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"(Oh) Pretty Woman," "Dancing in the Street," and "Where Have All the Good Times Gone!" Help Define Van Halen's Covers-Heavy Diver Down: Pressed on MoFi SuperVinyl, Mobile Fidelity's UltraDisc One-Step 180g 45RPM 2LP Box Set Sounds Incredible
Van Halen's winning track record with cover songs can be traced back to its 1978 Diamond-certified debut. Yet the ambitious approach, which showed off the band's diversity, creativity, flair, and fun, took precedence like never before on Diver Down. Featuring five covers, many of which became radio staples, the record sprung from the band's desire to remain relevant while taking a breather after four massively successful records and their respective tours. More than four million copies later, suffice it to say Diver Down achieved its goal. Mastered from the original analog tapes, pressed on MoFi SuperVinyl, and strictly limited and numbered, Mobile Fidelity's UltraDisc One-Step 180g 45RPM 2LP set is the definitive version of the 1982 album.
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
- MoFi SuperVinyl Pressing
- UltraDisc One-Step
- 180g Vinyl
- 2LP Box Set
- Mastered from the Original Master Tapes
- Opulent Box
- Foil-Stamped Jackets
- Production and Mastering by Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab
- Pressed at RTI
- Where Have All The Good Times Gone!
- Hang 'Em High
- (Oh) Pretty Woman
- Dancing In The Street
- Little Guitars (Intro)
- Little Guitars
- Big Bad Bill (Is Sweet William Now)
- The Full Bug
- Happy Trails