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Patricia Barber A Distortion Of Love 2LP 180g Vinyl Numbered Limited Edition Mobile Fidelity MFSL USA

Artist: Patricia Barber
Title: A Distortion Of Love
Catalog Number: MFSL 2-396
Label: Antilles
Reissued by: Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab
Barcode: 821797239615
Original release year: 1992
Reissue year: 2013
Number of discs: 2
Revolutions per minute: 33⅓ rpm
Disc size: 12"
Vinyl Weight Grade: 180gr
Limited Edition: Yes
Numbered Edition: Yes
Total Item Weight: 804gr
Pressing country: USA
For Market Release in: USA
Added to catalog on: September 13, 2015
Collection: MFSL Original Master Recording
Note: Not eligible for any further discounts
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While largely unknown to many, A Distortion Of Love from 1992 signaled the beginning of Barber’s unfettered creativity. On this album her individuality manifests on a surprisingly eerie rendition of the standard 'Summertime' and subsequent 'Subway Station No. 5', a lengthy piece adorned with atmospheric tension, tonal shifts, and contrapuntal movements that ultimately lead into a swinging theme.

 

 

  • Limited Edition
  • Numbered Edition
  • Gain 2 Ultra Analog System Half-Speed mastering by MFSL
  • Cut by Krieg Wunderlich
  • Cut from the Original Master Tapes
  • Specially plated and pressed on 180g High Definition Vinyl

 

 

Acclaimed Pianist/Singer’s Oft-Neglected 1992 Sophomore Effort Teems With Poetic Enterprise and Intrepid Originality. Smooth, Transparent Sonics Worthy of an Intimate Venue: One of Only Two Barber Albums to Never Have Been Reissued—Until Now. Audiophile Favorite Steams Up Mirrors With Enchanting Melodies, Breathy Vocals, Daring Originality.

Patricia Barber’s origins are commonly associated with 1994’s Café Blue and the follow-up, 1998’s Modern Cool. Both quickly established the singer/pianist as an immediate audiophile favorite whose rare combination of astute instrumental performance, daring originality, poetic enterprise, intrepid vocals, and sculpted production announced her as an artist that both takes immense care in her music as well as in her sound. While largely unknown to many, 1992’s diverse A Distortion of Love signaled the beginning of Barber’s unfettered creativity.

Half-speed mastered from the original master tapes and pressed at RTI, Mobile Fidelity’s numbered, limited-edition 180g LP of the Chicagoan’s sophomore album features the similar wowing detail and perspective-altering clarity offered on the reissue label’s celebrated versions of Mythologies, The Cole Porter Mix, and the now out-of-print and extremely sought-after Café Blue, Modern Cool, Companion, and Nightclub.

Such is the attention brought to Barber’s tastefully reverb-assisted singing, the quartet’s stripped-down arrangements, the grand piano’s resonance, the background finger snaps, and the astounding transparency of every note and breath uttered in the studio. Smoothness, balance, and neutrality abound. Through and through, this is an audiophile delight.

While national acclaim wouldn’t come to Barber until the mid-90s, it wasn’t because she didn’t provide notice of her monumental talent and MacArthur Grant-worthy inventiveness. On A Distortion of Love, her individuality manifests on a surprisingly eerie rendition of the standard “Summertime” and subsequent “Subway Station No. 5,” a lengthy piece adorned with atmospheric nervousness, tonal shifts, and contrapuntal movements that ultimately lead into a swinging theme.

Barber, guitarist Wolfgang Muthspiel, bassist Marc Johnson, and percussionist Adam Nussbaum achieve like-minded heights on an improvised and clever read of the Temptations’ “My Girl.” Here, and again especially on the aptly titled “You Stepped Out of a Dream,” Barber’s textured vocals seemingly float on a jet-black plain, emanating as if her lips and mouth are just feet away, the slap of the acoustic bass and patter of the drums responding in kind to her expressiveness. Whether you’re familiar with this album, a longtime Barber fan, or just coming to her for the first time, Mobile Fidelity’s pressing of this record will please even the sternest critics of vocal jazz.


Track Listing:

01. Summertime
02. Subway Station No. 5
03. You Stepped Out of a Dream
04. Parts Parallels
05. Or Not To Be
06. Yellow Car
07. Yet Another In a Long Series of Yellow Cars
08. I Never Went Away
09. My Girl
10. Be Myself

 

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