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Van Halen Taps Into a Mean Streak on Fair Warning: 1981 Album Sounds Fierce, Nasty, and Unrelenting on Mobile Fidelity's UltraDisc One-Step 180g 45RPM 2LP Box Set, Mastered from the Original Master Tapes and Pressed on MoFi SuperVinyl
The song titles on Van Halen's aptly titled Fair Warning don't lie. The likes of "Unchained," "Mean Street," "Push Comes to Shove," "One Foot Out the Door," and more indicate the mood the band channels on its 1981 record. It's the nastiest, darkest, and fiercest album of the group's storied career. Guitarist Eddie Van Halen uses the forceful arrangements as a playground for his seemingly unlimited arsenal. Supported by a crack rhythm section and an inspired David Lee Roth, he performs with an almost impossible combination of punk-like intensity, technical finesse, lyrical fluidity, and unbridled emotion. For the fourth time in four years, Van Halen threw down the gauntlet to all challengers and emerged victorious. 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 sounds the alarm with unfettered clarity, dynamics, and immediacy.
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
- Mean Street
- Dirty Movies
- Sinners Swing!
- Hear About It Later
- Push Comes To Shove
- So This Is Love?
- Sunday Afternoon In The Park
- One Foot Out The Door