Mobile Fidelity - MFSL 1-414 - 180 Gram Virgin Vinyl
AAA 100% Analogue - Numbered Limited Edition - Pressed at RTI
Mastered by Kreig Wunderlich from the Original Master Tape at MFSL
Half Speed Mastered on the Mobile Fidelity The Gain 2 Ultra Analog System
AAA 100% Analogue This LP was Remastered using Pure Analogue Components Only, from the Master Tapes through to the Cutting Head
MoFi version remastered and cut by Krieg Wunderlich which simply blows away the two aforementioned versions in all aspects: first off, a big sound veil is lifted; the kick drum is so much better, with the rare sought-after combination of a fast rise time and a long sustain, contributing to an incredibly articulated warm punch in tandem with plenty of plump bass-guitar grooving to the max 9.7/10 Tone Audio
Highly Recommended Sound 90% -Analog Reissue True to Producer’s Original Intent of Putting Carole King in the Room With You: Experience and Feel Every Organic Nuance, Suggestive Delivery, Intimate Note - Audiophile
MoFi version remastered and cut by Krieg Wunderlich which simply blows away the two aforementioned versions in all aspects: first off, a big sound veil is lifted; the kick drum is so much better, with the rare sought-after combination of a fast rise time and a long sustain, contributing to an incredibly articulated warm punch in tandem with plenty of plump bass-guitar grooving to the max; King's piano and vocals come out with great lively presence at just the perfect level; Curtis Amy's soprano sax and Danny Kootch's guitar oppositely-panned are warmly infectious complementing Carole's piano to a t. The dynamics, tonal balance, and horizontal spread are so impressive, one could easily be fooled in thinking this was a double-45 rpm instead of a regular 33 1/3 rpm; as such I believe it is either MoFi's best 33 1/3 rpm release or at least on par with Gino Vannelli's Powerful People [MFSL 1-041] from 1980. Most important is that Wunderlich really captured the vibe of the moment. On a comparative basis, I would rate the original Ode around 7; the Classic an 8 at the most; and this MoFi a 9.7 approximately. I have not heard the 2012 Grundman/Chris Bellman [ORG Music ORGM 1071] double-45 rpm remastering—theoretically having a technical advantage—but cannot imagine how or where it could surpass this MoFi.
The results mirror what went down in the A&M Studios. Lean, simple, direct, and so nakedly real the sonics evoke what might be heard on a professional demo tape, this collectable LP gives what Rolling Stone deems the 36th Greatest Album of All Time the due it deserves. King’s personal singing, her graceful pianism, the integral rhythmic foundation provided by the likes of drummer Russ Kunkel and guitarist Danny Kortchmar, and the symmetrical contributions of guest instrumentalists ranging from saxophonist Curtis Amy to guitarist James Taylor resonate with three-dimensional imaging and cozy realism. Every note, every basic movement, accurately rendered with exquisite detail and full-bodied tonality.
Indeed, one reason—apart from the flawless songwriting, earnest deliveries, and eloquent performances—Tapestry endures is because of the naturalness of the production and songs. King’s unadulterated articulations on love, conviction, friendship, place, sadness, and companionship ring true because there’s no doubting their meaning, intent, or sincerity. Tapestry makes you feel, and compels you to get closer to the music, and the musicians performing. It is an album of organic nuances, suggestive intents, and engaging melodies.
Thematically, classics such as “You’ve Got a Friend,” “I Feel the Earth Move,” “Will You Love Me Tomorrow,” and “(You Make Me Feel Like) a Natural Woman” resonate because they address universal sensibilities and the human condition. They, like all of Tapestry, are relaxed yet emancipating, strong yet mellow, comfortable yet terrifically beautiful and lastingly unique. Four major Grammy Awards, four Top 10 singles, sales of more than 25 million copies, and one of the first albums chosen for inclusion in the National Recording Registry just seem like icing on the cake.
Carole King brought the fledgling singer/songwriter phenomenon to the masses with Tapestry, one of the most successful albums in pop music history. A remarkably expressive and intimate record, it's a work of consummate craftsmanship. Always a superior pop composer, King reaches even greater heights as a performer; new songs like the hits "It's Too Late" and "I Feel the Earth Move" rank solidly with past glories, while songs like "Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow," and "(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman" take on added resonance when delivered in her own warm, compelling voice. With its reliance on pianos and gentle drumming, Tapestry is a light and airy work on its surface, occasionally skirting the boundaries of jazz, but it's also an intensely emotional record, the songs confessional and direct; in its time it connected with listeners like few records before it, and it remains an illuminating experience decades later.
• 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
Bass – Curtis Amy
Producer – Lou Adler
Saxophone – Curtis Amy
Vocals – Joni Mitchell
Written-By, Vocals, Keyboards – Carole King
Carole King Tapestry Track Listing:
1. I Feel the Earth Move
2. So Far Away
3. Its Too Late
4. Home Again
6. Way Over Yonder
7. You've Got a Friend
8. Where You Lead
9. Will You Love Me Tomorrow?
10. Smackwater Jack
12. (You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman
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.
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