Vinyl

Rod Stewart – Gasoline Alley

With early-stamper US Mercury pressings of this Rod Stewart classic only fetching $10-$12 and early British Vertigo pressings going for as high as $100, Mobile Fidelity Silver Label’s recent edition gets the good value award.

Comparing the Silver Label LP to the somewhat naff Mercury copy at my disposal proved interesting, even as the Mercury gave a good showing. While not as quiet as the new version, drums on the Mercury claim more texture. Cymbals are also more natural, but the Silver Label LP reveals warmer bass response. Stewart’s voice is solid and clean on both pressings, so the burning question becomes: Do you want a quiet record and squeaky clean jacket, or do you prefer a little more soul in the mix? I’ll take the Silver Label pressing, thanks.  – Jeff Dorgay

Mobile Fidelity Silver Label, LP

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