Audiophile Pressing: The Rolling Stones in Mono

Audiophile Pressing: The Rolling Stones in Mono

Several years after the Beatles and Bob Dylan got their just due in mono on audiophile vinyl, the Rolling Stones finally receive analog treatment worthy of their pivotal contributions to pop culture and rock n’ roll’s evolution. Read More >

Grateful Dead - American Beauty

Grateful Dead – American Beauty

Because the Grateful Dead was always a band that paid close attention to the sound quality of its live performances and recordings, even a random copy of any Dead album usually sounds pretty good—provided it hasn’t been played to extinction. Read More >

Leonard Cohen - The Future

Leonard Cohen – The Future

Leonard Cohen’s The Future first hit my audio radar as a result of the Natural Born Killers soundtrack. Read More >

Kiss - Alive!

Kiss – Alive!

One of the things I’ve always admired about Gene Simmons is that he’s straightforward about being in the game for the money. Our pal Chad Kassem at Quality Record Pressings/Acoustic Sounds isn’t always quite so forthright, and I’ll cut him some slack because he wouldn’t know a great rock record if it bit him in the ass. Read More >

Aztec Camera - High Land, Hard Rain

Aztec Camera – High Land, Hard Rain

Among guilty pleasure albums from the 1980s, Aztec Camera’s debut High Land, Hard Rain maintains a surprisingly regular appearance on my turntable. Read More >

Hall and Oates - Voices

Hall and Oates – Voices

Hall and Oates’ ninth album is brought to life like never before on this Mobile Fidelity pressing.  The group’s first self-produced work, Voices presents the duo embracing a more commercial sound defined by the addition of slightly more pop and funk interacting with the harmonies that made the pair famous. Read More >

Carole King - Tapestry

Carole King – Tapestry

Here’s an interesting pressing of a major classic.  Of course, books have been written about Carole King, her genius, why this record is a landmark, so there’s no need to blather on about those topics here. Read More >

Billy Joel - The Stranger

Billy Joel – The Stranger

I’d give Mobile Fidelity a swab of my DNA if the label would work its magic on Billy Joel’s Streetlife Serenade, but I don’t think it’s going to happen. Read More >

Rickie Lee Jones - Rickie Lee Jones

Rickie Lee Jones – Rickie Lee Jones

Three times a charm for Rickie Lee Jones. Back in the 1980s, Mobile Fidelity released the eponymous album as one of its earliest productions. Read More >

Elvis Costello - King of America

Elvis Costello – King of America

Mobile Fidelity continues their excellent job of remastering the Elvis Costello catalog with his tenth album.  Never charting higher than #39 in the US, this record received more than its share of critical acclaim. Read More >

Neil Young - Live at the Cellar Door

Neil Young – Live at the Cellar Door

Recorded at the Cellar Door in Washington DC over a three-day period from November 30 to December 2, 1970, the latest in Neil Young’s “archives” series hits the record store shelves in vinyl format, lagging the CD by a few weeks. Read More >

Tosca - j.a.c.

Tosca – j.a.c.

Richard Dorfmeister of Kruder & Dorfmeister is half of Tosca, and his influence on this record is clearly obvious, given its ethereal rhythms, heavy yet lazy bass lines, and a soundstage full of ambient effects that stretch way beyond speaker boundaries. Read More >

Snoop Lion - Reincarcerated

Snoop Lion – Reincarcerated

You can take the boy out of hip-hop, but you can’t take the hip-hop out of the boy.  Snoop’s current record has more of a reggae flavor, but there are plenty of hard-hitting grooves here to keep loyal fans satiated. Read More >