Eagles - Desperado - SACD

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Eagles - Desperado - SACD
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Mobile Fidelity - UDSACD 2230 - SACD Hybrid Stereo - 

Numbered Limited  Edition - Plays On All CD Players

Half-Speed Mastered by Shawn Britton from the Original Master Tape at MFSL

Mastered on the Mobile Fidelity GAIN 2 Mastering Technology for Ultradisc UHR SACD  

The SACD really opens things up and there there is now more space around the various elements in the mix as a result. As with the debut this is a well balanced sounding disc. Organic, smooth and with a well defined soundstage. Certainly the best digital incarnation of the album that I have heard.- SACD Review

Mastered from the original analog master tapes, Mobile Fidelity's numbered-edition hybrid SACD pays tribute to the record's significance and enhances the experience for generations to come. Playing with reference sonics that elevate an effort forever held dear by audiophiles, it provides a lively, dynamic, transparent, balanced, and intimate view of a release whose contemporary importance continues to grow. The opportunity to zero in on the particulars of the Eagles' golden harmonies, distinct vocal timbres, and interplay between acoustic and electric instruments has never been better.

By design, Desperado is a record where appearances also matter. Originally conceived as an album revolving around western motifs that involve outlaws, it saw the group dress up as cowboy exiles for a famous front cover shot taken by photographer Henry Diltz. The back cover is even more notable. A reenactment of the capture and death of the Dalton Gang, it displays the quartet as well as collaborators Jackson Browne and J.D. Souther bound on the ground. Standing above the band, a group of lawmen – including Johns, manager John Hartmann, and others – exudes pride. Staged at Paramount Ranch in Malibu Canyon, the project also involved the making of a short film that accented the album's commentary about the Eagles' loss of innocence in the face of music-biz machinations.

Metaphorical parallels between outlaws and rock stars carry through nearly every song. And still, the record retains a charm and ease many enterprising sets lack. Writing for Rolling Stone in 1973, Paul Gambaccini rightly observed: "The beautiful thing about it is that although it is a unified set of songs, it is not a rock opera, a concept album, or anything pretending to be much more than a set of good tunes that just happen to fit together."

None combine for a more memorable impact than the brilliant title track (recorded with the London Philharmonic Orchestra, cited by Rolling Stone as one of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time, and sung by Henley in an unvarnished voice) or "Tequila Sunrise," a shot of courage that triggered Henley-Frey's collaborative partnership – one that endured for more than four decades. Also not to be missed: The four- and six-string workouts kicking up dirt on "Doolin-Dalton" and waltz signatures of "Saturday Night."

Desperado would do a slow burn on its way to Rock & Roll Hall of Fame-worthy status. Its era-spanning longevity and reappraisal within critical circles seemingly mirror the agelessness of its most famous songs, which remain staples in the band's concert staples to this very day. As much as any record in the band's catalog, it demands repeat plays. The folk-meets-California-rock feel, flawless craftsmanship, and organic choruses on everything from David Blue's "Outlaw Man" to "Twenty-One" (a smart reference to the age of Emmett Dalton when he got shot 23 times) practically jump out of the speakers now that Mobile Fidelity has managed to present the music in the cleanest, clearest sound it's ever enjoyed.

Producer, Engineer – Glyn Johns
Vocals, Bass – Randy Meisner
Vocals, Drums – Don Henley
Vocals, Guitar, Banjo – Bernie Leadon
Vocals, Guitar, Slide Guitar – Glenn Frey

Doolin-Dalton
Twenty-One
Out of Control
Tequila Sunrise
Desperado
Certain Kind of Fool
Doolin-Dalton
Outlaw Man
Saturday Night
Bitter Creek
Doolin-Dalton/Desperado

Eagles - Desperado - SACD

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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. 

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. 

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