Beck ‎– Sea Change

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Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab ‎– MFSL 2-308
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2 × Vinyl, LP, Album, Limited Edition, Reissue, Remastered, 180g
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A1 The Golden Age
Glockenspiel – Beck, Roger Joseph Manning Jr.
4:36
A2 Paper Tiger
Guitar – Jason Faulkner*Percussion – Nigel Godrich
4:35
A3 Guess I'm Doing Fine
Backing Vocals – Joey WaronkerHarmonica – BeckSynthesizer – Nigel Godrich
4:49
B1 Lonesome Tears
Guitar – Justin Meldal-JohnsenKeyboards – Beck
5:37
B2 Lost Cause
Banjo – BeckGlockenspiel – Justin Meldal-JohnsenPercussion, Backing Vocals – Smokey Hormel
3:47
B3 End Of The Day 5:03
C1 It's All In Your Mind
Cello – Suzie KatayamaPiano [Wurlitzer] – Beck
3:05
C2 Round The Bend
Arranged By [Strings] – BeckFeaturing [String Treatment] – Nigel Godrich
5:15
C3 Already Dead 2:58
D1 Sunday Sun
Electronic Drums – Joey WaronkerHarmonium, Banjo, Banjo [Indian] – Roger Joseph Manning Jr.Piano, Glockenspiel – Beck, Justin Meldal-JohnsenPiano, Saxophone [Bamboo], Tape, Other [Megamouth], Percussion – Smokey Hormel
4:44
D2 Little One
Backing Vocals – Joey WaronkerGuitar, Percussion, Backing Vocals – Jason Faulkner*
4:26
D3 Side Of The Road 3:23
D4 Ship In The Bottle (Bonus Track)

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Numbered limited edition 180-gram 2-LP set.

Liner notes hype on album cover:

“Every cut on this amazing album was delivered to MoFi Engineers on an individual reel: it took months to get the perfect sounding remaster on this title!

The golden age is upon us: This half-speed mastered 2-LP set is the definitive analog version of Beck’s masterpiece.

Beck’s “Sea Change” remains the best record of the indie icon’s career. And how. The sonic chameleon shocked the world in 2002 with this warm-sounding folk-pop album—a sincere, honest, and mature meditation on the end of a nine-year relationship with his girlfriend. As for the vocalist’s trademark irony, sarcasm, and humor? Not here. In their place is an affecting emotionalism to which anyone who’s ever been in (or out) of love will relate. The music is equally personal and meditative. Gorgeous string arrangements come courtesy of his father, David Campbell, and illustrate the heartbreak that informs the beautiful melodies and tranquil moods.

Best of all, this album is anything but a bummer. Intending to be heard to from start to finish, Beck begins the record with songs conveying emptiness and loss, and gradually moves on to narratives that detail what changes are necessary to regain a sense of identity, purpose, and feeling. By the time he reaches the concluding “Little One,” the healing has begun. Consider this Beck’s mellowest gold—a feat confirmed by its selection as the #2 record of 2002 on Village Voice’s all-encompassing Pazz & Jop poll.

And now, thanks to truly painstaking remastering efforts, this embraceable and intimate gem sounds better than ever. No lie. Master tapes of every cut were delivered to Mobile Fidelity engineers on a separate reel, with the finished product taking months to perfect. Unlike previous digital versions, no compression or dynamic processing was used, making this half-speed mastered 180-gram 2-LP set not just the definitive version — it’s the only analog version worth owning!”

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Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
0694933932-A Beck Sea Change(CD, Album) Geffen Records 0694933932-A US 2002 Sell This Version
MFSL 2-308 Beck Sea Change(2xLP, Album, Ltd, RE, RM, Pin) Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab MFSL 2-308 US 2012 Sell This Version
493 393-2(C) Beck Sea Change(CD, Album) Geffen Records 493 393-2(C) Europe 2002 Sell This Version
none Beck Sea Change(12xFile, FLAC, Album, 192) Geffen Records none US 2014
0694933932-B Beck Sea Change(CD, Album) DGC 0694933932-B Canada 2002 Sell This Version

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rose1978

rose1978

October 15, 2015
edited 13 days ago

One of the smoothest moments..... for my brain & my soul.
doctorjj

doctorjj

August 10, 2013
This is probably the best sounding record I own. The direct two inch tape to vinyl transfer makes for an insanely warm and personal sound. Almost as if he's sitting in the living room with you. I highly recommend this pressing over the original pressing which is thin and sonically disappointing. I've still yet to hear the very rare and very expensive SACD of this album, but I can't imagine it sounds better than this magical version. Do yourself a favor and add this beautiful pressing to your collection if you want to know what it would sound like if Beck played these songs in your house.