Eagles vinyl cases for audiophiles
“We are incredibly honored to make these Eagles records,” said Josh bizar, vp Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab. The label, which has the band’s approval as well as Rhino, works with Eagles catalog curator Richard FW Davis.
As for the price, which is typical of Mobile Fidelity’s “Ultradisc One-Step” products, “people will pay more for a quality product,” says Bizar. The label usually releases a limited number of records – the first two versions of the Eagles are limited to 7,500 copies each – which tend to sell out.
Audiophiles of a certain age will recognize Mobile Fidelity products by the text “Original Master Recording” which appears at the top of its releases, and it has sold high-end reissues of licensed albums from labels and other rights holders since. the 1970s. In 1999, Mobile Fidelity was purchased by entrepreneur Jim Davis, who also owns MusicDirect, an online store that sells high-end stereo equipment, as well as records and CDs.
Over the past decade, as vinyl has grown into a big business, Mobile Fidelity has sold reissues on audiophile vinyls and SACDs – mostly classic rock bands like Bob Dylan, the Grateful Dead, Dire Straits and others. Although the label tends to re-release artistically significant albums, few of the bands it works with are as popular as the Eagles.
“We try to reach 36 releases per year,” says Bizar. “Like anyone who wants to make records, we’re limited by how much can be squeezed.”
Mobile Fidelity’s One-Step Ultradisc products are further limited by how rushed they are. Most vinyl records are mastered onto a lacquered disc, which is used to make a “mother”, which in turn is used to make pads that press the heated vinyl into records. But “from the lacquer to the mother to the stamping, you lose some details,” says Bizar. Mobile Fidelity makes its Ultradisc versions by creating a “convert” from the lacquer that directly buffers the discs but can only be used a certain number of times before it wears out.