A sealed copy of the Mobile Fidelity One Step pressing of The Nightfly by Donald Fagen
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Offered for sale is a still sealed copy of the numbered, limited edition 2 LP, 45 RPM Mobile Fidelity One-Step box set of The Nightfly by Donald Fagen.
The Nightfly was Donald Fagen’s first solo album, and it offered a modest hit with “IGY.”
A portrait of the artist as a young man, The Nightfly is a wonderfully evocative reminiscence of Kennedy-era American life; in the liner notes, Donald Fagen describes the songs as representative of the kinds of fantasies he entertained as an adolescent during the late ’50s/early ’60s, and he conveys the tenor of the times with some of his most personal and least obtuse material to date. Continuing in the smooth pop-jazz mode favored on the final Steely Dan records, The Nightfly is lush and shimmering, produced with cinematic flair by Gary Katz; romanticized but never sentimental, the songs are slices of suburbanite soap opera, tales of space-age hopes (the hit “I.G.Y.”) and Cold War fears (the wonderful “The New Frontier,” a memoir of fallout-shelter love) crafted with impeccable style and sophistication.
The Nightfly is the third title to be released in Mobile Fidelity’s “One-Step” process, which improves the sound of the finished record by removing a couple of steps in the process of plating and pressing stampers:
MFSL engineers begin with the original master tapes and meticulously cut a set of lacquers. These lacquers are used to create a very fragile, pristine UD1S stamper called a “convert.” Delicate “converts” are then formed into the actual record stampers, producing a final product that literally and figuratively brings you closer to the music. By skipping the additional steps of pulling another positive and an additional negative, as done in the three-step process used in standard pressings, UD1S produces a final LP with the lowest noise floor possible today. The removal of the additional two steps of generational loss in the plating process reveals tremendous amounts of extra musical detail and dynamics, which are otherwise lost due to the standard copying process. The exclusive nature of these very limited pressings guarantees that every UD1S pressing serves as an immaculate replica of the lacquer sourced directly from the original master tape.
The Nightfly was cut at 45 RPM on two discs, packaged as a box set, and limited to 6000 numbered copies. The title is out of print, as it sold out as a preorder.
Reviews say this is the best sounding copy of The Nightfly ever pressed.
About this copy: This copy of The Nightfly is a still sealed, numbered (#5604/6000) copy of the Mobile Fidelity 2 disc 45 RPM box set. As such, the records are presumably new and unplayed.
The shrink wrap is fully intact, with no rips, tears or holes. The wrap still has the holographic Mobile Fidelity logo.
A beautiful and great-sounding copy of a classic LP.
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