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Ryan Adams - Love is Hell MoFi 3LP 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-134917
Brand: Mobile Fidelity
Model Number: LMFS040
Condition: New
Warranty: 12 Months
Weight: 1100

Ryan Adams - Love is Hell MoFi 3LP Numbered

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Track Listing

A1: Political Scientist
A2: Afraid Not Scared
A3: This House Is Not For Sale
A4: Anybody Wanna Take Me Home
A5: Love Is Hell

B1: Wonderwall
B2: The Shadowlands
B3: World War 24
B4: Avalanche

C1: My Blue Manhattan
C2: Please Do Not Let Me Go
C3: City Rain, City Streets
C4: I See Monsters

D1: English Girls Approximately
D2: Thank You Louise
D3: Hotel Chelsea Nights

E1: Halloween
E2: Caterwaul
E3: Fuck The Universe

F1: Twice As Bad As Love
F2: Father's Son
F3: Gimme Sunshine
F4: Black Clouds



Personal Document on Romantic Loss, Frustration, and Loneliness Hits Bittersweet, Spiritual Note

Originally released on two EPs, Love is Hell is a staggeringly personal report on romantic desolation, personal frustration, and incurable loneliness whose themes play out via heartbreakingly intimate vocals, stark acoustic guitars, unembellished electric guitars, chamber-pop strings, and spare pianos. The excising of pain has rarely sounded more bittersweet – or spiritual. Due to Ryan Adams' barren and tormented state, his record label initially refused to release the album out of concern it was too dark.

Renowned for his introspective takes splintered relationships, Adams has never sounded more severe, damaged, or frayed. Listening is akin to peering into the tiny soul of a human being reconciling what love is and what it requires, and whether or not it can be had – all the while conversing with the people that drift in and out of his life. Recognized by critics, peers, and fans for sketching impeccably detailed songs and lifelike protagonists, the singer/multi-instrumentalist doubles as a film auteur throughout Love is Hell. Such is the value he places on atmosphere, scenery, and insightful specifics.

Rain, snow, and cold color the songs' environment, the gloom, austerity, and dampness blending with the music's slate-grey vibes. Decaying, single-room-occupancy hotel rooms, unforgiving city streets, and long nights afflict characters that teeter on falling apart and seek solace by holding on to fading optimism – no more so than on the staggering cover of Oasis' "Wonderwall." Removing boundaries between himself and the listener, Adams pours out naked fears and thoughts. Expertly placed, minimalist instrumentation accentuates his dramatic swells, emotional extremes, and shifts in scenery.

Arrangements are nothing less than bracing. When employed, electric guitars resonate with tones that suggest showers and sleet, and on the title track – the record's most aggressive song – inform an anthemic irony. Tempos slowly drift, Adams' poignant voice remains unhurried, and looming metaphors threaten to swallow the hope on which the singer rests his head during his uncertain times. Throughout, via his phrasing and timbre, Adams makes you feel and inspires reaction. Love is Hell is the antithesis of background music, its somber qualities and reflective intricacies akin to burrowing into the pages of classic literature.

Phenomenally rare on vinyl, Love is Hell has never sounded better or looked more beautiful.

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

Produced by John Porter and Ryan Adams

Recorded by Joe McGrath and Tom Schitck

Mastered at Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab on the GAIN 2 ULTRA ANALOG SYSTEM.

Release Information

Label: Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab - MOFI1-040

Series: Silver Label Vinyl Series

Format: Vinyl LP, Album, Numbered 

Country: US

Released: 2014

Genre: Alternative Rock

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