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Mobile Fidelity - MFSL 1-248 - 180 Gram Virgin Vinyl
AAA 100% Analogue - Numbered Limited Edition - Pressed at RTI
Half Speed Mastered on the Mobile Fidelity The Gain 2 Ultra Analog System
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Madeleine Peyroux's sophomore release, Careless Love, comes eight years after her debut which she recorded at the tender age of 22.
Having been born in Georgia, then moving to France early on, it's no wonder her range of musical taste and talent would be diverse. With her sultry alto voice, she has recorded music here from such artists as Bob Dylan, Hank Williams, Leonard Cohen and W.C. Handy.
Don't Wait Too Long is an original by Peyroux and was co-written with Jesse Harris and Norah Jones.
Numbered • Limited Edition • 1/2 Speed Mastering by Stan Ricker
Madeleine Peyroux is the best kind of one-trick pony: she sounds uncannily like Billie Holiday, a marvelous feat if you can pull it off. On Careless Love—the long-awaited follow-up to her 1996 debut, Dreamland—she brings her wide-reaching sensibilities and dazzling Lady Day voice to a dozen old and new songs.
Careless Love is more eclectic and less overtly jazz-focused than her debut, featuring classic songs from W.C. Handy and Hank Williams, in addition to more contemporary fare from Leonard Cohen, Bob Dylan and Elliott Smith. It’s all a bit too studied and imitative to be considered blues-and-jazz singing of the first rank. But it’s close. Her mastery of Holiday’s languorous phrasing is impressive, delivered in a voice at once sultry and soulful. If she can learn to trust her instincts, it’s certain this lady’s day will come, no further comparisons required.
Madeleine Peyroux's first release in eight years is a moody, haunting masterpiece that will soon be playing in every coffee house and cozy bar in the country. It's a whale of a record. Peyroux's voice is amazing—grainy, intimate and unaffected, with a bluesy lilt that at times recalls mid-career Billie Holiday. In fact, her singing recalls not just Holiday but the generation of singers who came up in the 1930s—people like Lee Wiley, Connie Boswell, Maxine Sullivan and Cliff Edwards—who sang with an unembellished directness and intense sincerity.
These are the kind of songs that make the hairs stand up on the back of your neck.she has that kind of voice—that people will be listening to Madeleine Peyroux long after we're all gone.
Larry Goldings, keyboard
David Piltch, bass
Dean Parks, guitar
Jay Bellerose, drums
1. Dance Me to the End of Love
2. Don't Wait Too Long
3. Don't Cry Baby
4. You're Gonna Make Me Lonesome When You Go
5. Between the Bars
6. No More
7. Lonesome Road
8. J'Ai Deux Amours
9. Weary Blues
10. I'll Look Around
11. Careless Love
12. This Is Heaven to 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.