MoFi / The Band Rock of Ages (vinyl)*

Discussion in 'Music Corner' started by FashionBoy, Mar 23, 2017.

  1. FashionBoy

    FashionBoy Forum Resident Thread Starter

    Toronto, Canada
    Wondering if anyone has this 2LP set — how does it sound & is it worth the cash? Appreciate your thoughts.
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  2. polchik

    polchik Forum Resident


    i just REALIZED i DON'T have THIS on vinyl lol …… and the mofi is still available …. any comments would be much appreciated !
  3. polchik

    polchik Forum Resident

    i just found this from the elusive discs page

    The Band Rock Of Ages Numbered Limited Edition 180g 2LP-Elusive Disc

    "Live albums tend to gloss over the depth, mystery and emotional intensity found on studio versions of the same songs, particularly when the group speeds things up to cover its inability to produce the desired results live. Here, The Band slows everything down, producing even more intense, deliberate and emotionally satisfying versions of familiar songs. Each play reveals more gems hidden within the musical folds. Be sure to crank it up! " - Michael Fremer,, Music 10/10, Sound 8/10!

    "Allen Toussaint's sympathetic horn arrangements, performed by top jazz musicians, propel this 'greatest hits live' recital taken at breathtakingly deliberate tempos before an adoring, raucous crowd at the Academy of Music in New York City, on New Year's Eve 1971... some of the best vocalizing this or any rock group has ever achieved on stage. MoFi's mastering beats Bob Ludwig's original, and that's saying a lot; plus, the vinyl is dead quiet." - Michael Fremer, Stereophile Magazine, February 2013, p. 66

    and this ….

    "Rock Of Ages" Even Better in Retrospect

    and now i am going to find my credit card. ugh. LOL
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  4. vinylontubes

    vinylontubes Forum Resident

    Katy, TX
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  5. polchik

    polchik Forum Resident

    i JUST ordered it LOL …

    but not from elusive ….. from w free shipping (it was actually cheaper $46.17 CAD + tax)…. i could've gotten it a bit cheaper thru marketplace importcds, but it would've been a 2 week wait, and their return policy is annoying and they only offer refunds ….. and just did me a solid giving a total refund for an over $80 LP that had no issue except for the fact that i did not like the way it sounded … so …. there ya go !

    thanks tho ! appreciate it !
  6. vinylontubes

    vinylontubes Forum Resident

    Katy, TX
    Well, I'm glad it worked out. I usually check Music Direct for MoFi. I would have just added another record to bump up the cart over the $49 free shipping threshold.
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  7. Chris Schoen

    Chris Schoen Forum Resident

    Maryland, U.S.A.
    I have a minty original (RL cut). Sounds incredible.
  8. curbach

    curbach Some guy on the internet

    The ATX
    Seconded :agree: If any of our esteemed membership has compared the original RL cut to the Mofi, I don’t recall seeing it. Anyone?
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  9. Chris Schoen

    Chris Schoen Forum Resident

    Maryland, U.S.A.
    If you have an RL original (in good condition), I would not spend the money on a Mofi.
  10. polchik

    polchik Forum Resident

    yes i read about the original RL cut in the fremer article. it sounds like the mofi is a worthy slab as well … i took the easy route LOL.

    fremer on the mofi

    "I've often said to not bet against any Bob Ludwig original because in most cases Bob's masterings can't be beat. The comparison between the original red label Capitol mastered by Ludwig at Sterling and this reissue mastered by Krieg Wunderlich produced interesting results. The bass was deeper and punchier on the original pressing but the reissue's was more nuanced texturally and tonally.

    But beyond that, I thought the Mo-Fi reissue won in every other way, particularly in the way it brought forth the vocals and the "meat" of the horns without at all hampering the top end extension and of course in the blackness of the backgrounds. 1972 wasn't a great time for vinyl pressing because of the oil shortage.

    The cymbals may be slightly more present and extended on the original, but that's what happens to tape after forty plus years. Overall though, the tape sounds to be in remarkable shape, in part probably because this album has long been under-appreciated.

    Mobile Fidelity's triple gatefold packaging carefully duplicates the original. This is a deluxe, worthwhile reissue. If you have a clean original don't expect a revelatory experience, but if you don't have this album be prepared for one."
  11. pool_of_tears

    pool_of_tears Music Appreciator

    Eastern Iowa
    Me too.
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  12. Chris Schoen

    Chris Schoen Forum Resident

    Maryland, U.S.A.
    Cool. Thanks for the review. Does this have the textured embossed jacket, like the original?
  13. wownflutter

    wownflutter Night Shift Guru

    Kokomo Indiana
    I'e had the Mofi for quite some time. I think it sounds fantastic.
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  14. polchik

    polchik Forum Resident

    i don't know, i ordered it yesterday so it won't be here for a few days. i'm gonna guess no though lol.
  15. Joti Cover

    Joti Cover Forum Resident

    It's certainly one of the very greatest live albums ever made....I can only think of a couple others in the same league and one of those is Waiting For Columbus (Little Feat 1977 @ Lisner in D.C.). Tbe Band truly ruled the US. for a couple of years there, however, I suspect its a small and ever-shrinking club that know or remember that.
    Yes, buy by all means!
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