Beck ‎– Sea Change

Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab ‎– MFSL 2-308
2 × Vinyl, LP, Album, Limited Edition, Numbered, Reissue, Remastered, 180 g

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A1 The Golden Age
Glockenspiel – Beck, Roger Joseph Manning Jr.
A2 Paper Tiger
Guitar – Jason Faulkner*Percussion – Nigel Godrich
A3 Guess I'm Doing Fine
Backing Vocals – Joey WaronkerHarmonica – BeckSynthesizer – Nigel Godrich
B1 Lonesome Tears
Guitar – Justin Meldal-JohnsenKeyboards – Beck
B2 Lost Cause
Banjo – BeckGlockenspiel – Justin Meldal-JohnsenPercussion, Backing Vocals – Smokey Hormel
B3 End Of The Day 5:03
C1 It's All In Your Mind
Cello – Suzie KatayamaPiano [Wurlitzer] – Beck
C2 Round The Bend
Arranged By [Strings] – BeckFeaturing [String Treatment] – Nigel Godrich
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
D2 Little One
Backing Vocals – Joey WaronkerGuitar, Percussion, Backing Vocals – Jason Faulkner*
D3 Side Of The Road 3:23
D4 Ship In The Bottle

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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!”

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode (Printed): 8 21797 23081 0
  • Matrix / Runout (Side A): MFSL 2-308 A1 RML 2 18444.1(3)...
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B): MFSL 2-308 B1 RML 2 18444.2(3)...
  • Matrix / Runout (Side C): MFSL 2-308 C1 RML 2 18444.3(3)...
  • Matrix / Runout (Side D): MFSL 2-308 D1 RML/2 18444.4(3)...

Other Versions (5 of 41) View All

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
0694933932-A Beck Sea Change(CD, Album) DGC 0694933932-A US 2002 Sell This Version
0694933932-B Beck Sea Change(CD, Album) DGC 0694933932-B Canada 2002 Sell This Version
0694933932 B Beck Sea Change(CD, Album) DGC 0694933932 B US 2002 Sell This Version
00600753444511, 00602537356638 Beck Sea Change(Blu-ray, Blu-ray-A, Album, Multichannel) Geffen Records, Geffen Records 00600753444511, 00602537356638 Europe 2013 Sell This Version
UICY-6154 Beck Sea Change(CD, Album) Geffen Records UICY-6154 Japan 2006 Sell This Version


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December 9, 2016
As a longtime member of the Steve Hoffman forums, I can accurately say that this pressing is of highest quality and is a great alternative to the overrated and overpriced MFSL repressings. If you love this album so much that you feel the need to pay $300+ for a trumped-up "high fidelity" pressing, then have at it. A fool and his money are soon parted, etc.

Think of how many more records you could buy with $300 if you only paid $20 for this pressing..


December 8, 2016
Anyone looking into the new 2016 edition compared to the MFSL should look on the forums for reliable info rather than the conflicting information here. In particular, on the Steve Hoffman forum. Comments left here may not be particularly reliable....


December 8, 2016
Just confirmed with a UME rep that the exact same individual reels that were used for the MFSL pressing were used with this year's Sea Change repressing. So essentially, you are hearing the exact same thing on both pressings, because they were both sourced from the same reels. Anyone claiming that this new pressing is "inferior" is just attacking a straw man, I'm afraid..


December 3, 2016
Just bought the 2016 reissue of Sea Change and compared it to this Mobile Fidelity version on professional high-end equipment. They are practically indistinguishable, right down to the artwork itself.

SAVE YOUR MONEY, vinyl enthusiasts. No need to pay hundreds of dollars for this version when you can now get virtually the same thing for about $20USD.


October 4, 2016
A repress from Interscope is due on October 28, 2016.


July 13, 2016
edited 4 months ago

I don't know the brandname of the custom drums & especially from the snare drum (Ludwig, Gretsch or Slingerland..) or what kind of mics they used in recording but this is....ONE OF THE BEST & WARMEST VINTAGE SNARE DRUM SOUNDS I VE EVER LISTENED IN MY LIFE from a hi-fi source!


May 4, 2016
listening again to this pressing after a year or so hiatus. it just gets better and better...think I've played my copy 5-6 times now and i'm sure it sounds better now than 1st/2nd listen. absolutely phenomenal pressing. I have the original pressing too and just played that afterwards and the difference in quality is astounding, and the original pressing isn't bad. pay £100 for the standard OG press or £200 for the MFSL ? I know what I'd do.


April 20, 2016

I have acquired a mint promo copy without any numbering..
The record pressings themselves are incredible.
The sound after experiencing this album only ever in a digital format simply put, is magical.
This is one is a Crown jewel of a record.
My advice, save your money, pay the exorbitant after market price and invest in this sonic wonder.


March 4, 2016
Does anyone have any idea how many of these were pressed? Mine is in the 500s so at least that many - 1000? 2000?


October 15, 2015
edited 10 months ago

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