Richard Thompson: Rumor And Sigh

Richard Thompson: Rumor And Sigh

Mobile Fidelity  UDSACD 2194

Stereo Hybrid


Richard Thompson

Limited hybrid SACD edition mastered from the original master tapes. Richard Thompson manages all of his usual superhuman feats on Rumor and Sigh. Rippled, vibrant guitar lines that sound like they're coming from four guitars? Check. Lyrics that expose the delicate quirks of human behavior in witty, truthful manners? Here. Engaging vocals that arrive as if they are sung only to you, the words doubling as whispered thoughts in your own head? Yep.

But Rumor and Sigh goes further by featuring astute, lively production and well-planned arrangements ranking the 1991 album as one of the - if not the most - cohesive and accessible efforts of Thompson's storied career. And now, courtesy of Mobile Fidelity, it's his best-sounding record.

Mastered from the original master tapes and strictly limited to 2000 numbered copies, this hybrid SACD breathes with an effervescent openness that makes the music emerge with a livelier sheen, standout dynamics, and unstoppable energy. This definitive digital edition makes it immediately evident Rumor and Sigh ensures as a very special album - a cohesive, varied, and fun set spiked with some of Thompson's finest compositions and an exoticism that extends to the modest use of the hurdy-gurdy, mandolin, concertina, and crumhorn.

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Comments (6)

Comment by Downunderman - July 26, 2018 (1 of 6)

Seems like years since this title was first flagged as a future MoFi release. It was worth the wait.

DSD mastered by Shawn Britton.....with Rob LoVerde looking over his shoulder. The result is an excellent natural organic sound and a far cry from the original CD release.

Very much recommended.

PS. The original CD is an 'ADD' recording. What that means for the original master that MoFi used I'm not sure.

Comment by Tony Reif - July 27, 2018 (2 of 6)

16 bits was pretty much the only option in 1991. Sony started using 20 bits/SBM around that time, but that was only on some of their own classical releases.

Comment by hiredfox - July 29, 2018 (3 of 6)

Indeed Tony and even now there is a reluctance to move on. An industry that repeatably gets stuck in the groove.

Now 32bit is yet another story waiting to be told. You can never have too much information!

Comment by breydon_music - July 31, 2018 (4 of 6)

Haven't heard this yet (still saving up!), but "ADD" would indicate an analogue source, and MoFi are very meticulous on their front banners so "Original Master Recording" would indicate that they had the original master tape or something close enough to it to satisfy them (they put "Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab" across the top when they have had to compromise as to source tape). Ergo, I am sure Downunderman's recommendation is sound.

Comment by Tony Reif - August 1, 2018 (5 of 6)

Unless MoFi remixed the record from the original multitracks their original master source must have been a 16 bit mix - the middle D of ADD is the mix. Not that it couldn't still sound a lot better than the CD - DSD conversion of 16 bit sources can definitely improve things.

Comment by Mark Werlin - August 2, 2018 (6 of 6)

MoFi's description of the source for the SACD and LP seems unequivocal: "Mastered from the original master tapes." Perhaps the original CD label was incorrect, and the album was actually AAD, mixed on an analogue board to stereo master tape, then digitized.