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Mobile Fidelity - MFSL3-418 - 180 Gram Virgin Vinyl - AAA 100% Analogue
3,000 Copies Numbered Limited Edition - Pressed at RTI
Mastered by Kreig Wunderlich from the Original Master Tape at MFSL
Half Speed Mastered on the Mobile Fidelity The Gain 2 Ultra Analog System
What we have here, for those who actually like the guy, are two albums Greatest Hits Volume I and Volume II, squeezed onto three slabs of vinyl and placed into a sturdy box. The original volumes have been the subject to some criticism in audiophile terms, being accused of sounding rather lifeless. Mobile Fidelity has been allowed access to the original master tapes to, in effect, start again, resulting in this limited-edition release containing almost all of Joel’s peak-era chart hits from 1973 to 1985, as well as a selection of album favourites. As for mastering, the sound quality is a tad warm and I thought that dynamics were just a bit constricted, I wanted the music to really let loose but, on the whole, the sonics remain very attractive. The music actually encourages you to increase the volume, which is exactly what I did but four notches on my pre-amp, allowing Joel to belt out his music and for the detail to spring to life. There’s no smearing or bloom and the balance, especially in how the vocal sits alongside the piano and background music, is judged well. - Theaudiophileman
23-Times Platinum Collection Among the 5 Best-Selling Albums in History
Mastered from the Original Master Tapes for the First Time: Unsurpassed Sound!
23-Times Platinum Collection Among the 20 Best-Selling Albums in History All of Joel's Peak-Era Hits In One Place
26-Track Set Includes Standards Such as "Piano Man," "It's Still Rock and Roll to Me," "Pressure," "Allentown," "Uptown Girl," and Many More No matter how difficult, Billy Joel always succeeds in wrapping his head around rich swaths of American pop, his music stopping by way of New Orleans, Kansas City, Memphis, Chicago, and other milestone cities.
The singer’s simple, yet disarmingly effective lyrics speak to universal truths and uplift. Joel’s melodic flair does the rest, filling out tunes with comprehensive arrangements, towering harmonies, and a swift sense of purpose that made him one of the most beloved artists of his generation. His catalog testifies on behalf of unimpeachably ovational songwriting and execution.
Experience all his hits in heart-rustling fidelity.
It’s the third best-selling record in American history. It contains nearly every one of Billy Joel’s peak-era chart hits as well as a smattering of fan favorites. It encapsulates exactly why the singer-songwriter-pianist remains one of the most beloved, commercially successful, relentlessly creative, and oft-referenced artists in music. Spanning 1973 to 1985, Joel's Greatest Hits Volume I & Volume II functions as a hand-guided tour through pop, rock, doo-wop, blues, R&B, blue-eyed soul, and chamber jazz. It is rivaled by few—if any—other compilations.
Mastered from the original master tapes and pressed on 180g vinyl at RTI, our pristine reissue of this ubiquitous classic finally does justice to the Hall of Fame caliber music. Part of the label’s restoration of Joel’s most crucial releases, Greatest Hits Volume I & Volume II literally takes on new life. Devoid of the flatness, squelched dynamics, and limited soundscapes that defined previous versions, the collection brings Joel’s genius and intentions into a more transparent light.
Is it any wonder that this double set has moved more than 23 million copies to date? No. All told, 20 Top 40 singles line up alongside six album-track favorites, the songs all instantly recognized by name. This is touchstone material that’s long crossed over into multiple generations of listeners and eradicated genre boundaries, and formed the basis of Joel’s constantly sold-out concerts for the past two-plus decades.
As demonstrated on diverse fare ranging from “Piano Man” to “The Stranger,” “Big Shot” to “Uptown Girl,” and the pair of then-new tracks (“You’re Only Human (Second Wind)” and “The Night Is Still Young”), Joel always succeeds in wrapping his head around rich swaths of American pop, his music stopping by way of New Orleans, Kansas City, Memphis, Chicago, and other milestone cities.
The singer’s simple, yet disarmingly effective lyrics speak to universal truths and uplift. Joel’s melodic flair does the rest, filling out tunes with comprehensive arrangements, towering harmonies, and a swift sense of purpose. His catalog testifies on behalf of unimpeachably ovational songwriting and execution. Experience all his hits in heart-rustling fidelity. They, and you, have waited long enough for such an intimate encounter.
• 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
1. Piano Man
2. Captain Jack
3. The Entertainer
4. Say Goodbye to Hollywood
5. New York State of Mind
6. The Stranger
7. Scenes From an Italian Restaurant
8. Just the Way You Are
9. Movin' Out (Anthony's Song)
10. Only the Good Die Young
11. She's Always a Woman
12. My Life
13. Big Shot
15. You May Be Right
16. It's Still Rock and Roll to Me
17. Don't Ask Me Why
18. She's Got a Way
21. Goodnight Saigon
22. Tell Her About It
23. Uptown Girl
24. The Longest Time
25. You're Only Human (Second Wind)
26. The Night Is Still Young
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 HQ-180 Vinyl
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