The Mobile Fidelity 45 RPM Vanilla Fudge vinyl is a reality. This thread shall be dedicated to it. I believe I am the first to review (if not receive) a copy. Mine is serial number #483, which arrived save and sound by Fed Ex earlier this afternoon. I grew up with this album, as my older brother, with whom we shared records, secured a copy when it was released circa 1967. More recently, I purchased the Sundazed 33 1/3 and was not impressed. We understand there is also a white vinyl "Summer of Love" Rhino reissue but we have not heard it. Both vinyl are getting an ultrasonic treatment as the McIntosh vacuum tube system is warming up. The preamp selector has been placed in the MONO mode. Let's see what happens. Sides One and Two: The vinyl is dead quiet. The first moments were jaw-dropping in their clarity, compared perhaps to the matching moment on Simon & Garfunkel's Bookends album (band 5, "Voices of Old People") from this important psychedelic period. Same idea. I wouldn't know who did it first but the effect is startling. As Side One closes, we will reiterate the vinyl is as quiet as anything we have experienced. We held it against the sunlight to confirm it is not the SuperVinyl formula. It is not. It might as well be. It was observed in the companion SACD thread that the bass was great but not overwhelmingly full. My observation is, in a word, plenary. I am totally satisfied. The 15" Tannoy Canterbury SE's are opening up nicely. There are several sections with massed vocals, a choral effect. I was concerned about this, as my Sundazed fell short in their rendering. Alas, the Vanilla Fudge vocals are as fine as, say, the massed vocals on MoFi's Alan Parsons Project I Robot 45 RPM. In a word, splendid. In another word, beatific. Glorious comes to mind. Side Two continues with "She's Not There." Ass with the first side, the vocals are strong, clear, and centered -- everything one could hope for. Overall, there is headroom aplenty. My dedicated phono preamp needles are dancing freely, as well they should. It was noted on the companion SACD thread that the drums were buried in the mix, although that could well have been in reference to another Vanilla Fudge album. The drums are clear, well-balanced, and well-presented here. I was curious to compare the sound of Carmine Appice's drums to John Bonham's. If we recall, it was Appice who suggested the big blond maple Ludwig drums to Bonham. (We might have that backward.) At any rate, the drums sound great. We'll skip any comparison at this time. But it's something listeners might put an ear to if that sort of thing is interesting. "Bang Bang" is killing it. The vocals are truly splendid. Sides Three and Four: Sides Three and Four are equal to everything that has come before. "Illusions of my Childhood" is faded over the two sides. It works wonderfully, in my opinion. Some consternation was expressed on the MoFi Marvin Gaye One Step. I don't think it's problematic here at all. The B3 organ really shines on this album. Indeed, perhaps for its inclusion, the album has a "gothic" vibe to it. It is startling on the tune "Elenor Rigby." Wow! In conclusion, Wow! seems to say it all for me. My expectations are wildly exceeded. (Let us note this reviewer tends to be enthusiastic in my notes. If I don't have something nice to say, I tend to say nothing.) But I certainly don't see how my opinion of this masterpiece can change. Again, Wow! Just Wow!