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MFSL recordings for the majority are impressive recordings even with today's technology. MFSL was the originator and everyone else followed. Just check Ebay, and some of the people selling MFSL CDs here on Audiogon. If they were garbage or poor quality as you say Mr.PerfectImage, I don't think they would be fetching that kind of $$$. They are probably the only CDs that sound great and actually increase in value.
I don't know which ones you have listened to but most od MOFIs disks are subtlely better to just awsome.Certainly the Pink Floyds are good example,Johm Mellecamp,Moody Blues are examples of far superior to their counterpart cds.Don Maclean,,Jethro Tull are examples of modest gains over the commercial cds.The original master was crap in the first place.If you have good audio equipment,the audible differences are obvious.
I've had the great pleasure of reviewing MFSL recordings in both the LP and CD format. With the advent of GainII technology, some resmastered discs were simply breathtaking. The level of execution in transfers was consistently of the highest order. I own nearly every MFSL gold CD, aluminium CD and LP (with the exception of about five) and there is no way, I would ever part with a single one of these. Something is not right with your system or listening parameters. I suggesst you relisten, then you may reconsider. It was a very sad day for me when the company went under. MFSL had a superb staff of dedicated people. They, as well as its recordings, are missed. While I would not always agree with some of their choices to remaster, it was always fun to read with great anticipation forthcoming titles. Better still was purchasing these and giving each a repeated spin. MFSL's dedication produced clear and worthy improvement over mediocre sources and superb results from great ones. I think I'll go play a few now.
Heard through the grapevine that a Chicago base company is looking to buy the rights to MFSL, not sure if the same quality level will be duplicated. Heard that it could possibly happen in a few months. I for one do hope this happens and that the quality is as in the past, especially being a buyer of these outstanding CD's.
That would be nice if MFSL came back. WHO's Next #UDCD-754 is the most incredible rock recording I've ever heard. The dynamics & details of vocals, guitar and drums are absolutely the best. Any doubters of MFSL have to listen to this recording. I can guarantee it will be your top Rock reference CD to judge your system.
Perfectimage, look for some early #500 series in the MFSL Gold CDs (UltraDisc I's which were made in Japan). They are very, very warm and tube sounding. I have every single MFSL UltraDisc I and II Gold CD and the Japanese recordings are more analog and rich sounding. Good Luck on your persue in listening and finding the 500 series in UltraDisc I.
IMHO, the majority of the MFSL catalog is *very* good - I own about forty or so titles, mostly on LP. As with any label, they have a few "misses," and critics focus on these - mainly with the criticism of "midrange suckout." The most obvious example of a MFSL LP to avoid is The Beatles White Album - it's just a stinker! (in my opinion - Oh no, here comes the negative feedback!) But not to belabor the *negative* (feedback or otherwise), the majority of the titles are wonderful! Cat Stevens - I agree!! Muddy Waters - Folk Singer - Impeccable!! The extended and crackle-free Who - Live at Leeds gold CD- Indespensable!! MoFi is *sorely* missed - my heart sank when they went bankrupt.
Mobile's orignal approach was to not apply an (re)equalization when transferring from the master tapes, whereas most (all?) "regular" versions were typically equalized for the perceived listening preference of the audience or radio play or to actually make up for some weakness in the two track master, as I'm sure you know. The MF idea was faithfulness to the original. This often made for an awesome result, but sometimes revealed undesirable characteristics of the master. I don't know whether this approach continued into the CDs, especially the more recent, or not because the technical direction of the company certainly changed hands.