Mobile Fidelity - UDSACD 2167 - SACD Hybrid Stereo
Numbered Limited Edition - Plays On All CD Players
Mastered by Rob LoVerde from the Original Master Tape at MFSL
Half-Speed Mastered 11.2Mhz Quad DSD on the Mobile Fidelity THE GAIN HD SYSTEM
Great recording by a great artist at the height of her career. Made all the much better by MFSL Super Audio process 5/5 Sacdreview
Two-Time Grammy-Nominated No Secrets Contains Legendary Double-Edged Anthem “You’re So Vain,” Ranked Among 100 Greatest Songs of All Time
Mastered from the Original Master Tapes: SACD Reveals Elegant Vocal Details and Disarming Simplicity of Pop/Rock Arrangements Like Never Before
Confident, Autobiographically Frank 1972 Record Features Top-Notch Guests James Taylor, Paul and Linda McCartney, Mick Jagger, and Other Musical Luminaries
Carly Simon’s number-one smash “You’re So Vain” lingers as one of the most clever, famous, and secretive songs ever recorded. The subject of mass speculation ever since its release, soon after which it occupied the top spot on multiple Billboard charts for several weeks, the double-edged anthem has for decades kept a captive public guessing at the identity of its smug subject. To this day, Simon has offered many hints but never revealed its inspiration. Ironically, the question surrounding the protagonist’s identity is perhaps the only mystery on the otherwise sexually open and autobiographically daring No Secrets, Simon’s breakthrough album and an emblem of the 70s singer-songwriter canon.
Mastered from the original master tapes, Mobile Fidelity’s numbered limited-edition hybrid SACD affords the platinum 1972 effort the finest sonic treatment it’s ever received. Produced by Richard Perry—famous for his work with the Beatles, David Bowie, and Elton John—No Secrets touts what many believe is the finest sound on any Simon record. Simple, elegant, and disarming, Perry’s treatments make the songs seemingly float and Simon’s voice take on a more confident, assertive tenor that on this SACD emerges with definitive imaging, balanced tonality, and palpable depth. String arrangements and backing vocals come through with similar realism, adding up to a soulful experience on par with other classics of the era—including Carole King’s Tapestry and Joni Mitchell’s Blue.
Enhanced by an all-star cast—Simon’s then-husband James Taylor, Paul and Linda McCartney, Mick Jagger, Lowell George, Bobby Keys, Jim Keltner, Nicky Hopkins, and Bonnie Bramlett are among the iconic musicians lending a hand—No Secrets advances Simon’s themes of personal introspectiveness, no-holds-barred reflectiveness, and feminist-inspired boldness. While acknowledging her own regrets (“You’re So Vain”) and loss (“The Carter Family”), Simon also champions the highs (“The Right Thing To Do”) and unrequited pains (“His Friends Are More Than Fond of Robin”) of love in a straightforward, sincere manner indicative of her maturity as both an artist and singer.
Throughout, Simon invests her all in the songs, handling beautiful ballads, sassy rock/folk numbers, and blues fare with equal parts calm, composure, and candor. She makes every moment of No Secrets worth savoring. The New York native distinguishes “When You Close Your Eyes” with deep-rooted spirituality, recalls childhood joys via charming sentimentality on “It Was So Easy,” and instills her cover of Taylor’s “Night Owl” with requisite fierceness. Thanks to Simon’s self-assured performances and savvy lyrics, combined with Perry’s expert instrumental arrangements, No Secrets retains an edginess and relevance immune to the ravages of time.
Hear the song many music outlets have named one of the greatest ever recorded, an album that’s every bit its equal, in astonishing fidelity.
Carly Simon No Secrets Track Listing:
1. The Right Thing To Do
2. The Carter Family
3. You’re So Vain
4. His Friends Are More Than Fond of Robin
5. We Have No Secrets
6. Embrace Me, You Child
7. Waited So Long
8. It Was So Easy
9. Night Owl
10. When You Close Your Eyes
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.
New Ultradisc UHR GAIN HD mastering technology, designed to achieve "a higher level of musical accuracy, resolution and fidelity
Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab (MFSL) has introduced its Ultradisc UHR GAIN HD with 4X DSD digital mastering technology. The Ultradisc UHR (Ultra-High Resolution) GAIN HD mastering process utilizes 4X DSD direct-to-CD conversion and a newly implemented mastering chain to achieve a higher level of musical accuracy, resolution and fidelity from CD.
GAIN stands for Greater Ambient Information Network, "and that's an indication of exactly what listeners will hear with our new mastering process," "The GAIN HD 4X DSD process delivers a subtle but significant improvement in low-level detail, ambient information and 'air,' and perhaps most importantly, a relaxed ease in the musical presentation that simply sounds less 'reproduced' and more natural and involving."
The GAIN HD mastering chain starts with Mobile Fidelity's custom Studer tape playback deck with proprietary reproducer electronics and tape head designed by legendary engineer Tim de Paravicini. "Thanks to this one-of-a-kind tape machine, we're pulling off more musical information from the master tapes from the get-go," . From there the signal is directly coupled to MFSL's 4X DSD A/D converter which samples at 11.2 MHz or 256fs, or 256 times the CD sampling rate of 44.1 kHz. The 4X DSD file is then downsampled to 1X DSD for the SACD layer and the 4X DSD file is also downsampled to 44.1 kHz for the CD layer. The result is better resolution in both formats.
Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab has been the leader in audiophile recordings since it was founded in 1977 by producer and recording engineer Brad Miller. The company's first half-speed-mastered Original Master Recording LPs set a remarkable new sonic benchmark for vinyl playback and through the decades MFSL has continued to redefine the state-of-the-art in LP, CD and high-resolution digital sound with technologies including the Ultradisc 24-karat gold-plated CD, GAIN 2 mastering system, Ultradisc UHR (Ultra High Resolution) SACD disc and other breakthroughs.
"For almost four decades Mobile Fidelity has been completely dedicated to furthering the development and acceptance of audiophile recordings. This has never been more important than today, where compressed audio and compromised sound encroach upon us more and more." He concluded, "If anything, this gives us all the more reason to do what we're doing with our newest technology upgrades - which is to bring music lovers and audiophiles closer than ever to listening to master-tape-quality sound in their home and enjoying a growing number of recordings the way the artists and producers intended them to be heard."
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.
Our joint efforts to seek out the ultimate audio experience, has resulted in significant advances for the technology of music reproduction.
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.