Mobile Fidelity - MFSL 1-306 - 180 Gram Virgin Vinyl - AAA 100% Analogue
Numbered Limited Edition - Pressed at RTI
Pure Analogue Mastered by Kreig Wunderlich from the Original Master Tape at MFSL
Half Speed Mastered on the Mobile Fidelity The Gain 2 Ultra Analog System
After the success of Heart Like A Wheel, Linda Ronstadt released Prisoner In Disguise in 1975, which further fortified her standing as one of America's most popular interpretive singers. The album yielded two strong singles, her beautiful renditions of the Motown classics Heat Wave and Tracks of My Tears. In addition the album included a banjo-strumming version of Neil Young's Love Is a Rose, a plaintive pop reading of Jimmy Cliff's reggae classic Many Rivers to Cross and a lovely cover of Dolly Parton's I Will Always Love You. On Prisoner In Disguise Ronstadt delivers another collection of well-crafted, carefully arranged rock, pop and country songs that wonderfully exemplify her fine talent and taste.
What do Emmylou Harris, James Taylor, David Grisman, J.D. Souther, Maria Muldaur, and Lowell George have in common? The famed artists all guest on Linda Ronstadt’s Prisoner In Disguise, a rootsy 1975 treasure that advanced the vocalist’s reputation as a champion interpreter of popular song and drew acclaim for its outstanding session musicianship. Ronstadt makes folk, bluesy rock, and soul her own. This is the famed 70s California sound at its peak—and a must for fans of the Eagles, Jackson Browne, and Crosby, Stills, and Nash.
Now you can experience Ronstadt’s whippoorwill tones with a clarity and depth never thought possible. Remastered from the original master tapes, Mobile Fidelity’s version throws open the window on the singer’s rich range and erases the artificial ceiling that formerly rounded off her highs. Integral to her phrasing and emotion, every vocal hiccup, vibrato, and shiver is presented amidst a natural, organic backdrop. The vivid detail and immediacy also extend to the brilliant arrangements.
Now available on Mobile Fidelity Numbered Limited Edition 180g Vinyl!
Guitar – Andrew Gold
Bass – Kenny Edwards
Conductor – David Campbell
Drums – Russell Kunkel
Fiddle – David Lindley
Producer – Peter Asher
Vocals - Linda Ronstadt
1. Love Is A Rose
2. Hey Mister, That's Me Up On The Jukebox
3. Roll Um Easy
4. Tracks Of My Tears
5. Prisoner In Disguise
6. Heat Wave
7. Many Rivers To Cross
8. The Sweetest Gift
9. You Tell Me That I'M Falling Down
10. I Will Always Love You
11. Silver Blue
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.