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Bruch, Chausson, Korngold: Violin Concertos - Steinbacher        (1 of 2 found this review helpful)
  Review by mlgrado Yesterday 10:06 pm

I will simply defer to what Polly Nomial has already said. This is a SUPERB disc. I dare say a Reference Level performance and Reference Recording for all other Reference Recordings. This is for me THE example SACD that fulfills the promise of the medium. As good as DSD64 gets. I would add that ... more
John Lennon: Rock 'N' Roll      (2 of 2 found this review helpful)
  Review by Rickko Yesterday 03:20 pm

The history of John Lennon's Rock N' Roll is the stuff of legend. The album evolved out of a lawsuit over copyright infringement on the melody and one lyrical line in Chuck Berry's "You Can't Catch Me" and the Beatles "Come Together". In an out of court settlement, Lennon was required to record and ... more
  Site review by Geohominid Yesterday 08:00 am

The young Schumann Quartett, consisting of the brothers Erik, Ken and Mark Schumann along with Estonian violist Liisa Randalu, has impressed audiences worldwide. Ars Production have been very astute signing them for their wonderful tone, impeccable ensemble, intriguing programme construction and ... more
John Lennon: Plastic Ono Band      (2 of 3 found this review helpful)
  Review by Marpow January 25, 2015

John Lennon: Plastic Ono Band 12-3-2014 Japanese SHM SACD release, part of a 7 disc collection all released at same time. This is stereo only. John's third studio album released in 1970, but is considered his first solo album. Performance: This is my 4th review of this series and I really like ... more
Lynyrd Skynyrd: Nuthin' Fancy        (1 of 3 found this review helpful)
  Review by Marpow January 24, 2015

Lynyrd Skynyrd: Nuthin' Fancy Hybrid Stereo Only Lynyrd Skynrd's 1975 3rd studio album, 2013 remastered by Kevin Gray for SACD. Performance: As some of you know when I saw Lynyrd Skynyrd for the first time open for The Who in 1973 at The Cow Palace, this band completely changed my musical ... more
John Lennon: Imagine      (3 of 5 found this review helpful)
  Review by Marpow January 24, 2015

John Lennon: Imagine SHM SACD Stereo Only This Japanese SHM SACD released 12-3-2014. John Lennon's 5th studio album released in 1971 and his 2nd release without Yoko Ono. Voted 80th of Rolling Stones 500. I would disagree. Performance: I really like it as it has good radio hits on it and of ... more
  Site review by Geohominid January 24, 2015

An attractive and informative programme of string music from just before to the First World War to just before the start of the Second World War, when the state of music was as active as the political situation of that time. The 15-20 members of Camerata Nordica have already produced a superb disc ... more
Haydn: The Seasons - Sir Colin Davis          (1 of 2 found this review helpful)
  Review by Luukas January 24, 2015

Joseph Haydn's "The Seasons" (Die Jahreszeiten) was his last great public success. At the same time it is his last great choral work. "The Seasons" contains four parts: Spring, Summer, Autumn and Winter. This recording concludes Sir Colin Davis' Haydn Series with London Symphony Orchestra.* ... more
Stravinsky: The Firebird - Litton        (1 of 4 found this review helpful)
  Review by Luukas January 22, 2015

Stravinsky's "The Firebird" is my own favorite from his ballets. Its style is Romantic, and Stravinsky's written style comes in full bloom. This disc continues - but hopefully doesn't concluded - Andrew Litton's Stravinsky Series with Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra. This team's previous issue - ... more
Mahler: Symphony No. 4 - Gergiev          (5 of 7 found this review helpful)
  Review by Luukas January 22, 2015

This is absolutely the worst recording of Mahler's Fourth Symphony ever! Maestro Gergiev doesn't understand this work's childish feeling, and the results are according to it. He uses fast tempi. They don't work, especially in the beautiful slow movement. I have Ivan Fischer's interpretation with ... more
  Review by Luukas January 21, 2015

This disc launches Sir Eliot Gardiner's new Mendelssohn cycle with London Symphony Orchestra. This is at the same time LSO Live's second Blu-ray Audio release - Berlioz's "Symphonie fantastique" with Gergiev was the first - and the results are again awesome. I have Andrew Litton's interpretation of ... more
Berlioz: L'enfance du Christ - Davis          (1 of 7 found this review helpful)
  Review by Luukas January 19, 2015

Short review: Sir Colin Davis continues his Berlioz series with London Symphony Orchestra. This time he conducts Berlioz's "The Childhood of Christ". Performance is lovely; Tenebrae choir's tone is pure and clear; it is perhaps London's best choir! James Mallinson's engineering is outstanding. ... more
Mahler: Symphony No. 1 - Honeck        (3 of 7 found this review helpful)
  Review by Luukas January 19, 2015

This is thrilling live performance of Mahler's First Symphony! Manfred Honeck really loves this work, and it shines from him. Exton's SACD recordings are world famous, because the sound quality is clear and natural. But it is a pity that this is only stereo, there isn't multi-channel layer. ... more
Supertramp: Crime of the century      (7 of 7 found this review helpful)
  Review by Rickko January 19, 2015

Crime of the Century and the opening track of "School" that starts with a wailing harmonica....joined by the ominous sound of a bass drone effect....entrance of a lilting guitar....followed quickly by the plaintive vocals of Roger Hodgson....then faintly in the background children at play....and ... more
  Site review by Castor January 19, 2015

The familiarity of Brahms's symphonic, chamber and piano music both on disc and in the concert hall means that, apart from 'Ein Deutsches Requiem' or the 'Alto Rhapsody', we very seldom hear live performances of his other works for choir and orchestra that include 'Nanie', 'Gesang der Parzen' or the ... more
Ted Nugent: Ted Nugent        (4 of 5 found this review helpful)
  Review by Marpow January 18, 2015

Ted Nugent: Ted Nugent, Hybrid SACD, Stereo. Analogue Productions released 2014. This is Ted's first solo release in 1975. Lots of good notes on the Acoustic Sounds site. Performance: My first LP with Nugent was Cat Scratch Fever, this is my first ownership of this disc. Truly a great performance ... more
The Plastic People of the Universe: Egon Bondy's Happy Hearts Club Banned        (5 of 5 found this review helpful)
  Review by fausto K January 18, 2015

I'm sure this is one of the most outré albums issued on SACD, at least it is the most underground SACD I have in possession. The Czech branch of EMI should be applauded for issuing this disc of relatively obscure music at all (although in the Czech Republic, it probably isn't that obscure, certainly ... more
Foghat: Fool For The City        (1 of 2 found this review helpful)
  Review by Marpow January 18, 2015

Foghat: Fool For The City, Hybrid SACD Stereo MOFI 2008 release. This album originally released in 1975 is a rock n rollers must have disc. It Has a DR 11 which is good for 70's rock. My MOFI disc # 02154. Performance: What a great disc by this British Blues/Rock band. The music and the lyrics on ... more
  Site review by Geohominid January 18, 2015

Mention Johannes Brahms, and it is likely that his large forms and towering masterpieces come to mind. The symphonies, Ein Deutsches Requiem and the chamber music are seemingly permanent occupants of recording sessions and concert programmes. But relatively little attention is payed to Brahms' vocal ... more
Puccini: Turandot - Mehta      (7 of 8 found this review helpful)
  Review by toddao January 17, 2015

It is frequently said that amongst Decca’s great recordings its operas represent “jewels”. If so this 1972 recording of Turandot would have to be a “crown jewel.” It has been continually in print since its 1973 release, sales enhanced by Nessun Dorma’s chart success when it became the signature ... more
Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong: Ella and Louis        (2 of 3 found this review helpful)
  Review by Marpow January 17, 2015

Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong: Ella and Louis Hybrid, SACD Mono Analogue Productions released 2011. If you have had a hard day or week like I do many times then this disc is the tonic you need when you come home. Reissue recording notes from Acoustic Sounds: Mastered by George Marino at ... more
Yes: Yessongs        (4 of 6 found this review helpful)
  Review by Marpow January 17, 2015

Yes: Yessongs Hybrid SACD Japanese 2014 release Stereo. Yes, First live recording in 1973. There 6th album released. This is the exact same disc as in the Yes, 2013 High Vibrations Box Set. I have seen Yes twice live, once in Oakland and once at The Warfield, SF. This 3 album original LP was quite ... more
Puccini: Madama Butterfly - Karajan      (5 of 5 found this review helpful)
  Review by Joseph Ponessa January 16, 2015

The year was 1974, in which Herbert von Karajan made two recordings of MADAMA BUTTERFLY. Actually he made one-and-a-half recordings. In January he went to the Sofiensaal in Vienna and made the first, audio-only recording for Decca, with Luciano Pavarotti as Pinkerton. For some reason when time came ... more
Blade Runner (soundtrack)        (1 of 1 found this review helpful)
  Review by soundzgood January 16, 2015

Vangelis has a touch for blending extreme subtlety and nuance into compositions evocative of things beautiful, flowing and grand. It makes for a sound and texture easy to recognize anywhere, anytime. If you haven't heard this, you must. It's a grand journey when one auditions this soundtrack. It ... more
Rachmaninov: Piano Concerto No. 2, Paganini Rhapsody - Lang Lang        (0 of 1 found this review helpful)
  Review by soundzgood January 16, 2015

I am quite pleased. When a star performer is advertised as being the draw for a recording, I find it quite fitting to have that performers' partition emphasized. I think most auditors of such recordings also like and expect it. For uniform levels more in tune with those of a more typical live ... more
Supertramp: Crime of the century      (1 of 3 found this review helpful)
  Review by Marcusmartin January 16, 2015

Just a quick testimony here: i extensively did a A/B comparison of the rips of this magnificent album on my system (Mytek Dsd 192 DAC coupled to a mac mini with audirvana+ 2, in direct integer mode, a starlight usb cable to a matrix spdif conveter with its own power) Rip from the blu ray audio so ... more
The Pretenders: Pretenders        (4 of 5 found this review helpful)
  Review by Marpow January 16, 2015

The Pretenders: Pretenders Hybrid SACD Stereo Only. 2014 MOFI Reissue. What a great disc and done very well by MOFI. My disc # is 01928. I have seen The Pretenders one time during there "Get Close" tour, awesome show, Oakland. This album is ranked 155 of Rolling Stones 500. Ranked 20th best album ... more
Mahler: Symphony No. 6 - Zander          (3 of 4 found this review helpful)
  Review by Luukas January 16, 2015

WARNING! THESE SACDs DYNAMIC RANGE IS VERY HIGH! IF YOU WANT TO KEEP YOUR HEARING, I RECOMMEND THAT YOU SWITCH DOWN AMPLIFIER'S VOLUME (about -40 dB). Benjamin Zander has long knowledge about Mahler. This is his third SACD for Telarc - his previous recordings contained Symphonies Nos. 3 & 5. ... more
Weezer: Weezer (Blue Album)        (2 of 2 found this review helpful)
  Review by downunderman January 15, 2015

One of the wonderful things about Mofi is their eclectic selection of Albums. I nearly fell off my chair when I saw they had done this one. This is a great album, though not one that would necessarily appeal to the boomers that probably represent the majority of the SACD buying public. I won't bang ... more
Blood, Sweat & Tears: Blood, Sweat & Tears        (2 of 4 found this review helpful)
  Review by hooperthom January 15, 2015

On my Oppo it says 5.0 but it is 4.0 so as with all 5.0, 4.0 on my system need to crank up the bass. Didn't care for the Variations on a Theme 2nd movement, but I never did before. WOW, what a great sound. And When I Die sounds so good I had to repeat before going to the next selection. Horns are ... more
Mahler: Symphony No. 4 - Fischer          (2 of 3 found this review helpful)
  Review by Luukas January 15, 2015

Gustav Mahler's Fourth Symphony is different work in many ways. His previous Symphony, number three in D minor, was spectacular composition: it contains six movements, and very large orchestra. Symphony No. 4 in G major is the last work in Mahler's "Wunderhorn season". Its last movement - which is ... more
  Site review by Geohominid January 14, 2015

The two Telarc/Teldec albums concatenated in this SA-CD were recorded in 1978 in the Severance Hall of Cleveland, Ohio. Their Soundstream Digital Tape Recorder captured the sessions with a sampling rate of 50kHz. From these tapes Teledec made masters for vinyl and later RBCD. These media were almost ... more
Rachmaninov: Piano Concertos Nos. 2 & 3 - Scherbakov        (1 of 3 found this review helpful)
  Review by Luukas January 14, 2015

Excellent performances, but recording is quite muddy. Distant side is quiet, bass is too loud. Third Concerto is better. Scherbakov shines, especially in the finale.
Tune thy Musicke to thy Hart - Stile Antico          (2 of 10 found this review helpful)
  Review by ruxtonvet January 13, 2015

This SACD has such a metallic high end that it is unlistenable. The music is also very boring. One of the worst if not the worse SACD I own.
Yes: Big Generator        (2 of 4 found this review helpful)
  Review by Marpow January 13, 2015

Yes: Big Generator Hybrid SACD Stereo Only Released 2014 This is the exact same Hybrid SACD disc that was included in the High Vibrations box set, just sold solo and different packaging. Performance: Great performance, I have always loved this band and this disc is one of the better. Trevor Rabin ... more
Sibelius: Symphonies Nos. 1 & 4 - Davis          (2 of 2 found this review helpful)
  Review by Luukas January 13, 2015

Sir Colin Davis was great Sibelius interpreter, and his recordings got many acclaimed awards. Davis recorded three Sibelius cycles: first with Boston Symphony Orchestra and two others with London Symphony Orchestra. His last cycle - this is the first disc - was live from the Barbican Hall, London. ... more
  Review by Luukas January 13, 2015

Jean Sibelius (1865-1957) composed his incidental music to Shakespeare's "The Tempest" in 1925. Later he arranged two orchestral suites from the complete music. This is first SACD from both suites. BIS has two previous recordings of Sibelius' "The Tempest". Neeme Järvi recorded these suites with ... more
The Band: Moondog Matinee      (2 of 2 found this review helpful)
  Review by Rickko January 12, 2015

Moondog Matinee was an interesting release from The Band in 1973. It was the fifth album from the group and consisted of cover songs that did not necessarily sit well with some fans (and critics) who had high expectations for new material. Still, these songs were recorded with the distinct sound of ... more
Miles Davis Quintet: Cookin' with the Miles Davis Quintet        (3 of 3 found this review helpful)
  Review by acousticsguru January 12, 2015

Note this is NOT a reissue of the earlier APO SACD (remastered by Doug Sax?), which by the way, I do not know. This review is for the 2014 series of Kevin Gray remasterings. Compared this to the recent SHM-SACD. The APO sounds as if from session tapes, very transparent, having said that, there are ... more
Credo - Hélène Grimaud      (3 of 4 found this review helpful)
  Review by Luukas January 11, 2015

This was my first Blu-ray Audio. DTS HD Master Audio recording is absolutely the clearest and brightest, it is even better than Direct Stream Digital (DSD) SACD! But it is a pity that this is only stereo, there isn't multi-channel mix. Interpretations are excellent. It is good idea to start this ... more
Liszt: Romance oubliée and other works - Zimmermann, Hoppe          (1 of 1 found this review helpful)
  Review by JJ January 11, 2015

This recording, entitled “Romance Oubliée,” is an absolute marvel in which the immense talent of violist Tabea Zimmermann is displayed in full and with serenity. “Thanks to this album, I have realized a dream I have caressed for a long time: assemble numerous and ravishing miniatures, for the most ... more
  Review by cordobaman January 11, 2015

On the Original Mix, the 80's sound is very spacious, full of reverb/echo, homogenous sounds from the times...almost 30D. The clarity is stunning. Never owning this title before, one thing I noticed in "Everybody Wants To Rule The World" is a chord riff that supports each line of the vocals...always ... more
  Site review by Castor January 10, 2015

The gloriously romantic main theme of the first movement of Scriabin's early Piano Concerto is one of those lush surging melodies that remains in one's mind for days after listening to this work. The composer wrote his only Piano Concerto in 1896 at the age of 24 and, as Yevgeny Subdin reminds us in ... more
Mozart: Piano Concertos 14 & 26 - Vasary        (3 of 6 found this review helpful)
  Review by Luukas January 9, 2015

For about ten years ago PentaTone laughed its RQR series, which contains 1970s Philips Classics recordings on multi-channel SACD. Now they do it again, but today with Deutsche Grammophon. This series title is REMASTERED CLASSICS. There were many four-channel recordings in 1970s, but the technology ... more
  Site review by Geohominid January 9, 2015

This recording is an adjunct to the epic Chandos Grainger Edition project, which was recently re-issued in a nineteen-disc box set. Lovers of Percy Grainger's music will welcome the ten items here, filling some gaps in the Edition. Of these ten songs, seven were première recordings at the time of ... more
  Site review by Castor January 8, 2015

This collection of Stravinsky's works for Piano and Orchestra is a most welcome release as it includes three comparatively neglected works from the composer's output as well as one of his most popular. Both the 'Concerto for Piano and Wind Instruments' and the 'Capriccio for Piano and Orchestra' ... more
Donizetti: L'elisir d'amore - Bonynge      (3 of 3 found this review helpful)
  Review by wolfE January 7, 2015

In most respects I agree with Polly Nomial’s review. I will not repeat the arguments, but in summary for me this opera recording is the most charming incarnation of this masterpiece full of wonderful heartbreaking music, and full of humor and wisdom. Pavarotti in his classic role as a simple-hearted ... more
Cherubini: Requiem in C minor - Boston Baroque        (2 of 2 found this review helpful)
  Review by Luukas January 6, 2015

This is beautifully recorded and performed album of Cherubini's Requiem in C minor. Telarc label's crystal clear recording is perfect. Boston Baroque ensemble shines, specially in "Dies Irae". Another winner from Telarc's outstanding SACD catalogue!
Hiromi: Brain          (1 of 4 found this review helpful)
  Review by mlgrado January 6, 2015

As to why one reviewer thought the treble should be more 'brilliant and airy'... this is a Michael Bishop production. Mr. Bishop believes in conversion of DSD to analog for mixing then re-digitizing as DSD. Therefore, there are multiple, and many would argue, unneeded conversions during production. ... more
Supertramp: Crime of the century      (1 of 10 found this review helpful)
  Review by HiRezNut January 6, 2015

Oh dear...please help me (with some disc operation technicalities) I just purchased a "pure audio" blu ray version of Crime of the Century from the Amazon market place, some seller called "beaches_entertainment." I popped my "brand new" disc into a traditional 4 year old sony blu ray player hooked ... more
Black Sabbath: 13      (3 of 4 found this review helpful)
  Review by Elton January 5, 2015

Great album, very poor quality and missing Naïveté In Black song (loudness war - DR5) That is a shame a "High Fidelity Pure Audio" with a poor quality/dynamic range as this album, the DR is the same as the compact disc, all songs have DR5. Again the loudness war bring us a great album with a poor ... more
  Site review by Castor January 5, 2015

Chandos's fine survey of the orchestral works of Mieczyslaw Weinberg conducted by Thord Svedlund continues with this release of two of the composer's late works. The two Chamber Symphonies on this beautifully recorded SACD date from the 1990s and show Weinberg's creative powers to be undimmed even ... more
Eric Clapton: Journeyman        (2 of 2 found this review helpful)
  Review by Rickko January 4, 2015

During the 1980's, Eric Clapton had released a series of 4 mediocre albums prior to the excellent Journeyman in 1989. On this release his guitar playing returned to top form on mostly original material (Clapton only has co-writing credits on 2 songs) and a few well chosen covers. Audio Fidelity's ... more
  Site review by Geohominid January 4, 2015

"The Red Violin" - an intriguing issue title from the BIS production team! It refers to Corigliano's violin concerto being based on his score for a film of that name, of which more later. The link between Corigliano's (1997-2003) and Kuuisto's (2011-2012) violin concertos is Elina Vähälä (b. 1975), ... more
Jethro Tull: Aqualung      (0 of 2 found this review helpful)
  Review by sacdave January 2, 2015

Same as other reviewer did not want the whole set, bought for 2 disc's DVD-A and Blu-Ray. Decided that the best mix is the original Quad mix and its on both disc's. So had the Blu-Ray disc stolen (party at my place unknown friend of a friend thing and disc comes up missing) kept the DVD-a and sold ... more
Legends get it on!        (0 of 2 found this review helpful)
  Review by sacdave January 2, 2015

Odd disc for my SACD player it is stereo not multi-channel, but to get it to play I have to go to my MC format ? So put it in my PC and up convert to 7.2 with my receiver and it sounds good. The Various Artists is always nice to have good selection of songs. One other thing is after the Doobie Bros. ... more
Jeff Buckley: Grace        (1 of 1 found this review helpful)
  Review by progboy January 2, 2015

Well I agree with Audio ED and his review of this masterpiece of Rock. I have always loved this album and I was trying to decide on SACD or 180g vinyl.....both were tempting but in the end I settled on SACD. Of course the album itself is a wonderful piece of modern rock and an album you just gotta ... more
  Site review by Castor January 1, 2015

This is the second issue in the Nielsen Symphony cycle being undertaken by Sakari Oramo and the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra for BIS. The first release, that coupled the 4th and 5th Symphonies, was greeted with considerable critical acclaim both for Oramo’s clear sighted and exciting ... more
John Coltrane: My Favorite Things        (3 of 3 found this review helpful)
  Review by progboy January 1, 2015

Carefully Masterd from the original master tapes for ORG Music by Bernie Grundman. This SACD bring this seminal Coltrane album to life with great clarity and colors. I have been a big fan of Coltrane for a long time now and was Delighted to see this gem on SACD. If you are not too familiar with ... more
Shostakovich: Symphony No. 15 - Sanderling        (4 of 4 found this review helpful)
  Review by aubullience January 1, 2015

This is one of my favorite pieces of modern orchestral music, and certainly one of my favorite Shostakovich compositions; I've purchased and listened to ten or so interpretations of it, including (IMHO) strong ones by Ashkenazy and Solti, and weaker ones by Caetani, Pletnev, Jansons, and others. I ... more
The Moody Blues: Seventh Sojourn        (3 of 3 found this review helpful)
  Review by progboy December 31, 2014

The Seventh Sojourn was IMHO the last great Moody album! Justin Hayward's penned "New Horizons" is truely one of the most beautiful songs ever and is on my top 10 songs ever. Hearing this song and the rest of the precious album in glorious SACD quad mix is overwhelming! As with all the other Moody ... more
Steppenwolf: Steppenwolf        (3 of 3 found this review helpful)
  Review by progboy December 31, 2014

Steppenwolf's 1968 album self titled is a classic of rock 'n roll.... It is an album that I used to think growing up was a "best of" actually.......i guess cause there are just so many great songs on this Album. I have the original LP and MCA RBCD (which I think was mastered by Steve ... more
  Review by mwgfrg December 31, 2014

I would almost completely agree. This SACD release of half of Grumiaux's Mozart concerto set is the best sounding transfers these wonderful recordings have ever received, even better than the Japanese LPs. My only quibble is that while it is true that it's sound does not quite match the fine quality ... more
The Beach Boys: Smiley Smile      (3 of 3 found this review helpful)
  Review by Rickko December 30, 2014

The SHM SACD of the Beach Boys album Smiley Smile is a Mono only version. That being said, this record originally released in 1967 comes across in glorious Mono sound but with certain reservations that form the basis of this review. I will start on a high note with reference to two great songs that ... more
Mahler: Symphony No. 9 - Bernstein        (3 of 3 found this review helpful)
  Review by mwgfrg December 30, 2014

I have a slightly different view of this unexpected SACD release of this famous, even indispensable performance. The Esoteric SACD is easily finer than either the original two-CD DG release or the subsequent single disc in the Originals series, which was an improvement. However, while it has all the ... more
Love: Forever Changes        (6 of 6 found this review helpful)
  Review by analogue December 30, 2014

1967/ 11 tracks/ 43 minutes This is a great original album release from Mobile Fidelity. They sure can pick them. If you're familiar with this band and this album and like their music..........this is a title you must purchase. I wont get into a descriptive analysis of the music but its ... more
Pink Floyd: Wish You Were Here        (3 of 6 found this review helpful)
  Review by keith December 29, 2014

I have had this SACD for a while, and had to delay the listen due to issues known as life. I finally got some free time to go through things, and was reading the reviews on the new SACD WYWH and was so bothered with all of the bad reviews. I knew I had this SACD and had to find it. I found it. It ... more
Elton John: Goodbye Yellow Brick Road        (2 of 3 found this review helpful)
  Review by keith December 29, 2014

I bought the new Goodbye Yellow Brick road SACD 2014 All hooked up, set for 6 CH hit play. I sit back, relax and start to hear the start of Funeral for a Friend. So far, sweet. The song continues, and there is some serious guitar parts missing. Oh crap, must be something wrong with my set up. I take ... more
The Band: Rock of Ages        (2 of 2 found this review helpful)
  Review by Rickko December 26, 2014

Originally released in 1972 as a double live album, Rock of Ages comes from a four (December 28th to 31st, 1971) day stand by The Band at the Academy of Music in New York City. The Academy was a venue with a 3,000 seating capacity and more importantly, excellent acoustics. The Band were exceptional, ... more
  Site review by Castor December 26, 2014

Adventurous programming and scintillating playing are just two elements of this thrilling SACD from Candida Thomson and the prodigiously talented players of the Amsterdam Sinfonietta. 'The Argentinian Album' features works by three 20th century Argentinian composers – Astor Piazzolla, Alberto ... more
Nat "King" Cole: The Very Thought of You        (2 of 2 found this review helpful)
  Review by progboy December 24, 2014

It is December 2014 and we are only hours away from Christmas and I thought a great SACD to play would be "The Very Thought of You" on glorious SACD. Wow.....that is all I can say......this SACD sounds simply perfect to my ears... Steve Hoffman and Kevin Gray did a wonderful job on all the Cole ... more
  Site review by Geohominid December 24, 2014

Caudebec-en-Caux is located in Normandy, 27 miles (43 km) W.N.W. of Rouen, on the right bank of the River Seine. Its large Gothic church of Notre Dame looks like one but is not a cathedral, as the area has no bishopric. Built in the 15th and 16th centuries, King Henry IV of France is said to have ... more
Nielsen: Symphonies Nos. 1 & 4 - Gilbert        (8 of 8 found this review helpful)
  Review by Adrian Cue December 24, 2014

I was quite happy with the first volume of the Nielsen Project of the New York Philharmonic. This time, however, I find it difficult to be as conclusive as I was then. During several listening sessions I could not make out why I was less enthusiastic. The sound is similar: very good, though not ... more
Elvis Costello: My Aim Is True      (2 of 2 found this review helpful)
  Review by cordobaman December 23, 2014

I have the recent re-release UIGY9628 of "My Aim Is True". Purchased on a whim, I was only familiar with the two radio-played hits. Needed to add some punk to my collection. I am very pleasantly surprised, this one is getting heavy rotation on the playlist. Not just because the music is really ... more
Tchaikovsky: 1812 Overture - Gergiev        (1 of 5 found this review helpful)
  Review by wiggy57 December 22, 2014

Has anyone experienced the same problem as I have with this disc. I have an Oppo Blu-Ray player and a Onkyo Receiver. When I play the climax to the main track, "1812 Overture", my amp keeps cutting out the cannons. It physically won't let me hear the cannons, it will play everything in between but ... more
Chopin: Preludes - Fliter        (1 of 1 found this review helpful)
  Review by mikamote December 22, 2014

Hallo, this is one of my top 10 SACD's. Very emotional and delicate performance. You can tell that this woman feels Chopin to her bones. Can't get too much of that music. Good recording as well.
Giuliani: Works for Flute and Guitar - Lieberknecht, Bungarten        (1 of 1 found this review helpful)
  Review by mikamote December 22, 2014

Hallo, I just love this SACD. It is so calm and simple. I put it on repeat often and don't get bored with it. One of my favorites. Great surround sound as well.
Telemann - La Barca Leyden, Raymond Honing        (1 of 1 found this review helpful)
  Review by mikamote December 22, 2014

Hallo, I listen to this SACD all the time. One of my favorites. Teleman is so beautiful. So clear and deep. I just love it. Great surround sound.
  Site review by Geohominid December 22, 2014

Normally, I try to escape the torrent of Christmas music records, but here is one which you can play at any time during the year. This is more or less what the Venetians did with their music. For them, Christmas was only the culmination of the Festival (Carnevale), which had started in La ... more
John Lennon, Yoko Ono: Double Fantasy       (0 of 5 found this review helpful)
  Review by Marpow December 20, 2014

John Lennon, Yoko Ono: Double Fantasy SHM SACD released 12-03-2014 Stereo This 1980 LP released 3 weeks before John's murder. After hearing Howard Cosell announce the shooting of Lennon on Monday Night Football I listened to this disc and the entire Beatles catalog for a month straight to deal with ... more
The Band: Rock of Ages      (1 of 4 found this review helpful)
  Review by Marpow December 20, 2014

The Band: Rock of Ages Japanese SHM SACD Stereo released 12-17-2014 This Live double LP released in 1972 was there first live album. Recorded December 28-31, 1971 at the Academy of Music, New York City. Not the tour de force as The Waltz but there first live album with an additional 5 piece horn ... more
Steely Dan: Gaucho      (2 of 5 found this review helpful)
  Review by Marpow December 20, 2014

Steely Dan: Gaucho SHM SACD 2014 Japanese Re Issue Stereo This album originally released in 1980, the 7th Steely Dan album. There has been various re-releases this SHM SACD being a re-issue of the 2010 SHM SACD. All DR values are quite good except downloads, the 2010 having a DR 14, quite good, ... more
The Beach Boys: Today!      (2 of 4 found this review helpful)
  Review by KG_Jag December 20, 2014

This is a mono only release. The audio quality is poor. The 2012 HDCD, containing both the mono and stereo versions of the album is far superior in both content and audio quality. However, the source(s) used for all versions I have heard--including my 1960's original album--are less than stellar and ... more
The Grateful Dead: Workingman's Dead        (4 of 4 found this review helpful)
  Review by aubullience December 20, 2014

My sense of the strengths of Mofi's SACD of this album pretty much matches what I wrote for the American Beauty disc on its page on this site, so generally I won't repeat myself here, except to say that (with the potential exception of the hi-res download or 45 rpm lp set, neither of which I've ... more
Grand Funk: We're An American Band      (1 of 3 found this review helpful)
  Review by Marpow December 20, 2014

Grand Funk: We're An American Band SHM SACD Stereo 2014 Release Short Version: Music, not that good. Packaging, fantastic. Grand Funk Railroad's 7th studio album produced by Todd Rundgren in 1973. There is a DR 12 from 1989 but source is unknown. I saw them once with Bloodrock at Winterland SF ... more
Supertramp: Crime of the century      (3 of 5 found this review helpful)
  Review by Marpow December 18, 2014

Supertramp: Crime of the Century Blu Ray Audio Stereo Only 2014 This is my first experience with this disc (Crime Of The Century) in any format. I am familiar with the songs as I own and have listened many times to Live in Paris. Supertramp's 1974 3rd disc. This 2014 disc is part of a remastering ... more
  Site review by Geohominid December 18, 2014

The title 'Magnificat' might make some collectors perceive this to be a disc of sacred music; not so, despite its cathedral recording venue, but it certainly is a choral one, with the addition of a palette-cleansing treat of a piece for solely for string orchestra. Kim André Arnesen (b.1980) is at ... more
  Review by Sniffer December 17, 2014

This is a wonderful recording. Sonics are excellent with crispness and clarity. The choir is outstanding. The organ solo at the end of cut 1 provides an exclamation point to the ending. Your subwoofers will prove their worth.
Supertramp: Crime of the century      (6 of 6 found this review helpful)
  Review by Audio Ed December 17, 2014

I heard a definition of audiophile that seems fitting. One who is kept up at night wondering if they have the definitive version of a particular release. Up until recently my go to version was the SHM CD from Japan. I recently received the Blu-ray and upon first audition it seemed no better than the ... more
The Pretenders: Pretenders        (2 of 2 found this review helpful)
  Review by blurayisking December 17, 2014

Just to expand on the previous review when the we talk about " crunch down " what were really talking about is playback volume. In the case of the Pretenders SACD, I found that the volume needed a pretty big boost in order to generally match the playback of the majority of my SACD's. Were looking at ... more
Mendelssohn: Symphonies Nos 4 & 5 - de Vriend        (5 of 5 found this review helpful)
  Review by Adrian Cue December 17, 2014

Another winner. Jan Willem de Vriend did it again. It looks as though he has found the magic baton that lifts Mendelssohn’s symphonies at a higher level than we are generally used to. After a marvelous account of nos. 1 and 3, we have here 4 and 5 that can compete with the best and surpass many. ... more
  Site review by Castor December 17, 2014

Each new release from Ashley Solomon's versatile period instrument group Florilegium is always an exciting prospect. A glance at their extensive discography indicates the wide span of their musical interests ranging from Telemann, Vivaldi, Haydn, Couperin and even extending to three exciting volumes ... more
Phoebe Snow: Phoebe Snow        (1 of 2 found this review helpful)
  Review by downunderman December 16, 2014

Analogue Productions decision to give this album the SACD treatment seems an odd one to me. Phoebe has not been anything close to being a major artist. Tagged as a folky, jazzy, up and comer when this album first came out back in 1974. Her initial potential slipping away because caring for her ... more
The Pretenders: Pretenders        (6 of 6 found this review helpful)
  Review by downunderman December 16, 2014

What a shock this one was when I put it on. I was expecting something at least vaguely reminiscent of the thin and trebly sounding presentation of yore. That is not what you get here. There is an excellent rundown of the remastering history of this album over on Amazon.com by a chap named Wayne ... more
Sor: Guitar Sonatas - Ricardo Gallén          (3 of 4 found this review helpful)
  Review by analogue December 16, 2014

The Eudora label was new to me and judging by the quality of this guitar recording I will be purchasing new product from this Company. If you're a fan of acoustic guitar played classically you might want to give this disc a listen. Its not closely miked like some recordings but it has a definite ... more
Adagio d'Albinoni - Gary Karr      (1 of 1 found this review helpful)
  Review by acousticsguru December 16, 2014

Thanks to this reissue in SACD I'm rediscovering an album of which, to be honest, I'd only listened to the first track with regularity (but, as one can see, that alone may be worth ordering it again in high-resolution format). Sonically, the improvement from the Cisco Gold redbook CD did not, at ... more
  Review by acousticsguru December 16, 2014

This, to me, is one of the handful most successful Esoteric remasterings. The luminosity of Grumiaux' tone, the sheer joy of music-making, sheer bliss. Been listening to e.g. the Fischer and Thorsen SACDs lately, but hearing this, one is reminded some things were indeed better in the olden days… If ... more
Herbie Hancock: Head Hunters        (0 of 2 found this review helpful)
  Review by kenbefound December 15, 2014

Just be aware there appears to be multiple versions of this SACD, my copy is stereo only (CBS catalog #CS65123, UPC 0 7464-65123-6 4).
Supertramp: Crime of the century      (5 of 7 found this review helpful)
  Review by Lost in the Music December 15, 2014

Masterpiece. Dynamic range - by the bucket load Sound stage - Hypnotic Transients - thought my speakers might pop Subtle detail - hairs on the back of the neck Analogue - I would have believed it wasn't digitised Compression - absolutely not What an absolutely fantastic job they've ... more
Rod Stewart: Gasoline Alley      (1 of 2 found this review helpful)
  Review by Marpow December 14, 2014

Rod Stewart: Gasoline Alley 2014 Re Issue SHM SACD Stereo Only Rod's 2nd solo album and just might be my favorite. This 1970 release was a much listened album and cassette for me and of course when the first RBCD came out I purchased that also. Some compare this to Elton's Tumbleweed Connection, I ... more

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