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Bob Dylan And The Band - Before The Flood MoFi 2LP 180g Numbered

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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.

Product Number: POS-134885
Brand: Mobile Fidelity
Model Number: LMF426-2
Condition: New
Warranty: 12 Months
Weight: 850

Bob Dylan And The Band - Before The Flood MoFi 2LP 180g Numbered

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Track Listing

A1: Most Likely You Go Your Way (And I'll Go Mine)
A2: Lay Lady Lay
A3: Rainy Day Women #12 & 35
A4: Knockin' On Heaven's Door
A5: It Ain't Me, Babe
A6: Ballad Of A Thin Man

B1: Up On Cripple Creek
B2: I Shall Be Released
B3: Endless Highway
B4: The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down
B5: Stage Fright

C1: Don't Think Twice, It's All Right
C2: Just Like A Woman
C3: It's Allright Ma (I'm Only Bleeding)
C4: The Shape I'm In
C5: When You Awake
C6: The Weight

D1: All Along The Watchtower
D2: Highway 61 Revisited
D3: Like A Rolling Stone
D4: Blowin' In The Wind

Live 1974 Set Documents Acclaimed Reunion of Bob Dylan and The Band

The live reunion of Bob Dylan and The Band during 1973-74 yielded one of the decade's most celebrated, dynamic, and astonishing tours. Captured on Before the Flood, the results portray the two artists' shared chemistry as well as Dylan's instinctive ability to challenge audiences, his group, and himself via inventive rearrangements of classics that simultaneously ward off nostalgia and renew with meaning. Said by noted critic Robert Christgau to be "at its best, [the] craziest and strongest rock and roll ever recorded," Before the Flood crackles with intensity, relevance, and unhinged performances.

Arriving at a crucial time for both Dylan and The Band, Before the Flood is the furthest thing possible from a nostalgia trip. It's where Dylan begins his now-trademark feat of turning songs upside-down, taking risks, challenging expectations, and leaving audiences riveted to the edge of their seats in anticipation of what might come next. He sings with unabated passion, the moods spanning bitterness to jubilation. And his willingness to play fast and loose with the music gives way to compelling shifts, under-the-surface textures, complementary intricacies, and a sense of newness and discovery on par with that of an adventurer embracing total freedom.

Before the Flood buries any notion of limits, safeguards, or borders. It is an open map, each song a route begging for exploration without need or concern for exactness or an appointed leader. Collaborative in every sense, it's a portrait of six inimitable musicians feeding off one another, trusting in their past history as they hurdle towards uncharted territory, using soulfulness as a compass and opportunity as their vehicle.

Wholly different than the live episodes heard on Bob Dylan Live 1966, The "Royal Albert Hall" Concert, Before the Flood is equally seminal and, from the perspective of witnessing an artist dare not only his audience but himself to break through to a new plane, even better. Utterly astounding.

GAIN 2™ Ultra Analog™ System for Vinyl

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.

Album Credits

Recording Engineers: Phil Ramone, Rob Fraboni

Mixing Engineers: Nat Jeffrey, Rob Fraboni

Mastered by Krieg Wunderlich, assisted by Rob LoVerde at Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab, Sebastopol, CA on the GAIN 2 ULTRA ANALOG SYSTEM.

Release Information

Label: Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab, MFSL 2-426

Series: Gain 2™ Ultra Analog 180g Series

Format: 2 x Vinyl, Limited Edition, Numbered, Reissue, Remastered, Gatefold

Country: US

Released: 2014

Genre: Rock

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