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Mobile Fidelity - MOFI 1-010 - 140 Gram Virgin Vinyl - AAA 100% Analogue
Numbered Limited Edition - Pressed at RTI
Mastered by Kreig Wunderlich from the Original MasterTape at MFSL
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
Rod Stewart owned the early 1970s. When he wasn’t recording great sets with the Faces, he was redefining how folk, country, and soul music could be folded under rock’s umbrella. Filled with first-rate originals and terrific interpretations of classics, Every Picture Tells A Story remains Stewart’s watershed moment, a brilliant synthesis of organic warmth, earthy tones, raucous romance, and loose performances. Those who only know Stewart from his later evolution into a sappy balladeer will be overwhelmed.
Mastered on Mobile Fidelity’s world-renowned mastering system and pressed at RTI (the best record plant in America), MoFi Silver Labels’ numbered limited edition LP presents the 1971 smash in the most transparent, warm, and full-range sound the music has ever enjoyed. Stewart’s supremely soulful vocals come on with insouciant passion and joyous persuasion, the detail allowing listeners to hear into his lungs and feel every breath he draws. His equally superb band is presented amidst an expanded soundstage that’s free of artificial ceilings and harshness introduced by several digital remastering editions. The explosive sound is akin to watching a fledgling group come into its own in a small club. Kicking up the tempo and slightly increasing the edge from his previous solo effort, Stewart transforms blues, folk, country, and soul into a hard-rocking hybrid that maintains acoustic properties but isn’t afraid to step out and report on what it’s like to have a night out on the town.
Anchored by Mick Waller’s free-swinging percussion, every song triumphs, with Stewart’s slightly hoarse and eminently emotive vocals communicating each word as if they’re literally sewn as hearts on his sleeve. Ron Wood’s slide guitar and gritty chords complement the singer’s earnest conviction, and Ian McLagan’s organ adds bittersweet accents. Nothing here is blue; Every Picture Tells A Story is a celebration. Stewart combines American and British folk styles on the strolling “Mandolin Wind,” the touching song epitomizing the simple, direct approach that underpins the entire album. On the breathless title track, Stewart embraces his inner playboy, the tune’s likeable crude-and-rude swagger sent up on crackling rhythms and visceral harmonies. The British native handles Bob Dylan’s “Tommorow Is A Long Time” and the evergreen “That’s All Right” as if he wrote them.
The best aspect of Every Picture Tells A Story relates to how genuine and believable Stewart and his good-natured company sound throughout. If you are a fan of rock, soul, folk, or the blues, you owe it to yourself to have a superb copy of this timeless record that shows off its translucent and organic tones, extraordinary vocal performances, and crack backing band. Mobile Fidelity’s Silver Label numbered limited edition LP does just that. And it restores one of the most iconic album covers in history. As for that “Classic Edition” statement that’s always hovered at the top of the record? Never truer than now.
• Limited Edition • Numbered
• MoFi Silver Label Vinyl Series
• Mastered and Cut on the famous MoFi Sound Lab state-of-the-art Tim de Paravacini-designed mastering system.
• Pressed at RTI on Audiophile-Grade Standard Vinyl
Acoustic Guitar – Martell Brandy, Martin Quittenton
Bass – Danny Thompson
Drums – Mick Waller
Guitar, Steel Guitar , Bass – Ron Wood
Organ – Ian McLagan
Piano – Pete Sears
Producer, Acoustic Guitar, Vocals – Rod Stewart
1. "Every Picture Tells a Story" (Rod Stewart, Ronnie Wood) - 6:01
2. "Seems Like a Long Time" (Theodore Anderson) - 4:02
3. "That's All Right" (Arthur Crudup) - 3:59
4. "Amazing Grace" - 2:03
5. "Tomorrow Is a Long Time" (Bob Dylan) - 3:43
6. "O. Henry" (Martin Quittenton) - 0:32
7. "Maggie May" (Rod Stewart, Martin Quittenton) - 5:16
8. "Mandolin Wind" (Rod Stewart) - 5:33
9. "(I Know) I'm Losing You" (Norman Whitfield, Eddie Holland, Cornelius Grant) - 5:23
10. "Reason to Believe" (Tim Hardin) - 4:06
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 Vinyl
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.