Warren Zevon – Excitable Boy - 1978 Rock - Audiophile Gain 2 Ultra Analog Mobile Fidelity - Ltd. Numbered Ed. - Sealed 180 Grm 2LP
Warren Zevon - Excitable Boy
Label: Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab – MFSL 2-513
2 x Vinyl, LP, 45 RPM, Album, Numbered, Reissue, Special Edition, 180 gram
Barcode (Text): 8 21797 25131 0
Released: Apr 11, 2023
A1 Johnny Strikes Up The Band
A2 Roland The Headless Thompson Gunner
A3 Excitable Boy
B1 Werewolves Of London
B2 Accidentally Like A Martyr
C1 Nighttime In The Switching Yard
D1 Tenderness On The Block
D2 Lawyers, Guns And Money
''This superb copy of Zevon’s 1978 release boasts outstanding Double Plus (A++) sound from first note to last – exceptionally quiet vinyl too, the sound is anchored by an exceptionally fat, rich, punchy low end, and this copy delivers on that promise big time. Much like The Pretender, this is a superb recording with the kind of Tubey Magical Analog Richness we go crazy for here.
4 stars: “Excitable Boy was an actual hit, scoring one major hit single, ‘Werewolves of London,’ and a trio of turntable hits (‘Roland the Headless Thompson Gunner,’ ‘Lawyers, Guns and Money,’ and the title track).”
Just listen to ‘Excitable Boy’ and ‘Werewolves Of London’ to hear how full-bodied the sound of this album can be — the louder you play it the better it gets!
That’s the Big Speaker Quality we live for around here. You turn it up and it starts to really ROCK.
This early Asylum pressing has the kind of Tubey Magical Midrange that modern records rarely even BEGIN to reproduce. Folks, that sound is gone and it sure isn’t showing signs of coming back. If you love hearing INTO a recording, actually being able to “see” the performers, and feeling as if you are sitting in the studio with the band, this is the record for you. It’s what vintage all analog recordings are known for — this sound.
If you exclusively play modern repressings of vintage recordings, I can say without fear of contradiction that you have never heard this kind of sound on vinyl. Old records have it — not often, and certainly not always — but maybe one out of a hundred new records do, and those are some pretty long odds.
What the best sides of Excitable Boy have to offer is not hard to hear:
Transparency and resolution, critical to hearing into the three-dimensional space of the studio
The biggest, most immediate staging in the largest acoustic space
The most Tubey Magic, without which you have almost nothing. CDs give you clean and clear. Only the best vintage vinyl pressings offer the kind of Tubey Magic that was on the tapes in 1978
Tight, note-like, rich, full-bodied bass, with the correct amount of weight down lowNatural tonality in the midrange — with all the instruments having the correct timbre'' (TheSkepticalAudiophile)
|Format||2LP, 180 Gram|
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