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Mastered from the original analog master tapes, pressed on MoFi Supervinyl, and limited to 10,000 numbered copies
Electric Light Orchestra leader Jeff Lynne did more than figuratively reach for the sky on Eldorado. Daring to be bold, and creating imaginative worlds that invite the listener to escape the mundane, the visionary composer-musician achieved a multidisciplinary fantasia and, in the process, a prog-rock landmark. Nearly 50 years later, the concept album’s brilliance can be experienced like never before in cinematic, IMAX-worthy fashion.
Mastered from the original analog master tapes, pressed on MoFi SuperVinyl vinyl at RTI, housed in a keepsake box, and limited to 10,000 numbered copies, Mobile Fidelity’s UltraDisc One-Step 180g 45RPM 2LP set of Eldorado allows the longtime audiophile staple to resonate with reference-setting dynamics, tones, and colors. Conjuring the feeling of journeying to different horizons, the record’s songs teem with layer upon layer of details, which can now be heard as the producers intended. This very special release both pays tribute to the record’s merit and enhances the spectacular program for generations to come.
Presenting the album with breathtaking clarity yet retaining the warmth, texture, and emotion that differentiate live music from reproduced sounds, the collectible reissue features beguiling levels of in-the-moment presence, grand-scale soundstaging, and instrumental balance. Bursting with a veritable cornucopia of stimuli, MoFi’s Eldorado package also benefits from superb separation and immersive atmospherics that stem from the meticulous remastering process – as well as an ultra-low noise floor, industry-leading groove definition, and dead-quiet surfaces courtesy of the MoFi SuperVinyl properties.
The premium packaging and gorgeous presentation of the UD1S Eldorado pressing befit its extremely select status. Housed in a deluxe box, it features special foil-stamped jackets and faithful-to-the-original graphics that illuminate the splendor of the recording. No expense has been spared. Aurally and visually, the reissue exists as a curatorial artifact meant to be preserved, touched, and examined. It is made for discerning listeners that prize sound quality and production, and who desire to fully immerse themselves in the art – and everything involved with the album, from the iconic artwork to the meticulous finishes.
An artistic breakthrough that established Electric Light Orchestra as a pioneering band (and confirmed Lynne as the leading practicing Beatles disciple), the 1974 effort remains notable for its involvement of a full orchestra and choral section, the range of which are captured with exquisite results on this LP. Eldorado distinguished itself from the band’s first two works not only via Lynne’s sharpened songwriting but due to the hiring of an orchestra that augmented the group’s three string players. Co-arranged by Lynne and conductor Louis Clark, the symphonic movements bolster the contagious fare without ever drowning it. The accents also act as transports into the varied narrative universes.
Finished as a story before Lynne put notes down on paper, Eldorado ironically owes its inspiration to Lynne’s father. In response to his dad’s criticisms about the band, Lynne conceived a melodic tour de force that, like The Wizard of Oz, which informs the cover art, emphasizes the power of everyday dreams and everyman heroism. It’s no coincidence that the sonic journey begins with an overture punctuated by the words of a cynic who condemns ”the dreamer, the unwoken fool.”
Beautiful yet fun, ambitious yet consistent, Eldorado proceeds to celebrate such romantics and escapists. A Technicolor escapade marked by lush melodies, fluid crescendos, and an intoxicating blend of energetic rock and sweeping orchestral elements, the album weds rich imagery and sweeping sounds in manners that make the two inseparable. In Lynne and company’s hands, reality and fantasy collide, and dissolve any dividing lines. The proof is not just in the epic production, but in the timeless (and catchy) nature of songs such as the balladic ”Boy Blue,” power-pop packed ”Illusions in G Major,” and, of course, the aptly titled hit, ”Can’t Get It Out of My Head.”
Decades later, Eldorado doubles as the equivalent of an out of body experience, an invitation to break away from monotony whether you’re listening to your Mobile Fidelity reissue on a large system or an excellent pair of headphones.