Mobile Fidelity Announces One-Step Double 45rpm "Bridge Over Troubled Water"

Mobile Fidelity just announced the availability for order of its Bridge Over Troubled Water reissue, produced as a limited to 7500 copies "one-step" double 45rpm release.

All previous reissues have sold out quickly and quickly became instant collectibles. So if you want it, get it now. There's something to be said for a clean 1A Columbia pressing cut when the tape was fresh but they are difficult to find and later "original pressings" lost some of the top end luster. This was issued by Mobile Fidelity as a 33 1/3 1/2 speed mastered release (MFSL 1-173) pressed in Japan on JVC "super vinyl" and again reissued by Classic Records on 33 1/3 and on 45rpm on 4 one-sides LPs cut by Bernie Grundman.

Each of these reissues has its outstanding sonic qualities and all are somewhat different with the 45 set having the greatest dynamic "slam" and the original having the most depth and liquidity. Hopefully the tape is still in reasonably good shape and Mobile Fidelity can get the most out of it as a "one-step" release. One thing's for sure: the current mastering team produces the best releases in terms of equalization and the current mastering system is among the world's most transparent. So there's good reason for optimism!

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my new username's picture

... my!

kkatseanes's picture

Thanks for the heads up, Michael.

Anton D's picture

In the last 40-some years this has been out, I’ve heard it on certainly more than a hundred different systems and have never thought of it as a good recording.

I almost always get too much low treble/high midrange emphasis no matter the person’s system or demo room. Celia is a little hard on the ears and Bridge has a glare I haven’t been able to get past. And the flutes in El Condor Pasa - ouch, a little.

I am not disparaging the quality of the music in anyway. Just saying I’ve never experienced it as a hi-fi type of recording. Even on the pressings Michael mentioned. I even have it on Columbia SQ quad. (Secretly OK in stereo.)

So, I’m buying, fingers crossed!

AnalogJ's picture

I'll have to check my original BOTW, but I recall that my Classic Records 33 sounded better, richer, with more depth. The top end, particularly with Cecelia and the title cut has always been an issue. The strings on the final chords of the title cut have sounded strident and as if it has oversaturated the tape.

Will this new one cure that?

I had been hoping that the MoFi One-Step of The Nightfly would have cured the digital sounding aspects of that recording. It actually might have magnified them instead, while improving certain aspects of the sound at the same time.

I have a pre-order in for BOTW, but we'll see how it compares.

bkinthebk's picture

But so many of my favorite albums are so-so recordings and i'd STILL love them to get the royal treatment like this. It would be nice to see the one-step series release records that are both (a) well recorded to begin with; AND (b) great albums that aren't well recorded but can sound better than what we have.

Tombby's picture

I wish the TBA would offer a rough guess. Early 2018? Summer?

Hermanenmonja's picture

Heard end of february!

gMRfk6LMHn's picture

Unfortunately, by the time this reissues reaches Europe the price will be through the roof, which is really frustrating.

Was browsing through Diverse Vinyl's (UK) website, looking at what new vinyl is out or coming out. I was flabbergasted when I saw this....

Lyn Stanley - The Moonlight Sessions: Volume Two Diverse Vinyl: your one-stop vinyl store, price: £168.

So £168 is roughly €200 + whatever the difference is in the VAT rates and dealer markup, in the US that would roughly be $234!

The same LP on Elusivedisc for $124.99.

£168/€200/$234 for a double LP.

The record companies/reissue labels are at it again, fleecing the 'little' guy!

Sorry if I am spoiling the enthusiasm, but it is a non-runner for me.

James, Dublin, Ireland

Tom L's picture

It's true, foreign customers usually get the short end of the stick on these limited releases.

Steelhead's picture

James, I have this in my in-basket at musicdirect. I have decided to pass on it as I have an original pressing and that will suffice for my needs. If you want I could order it and send it to you. I would only charge the actual price of the album and the actual postage. I have a son in law fron Ireland so thats why you getting this offer. If interested pm me

bkinthebk's picture

but you'll technically have to declare the item and it may be subject to inspection once it arrives. this was my experience while living in europe anyway.

Steve Edwards's picture

James, my email is hifimanor@gmail.com. Please send me yours so that we may discuss this.
Play on
Steve, CA, USA

bkinthebk's picture

Ireland is a wonderful country, but it seems that the extraordinarily regressive VAT taxes (23% in Ireland) are fleecing the little guy. I don't know the label's markup in this case so they may be co-fleecers. I lived in the EU for some time and had a stack of LPs sitting at a friend's house in the U.S. waiting for my return because I couldn't justify the import VAT rate while abroad. Sorry you guys have to deal with that. That VAT hits the middle class hard.

volvic's picture

Still fuming how I missed out on the Bill Evans live at the Village Vanguard, the asking prices on Amazon and eBay are ridiculous. This should be good, pity it is not really my cup of tea.

otaku2's picture

I ordered this when I got the Music Direct catalog last Fall.
The estimated shipping was between March and June.

marmaduke's picture

The title song always seems overproduced to me when I play the album. The Art G acapella live version available on CD recorded just prior to the BOTW album release is a religious experience by comparison.

I would much prefer to have the album 'Bookends' given some audiophile respects as that album while far less commercially successful is a more satisfying album to me.

Steve Edwards's picture

I think BOOKENDS is their finest work; would rather have that title given the MOFI "Ultra" treatment.

Max's picture

I agree and would love to see Bookends get the MoFi treatment.

cundare's picture

Garfunkel has stated in interviews that he detests the added orchestration in the last verse. Yet I suspect that the torch-mode arrangement is one of the things that made the single so popular.

If you appreciate the understated a capella version, I highly recommend seeking out the Paul Simon-sung demo recording. Different in so many ways from the final commercial release, and understandably compromised sonically, but every S&G fan *must* hear Paul's original vocal at least once. Art wasn't the only one with an angelic voice. Goosebumps.

larson manor's picture

Thank you Mike for the reminder. I got an email from Mofi last week and I totally forgot about it. Cheers mate!!!

gMRfk6LMHn's picture

Thanks to...

Steelhead
Steve Edwards

I am only seeing the comments now! What a generous offer from both of you. But my experience from buying in the US once you go over a certain amount, you are hammered for VAT.

Got badly stung when I ordered about 5 LPs in the one go, thinking I would save myself some money, only to find out a month later from FedEx that I owed them VAT. Never again!

My faith in the human race has been restored!

James, Dublin, Ireland

wyatt72's picture

unfortunately apart from paying customs duties and VAT you also have to pay again Fedex for "administrative" custom clearance, moreover postage to EU with them is nearly $60, so in the end VAT, Custom Duties, Postage and custom clearance carried out by Fedex (or another courier) will cost you more than the LP itself...very sad

cundare's picture

The one thing that prevents me from buying from MD is its *insane* shipping fees to Hawaii. Several times I've almost completed an order and then canceled it after being hit with a $70 minimum shipping fee for a $35 album.

The problem is that the company stupidly refuses to ship via insured USPS Priority Mail -- the only option it offers to HI is 2-day or 1-day delivery with other carriers. When I speak directly to Customer Service there, they whine about USPS "horror stories," but frankly, having received at least hundreds of packages here via PM, including dozens of records, I've never had a problem. Not once. Media Mail, (ugh!), but Priority is at least as reliable as FedEx or UPS for properly packed records and the diffrence in cost is huge -- like $20 v. $70.

So MusicDirect has lost thousands of dollars of business from me for this reason. And its policy extends beyond LPs -- I just canceled a $350 cable order that would have incurred a $72 shipping cost and reordered the same item from Crutchfield with free 2-day shipping. I can usually find the MoFi releases I want on eBay at a reasonable shipping cost, and luckily, a relative on the Mainland preordered me a BoTW as a Xmas gift. But given MD's monopoly on the 1Step line, I might otherwise have never heard a 1Step.

And here's the punchline that drives home just how arbitrary and arrogant this policy is: If a HI resident doesn't want to pay $70+ order to MusicDirect for a $40 item, you can place an order to MusicDirect (or another reseller) through Amazon Prime, and get the same items, shipped the same way, with free shipping. (No 1Steps, of course!)

What a way to run an airline.

cundare's picture

The one thing that prevents me from buying from MD is its *insane* shipping fees to Hawaii. Several times I've almost completed an order and then canceled it after being hit with a $70 minimum shipping fee for a $35 album.

The problem is that the company stupidly refuses to ship via insured USPS Priority Mail -- the only option it offers to HI is 2-day or 1-day delivery with other carriers. When I speak directly to Customer Service there, they whine about USPS "horror stories," but frankly, having received at least hundreds of packages here via PM, including dozens of records, I've never had a problem. Not once. Media Mail, (ugh!), but Priority is at least as reliable as FedEx or UPS for properly packed records and the diffrence in cost is huge -- like $20 v. $70.

So MusicDirect has lost thousands of dollars of business from me for this reason. And its policy extends beyond LPs -- I just canceled a $350 cable order that would have incurred a $72 shipping cost and reordered the same item from Crutchfield with free 2-day shipping. I can usually find the MoFi releases I want on eBay at a reasonable shipping cost, and luckily, a relative on the Mainland preordered me a BoTW as a Xmas gift. But given MD's monopoly on the 1Step line, I might otherwise have never heard a 1Step.

And here's the punchline that drives home just how arbitrary and arrogant this policy is: If a HI resident doesn't want to pay $70+ shipping to MusicDirect for a $40 item, you can place your order to MusicDirect (or another reseller) through Amazon Prime, and get the same items, shipped the same way, BY MUSIC DIRECT, with _free_ shipping. (No 1Steps, of course!)

What a way to run an airline.

Steelhead's picture

Thanks to the posters that mentioned VAT. I did not even contemplate that.

OK James, THIS is a LONG term plan but will be safer for you if your willing to wait. I can buy it (IF still available - I got the Santana Abraxas one step and man oh man almost missed out after having it PRE-ordered) BUT if it is still selling I can score one. I can hold it.

The next time either my daughter and son-in-law or my wife and I go to Ireland They/I could bring it. We'll call it for the price of the album and a pint (well maybe two) at a Dublin Pub.

Let me know ASAP. No money from you until you have it in your hand.

Peace out, steelhead

Been to Ireland 3 times and can't wait until the fourth visit!

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