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Carole King - The Carnegie Hall Concert 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-134896
Brand: Mobile Fidelity
Model Number: LMF351
Condition: New
Warranty: 12 Months
Weight: 818

Carole King - The Carnegie Hall Concert MoFi 2LP 180g Numbered

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From-the-Vault Live Release Captures Iconic Singer-Songwriter at Height of Her Breakout Period

Every so often, a from-the-vault release captures our hearts, minds, and attention in such a way that it's impossible not to tell all family, friends, and neighbours about its existence. Originally issued to commemorate the 25th anniversary of Tapestry, Carole King's The Carnegie Hall Concert: June 18, 1971 is such a record, a fortunate document of an absolutely magical period in the singer-songwriter's legendary career and a revealing look at the then-stage fright artist turning in a commanding performance just as she was becoming a superstar.

Half-speed mastered from the original tapes, Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab's numbered edition 180g LP of this compelling concert album brims with liveliness, depth, dimension, detail, and transparency. The nuances of King's spare performances and warm vocals emanate as if she's sitting five feet away. Stripped down even further than they are on the studio albums, songs breathe with palpable earnestness and emotion, the subtle differences from their more polished studio brethren allowing listeners an insight into King's creative genius.

At the time of its recording, King still suffered from shyness - and who could blame her? She had been accustomed to penning lyrics for other artists and sitting behind a desk in the Brill Building. Only recently did King strike out on her own and enter the public realm. This set encapsulates this contrast in thrilling fashion. Disarmingly genuine and daringly honest, The Carnegie Hall Concert: June 18, 1971 benefits from the inclusion of King's nervous between-song banter that exposes who she is as a person and performer. Most importantly, despite her anxiety, she turns out stirring renditions of tunes from 1970's Writer, Tapestry, and even a few from the yet-unreleased Music.

Her control is demonstrated on the record's six opening cuts, which feature King alone at her piano. For the remainder of the program, she's accompanied by guitarist Danny Kortchman, bassist Charles Larkey, and a string quartet, which enter and exit according to arrangement. As such, the concert is profoundly intimate and personal, an "unplugged" session that predated the use of the term by nearly two decades. Longtime collaborator James Taylor joins her for a memorable medley of some of her biggest hits - "Will You Love Me Tomorrow/Some Kind of Wonderful/Up on the Roof" - the chemistry evident of why the duo's 2010 tour was one of the most in-demand outings in years.

MoFi's remastered sound ties everything together and is what makes this release extra special. By going to the original source, the audiophile label considerably opens up the sonic perspectives, revealing the spacious acoustics of the famed venue that act in concert with King's music. In particular, the songs from Writer benefit from the no-nonsense production. You can literally picture King's piano beside her, and her voice - sincere, tender, melodic - is rich, full-bodied, and penetrating. Listeners can even hear it crack on occasion, the results a consequence of her nerves. Unpolished and non-synthetic, the performance is better for it.

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.

Track Listing

A1: I Feel The Earth Move
A2: Home Again
A3: After All This Time
A4: Child Of Mine
A5: Carry Your Load

B1: No Easy Way Down
B2: Song Of Long Ago
B3: Snow Queen
B4: Smackwater Jack

C1: So Far Away
C2: It's Too Late
C3: Eventually
C4: Way Over Yonder
C5: Beautiful

D1: You've Got A Friend
D2: Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow / Some Kind Of Wonderful / Up On The Roof
D3: (You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman

Album Credits

Produced by Lou Adler

Engineered by Hank Cicalo

Mastered from the Original Master Tapes 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 2-351

Series: Original Master Recording, Gain 2™ Ultra Analog, 180g Series

Format: 2 x Vinyl LP, Limited Edition, Numbered, Remastered

Country: US

Released: 05 Jul 2011

Genre: Rock

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