Mobile Fidelity - MFSL 1-477 - 180 Gram Virgin Vinyl
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
Definitive Hall and Oates Greatest-Hits Compilation: Rock ’n Soul Part I Loaded with eight Top 5 singles, including “Kiss on My List” and “Private Eyes”
Mastered From the Original Master Tapes: Mobile Fidelity 180g Vinyl LP reissues dazzle with lifelike tones, smooth vocals, and incredible detail
Blue-Eyed Soul and New-Wave Pop Duo Dominated the Charts: Enjoy all the group’s signature songs from the 1970s and 80s, from “Sara Smile” to “Maneater”
Other compilations have longer track lists and go farther back into their career, but no Hall and Oates greatest-hits collection surpasses Rock ’n Soul Part I. Originally released at the height of the duo’s career in fall 1983, the 12-song set functions as a time machine back into an era when Daryl Hall and John Oates dominated the charts with songs that have long since become standards. While a majority of the anthology draws from the group’s trio of mammoth RCA albums spanning 1980 through 1982, it also includes the pair’s only three Top 10 smashes from the 1970s: “Sara Smile,” “She’s Gone,” and the chart-topping “Rich Girl.” This music remains the prototype intersection of blue-eyed soul, edgy new wave, and dance—blueprints for pop mastery. One-stop shopping for the absolute best of Hall and Oates doesn’t come any easier.
Mastered from the original master tapes, Mobile Fidelity’s 180g vinyl LP areissues present nine Top 10 Hall and Oates singles with awe-inspiring detail and palpable realism. Lifelike tones grace the array of guitars, pianos, basses, and voices placed against synthesized backdrops. Each member’s singing claims enhanced intimacy and balance. The collective harmonies sound sharper, the dynamics richer, and the soundstages wider and deeper. With just one listen to these definitive-sounding versions of Rock ’n Soul Part I, you’ll understand why the duo’s music not only ruled radio and record stores in the Reagan era but continues to be referenced by influential artists today.
Indeed, with one listen to this definitive-sounding version of Rock ‘n Soul Part I, and you'll understand why the duo's music not only ruled radio and record stores in the Reagan era but also continues to be referenced by influential artists today. You already likely know every song – or nearly every one of them – here by heart. Arriving upon a near-flawless fusion of dance grooves, soft rock rhythms, smooth vocals, romantic sentiments, catchy beats, and spotless hooks with #1 singles such as "Kiss On My List" and "Private Eyes," the collaborators simultaneously crossed over into multiple markets and eradicated boundaries.
All the trademarks – swinging verse structures, call-and-response choruses, stick-in-your-head bridges, sleek keyboard layers, doo-wop fills, and, in some places, reggae-nodding accents or cool saxophone lines to stir up the mood and atmosphere – that make the duo's music irresistible pulse throughout Rock ‘n Soul Part I. Eight of the singles included here cracked the Top 5. They remain prototype intersections of blue-eyed soul, edge new wave, and dance, blueprints for pop mastery that catapulted Hall and Oates to becoming the most successful duo in rock history.
Hear the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees' standard-setting equilibrium between polish, melody, muscle, and craft on their signature hits like never before
1. Say It Ain’t So
2. Sara Smile
3. She’s Gone
4. Rich Girl
5. Kiss on My List
6. You Make My Dreams
7. Private Eyes
8. Adult Education
9. I Can’t Go for That (No Can Do)
11. One on One
12. Wait for Me
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.