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The Band - Music From The Big Pink - MFSL Hybrid SACD / CD


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Brand Mobile Fidelity

Product Description

A groundbreaking statement, " Music From Big Pink" lays bare the magnetism of the American South, Appalachian traditions, and country-rock innovations and is presented here with numbered, limited edition mini LP style packaging. This album is #34 on Rolling Stone's 500 Greatest Albums of All Time

In late 1965 and early 1966, Bob Dylan shattered the boundaries between folk and rock music on a controversial tour that found the generation spokesman plugging in and shocking purist audiences that reviled in horror at the sight of their hero playing electric with a bunch of ragtag Canadian mates. Then known as the Hawks, the Band was that backing group, serving Dylan not only on the road but, playing with him after his motorcycle accident, on his seminal Basement Tapes collection.

Recorded in 1968, The Band’s Music From Big Pink stems from the same locale—a pink farmhouse in upstate Woodstock, New York—as the Basement Tapes and is just as rustic, timeless, and mysterious as Dylan’s celebrated work. A debut for the ages, the album features two songs co-written with Dylan—“This Wheel’s on Fire,” “Tears of Rage”—as well as what’s universally recognized as the definitive version of Dylan’s “I Shall Be Released.” More famously, it also includes “The Weight,” a standard covered by everyone from the Grateful Dead to Weezer to Aretha Franklin. But the power of this set doesn’t lie in one song but the entire album.

A groundbreaking statement, Music From Big Pink lays bare the magnetism of the American South, Appalachian traditions, and country-rock innovations. This is the majesty of what Greil Marcus called “the old, weird America.”

Why audiophile mastering on CD?

While the sonic benefits of audiophile LPs obviously include less noise and better dynamics, there are many advantages of audiophile CDs. In similarity to the LPs, Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab (MFSL) 'Ultradisc' CD releases are mastered from the original master tapes or the album (hence the 'Original Master Recording' at the top of every sleeve) and pressed on gold CDs. This reduces the problems of many standard CD releases, which are often mastered from fifth or sixth generation copies, which leads to a poorer sounding representation of the original recording. Mastering from the original recording allows every detail and nuance from the original recording to be translated to this release.

Furthermore, the sound of CDs is highly influenced by the accuracy and timing of the digital 1s and 0s reflected off the CD surface onto the CD player's laser. The gold surface used on these releases reflects 1s and 0s more accurately than a standard CD surface, which leads to a much smoother sound with better dynamics. Overall, the releases have a much more analog and natural sound without any of the harshness found on many standard CDs. Mobile Fidelity have become famous for the quality of their LP releases - now you can enjoy the brilliance of their mastering processes on this Ultradisc CD.

Half-speed mastered from the original analog tapes, Mobile Fidelity’s numbered limited-edition 24K Gold CD focuses on the myriad pitch changes that control the musical directions. Recorded at the band’s Synchro Sound studios by famed Queen producer Roy Thomas Baker, the album takes advantage of electronic textures and varying timbres in immersing the listener in accessible albeit abstract washes of sound. MoFi’s engineers made sure to capture every note and nuance; this marks the first time that Shake It Up has been remastered in any way, let alone from the original tapes.

Hybrid CD

This is a hybrid SACD which will play on both standard CD players and SACD players. You can enjoy the MFSL mastering on a standard CD player but also the sonic benefits of an SACD on an SACD player.

Track Listing

1. Tears Of Rage
2. To Kingdom Come
3. In A Station
4. Caledonia Mission
5. Weight
6. We Can Talk
7. Long Black Veil
8. Chest Fever
9. Lonesome Suzie
10. This Wheel's On Fire
11. I Shall Be Released

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