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Mastered from the 1/4" / 15 IPS / Dolby A Analog Master to DSD 256 to Analog Console to Lathe with Mobile Fidelity's One-Step Process: Paul Simon There Goes Rhymin' Simon UD1S 180g 45RPM 2LP Box Set Sounds Phenomenal
Soul-Drenched 1973 Album Features Session-Pro Musicians, Tremendous Vocals, Uplifting Gospel Accents, and Strong Narrative Lyrics: Includes "Kodachrome" and "American Tune"
Luxurious Packaging Includes Lift-Top Box, Foil-Stamped Jackets, MoFi SuperVinyl LPs Pressed at RTI: Strictly Limited to 10,000 Numbered Copies
Demonstrating a deep-seated flair for soul and R&B, Paul Simon recruited gospel backup singers and traveled to the Muscle Shoals Sound Studios to further refine the vibrant sounds he desired for There Goes Rhymin' Simon. Clearly, his instincts proved correct. Many rightly consider the iconic singer-songwriter's third album a masterpiece – one that, per critic Robert Christgau, "suggests a new grace and flexibility for the mass-pop mode, and invests small subjects and emotions with an almost luminous wit and awareness."
Limited to 10,000 numbered copies, pressed on MoFi SuperVinyl at RTI, and mastered from the 1/4" / 15 IPS / Dolby A analog master to DSD 256 to analog console to lathe, Mobile Fidelity's ultra-hi-fi UltraDisc One-Step 180g 45RPM 2LP collector's edition makes for an extraordinary listening experience. It strips away any remaining barriers to provide a clear, super-dynamic view of a record nominated for two Grammy Awards and that climbed to the #2 position on the Billboard charts. The expanse and depth of the soundstage, fullness of detail, varied textures of the percussion, and natural rise and decay of individual notes reach demonstration-grade levels.
Visually, the gorgeous presentation of the UD1S There Goes Rhymin' Simon pressing befit its select status. Housed in a deluxe box, it features special foil-stamped jackets and faithful-to-the-original graphics that illuminate the splendor of the recording. It is made for discerning listeners who prize sound quality and production, and who desire to fully immerse themselves in everything involved with the album.
The newly revealed transparency, presence, balance, immediacy, and dark-black backgrounds provided by Mobile Fidelity's UD1S set showcase the scope and craft of Simon's alluring melodies – not to mention the vocal performances that, arguably, remain the album's standout element. Simon's singing hits peaks on There Goes Rhymin' Simon that equal or best those on any of his other works, Simon and Garfunkel included. Assured, natural, and supple, his baritone resonates with a realism and extension that immerse you in the song. At certain times, he lets loose; during others, he becomes a gentle balladeer on par with a prized jazz chanteur. Such versatility alone remains staggering, but he also receives support on two tracks by the legendary Dixie Hummingbirds. The pairing is nothing short of magical.
Ditto Allen Toussaint's horn arrangements on "Tenderness" and Quincy Jones' string charts for "Something So Right." The title of the latter tune could serve as the catch-all statement for There Goes Rhymin' Simon – nothing seems out of place, overlooked, overcooked, or underdone. The same goes for the playing of the cadre of session pros heard on the record. A partial lineup: Southern virtuoso Pete Carr (Joan Baez, Bob Seger, Rod Stewart), Muscle Shoals Rhythm Section member Jimmy Johnson, and R&B master Cornell Dupree on guitar; Muscle Shoals Sound Studio founder David Hood, Blue Note veteran Bob Cranshaw, and Astral Weeks contributor Vernie Robbins on bass; Fourplay founder Bob James on Fender Rhodes and keyboards; soul-jazz expert Grady Tate and Aretha Franklin collaborator Rick Marotta on drums. Mercy.
The proof of the consummate chemistry, of course, resides in the final results, which run the gamut from Jamaican-leaning rhythms and orchestral flourishes to steady blues currents and New Orleans-soaked brass accents. Simon's instinct for strong narrative conveyed with heartfelt emotion completes a trifecta of instrumentation, arrangement, and delivery. Taking a pulse on episodes such Watergate and the Vietnam War, the singer meditates on experiences universal to everyone in America – never more saliently than on "American Tune," an anthem musically based on a hymnal and whose lyrics continue to hold true today. Similarly, Simon spins gleeful absurdity, antisocial behavior, and pensive reflection into truth on "Kodachrome," a number-two smash that permanently established him as a solo star.
Hits and singles aside, There Goes Rhymin' Simon stands as as a cohesive statement woven together, to quote Rolling Stone critic Stephen Holden, as "a rich and moving song cycle, one in which each cut reflects on every other to create and ever-widening series of refractions." Indeed, everything looks worse in black and white, and Mobile Fidelity's UD1S set plays with the greens of summers and those nice bright colors.
More About Mobile Fidelity UltraDisc One-Step and Why It Is Superior
Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab's UltraDisc One-Step (UD1S) technique bypasses generational losses inherent to the traditional three-step plating process by removing two steps: the production of father and mother plates, which are created to yield numerous stampers from each lacquer that is cut. For UD1S plating, stampers (also called "converts") are made directly from the lacquers. Since each lacquer yields only one stamper, multiple lacquers need to be cut. Mobile Fidelity's UD1S process produces a final LP with the lowest-possible noise floor. The removal of two steps of the plating process also reveals musical details and dynamics that would otherwise be lost due to the standard multi-step process. With UD1S, every aspect of vinyl production is optimized to produce the best-sounding vinyl album available today.
Developed by NEOTECH and RTI, MoFi SuperVinyl is the most exacting-to-specification vinyl compound ever devised. Analog lovers have never seen (or heard) anything like it. Extraordinarily expensive and extremely painstaking to produce, the special proprietary compound addresses two specific areas of improvement: noise floor reduction and enhanced groove definition. The vinyl composition features a new carbonless dye (hold the disc up to the light and see) and produces the world's quietest surfaces. This high-definition formula also allows for the creation of cleaner grooves that are indistinguishable from the original lacquer. MoFi SuperVinyl provides the closest approximation of what the label's engineers hear in the mastering lab.
- Numbered, Limited Edition - 10,000 Copies
- MoFi SuperVinyl Pressing
- UltraDisc One-Step
- 180g Vinyl
- 2LP Box Set
- Mastered from the 1/4" / 15 IPS / Dolby A Analog Master to DSD 256 to Analog Console to Lathe
- Deluxe Lift-Top Box
- Foil-Stamped Jackets
- Production and Mastering by Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab
- Pressed at RTI
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- Something So Right
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- American Tune
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- Learn How To Fall
- St. Judy's Comet
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