Mobile Fidelity - MFSL 2-420 - 180 Gram Virgin Vinyl - 821797242011
Numbered Limited Edition - 45RPM - Two Disc - Pressed at RTI
Pure Analogue Mastered by Kreig Wunderlich from the Original Master Tape
Half Speed Mastered on the Mobile Fidelity The Gain 2 Ultra Analog System
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
Understated 1962 Debut Launched Immeasurably Influential Career Album Stands as Clearest Connection to Dylan’s Purist Folk Roots Ghosts of Woody Guthrie and Blues Legends Appear Throughout Recording of Originals and Covers Transparent to the Source:
Hyper-Detailed 45RPM Pressing Brings the Simple Sounds of Dylan’s Voice, Acoustic Guitar, and Harmonica into Lifelike Perspective
Bob Dylan’s self-titled 1962 debut is as understated of an entrance as any significant musician as ever made.Already well-versed in American roots music, Dylan simultaneously pays homage to tradition and extends it by putting his own stamp on classic material that metaphorically functions as the soil of our contemporary songs and styles. Free of ego, and performed with masterful conviction, Bob Dylan ranks with the debut efforts of similar artistic giants Elvis Presley and theRolling Stones.
Mastered on Mobile Fidelity’s world-renowned mastering system and pressed at RTI, this restored 180g 45RPM 2LP analog version brings the contents of this seminal release as closest as they’ve ever come to master tape-quality.Transparent to the source, the simple sounds of Dylan’s voice, acoustic guitar, and harmonica take on lifelike perspective and dimensions—the “husk and bark” to which Robert Shelton referred in his now-legendary New York Timesreview of a Dylan appearance at Gerde’s Folk City. MoFi has made possible an inexpensive time-traveling trip back to the Greenwich Village coffeehouses and folk clubs in which Dylan cut his teeth, albeit in much better fidelity and without any annoying background noise. Wider grooves mean more information reaches your ears.
Much has been made of the commercial indifference that greeted the album upon its low-key release. Yet focusing on sales figures and the reaction of a public not yet hip to Dylan’s name or music is to miss the forest for the trees. Distinguished from the era’s other folk efforts by way of the determination, brazenness, and lived-through-this worldliness Dylan approaches the material and sings the songs, Dylan lays the groundwork for the path he’d soon trailblaze and everyone else would follow.
By nodding to Woody Guthrie at the same time he completely re-imagines a sobering tune such as Blind Lemon Jefferson’s “See That My Grave Is Kept Clean,” Dylan straddles the past and future. He also displays, with challenging authority and savant-like expertise, the ability to handle weighty topics such as death, sorrow, and lamentation with the vaudeville flair, bluesy mannerisms, and poignant command of an artist three times his age.
As Dylan scholar and pop-culture critic Greil Marcus observed in 2010, “Everybody knew Joan Baez and the Kingston Trio; if you knew Bob Dylan, you knew something other people didn’t, something that soon enough everybody had to know. Within a year, an album could put an adjective in front of the singer’s name as if it were already common coin.” It all starts here.
• Numbered, Limited Edition • 45rpm 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
1. You're No Good
2. Talkin' New York
3. In My Time of Dyin'
4. Man of Constant Sorrow
5. Fixin' to Die
6. Pretty Peggy-O
7. Highway 51
8. Gospel Plow
9. Baby, Let Me Follow You Down
10. House of the Risin' Sun
11. Freight Train Blues
12. Song to Woody
13. See That My Grave Is Kept Clean
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.