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AAA 100% Analogue This LP was Remastered using Pure Analogue Components Only from the Master Tapes through to the Cutting Head
Mobile Fidelity - MOFI1-016 - 140 Gram Virgin Vinyl -
AAA 100% Analogue - Numbered Limited Edition - Pressed at RTI
Pure Analogue Mastered by Kreig Wunderlich from the Original MasterTape at MFSL
Mastered on the Mobile Fidelity The Gain 2 Ultra Analog System
"...Gasoline Alley, the second album produced by Stewart and Reizner was the one that really jump started Rod's solo career...this album shows off both Stewart's prodigious and original singing talent, drawn from but not imitative of Sam Cooke, and Mr. Reizner's A&R talents. The song choices were superb...There's not a musical dud on the record and with that back up band so cleanly and elegantly arranged, there's more to hear and appreciate with each play as your ear digs into the backdrop nooks and crannies...Most importantly, Rod's voice is intimate and in the room. You'll hear every rasp-inducing node on his vocal cords and that's a good thing." - Michael Fremer, analogplanet, Music 9/11, Sound 7/11
Comparing the Silver Label LP to the somewhat naff Mercury copy at my disposal proved interesting, even as the Mercury gave a good showing. While not as quiet as the new version, drums on the Mercury claim more texture. Cymbals are also more natural, but the Silver Label LP reveals warmer bass response. Stewart’s voice is solid and clean on both pressings, so the burning question becomes: Do you want a quiet record and squeaky clean jacket, or do you prefer a little more soul in the mix? I’ll take the Silver Label pressing, thanks. – Jeff Dorgay Toneaudio
Evocative, Low-Key, and Rustic: Gasoline Alley Finds Stewart At His Peak Backed By Fellow Faces Ron Wood, Ronnie Lane, Ian MacLagan, Kenny Jones No matter what era or phase of Rod Stewart you prefer, nearly everyone is unanimous in choosing the artist’s early 1970s output as his very finest.
Proof comes courtesy of Gasoline Alley. A 1970 record that literally set the template for all folk-rock efforts that followed, the critically acclaimed album has been cited as one of the 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die and remains a blueprint for evocative vocals, low-key presentation, and incredible interpretation. Barely removed from his debut, Stewart comes into his own on Gasoline Alley, essentially a largely “unplugged” record on which the singer surrounds himself with a transcendent blend of acoustic guitars, mandolin, fiddle, piano, and understated percussion and channels the music with a gritty, rock n’ roll attitude.
The results? Tough, organic, warm, swaggering, and unfettered songs that bow to country, rockabilly, blues, and folk influences all the while managing to belong to their own genre. It’s just one of the reasons why Gasoline Alley remains a study in distinctive excellence. Another is due to Stewart’s passionate singing. Sensitive, understated, wistful, and raggedly worn, he inhabits the role of a journeyman that inhabits the narratives on standard-bearing covers of Bob Dylan’s “Only a Hobo,” Elton John’s “Country Comforts,” and the R&B shuffle “Cut Across Shorty.” He conveys a bevy of complex emotions—sadness, regret, optimism, sorrow, loss, humor, yearning—with a poignancy that suggests every song here is disarmingly personal. Of course, having a band sympathetic to his desires and directions, and one that claims the talent of players such as guitarist Ronnie Wood and organist Ian MacLagan, doesn’t hurt matters.
Mastered on Mobile Fidelity’s world-renowned mastering system and pressed at RTI (America's best record plant), this numbered limited edition LP allows Gasoline Alley to come across with unrivaled warmth, organic tones, and transparent presence. The signature acoustic-electric blend of rock, blues, soul, and country crackles with energy; midrange and highs are vastly improved, affording listeners a clearer image of the Faces’ dynamic contributions and chemistry. AndStewart’s vocals take place right in your room. Wait until you hear the inflections and contrasts.
Acoustic Guitar – Martin Quittenton
Acoustic Guitar – Rod Stewart
Bass – Ronnie Lane
Drums – Kenny Jones
Guitar – Ron Wood
Mandolin – Stanley Matthews
Piano – Pete Sears
Producer – Lou Reizner, Rod Stewart
Vocals – Rod Stewart
• Limited Edition • Numbered
• MoFi Silver Label Vinyl Series
• Mastered and Cut on the famous MoFi Sound Lab state-of-the-art Tim de Paravacini-designed mastering system
• Pressed at RTI on Audiophile-Grade Standard Vinyl
1. Gasoline Alley
2. It's All Over Now
3. Only a Hobo
4. My Way of Giving
5. Country Comfort
6. Cut Across Shorty
7. Lady Day
8. Jo's Lament
9. You're My Girl (I Don't Want to Discuss It)
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.
Record Technology is a world class record pressing plant located in Camarillo, California. We have been operating since 1974, pressing for most audiophile record labels and for many quality minded independent and major record labels from around the world.