Mobile Fidelity announces six Van Halen SACD, vinyl reissues
Sets are remastered from original analog tapes
Mobile Fidelity has partnered with Rhino Records to release Van Halen’s first six albums on SACD and 180 gram 45 rpm vinyl. Van Halen, Van Halen II, Women and Children First, Fair Warning, Diver Down and 1984 all receive the hybrid SACD and Limited Edition UltraDisc One-Step 45rpm Vinyl 2 LP treatment.
Exclusively limited to 10,000 numbered copies, each UD1S box set will be mastered from the original analog master tapes, pressed at RTI on MoFi SuperVinyl. In addition to the limited edition UltraDisc One-Step 45 rpm vinyl, the numbered edition Super Audio CDs (SACDs) will be packaged in a mini-gatefold sleeve and will be mastered from the original tapes. The first of six studio albums, Van Halen (1978), should be released in the fourth quarter of 2022, and will be followed by Van Halen II (1979), Women and children first (1980), warning fairg (1981), diver down (1982), and 1984 (1984).
Mobile Fidelity’s UltraDisc One-Step 180 gram 45 RPM 2 LP vinyl editions of the band’s first six albums are available for pre-order now from MusicDirect.com, the largest online retailer of premium audio products for the House. and audiophile music, equipment and accessories, including vinyl records and turntables. Pre-orders for a standard three-step 180 gram 45 RPM 2 LP process will be announced at a later date.
“Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab is thrilled to release Van Halen’s iconic first six albums in UD1S and SACD formats for the first time,” said Jim Davis, president of Music Direct and Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab. “Fans will experience Van Halen’s original blend of raw power and Hollywood flair like never before with these limited-edition audiophile-grade One-Step vinyl sets.”
Van Halen’s iconic first six albums have already been overlooked for UD1S and SACD treatment due to the sheer excitement and raucous intensity of the music. Ted Templeman’s production work and Donn Landee’s engineering give them the kind of immediacy, dynamics, punch and separation that all great-sounding records possess. This skillful original production is another reason Van Halen’s 1978-84 catalog demands the unparalleled restoration treatment provided by Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab. Tested on the label’s UD1S vinyl box sets and hybrid SACDs, the band’s records will sound more lively, present and entertaining than ever.
The premium packaging and superb presentation of each Van Halen UD1S press befits its select status. Housed in a deluxe box, each set includes special stamped sleeves and true-to-original graphics that illuminate the recording’s splendor. Aurally and visually, UD1S reissues exist as a curatorial artifact to be preserved, touched and examined. They’re made for discerning listeners who appreciate sound quality and production, and who want to fully immerse themselves in the artistry – and everything involved with the album, from the iconic cover art to the meticulous finishing touches and, naturally, the pioneering fretwork of Eddie Van Halen and the double bass percussion of his brother Alex.
Playing with reference sounds that elevate multi-platinum benchmarks whose importance cannot be measured quantitatively, Mobile Fidelity Collector’s Versions deliver a clear, clean, transparent, balanced view and turn the volume up to 11 of well-being. albums that spawned entirely new styles and fueled hormone-laden desires. And because MoFi’s unique SuperVinyl compound allows analog enthusiasts to crank up the decibels to their wildest desires without risking background noise interference, they’ll not only hear but feel Van Halen in their chest, no seat fifth-row concert hall is required.
With his breakthrough arrival in 1978, Van Halen did more than announce to the world the earth-shattering arrival of a revolutionary guitarist. The enterprising California quartet made headlines away from punk, injected new energy into a then moribund rock ‘n’ roll scene, reinvented the way heavy music and retro pop could co-exist and invited everyone to discover the pleasures of a Saturday evening on the beach. every day of the week, no matter where they lived. Beginning with Van Halen and continuing with five more hugely successful albums, the original lineup of Eddie Van Halen, David Lee Roth, Alex Van Halen and Michael Anthony set the planet alight on their way to becoming one of the bands the greatest and most original in history.