AAA 100% Analogue This LP was Remastered using Pure Analogue Components Only from the Master Tapes through to the Cutting Head
Mobile Fidelity - MFSL 1-368 - 180 Gram Virgin Vinyl
AAA 100% Analogue - 3,000 Numbered Limited Edition - Pressed at RTI
Mastered by Kreig Wunderlich from the Original Master Tape
Half Speed Mastered on the Mobile Fidelity The Gain 2 Ultra Analog System
Home to History's Most Influential Long-Form Psychedelic-Rock Song: Iron Butterfly's In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida Remains a Pop-Culture Phenomenon and Fuzz-Guitar-Driven Classic
Mastered from the Original Master Tapes and Strictly Limited to 3,000 Numbered Copies: Mobile Fidelity 180g Vinyl LP Places the Organ-Drenched Music on a Grand Soundstage
Few songs are more instantly recognized – or more influential, infamous, and, yes, notorious – than Iron Butterfly's "In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida." The anchor of the mind-trip of an album of the same name, it occupies an entire side of an LP and runs for 17 minutes and five seconds, both bold moves in 1968 that changed how artists approached music in the studio and how listeners experienced it at home. The California-based group's sophomore record also blew open the possibilities associated with psychedelia, heavy arrangements, and suggested meanings. And with apologies to those who might've heard it in a chemical haze in the late 1960s, In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida has never sounded more transformative than it does now.
Mastered from the original master tapes, pressed at RTI, and strictly limited to 3,000 numbered copies, Mobile Fidelity's 180g vinyl LP places the work's organ-drenched melodies, acid-rock scope, mind-warping effects, and cauldron-bubbling rhythms on a soundstage as massive as the concert stage depicted on the album cover. Speaking of the latter, Mobile Fidelity's faithful-to-the-original graphics and first-rate reproductions of the lava-lamp-ready colors are as close as you're going to get to seeing the famous artwork in pristine form lest you come across a copy untouched by five decades of aging. (Good luck.)
Sonically, this collectible audiophile reissue offers elite levels of separation, balance, and imaging that put the quartet's accomplishments into greater perspective. Often overlooked, the first side of In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida features a wealth of period-era garage rock and stoner pop teeming with hummable hooks, fuzz-guitar riffs, and a decidedly mystical aura. Songs such as the strolling "Are You Happy" and cryptically spiritual "My Mirage" beg for inclusion on any of Lenny Kaye's renowned Nuggets compilations not to mention placement alongside the finest Doors material of the era. Led by Doug Ingle's distinctive and patient baritone, the tunes seemingly dangle in space and prepare the senses for the unexpected.
And that moment arrives as soon as Ingle's fingers dance across his organ keys and a come-hither groove – at once adventurous and alluring, deranged and sinister, hallucinatory and chromatic – kicks in and doesn't again let up until you've been dragged through a vibrant cosmic universe. Long rumored to have been a substitute for the phrase "in the garden of Eden," and misinterpreted due to Ingle's inebriated state as well as because of communication problems between headphones in the recording studio, ""In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida" juggles tension and excess to high-wire-thrilling degrees. Yes, it contains what many consider an unnecessary drum solo, but akin to the extended duration of the song, the percussive break belongs and remains part of the charm. Not to mention a lasting piece of pop-culture phenomena.
In a year that also saw the release of Electric Ladyland, Beggars Banquet, The Beatles, Astral Weeks, Cheap Thrills, Music from Big Pink, and The Kinks Are the Village Green Preservation Society, In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida became Atlantic Records' biggest-ever-selling album (at that point) and spent 140 weeks on the album chart – 81 of them in the Top 10. A severely edited version of the title track rose as far as #30 on the singles chart. It has been subsequently referenced in everything from "The Simpsons" to "Seinfeld" to "Home Improvement."
Alas, too bad everyone then didn't have the pleasure or opportunity to take it all in via a truly immersive, surreal-sounding reissue. Fortunately, you do.
Bass – Lee Dorman
Drums – Ron Bushy
Engineer – Jim Hilton
Guitar – Erik Brann
Organ, Vocals – Doug Ingle
Producer – Jim Hilton
Most Anything You Want
Flowers and Beads
Are You Happy
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.
RTI 180 HQ Vinyl
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