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· THE BEATLES – WITH THE BEATLES - ORIGINAL 1981 MOBILE FIDELITY (MFSL) HIGH-QUALITY 'ORIGINAL MASTERS' AUDIOPHILE, EXTENDED DYNAMIC RANGE VIRGIN VINYL LP MFSL-1-102
· ORIGINAL U.S. PRESSING
· *** STILL SEALED ORIGINAL LP (MFSL REISSUES DO NOT EXIST) ***
BY FAR THE RAREST MOBILE FIDELITY ALBUM IN EXISTENCE – STILL SEALED COPIES ARE ALL BUT UNKNOWN AND CHANGE HANDS FOR AS MUCH AS $1,000.00
· BELIEVED TO INCLUDE THE FOLLOWING INSERTS (SUCH AS THE ONES SHOWN BELOW, FROM OUR PREVIOUS AUCTION:
(1) ORIGINAL "RICE PAPER" MFSL INNER SLEEVE
(2) INNER, CUSTOM-MADE MFSL CARDBOARD COVER
(3) MFSL CERTIFICATION SHEET/LIMITED WARRANTY
(4) MFSL CATALOG INSERT / SHEET
· GUARANTEED ORIGINAL WHITE MFSL LABEL (NO OTHER PRESSINGS OR LABELS EXIST)
· THE THICKNESS OF THE VINYL, THE APPEARANCE AND THE CONSTRUCTION OF THE COVER, LABEL’S LOGO AND OTHER PERIPHERAL ELEMENTS OF THE COVER, ARE ALL PERFECTLY CONSISTENT WITH THE ORIGINAL, FIRST MFSL AUDIOPHILE PRESSING OF THIS TITLE.
· THIS IS THE ORIGINAL, AUTHENTIC, FIRST U.S. AUDIOPHILE PRESSING; THIS IS NOT A REISSUE, AN IMPORT, OR A COUNTERFEIT PRESSING.
· ORIGINAL, THIN CARDBOARD COVER (NO THICK CARDBOARD COVERS WERE EVER PRODUCED FOR THIS TITLE)
· THICK, HEAVY VINYL PRESSING
(►PLEASE SEE THE IMAGE OF THE COVER, LABEL OR BOTH, SHOWN BELOW)
(Note: this is a REAL image of the ACTUAL item you are bidding on. This is NOT a "recycled" image from our previous auction. What you see is what you'll get. GUARANTEED!)
According to the legend, this BEATLES’ MONSTER RARITY was created through a unique confluence of production mishap, corporate stubborness and legal contest of wills between Apple and Mobile Fidelity. The legend has it that, when Apple leased the original master tapes to Mobile Fidelity Audio Labs, MFSL initially created the metal stamper and used it for a short while for a very short-lived first (and only) press run of the album before the stamper was accidentally dropped and snapped in two, rendering it useless for further production. Alas, when MFSL asked Apple to re-lease the tapes so that the stamper could be recreated, Apple declined, leaving MFSL in a limbo and unable to continue production of one of its more promising titles. As a result, copies of “With the Beatles” on MFSL label are many, many, many times rarer than ANY OTHER BEATLES TITLE RELEASED ON THIS LABEL. Still sealed copies are for all practical purposes nonexistent. We are reasonably confident that less than 20 still sealed copies of this album exist worldwide, and most of them are jealously owned and guarded by the private collectors.
This is a rare opportunity to acquire this great album in its FINEST audio format, no longer in print, and no longer easily obtainable.
With the Beatles is a sequel of the highest order -- one that betters the original by developing its own tone and adding depth. While it may share several similarities with its predecessor -- there is an equal ratio of covers-to-originals, a familiar blend of girl group, Motown, R&B, pop, and rock, and a show tune that interrupts the flow of the album -- With the Beatles is a better record that not only rocks harder, it's considerably more sophisticated. They could deliver rock & roll straight ("I Wanna Be Your Man") or twist it around with a little Latin lilt ("Little Child," one of their most underrated early rockers); Lennon and McCartney wrote sweet ballads (the achingly gorgeous "All I've Got to Do") and sprightly pop/rockers ("All My Loving") with equal aplomb; and the propulsive rockers ("It Won't Be Long") were as richly melodic as slower songs ("Not a Second Time"). Even George Harrison's first recorded song, "Don't Bother Me," is a standout, with its wonderfully foreboding minor-key melody. Since the Beatles covered so much ground with their originals, their covers pale slightly in comparison, particularly since they rely on familiar hits (only "Devil in Her Heart" qualifies as a forgotten gem). But for every "Roll Over Beethoven," a surprisingly stiff reading of the Chuck Berry standard, there is a sublime moment, such as Lennon's soaring interpretation of "You Really Got a Hold on Me," and the group always turns in thoroughly enjoyable performances. Still, the heart of With the Beatles lies not in the covers, but the originals, where it was clear that, even at this early stage, the Beatles were rapidly maturing and changing, turning into expert craftsmen and musical innovators.
(EXCERPT FROM AN ONLINE REVIEW BY STEPHEN THOMAS ERLEWINE, ALL MUSIC GUIDE /ALLMUSIC.COM/)
If you are an American, be forewarned: this is a VERY different version of the album from the one you are used to hearing: European mixes of the Beatles albums are generally different, more delicate and balanced and placing much more emphasis on rhythm instruments and vocals than on solo instruments.
This is the SECOND Beatles U.K. album, and - like all European versions of Beatles albums - this one, too, is different from its American counterpart in the name, number of the tracks, mixing and overall packaging.
For its extraordinary contribution to the modern music, superb production, craftsmanship, fine musicianship, revolutionary significance and influence it exerted on numerous generations of musicians, writers and general public, or for some other innate quality, this album was voted one of top-200 albums of all time in one of the largest poll of critics, music reviewers, professionals and producers ever organized: the poll, which was conducted by Paul Gambaccini, legendary BBC Radio A&R man, surveyed more than 50 top music professionals (including Roy Carr, Jonathan Cott, Robert Christgau, Cameron Crowe, Chet Flippo, Ben Fong-Torres, Charlie Gillett, Greil Marcus, Murray the K., Lenny Kaye, Bruce Morrow (a/k/a "Cousin Brucie"), Tim Rice (of "Jesus Christ Superstar" and "Evita" fame), Lisa Robinson, Robert Shelton (who wrote liner notes for Bob Dylan's first album), Ed Ward, Joel Whitburn, Pete Wingfield, etc.). For more details, see: "Critics Choice: Top-200 albums" compiled by Paul Gambaccini, Omnibus Press, Library of Congress Catalog No.7855565 (or ►click here for the complete album listing).
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(a) THE ALBUM IS STILL FACTORY SEALED AND IS BELIEVED TO BE PERFECTLY MINT. Please note: sealed items are assumed to be mint and are sold as-is, as we have no way of inspecting them. For our policy on still sealed records ►click here (PLEASE READ BEFORE PLACING A BID).