Natalie Merchant – Tigerlily [Limited Edition] (180g 45RPM 2LP)


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Label: Mobile Fidelity – MFSL 2-45008 – 180 Gram Virgin Vinyl
AAA 100% Analogue – Numbered Limited Edition – 45RPM – Pressed at RTI
Pure Analogue Mastered by Shawn R. Britton from the Original Master Tape at MFSL
Half Speed Mastered on the Mobile Fidelity The Gain 2 Ultra Analog System
Featured in Michael Fremer’s Heavy Rotation in the November 2007 Issue of Stereophile
A Vocal Performance for the Ages, Spinning Majestic Webs of Mellow Atmosphere Woven with Rhythmic Textures and Low-Key Movements
The 10,000 Maniacs were at their peak when group founder and scintillating vocalist Natalie Merchant announced that she was leaving the band to pursue a solo career. It took her four months to record Tigerlily, a gorgeously detailed folk-pop debut that became a permanent fixture on the album charts for a year after its 1995 release.

The five-times platinum set spawned three giant hits-“Wonder,” “Carnival,” and the haunting “Jealousy”-that simultaneously crossed over to the pop, adult-contemporary, and mainstream singles charts. It’s easy to understand why. On Tigerlily, Merchant turns in a vocal performance for the ages, spinning majestic webs of mellow atmosphere woven with rhythmic textures and low-key movements. This is a mood masterpiece.

The vocalist’s bracing conviction is matched by small-scale acoustic frameworks that don’t let a note go to waste. And Mobile Fidelity’s engineers worked to make sure you hear all of them. Aligned on a wide soundstage, the discerning mix of Hammond organs, pianos, chamber percussion, and bluesy guitars come across with their understated intentions intact. Balances are superb, dynamics are grand. There is no better way to experience and enjoy the rich sonic fabrics on this album. The results will leave you hypnotized.

True to its title, Tigerlily balances fierceness and delicacy, creating a rare span of emotional territory.

Listening to Tigerlily, a distinct songwriter’s voice emerges, one which possesses strength and vulnerability. The lyrics are personal, the arrangements stark and sparse.

All in all a pleasant, very beautiful voice, lyrics to savor, and some magic. Originally released in 1995, Tigerlily still sounds as fresh as it did then. Natalie froze time and space in this her first solo album following her break from 10,000 Maniacs.

Tigerlily was engineered by John Holbrook, who has worked with The Band, Peter Tosh, and the Isley Brothers.


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Barrie Maguire

Bass Guitar, Guitar [12-string Electric]

Peter Yanowitz

Drums, Percussion

Jennifer Turner

Electric Guitar, Acoustic Guitar, Backing Vocals

Natalie Merchant

Producer, Written-By, Vocals, Piano, Organ, Vibraphone

A1San Andreas FaultElectric Guitar – John HolbrookElectric Guitar, Bass – Matt HendersonPercussion – Randy Grant3:57
A3Beloved WifeOrgan – John Holbrook5:03
B2CarnivalBacking Vocals – Katell KeinegPercussion – Adrián López Guevarra5:59
C1I May Know The Word8:07
C2The Letter2:12
C3Cowboy RomanceViolin – Jay Unger*4:39
D1JealousyElectric Guitar – Eric SchenkmanElectric Guitar, Organ – John Holbrook2:41
D2Where I GoPercussion – Adrián López Guevarra3:59
D3Seven YearsCello – Michelle Kinney5:31

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