I've not bought any of the UD1S records but from what you say, they aren't worth a hundred bucks each.
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I've not bought any of the UD1S records but from what you say, they aren't worth a hundred bucks each.Sorry, that's not the impression I meant to leave. All of these UD1S releases are wonderful. They sound great and have a HUGE collectability factor. All are out of print, (except for this newest one, but I hear there are very few left).
So, I guess it's up to the potential buyer to determine if $100 (actually now $125), is worth it or not. It has been for me.
Thanks for the report. I was given a copy of a reissue from the ’80s that was supposed to be one of the best sounding and on a couple systems, it just had no bottom end- maybe that’s the recording, not the various pressings. (I can identify the copy I’m referring to but since I’m not particularly enamored of the sound, i’ll go fetch it only if someone is curious). Howz the bottom end on this one?
I am lucky enough to own all the MFSL UD1S pressings. My favorite so far is the Bill Evans Sunday Night At The Village Vanguard. To me, master tape quality with the feel of a live performance. Hard to believe this recording is nearly 58 years old. Looking forward to listening to the Marvin Gaye UD1S recording. Hard to believe there are any vinyl pressings better than the MFSL UD1S series. But, then again, the MCA Rob Wasserman Duet recording is up there with the UD1S pressings and at a fraction of the cost. Life is sometimes just full of surprises for we audiophiles.
I enjoy reading these threads of audio geek pressings.
It inspires me to see if I have a period press, and play something I may have not heard for while.
Pulled out my 1971 Tamla TS 310 copy. Fortunately, it had a US cleaning before its last play, many years ago.
Such a great album. I think overall the recording isn't the greatest, but still a good listen.
My copy isn't bass shy. Maybe a little wooly, reasonably convincing. Marvin's voice is center, but not super holographic. The added subtle,reverb finishing his words can be heard-very cool.The instruments sound pretty balanced throughout the record.
This album is nearing 50. Listening to "Inner City Blues," paints a picture reminding you society hasn't evolved much-kinda sad.
The sonics nontheless, are nice.
I would be curious how my copy rates by "Hot Stamper" Tom Port standards.
Unquestionably, the album would present another layer of dimension on a nicer system than mine. I use an aging VPI Classic/Kiseki Blue thru tubes.
I wasn't aware there is an ULTRA version offered by Mofi. If a Mofi pressing is supposed to be great,why must there be an ULTRA, even "better" version?
Oh, forgot...audiophile, there is ALWAYS something better.
Audiophile press/resissue? I get it, but I prefer putting on my bin diving suit. There is a WHITE HOT STAMPER, waiting to be found,cleaned and played in a loving home.
I think it interesting that many a’philes seem to forget this simple point...The original recording is only going to be as great as the master tape. If the master tape has issues, either recording or condition, then any reissue will only be as great as that master. In the case of the UD1s Simon and Garfunkel BOTW, the original master tape was quite veiled, as such all future pressings are veiled ( including the just released UD1s!)
Unfortunately, I question whether MFSL actually care about the original tape SQ, or whether the original has potential for maximum sales. So far, the latter seems to be the case. The upcoming UDS1 SRV LP of Texas Flood, is a good example of this, IMO. The original tape is just marginal in regards to SQ, the reissue by AP demonstrates this...the new UD1s...what’s the point, same problem IMHO??? IOW, all MFSL is doing is making a silk purse out of a sow's ear, LOL
@mofimadness my copy arrived today. As you described, very flat, pretty quiet vinyl, I can see thru the vinyl like my other Super Vinyl records.
I love the first disc but sides 3 and 4 are knockouts for the dynamics in my opinion. Low end on Right On is deeeeep with the percussion and flute placement really great from right to left.
Phenomenal record and by far the best sounding copy I have of it.