My copy of Dylan's "Love and Theft" on MoFi 45 rpm vinyl landed today, and I’ve just finished my first listen. This is one of my favorite Dylan albums of any decade. I probably don't have anything to add here but for me this is the last Dylan album that stands not just as a great album, but one of the greatest albums. It's also the last Dylan album that was recorded to tape (though I remember reading an interview with the engineer where he reported that he corrected a few little mistakes by transferring the offending portions into ProTools, correcting, and then rolling the corrected portions back onto the reel—whatever). I've also got the MOV LP set, which I've always thought sounded really great despite coming from 24/96 files, minus some sibilance on Floater and most distractingly on Sugar Baby. Despite this set being at 45 rpm, it maintains the same sequencing as other pressings at 33 rpm. Gotta love that. My copy is *perfect.* I've been having such massive issues with warped records this summer (looking at you Analogue Productions--I love you; stop sending me dished records) and so it was amazing to put records from the internet on that actually touched the platter all the way around the rim. Off topic, but audiophile labels really need to drop 200 gram records. The records RTI churns out for MoFi are proof that 180 is more than enough, and I almost never need to return one for dishwarping or nonfill. Let's get to sonics. This record is a good example of the MoFi house sound--muscular bottom end, sparkling highs, and a slightly recessed (or “romantic” if you like) midrange. Tube-y, if not the most neutral. Personally, I like that sound—but I’ve also got six Mullard CV4003’s in my amp at the moment so I’d better. For the most part, it sounds great here. There's more detail on this release than the MOV, and I can hear further into the mix. Had you ever noticed how incredible the acoustic guitar harmonics on Sugar Baby are? Bob’s voice doesn't cut through quite as much as on the MOV. He sounds a bit quieter in the mix, which I'd attribute to the less forward midrange on this release. I don’t see that as a point against the MoFi; it’s just a different presentation. The guitars in particular sound fantastic here, but you can better appreciate what everyone in the band is adding to the mix on the MoFi than on any other version I’ve heard. No sibilance on this one. The bass does sound a bit bloated for my taste on a couple tracks. It only detracts from my enjoyment on Summer Days. The bass drum has far too much sub-bass on Summer Days, and since the drummer is hitting quarter notes on it for 85% of the track, it must sound like EDM to my downstairs neighbors. I had to turn my stereo down because the bass was so huge and I'm listening at night in an apartment building. I've never noticed that issue on the MOV release. Full disclosure, I am using a pair of REL T7i’s, but I’ve got them set pretty carefully to sound right across a wide range of music, including to be tame enough to not blow out my windows when I’m listening to rap. Summer Days should not shake my living room more than King Kunta, but it does on this release. I don’t think that’s what Bob was going for. Elsewhere, the bass sounds just right, even on the heavier tracks like Honest With You and Lonesome Day, so I’m not sure what happened with Summer Days (and to a lesser extent Bye and Bye, which isn’t exactly a rocker). Switching to headphones, Summer Days sounds better with my Focal Utopia’s—but no sub bass with those, so. I could turn my subs down (or off), but I shouldn’t have to when they sound just right with most everything else, including the rest of this release. That one quibble aside, the album sounds incredible, demo quality even (in particular: Floater, Bye and Bye, and Po Boy). It’s a clear upgrade over the MOV release, and the original CD. If you love this album, and you love vinyl, you must get it. 3,000 records isn’t very many and I can guarantee this one will be worth mega money among procrastinators looking to show off their stereos. If you’re meh on the album and you’re happy with a prior release, you’re wrong, but the MOV still sounds pretty good. Sonic standouts on the MoFi are any of the acoustic guitars. They shimmer.