Michael Fremer Rated 9/11 Music, 8/11 Sonics!
Rolling Stone 500 Greatest Albums of All Time - Rated 166/500!
One of TONEAudio Magazine's 2012 Best Audiophile Pressings!
Elvis Costello and the Attractions Imperial Bedroom on Numbered Limited
Edition 180g LP from Mobile Fidelity!
Universally Hailed 1982 Pop Masterpiece Pairs Costello and Co. With Beatles
Engineer Geoff Emerick
Record Topped Village Voice’s Pazz & Jop Critic’s Poll In Year of Its Original
Lavish Instrumentation, Involved Arrangements, and Piano-Based Melodies Frame
Ambitious Songs That Address Domestic Malaise While Coming Off as Upbeat
Recorded with famed Beatles engineer Geoff Emerick, Imperial Bedroom stands as
Elvis Costello and the Attractions’ most highly decorated traditional pop album.
Boasting sumptuous arrangements, large-scale instrumentation, ambitious layers,
Tin Pan Alley melodies, and orchestrated devices, the 1982 record is a testament
to studio creativity and ornate production. Amidst the lavish settings beats the
heart of Costello’s biting, brutal lyrics that confront domestic malaise and
sober emotional reflection. It’s little wonder the intelligent effort took top
honors in the Village Voice’s Pazz & Jop Critics’ Poll.
Not that audiences back in the day ever had the privilege of hearing Imperial
Bedroom at its maximum potential - now they can. Half-speed mastered from the
original master tapes, Mobile Fidelity’s numbered limited edition 180g LP opens
up the soundstages, expands the depth, and brings the genius of the grand
arrangements into clear focus. In particular, the sound of the piano will have
you believe that the 88s are situated right in your room, and never before has
Emerick’s crafty sonic precision been so readily apparent. This is a
huge-sounding record that demands full frequency extension and astute
separation. Mobile Fidelity’s reissue delivers on all fronts. You need to hear
Ranked in 2005 by Rolling Stone at #166 on the magazine’s prestigious list of
the 500 Greatest Albums of All Time, Imperial Bedroom overflows with contagious
pop, savvy torch, cabaret, chamber, and jazz-influenced fare. If it’s details
you seek, then look no further. With Emerick’s assistance, each tune is
distinguished with painstaking sonic accents, blended rhythms, counterpoint bass
lines, dazzling passages, and inventive motifs. Accordions, tremolo guitars,
organs, harpsichords, marimbas, horns, and an assortment of other instruments
help color the subtly dark canvases. A 40-piece orchestra graces the gorgeous
“...And In Every Home.”
Originally intended to be a stripped-down affair, Imperial Bedroom reflects
Costello’s migration to composing on piano as well as his listening tastes at
the time: Billie Holliday, Cole Porter, Frank Sinatra, Debussy. Intricate,
expansive, and complex without ever sounding inaccessible, the record includes
the now-classic “Man Out of Time,” “Beyond Belief,” and “Almost Blue,” the
latter a ballad that Chet Baker included in his live sets until he passed away.
In another stroke of brilliance, Costello used the record as an opportunity to
address the melancholic changes in both his own personal situation as well as
that of England, the songs functioning as smart, sometimes satirical dialogues
on issues such as disenchantment, identity, and relationships.
"[T]he warmest and ultimately most satisfying sounding because it adds body to both Costello's voice and the bass line without sludge-ing it up. It's got more depth... plus better inner detail resolution... Mo-Fi's reissue breathes new life into a great E.C. album" - Michael Fremer, www.analogplanet.com, Music 8/11, Sound 8/11!
• Numbered, Limited Edition
• Half-Speed Production and Mastering by Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab
• Specially Plated and Pressed on 180 grams of High Definition Vinyl
• Special Static Free - Dust Free Inner Sleeve
• Heavy Duty Protective Packaging
• Mastered from the Original Master Tapes
• One of TONEAudio Magazine's 2012 Best Audiophile Pressings
1. Beyond Belief
2. Tears Before Bedtime
3. Shabby Doll
4. The Long Honeymoon
5. Man Out of Time
6. Almost Blue
7. ...And In Every Home
1. The Loved Ones
2. Human Hands
3. Kid About It
4. Little Savage
5. Boy With a Problem
6. Pidgin English
7. You Little Fool
8. Town Cryer