Mobile Fidelity

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AMOB 2334
UPC: 821797233415
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45 RPM Vinyl Record

No. of Discs: 2
Note: 180 Gram

45 RPM  

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Numbered Limited-Edition 180-gram LP Sourced from Original Master Tapes, Cut at 45 RPM

Costello and the Attractions' 1980 Masterpiece Expands Rock Palette and Touches on Every Aspect of Classic Soul and R&B

Elvis Costello and the Attractions' masterful Get Happy!! is largely believed born of national scandal. While in a Holiday Inn bar, the English singer attempted to end an annoying conversation by baiting Stephen Stills with outrageous, offensive racial remarks about Ray Charles and James Brown. With everyone involved inebriated, the details are unclear, but the fallout - death threats, radio embargos, protests - is infamous. The upshot? Costello and company retreated, scrapped a planned record and created the soulful genius that is Get Happy!!, the band's fourth consecutive five-star effort.

Half-speed mastered from the original master tapes, and pressed on two 45-RPM LPs to replicate the very first promotional pressing in the UK, the 1980 LP has never sounded better on any format. Rather than cram nearly 50 minutes of music and 20 songs onto a single record, Mobile Fidelity has gone the extra mile and back to the album's UK roots with two 45-RPM discs. For the first time, listeners can hone in on the record's signature sound that relates to the decision to record the vocals in a studio's glass strings room. In addition, the dimensions and images associated with Steve Nieve's penetrating organ, Pete Thomas' punchy drumming and Costello's bounding vocals know no limits. The music simply leaps off the proverbial page, the uptempo rhythms jumping and nimble bass lines kicking.


I Can't Stand Up For Falling Down
Black & White World
5ive Gears in Reverse
B Movie
Motel Matches
Human Touch
Beaten to the Punch
I Stand Accused
Riot Act
Love for Tender
The Imposter
Secondary Modern
King Horse
Men Called Uncle
Clowntime Is Over
New Amsterdam
High Fidelity

Customer Reviews (3.67 Stars) 6 person(s) rated this product.

A little dissapointed

posted on 10/19/2014
3 Stars
I had heard mixed things about the sound of this record before I bought it but being a huge Costello fan, I decided to get it. Sadly, the negative things I had heard about the sound were true. This pressing is somewhat flat. It is also extremely bass heavy. On the other hand, the music is fantastic.

MoFi vs. YourFi

posted on 04/01/2013
5 Stars
Reviewer: Danny
I have read the four reviews of this album and I have to agree with the positive reviews. The album sounds great. I got it here from Acoustic Sounds about 8 months ago and have listened to it about 20 times so far. I find the sound quality to be superior to other versions that I have heard. I have not always been a fan of this album but this remastering has made me a fan. Do what you like but do yourself a favor and buy this album. You won't be disappointed.


posted on 11/13/2011
3 Stars
I own the U.K pressing, the Japanese pressing, and the 2-disc promo 45RPM version of this album, so I was excited when MoFi released this one. Unfortunately, it disappoints in sound quality. The original pressings sound better. It lacks detail and liveliness all around. I don't understand why, given that the other three Costello reissues I ordered along with this one were all impeccably good. I must admit I think that either MoFi did a poor job with this release, or I received a dud. One other review here confirms my findings, while the other two say just the opposite. I am a true Costello die-hard, so I will keep my copy as a collectable, but it won't get much if any time on my turntable.


posted on 10/26/2011
1 Stars
This is a dull, very bad recording. I do not own the original one but this reissue, even at 45 RPM, is simply terrible. Do not buy it you will be disappointed.

4 Sides Of 45

posted on 07/06/2011
5 Stars
Reviewer: audiofan
I bought all of the previous Costello/MoFi releases, and was suitably impressed with the sound quality, all things considered, of the lot. MoFi has upped the ante with this stunning-sounding 20-track reissue of 'Get Happy'. Be sure to get out your magnifying glass and read the small print by producer Nick Lowe on the back cover, as he tries to sell buyers on the idea that there was no loss of audio quality on the original 10-track-per-side LP. MoFi apparently knows better. This is a classic, and it sounds superb.


posted on 06/09/2011
5 Stars
Reviewer: Preston
Wow. I own the original (U.S.) vinyl that I purchased on the day of its release. I also own the (third?) remastered CD purchased in the 1990s. For the first time, this album has space, dynamics, clarity and BASS. Until you buy this, you have never really heard this album. Amazingly better than every other version that I've heard. A 700' home run: well done Mobile Fidelity.

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