Mobile Fidelity Sound Labs 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 artefacts.
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.
A1: Snakes On Everything
A2: Strawberry Flats
A3: Truck Stop Girl
A4: Brides Of Jesus
A6: Hamburger Midnight
B1: Forty Four Blues/How Many More Years
B2: Crack In Your Door
B3: I've Been The One
B4: Takin' My Time
B5: Crazy Captain Gunboat Willie
Little Feat introduced Southern-fried accents and funny personality sketches to the West Coast's country-rock template on its self-titled 1971 debut that remains singular in its aural and narrative visions of America.
Just as iconic illustrator Robert Crumb's characters evoke weirdly sympathetic figures, so too do vocalist/guitarist Lowell George's cartoonish character-driven narratives. His tales seem to come from a dusty, long-lost comic book – or a secret history of American culture that's a helluva lot more exciting, fun, and authentic than most anything you've heard. Liberating, freewheeling, and lined with subtle streaks of dark humour, Little Feat is the musical companion to Easy Rider. And now, it has widescreen sonics to match. Sourced from the original analog master tapes, Mobile Fidelity's 180-gram LP of Little Feat is more raw, bluesy, immediate, and open than any previous version.
GAIN 2 Ultra Analog™ is a proprietary cutting system built and designed by legendary design genius Tim De Paravicini, with consultation from one of Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab'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 customised 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, Mobile Fidelity Sound Labs only utilise first generation original master recordings as source material for their releases. MFSL then play back master tapes at half speed enabling the GAIN 2 Ultra Analog™ system to fully extract the master's sonic information. The lacquers are then plated in a specialised 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). MFSL 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.
Produced by Russ Titelman
Engineered by Rudy Hill, Bob Kovach
Mastered by Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab on the GAIN 2 ULTRA ANALOG SYSTEM.
Label: Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab, MFSL 1-299
Series: Original Master Recording, GAIN 2™ Ultra Analog LP 180g Series
Format: Vinyl, LP, Album, Limited Edition, Numbered, Reissue, Gatefold, 180gram
Genre: Rock, Folk, World, & Country