Mobile Fidelity - MOFI3-040 - 140 gram Virgin Vinyl - 821797300407
Seven Extra tracks from Japanese only Bonus Disc
Pure Analogue Mastered by Kreig Wunderlich from the Original Master Tape at MFSL
AAA 100% Analogue - Numbered Limited Edition - Three Disc - Pressed at RTI
Mastered on the Mobile Fidelity The Gain 2 Ultra Analog System
Sound 90% HIFI News Record of the Month Ken Kessler OCT 2014
Personal Document on Romantic Loss, Frustration, and Loneliness Hits Bittersweet, Spiritual Notes Adams' Voice Never So Poignant:
Supported By Strings, Acoustic Guitars, Spare Pianos
Revealing Sonics: Mastered on Mobile Fidelity's World-Renowned Mastering System and Pressed at RTI Originally released on two EPs and mired in controversy, Love Is Hell is a staggeringly personal report on romantic desolation, personal frustration, and incurable loneliness whose themes play out via splendidly crooned vocals, chamber-pop strings, and spare pianos. The excising of pain has rarely sounded more bittersweet—or spiritual.
This series is mastered and cut on the famous Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab state-of-the-art Tim de Paravacini-designed mastering system.
Originally released on two EPs, Love Is Hell is a staggeringly personal report on romantic desolation, personal frustration, and incurable loneliness whose themes play out via heartbreakingly intimate vocals, stark acoustic guitars, unembellished electric guitars, chamber-pop strings, and spare pianos. The excising of pain has rarely sounded more bittersweet—or spiritual. Due to Ryan Adams’ barren and tormented state, his record label initially refused to release the album out of concern it was too dark.
Renowned for his introspective takes splintered relationships, Adams has never sounded more severe, damaged, or frayed. Listening is akin to peering into the tiny soul of a human being reconciling what love is and what it requires, and whether or not it can be had—all the while conversing with the people that drift in and out of his life. Recognized by critics, peers, and fans for sketching impeccably detailed songs and lifelike protagonists, the singer/multi-instrumentalist doubles as a film auteur throughout Love Is Hell. Such is the value he places on atmosphere, scenery, and insightful specifics.
Rain, snow, and cold color the songs’ environment, the gloom, austerity, and dampness blending with the music’s slate-grey vibes. Decaying, single-room-occupancy hotel rooms, unforgiving city streets, and long nights afflict characters that teeter on falling apart and seek solace by holding on to fading optimism—no more so than on the staggering cover of Oasis’ “Wonderwall.” Removing boundaries between himself and the listener, Adams pours out naked fears and thoughts. Expertly placed, minimalist instrumentation accentuates his dramatic swells, emotional extremes, and shifts in scenery.
Arrangements are nothing less than bracing. When employed, electric guitars resonate with tones that suggest showers and sleet, and on the title track—the record’s most aggressive song—inform an anthemic irony. Tempos slowly drift, Adams’ poignant voice remains unhurried, and looming metaphors threaten to swallow the hope on which the singer rests his head during his uncertain times. Throughout, via his phrasing and timbre, Adams makes you feel and inspires reaction. Love Is Hell is the antithesis of background music, its somber qualities and reflective intricacies akin to burrowing into the pages of classic literature.
Mastered on Mobile Fidelity’s world-renowned mastering system and pressed at RTI, this 3LP set presents the modern masterpiece with full-frequency dynamics and riveting closeness. Close your eyes, and Adams and his few guests join you in your room, the effect equivalent to experiencing the singer-songwriter in a small café with warm, resonant acoustics. Even more, this unsurpassed edition contains seven extra songs previously only found on a Japanese-issued bonus disc. The entire third LP is comprised of this must-hear fare.
Phenomenally rare on vinyl—copies, when available, sell for upwards of $150 on the aftermarket—Love Is Hell has never sounded better or looked more beautiful.
Audiophile-grade vinyl and are numbered limited-editions.
Ryan Adams Love Is Hell Track Listing:
Political Scientist - 4:33
Afraid Not Scared - 4:13
This House Is Not for Sale - 3:53
Anybody Wanna Take Me Home - 5:31
Love Is Hell - 3:19
Wonderwall - 4:09
The Shadowlands - 5:18
World War 24 - 4:17
Avalanche - 5:09
My Blue Manhattan - 2:23
Please Do Not Let Me Go - 3:37
City Rain, City Streets - 3:49
I See Monsters - 3:57
English Girls Approximately - 5:42
Thank You - 2:52
Hotel Chelsea Nights - 5:10
Halloween - 3:52
Caterwaul - 5:42
Fuck the Universe - 7:29
Twice As Bad As Love - 4:15
Father's Son - 3:37
Gimme Sunshine - 3:55
Black Clouds - 4:48
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.