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4.0 out of 5 stars Mojo - A Vinyl Delight, 8 Nov. 2010
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This review is from: Mojo (2LP Vinyl Set) [VINYL] (Vinyl)
Let me make one thing clear: I never believed CDs were better than vinyl. They are more convenient, capable of great sound using relatively inexpensive equipment and far harder to damage. But a high quality vinyl disc on a top end system will always produce a sound that is more musical than a CD and trash the noise that comes from an MP3 file.

I hadn't bought a new vinyl disc since the mid 1980s...so when I saw Tom Petty had released MOJO on vinyl I had to try it. When it arrived, very promptly, I was curious. First impressions were good, high quality card sleeve and the vinyl disc was heavy and perfectly flat. The hole in the middle was a snug fit on the spindle of my Dunlop Systemdek turntable.

The system was ready: I lowered the Linn arm and there was silence as the needle tracked the run-in grooves. Excellent!

The music? It seems to me that Tom Petty and his band have moved towards country rock with this album. Bruce Springsteen it isn't! Compared with his earlier work the arrangements are softer, perhaps less complex but the quality of the music, especially through my always revealing QUAD 63 ELS speakers is superb. The lyrics are, as ever, worth listening to.

One CD = 4 sides on vinyl, so there is no sitting back and letting the music wash over you, but after a couple of sides I began to warm to this album. So much so that I used the free download and it is safely in my I-pod. I've listened to if a few times: there are a couple of tracks that I am less keen on, "Takin my Time and I Put a Spell on you are, well, tedious but Pirates Cove is a gem!

I was impressed with the disc: if you want to make sure your turntable and speakers are up to the mark try this disc. If you are a "must have Tom Petty" fan then it is for you. But if you are expecting the raw, hard edged Tom Petty of the 1990s this will disappoint. Overall, the performance and the technical arrangement, with little studio modification make the performance live and vibrant, particularly on vinyl. But the music is a bit bland, verging on easy listening. So only 4 stars.
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Initial post: 17 Sep 2011 01:55:59 BDT
Yes, CD never compared well against vinyl purely on sound quality. When CD first hit the shelves in the early 1980s it was a frequent comment that vinyl sounded warmer and well, more musical.
But there are high resolution formats that do compare well with vinyl but with the all of the advantages of CD. DVD-Audio (now dead), SACD (dying) and BD-Audio. Mojo is available as a BD-Audio disc but only 48kHz as opposed to 96kHz so I don't know if I should get it.
Some people make their own high resolution copies from vinyl - "needle-drops". Apologies if I'm telling you stuff you already know.
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