Mobile Fidelity - UDSACD 2154 - SACD Hybrid Stereo
2,000 Numbered Limited Edition - Hybrid Sacd Plays On All CD Players
Half-Speed Mastered by Shawn R. Britton from the Original Master Tape
Mastered on the Mobile Fidelity GAIN 2™ Ultradisc UHR™ Hybrid SACD
Just like the blurb upstairs says. This is an excellent SACD remaster of a quite beautiful album. Get it while you can. HRAudio Review
Ry Cooder Is a Master Sonic Archeologist and Cultural Historian on Boomer's Story: Guitarist Pays Tribute to the Past and Updates Music for Future on Rustic Record Steeped in Folk, Blues, and Soul
Mastered from the Original Master Tapes and Strictly Limited to 2000 Numbered Copies: Mobile Fidelity Hybrid SACD of Boomer's Story Features Vibrant Textures and Front-to-Back Imaging
Ry Cooder's development as a peerless musician capable of grasping virtually any style began with his time spent with Taj Mahal and Captain Beefheart, but for all intents and purposes blossoms into a master on Boomer's Story. With two ambitious albeit uneven studio albums behind him, the California native plunged into roles that still define him today – that of sonic archeologist and cultural historian, shaping his 1972 Reprise effort with enlightened selections carved into the bedrock of America's folk, blues, and soul landscapes. Inspired, virtuosic, and poignant, Boomer's Story endures as a ravishing portrait of inspired translation and inventive craftsmanship that after years of neglect finally boasts sonics deserving of the performances.
Mastered from the original master tapes and strictly limited to 2000 numbered copies, Mobile Fidelity's hybrid SACD of Cooder's breakout teems with natural tones, front-to-back imaging, and vintage tube warmth. Boomer's Story benefits from vibrant textures and organic openness, two prized traits that come to fore with breathtaking realism on this audiophile reissue. Details ranging from the audible resonance of the drum skins, drifting reverb on the guitar, and inner cavity of the piano take up residence on deep-black soundstages. Individual notes appear and recede with lifelike decay. Cooder and company sound as if they're in the room, playing in real time with one another. This record has never been more dynamic or involving.
Having initiated his self-taught learning of customs established by the likes of Josh White, Woody Guthrie, Charlie Johnson, and Robert Johnson as early as age four, and grown up a son of parents obsessed with Folkways Records, Cooder never suffers from the retro rehash fakeness plaguing countless contemporary revivalists. A true original, the guitarist simultaneously pays tribute to the past and updates it for the future on Boomer's Story, brimming with traditional tunes (the title track, "Good Morning Mr. Railroad Man"), classic blues ("Ax Sweet Mama," "Cherry Ball Blues"), and World War II standards ("Comin' in on a Wing and a Prayer").
A spellbinding blend of personality, respect, and innovation grace every song. Evoking the timeless rusticism and "weird, old America" vibe of Bob Dylan and the Band's Basement Tapes, Boomer's Story unfolds with a relaxed ease and back-porch chemistry underlined by the musicians' unpretentious demeanors and potent abilities. Drummer Jim Keltner, percussionist Milt Holland, and bassist Jim Dickinson (also a producer) are among the cast fleshing out Cooder's visions. The headliner also welcomes country-blues legend Sleepy John Estes to sing on his own "President Kennedy" and leans on pianist Randy Newman to help him transform the normally bellicose "Rally ‘Round the Flag" into a patient, mournful protest.
Cooder attains equally meaningful, emotional results on a definitive wordless interpretation of the staple soul ballad "The Dark End of the Street," expressing unfathomable depths of regret and longing via slide-guitar work that draws a line back to Blind Willie McTell's immortal spiritual "Dark Was the Night" – a song Cooder called "the most transcendent piece in all American music." Indeed, the degree of interplay attained by twinkling keys, rambling beats, brass accents, and dazzling guitar lines – also finger-picked and strummed – on Boomer's Story breathes with a rare air increasingly endangered in an era of on-demand immediacy and auto-tuned imitation. This, as it's said, is the real deal.
• Numbered, Limited Edition • Strictly Limited to 2000 Numbered Copies
• • SACD Stereo SACD Layer
• This Hybrid SACD contains a 'Red Book' Stereo CD Layer which is playable on most conventional CD Players!
• Mastered From Original Master Tapes
Bass – Tommy McClure
Clarinet – Charles Lawing
Drums – Jim Keltner, Roger Hawkins
Guitar, Vocals – Sleepy John Estes
Harmonica – Gene Finney
Horns – George Bohanon
Percussion – Milt Holland
Piano – Randy Newman
Piano, Bass – Jim Dickinson
Producer – Jim Dickinson, Lenny Waronker
1. Boomer's Story
2. Cherry Ball Blues
3. Crow Black Chicken
4. Ax Sweet Mama
5. Maria Elena
6. The Dark End of The Street
7. Rally 'Round the Flag
8. Comin' In On a Wing and A Prayer
9. President Kennedy
10. Good Morning Mr. Railroad Man
Mobile Fidelity believes that mastering systems should be neutral and transparent. The essential idea is to unveil all the detailed musical information on the original master recording without adding deterioration, coloration or other sonic artifacts.
It is worth noting that Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab stands out as one of few record labels that independently invests in research and development of audio technology. With proprietary innovations such as GAIN 2™, general music enthusiasts and audiophiles alike have reaped the benefit of a higher consumer audio standard without investing in costly new hardware. Mobile Fidelity is pleased to work with a variety of engineering legends and companies including Tim de Paravicini, Ed Meitner, Pass Labs, Theta Digital and Sony Electronics.
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GAIN 2™ Mastering Technology for Ultradisc UHR™ Hybrid SACD and Ultradisc II™ 24kt Gold CDs
For over twenty years, Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab has continually searched for the ultimate audio experience. During this search MFSL engineers and associates created The GAIN™ System, a proprietary mastering technology which brought warmth and ambience to the compact disc format. A few years ago - with higher resolution formats on the horizon - the vision of GAIN 2™ began. As it stands today, GAIN 2™ is one of the greatest technical advancements in analogue and digital technology in the last ten years. It consists of a series of critical modifications and new components to Mobile Fidelity's proprietary mastering chain.
We feel that GAIN 2™ has come extremely close to meeting this goal. The key accomplishments of GAIN 2™ System are 1) the ability to extract all the musical information as possible through the Ultra High bandwidth analogue tape playback system with proprietary custom tape playback heads, reproducer electronics and 2) transparently capturing and storing that information with the Direct Stream Digital recording system.