Mobile Fidelity - MFSL 1-356 - 180 Gram Virgin Vinyl -
AAA 100% Analogue - Numbered Limited Edition - 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
AAA 100% Analogue This LP was Remastered using Pure Analogue Components Only, from the Master Tapes through to the Cutting Head
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"Mobile Fidelity's mastering hits the sonic nail on the head tonally, dynamically and spatially so if this is one of your Taylor faves—and it has its fans—you will be happy with this reissue." - Michael Fremer Sound 9/10
Half-speed mastered from the original master tapes, Mobile Fidelity’s numbered limited-edition 180g LP marks the first time this classic has been properly remastered.
Far exceeding the sonics of Sony’s CD reissue, this audiophile version lifts up the cover on a world of sound, with Taylor’s mellow finger-picked guitar melodies, gently reassuring vocals, and bittersweet deliveries brought to the fore.
Listeners will also be able to relax amidst the soft clouds of comforting background singing by ace guests Jennifer Warnes, J.D. Souther, and Peter Asher.
With the title reflecting the singer’s answer to his then-wife, Carly Simon, Dad Loves His Work remains a statement of certainty and priority that Taylor invests with devastating poignancy, physiological soulfulness, and universal pathos. Balancing the biting edginess and forlorn despair with equal parts self-deprecating humor and rapier wit, Taylor’s songwriting on such nuggets as “Hard Times,” “Hour That the Morning Comes,” and charged “Stand and Fight” is among the best of his career.
No surprise, then, that Taylor wasn’t only looking at and reflecting upon his own life, but that of his relationship with his own father and ancestors. The emotional repercussions involved with such looming themes trickle through the harmony-laden music, spurred by the vocalist’s trademark acoustic guitar, shivering harmonicas, Rhodes pianos, myriad percussive devices, and tasteful synthesizer passages.
Taylor’s definitive duet with Souther on “Her Town Too” bridged both the pop and adult-contemporary charts, catapulting Dad Loves His Work in the Top Ten and past sales of one million copies. Similarly, Taylor expands his horizons on the politically motivated “Sugar Trade,” co-written by Jimmy Buffett.
Mobile Fidelity’s collectible audiophile 180g LP brings you into Taylor’s private world with unparalleled intensity and extreme closeness. Taylor feels every word he sings on this record, and now, thanks to meticulous remastering efforts, his expressiveness and sensitivity coming through via unencumbered transparency and dynamic acoustics. This edition of Dad Loves His Work is not to be missed!
"Mobile Fidelity's mastering hits the sonic nail on the head tonally, dynamically and spatially so if this is one of your Taylor faves—and it has its fans—you will be happy with this reissue." - Michael Fremer, www.musicangle.com, Music 8/10, Sound 9/10
• Numbered, Limited Edition
• Half-Speed Production and 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
James Taylor - acoustic guitar, harmonica, vocals, choir, chorus
J.D. Souther - vocals
Peter Asher - percussion, vocals
Bill Cuomo - synthesizer
Dan Dugmore - pedal steel guitar, electric guitar
Jim Gilstrap - backing vocals
Don Grolnick - organ, synthesizer, piano, keyboards, multi-instruments, Fender Rhodes
Bernard Ighner - backing vocals
David Lasley - backing vocals
Rick Marotta - percussion, conga, drums, timbales, multi instruments
Arnold McCuller - backing vocals
Leland Sklar - bass
Greg "Fingers" Taylor - harmonica
Waddy Wachtel - electric and slide guitar, multi-instruments
Jennifer Warnes - backing vocals
1. Hard Times
2. Her Town Too
3. Hour That The Morning Comes
4. I Will Follow
5. Believe It Or Not
1. Stand And Fight
2. Only For Me
3. Summer's Here
4. Sugar Trade
5. London Town
6. That Lonesome Road
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.