Mobile Fidelity - MFSL 1-406 - 180 Gram Virgin Vinyl - 821797140614
AAA 100% Analogue - Numbered Limited Edition - - Pressed at RTI - Mono
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
Krieg Wunderlich has hit another home run with this Sinatra classic. Compared to a first US pressing, the pitch stability is more spot-on and the string sound much fuller. Another gem polished to perfection." --HiFi+, Issue 98, March 2013
1957 Capitol Ballads Album Perfect in Every Sense: Includes Riveting “Lonely Town” Sinatra’s First Collaboration With Arranger Gordon Jenkins Yields Contemplative Bliss Mastered from the Original Master Tapes: Mobile Fidelity Mono LP Traces a Straight Path to Sinatra’s Voice, Jenkins’ Orchestrations, Music’s Emotions Melancholic Torch Songs On Par With Any Sinatra Ever Sang; Many Diehard Fans Feel Where Are You? Among His Three-Finest Efforts
Where Are You? is perfect in every sense. Recorded when Frank Sinatra was 42, the torch album finds him in impeccable voice and spirit. The dozen tracks fit together as a unified whole; it’s difficult to imagine one song missing, or another added. Arranger Gordon Jenkins reads Sinatra’s mind, affording him with lush arrangements that break hearts and underscore deliberation. Topping it off, Sinatra’s interpretive skills utterly astonish. Genres aside, this 1957 Capitol classic is inarguably one of the ten-best vocal pop efforts made in the 1950s.
The record’s splendid beauty and unparalleled emotionalism surface like never before on Mobile Fidelity’s numbered, limited edition 180g mono LP. Mastered from the original master tapes, this mono version focuses the instrumentalists, images, vocals, and ambience in a transparent manner that exceeds the detail on the more-common stereo version. In addition, this reissue marks the first time this gem has been made available in mono in several decades. Akin to Mobile Fidelity’s previous Sinatra titles, the sound and clarity on this LP takes the Voice into your room, puts him on an imaginary studio stage, and gives you your own private concert.
While not as known as Only the Lonely, Where Are You? is its creative equivalent, a poignant masterwork on which Sinatra reflects on what could have been, ponders life’s deep questions, elicits sympathy via romantic distress, and does whatever it takes to get through the night. It is one of Sinatra’s alone-at-the-bar statements, his fedora pulled slightly over his eyes, his face fixated on his drink, his only friend the understanding bartender that will keep pouring until last call. Throughout, Sinatra delves into sorrow and desolation. Yet unlike the stark gloom and bleak bitterness on In the Wee Small Hours, this solitary statement echoes with an accepting wistfulness and maturity that parallels a change of seasons—or situations.
Jenkins’ warm, classically informed arrangements grant Sinatra the sentiments and support he needs. The sumptuous melodies and burnished strings complement the singer’s completely natural delivery; seldom has Sinatra sounded so relaxed, dramatic, warm, cello-like, and in a zone. His lyrical phrasing and rhythmic time-keeping are spot-on; his soulfulness and sensitivity of another world. Sinatra’s renditions of “Laura,” “Autumn Leaves,” and “Lonely Town” are the reference-bearing performances of these famous standards. If you are a fan of vocal music, consider this album mandatory.
"Nobody ever did this kind of theme album better, and no record company ever captured Sinatra during his prime like Capitol…[Mobile Fidelity engineer] Krieg Wunderlich has hit another home run with this Sinatra classic. Compared to a first US pressing, the pitch stability is more spot-on and the string sound much fuller. Another gem polished to perfection."
--HiFi+, Issue 98, March 2013
• Numbered, Limited 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
Frank Sinatra, vocals
Gordon Jenkins and His Orchestra
1. Where Are You?
2. The Night We Called It A Day
3. I Cover the Waterfront
4. Maybe You’ll Be There
6. Lonely Town
7. Autumn Leaves
8. I’m a Fool to Want You
9. I Think of You
10. Where Is the One?
11. There’s No You
12. Baby Won’t You Please Come Home
GAIN 2 Ultra Analog™ is a proprietary cutting system built and designed by legendary design genius Tim De Paravicini, with consultation from one of MFSL’s founding fathers – Stan Ricker, an audio engineer responsible for many of MFSL’s most heralded past releases.
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.
As you can imagine, all these efforts involve a tremendous amount of time, technology, cost and effort. The introduction of GAIN 2 Ultra Analog™ maintains Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab’s position as the world’s leading audiophile record label, where a passion for music with extraordinary sound quality matters most.