Mobile Fidelity - MFSL2-417 - 180 Gram Virgin Vinyl - 821797241717
Pure Analogue Mastered by Kreig Wunderlich from the Original Master Tape at MFSL
AAA 100% Analogue - Numbered Limited Edition - 45rpm - Pressed at RTI
Half Speed Mastered on the Mobile Fidelity The Gain 2 Ultra Analog System
the MoFi edition brilliantly captures the delicacyMof Dylan’s instrumental work and overall depth of the recording.The extra body present through the midrange gives Dylan’s voice a fullness that previousfans might not know if they’ve only experienced the originalColumbia LP and CDs. The perfectly silent surfaces onall four sides of this pressingastonish. It’s honestly hard to believe these recordings were made in the mid-60s. Whether you are a comple-tist collector, newly exposed to Dylan, or merely need a desert plateworth of this icon, MoFi’s pressing of Bob Dylan’s Greatest Hits should be in your collection Tone Audio
These reissues are also an indication of just how seriously MoFi takes the "Original Master Recording" ribbon on each jacket. Greatest Hits has this, but Bob Dylan's reads "Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab." The distinction is based on the source materials: master tape for Greatest Hits and some other high-quality source for Bob Dylan, likely because the master tape was in poor condition. No sonic corners were cut. Bob Dylan was created just like all other MoFi reissues: at half speed with the GAIN 2 Ultra Analog system, which features a custom Studer tape player and handcrafted cutting amps that drive the Ortofon cutting head of a Neumann lathe.If you're all digital, you're also in luck, because the SACD of Bob Dylan is available now and Greatest Hits is coming. Both are titles that Sony chose not to release as part of their own series of hybrid SACDs. But if you are an absolutist regarding Dylan's music, the MoFi LPs are definitive - The Audio Beat
Bob Dylan Bob Dylan's Greatest Hits on Numbered Limited Edition 180g 45RPM 2LP from Mobile Fidelity
Ten songs that ultimately changed the world. Ten songs pulled from precedent-establishing albums recorded between 1963 and 1966. More than five-million copies sold. In every way, Bob Dylan's Greatest Hits is a fundamental collection for every music lover, and the perfect choice for those seeking an introduction into the legend's vast career. For this is a collection so prized, even the photo won a Grammy.
Mastered from the original master tapes on Mobile Fidelity’s world-renowned mastering system and pressed at RTI, this restored 45RPM analog version offers listeners of all stripes to hear some of the world’s most important music ever recorded in supreme fidelity. While the tracks stem from several different albums, on this release, they share more in common than Bob Dylan—they share rich, sonic traits steeped in astounding dynamics, great balances, tremendous soundstaging, and realistic imaging. Wider grooves mean more information reaches your ears.
Greatest-hits volumes are often hit-and-miss propositions not because of what they contain, but because of what’s missing. Filtering the top selections from the six formative, life-altering albums Dylan made between 1963 and 1966 is an arbitrary process but one performed impeccably on this set. Home to his biggest chart successes as well as his most influential songs,Bob Dylan’s Greatest Hits is a veritable template for any aspiring singer-songwriter, an American history lesson, and a seminal release for anyone new to his work—as well as for audiences that find some of his deeper cuts an acquired taste.
Every signature facet of Dylan is represented, and done so authoritatively. Serious, protest folk anthems (“Blowin’ in the Wind,” “The Times Are A-Changin’”) sit alongside defiant rock statements (“Positively Fourth Street”), landscape-changing epics (“Like a Rolling Stone”), beautiful blues-inspired odes (“I Want You”), and surrealist dreamscapes (“Subterranean Homesick Blues”). Infused with literary poetry, impassioned emotion, and career-making performances, this material doubles as a definitive account of American culture and society, and functions as a soundtrack to the era’s social movements.
Gathered in one place, it’s no wonder the songs here gave Dylan what remains the biggest-selling album of his career. Accept nothing less than the best version in existence.
• Numbered, Limited Edition • 45rpm Speed Edition
• Half-Speed Production and 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
1. Rainy Day Women #12 & 35
2. Blowin' In The Wind
3. The Times They Are A-Changin'
4. It Ain't Me, Babe
5. Like A Rolling Stone
6. Mr. Tambourine Man
7. Subterranean Homesick Blues
8. I Want You
9. Positively 4th Street
10. Just Like A 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.