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: San Andreas Fault
A3: Beloved Wife
C1: I May Know The Word
C2: The Letter
C3: Cowboy Romance
D2: Where I Go
D3: Seven Years
The 10,000 Maniacs were at their peak when scintillating singer Natalie Merchant announced that she was leaving the band to pursue a solo career. On her gorgeously detailed folk-pop debut Tigerlily, Merchant turns in a vocal performance for the ages, spinning majestic webs of mellow atmosphere woven with rhythmic textures and low-key movements. This 1995 set is a mood masterpiece.
Remastered from the original analogue tapes, Mobile Fidelity's collectable version of Tigerlily mines every last nuance and delicate tone from this intimate gem. Merchant is presented with an up-close clarity and full-bodied richness that enhance the album's deeply emotional feel. The vocalist's bracing conviction is matched by small-scale acoustic frameworks that don't let a note go to waste. Mobile Fidelity's engineers worked to make sure you hear all of them. Balances are superb, dynamics are grand. The results will leave you hypnotised.
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 Natalie Merchant
Recorded at Bearsville Studios, Bearsville NY
Engineered and Mixed by John Holbrook
Half-Speed Mastered by Shawn R. Britton at Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab, Sebastopol, CA on the GAIN 2 ULTRA ANALOG SYSTEM.
Label: Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab, MFSL 2-45008
Series: Original Master Recording, Gain 2™ Ultra Analog, 45RPM, 180g Series, Half-Speed Mastered
Format: 2 x Vinyl LP, 45 RPM, Limited Edition, Numbered, Remastered