial Bedroom at its maximum potential. Now they can.

Mastered from the original master tapes, this limited edition 180g LP opens up the soundstages, expands the depth, and brings the genius of the grand arrangements into clear focus. In particular, the sound of the piano will have you believe that the 88s are situated right in your room, and never before has Emerick’s crafty sonic precision been so readily apparent. This is a huge-sounding record that demands full frequency extension and astute separation. Ranked in 2005 by Rolling Stone at #166 on the magazine’s prestigious list of the 500 Greatest Albums of All Time, Imperial Bedroom overflows with contagious pop, savvy torch, cabaret, chamber, and jazz-influenced fare. If it’s details you seek, then look no further.

With Emerick’s assistance, each tune is distinguished with painstaking sonic accents, blended rhythms, counterpoint bass lines, dazzling passages, and inventive motifs. Accordions, tremolo guitars, organs, harpsichords, marimbas, horns, and an assortment of other instruments help color the subtly dark canvases. A 40-piece orchestra graces the gorgeous “…And In Every Home.” Originally intended to be a stripped-down affair, Imperial Bedroom reflects Costello’s migration to composing on piano as well as his listening tastes at the time: Billie Holliday, Cole Porter, Frank Sinatra, Debussy. Intricate, expansive, and complex without ever sounding inaccessible, the record includes the now-classic “Man Out of Time,” “Beyond Belief,” and “Almost Blue,” the latter a ballad that Chet Baker included in his live sets until he passed away. In another stroke of brilliance, Costello used the record as an opportunity to address the melancholic changes in both his own personal situation as well as that of England, the songs functioning as smart, sometimes satirical dialogues on issues such as disenchantment, identity, and relationships.

Michael Fremer Rated 9/10 Music, 8/10 Sonics!

Rolling Stone 500 Greatest Albums of All Time - Rated 166/500!

One of TONEAudio Magazine's 2012 Best Audiophile Pressings!

 Numbered, Limited Edition • 33rpm Speed Edition
• Mastering by Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab • Specially Plated and Pressed on 180 grams of High Definition Vinyl
• Special Static Free - Dust Free Inner Sleeve • Heavy Duty Protective Packaging
• Mastered from the Original Master Tapes • Pressed at RTI

Elvis Costello Imperial Bedroom Track Listing:

Side One: 
1. Beyond Belief
2. Tears Before Bedtime
3. Shabby Doll
4. The Long Honeymoon
5. Man Out of Time
6. Almost Blue
7. ...And In Every Home

Side Two: 
1. The Loved Ones
2. Human Hands
3. Kid About It
4. Little Savage
5. Boy With a Problem
6. Pidgin English
7. You Little Fool
8. Town Cryer

 

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The GAIN 2 Ultra Analog™ system is comprised of a Studer™ tape machine with customized reproduction electronics* and handcrafted cutting amps that drive an Ortofon cutting head on a restored Neumann VMS-70 lathe. (*It is worth noting that independent studies have confirmed that the GAIN 2 Ultra Analog™ system can unveil sonic information all the way up to 122kHz!)

First and foremost, we only utilize first generation original master recordings as source material for our releases. We then play back master tapes at half speed enabling the GAIN 2 Ultra Analog™ system to fully extract the master’s sonic information. Our lacquers are then plated in a specialized process that protects transients in the musical signal. (Due to this process, there may be occasional pops or ticks inherent in initial play back, but as the disc is played more, a high quality stylus will actually polish the grooves and improve the sound). We further ensure optimum sound quality by strictly limiting the number of pressings printed for each release. These limited editions, in addition to being collectors’ items, ensure that the quality of the last pressing matches the quality of the first.

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