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Bob Marley: Legend (30th Anniversary Edition)      (2 of 2 found this review helpful)
  Review by dobyblue Yesterday 08:25 am

While I would be ecstatic to have read that all the Island/Tuff Gong Marley titles were getting released instead of this "Best Of" collection, I'll take what I can get. UMe announced the Soundgarden and Marley titles within a week of each other, two brand new mixes. Where the Soundgarden fails in ... more
Mahler: Symphony No. 3 - Jansons        (4 of 4 found this review helpful)
  Review by jeffreybehr Yesterday 01:40 am

This will be brief and perhaps unusual, since I listened to only the last movement, one of my favorite in the Romantic-period repertoire. (I have loved Mahler's music for about 50 years and most of all the adagios and am quite happy listening to only the slow movements.) The orchestral playing and ... more
  Site review by Castor Yesterday 12:15 am

These recordings stem from concerts given in the Barbican (31st October and 13 November 2013) and represent the first release in what promises to be an exciting Berlioz cycle from Valery Gergiev and the LSO. It is hardly necessary to state that the LSO have the music of Berlioz in their blood. The ... more
Ravel: Orchestral Works Vol. 2 - Slatkin      (2 of 5 found this review helpful)
  Review by Luukas September 18, 2014

It is very good to have Naxos' "old" recordings on Blu-ray Audio format, and this second release of Ravel's Orchestral Works proves it again. The CD version was good: BBC Music Magazine gave four stars, and recording's sound was deep and clear. But Blu-ray Audio brings more perspective to Ravel's ... more
  Site review by Geohominid September 18, 2014

Fauré's short Requiem in D Minor has become his signature work, yet it does not seem to have any particular motivation. It follows the tenets of his teaching by Louis Niedermeyer, eschewing the tradition of French funeral music with its theatricality and focus on the tumultuous anger of The Last ... more
  Site review by Castor September 18, 2014

Michael Stern's accounts of these three popular 20th century masterpieces with his fine Kansas City Symphony demonstrates musicianship of a high order throughout. Stern eschews any temptation to treat them merely as virtuoso orchestral showpieces, focusing instead on their more subtle musical ... more
Olivia Newton John: Come On Over      (1 of 1 found this review helpful)
  Review by Solo man September 17, 2014

First off, Olivia Newton John is a beautiful woman inside and out. If you are contemplating buying this but just can't pull the trigger, I hope this helps. The imaging on this SHM SACD is fantastic and sounded as if Olivia was front and center with the instruments not too far back in the distance; ... more
  Site review by Polly Nomial September 17, 2014

This new disc from Phillipe Quint features the well known (Tchaikovsky concerto) and the less well known (Arensky). Sadly the account of the concerto has little to distinguish it from the many competing performances that are on (just) SACD. The biggest hindrance has to be the somewhat "rustic" ... more
Ocean Surf        (1 of 1 found this review helpful)
  Review by Rhinojack September 17, 2014

As one would expect of a recording like this, the sound of the ocean and surf and water lapping the beach is very repetitive. Not that is a bad thing, it is just what I had expected. In multichannel, the recording is very immersive with a subtle but definitive surround quality. It is divided into ... more
Mahler: Symphony No. 6 - San Francisco/Michael Tilson Thomas          (2 of 5 found this review helpful)
  Review by Luukas September 16, 2014

This SACD got Grammy Award for Best Orchestral Recording, and indeed, this is brilliant. I heard many recordings of Mahler's dramatic Sixth Symphony: • Philharmonia Orchestra, Esa-Pekka Salonen (Signum) • London Symphony Orchestra, Valery Gergiev (LSO Live) • London Philharmonic Orchestra, Klaus ... more
Mahler: Symphony No. 2 - Rattle        (2 of 3 found this review helpful)
  Review by Luukas September 15, 2014

This is very interesting recording of Mahler's Second Symphony "Resurrection". Sir Simon Rattle's previous recording with Birmingham Symphony Orchestra and Chorus was successful, and Abbey Road Studios remastering was fine. This album is recorded live from the Berlin Philharmoniker's Great Concert ... more
  Site review by Castor September 15, 2014

Judging by the number of recorded cycles of Schumann Symphonies that have appeared in the last year or so from conductors as diverse as Simon Rattle, Parvo Järvi, Thomas Dausgaard et al., it would appear that record companies believe that the public has an insatiable appetite for new versions of ... more
Ravel: Rapsodie Espagnole, Pavane; Rachmaninov: Isle of the Dead - Reiner        (5 of 5 found this review helpful)
  Review by jmagil September 15, 2014

I agree with everything that mwgfrg says about this release. It is one of the glories of high-fidelity recording, and all of the performances are unsurpassed. Reiner's "Prelude a la nuit" from Rapsodie Espagnole is by far the best. Only Reiner could sustain the uniquely slow tempo that he chose ... more
  Review by Mtphill September 15, 2014

Simply remarkable. The sound stage provided in the remix does add a very fullness that will cause another listen. I purposely loaded the original to compare and just couldn't get over how much better the multi-channel mix sounded. I love 2 channel and will not argue it as an original intent, but ... more
Sibelius: Symphony No. 5, En Saga - RPO/Schmidt        (2 of 5 found this review helpful)
  Review by Luukas September 15, 2014

This is beautifully recorded and performed album of Jean Sibelius' (1865-1957) most famous orchestral works. This is also part of Royal Philharmonic Collection, which is recorded in 1990s. Fifth Symphony Op. 82 sounds movingly here: Ole Schmidt's performance isn't never boring, and he brings this ... more
Brahms: Symphonies 3 & 4 - Gergiev        (2 of 3 found this review helpful)
  Review by Luukas September 14, 2014

Valery Gergiev's first release of Brahms's Complete Symphonies (Symphonies Nos. 1 & 2, Tragic Overture and Haydn Variations) was disappointing. LSO played too heavy, and recording was muddy and dry. But this is little better release, and this completed Gergiev's cycle. It is shame, that there ... more
David Roth: Will You Come Home        (0 of 2 found this review helpful)
  Review by Audio Ed September 13, 2014

Stockfisch Records keeps doing it. They remind me of Sheffield Labs. I will continue to order their SACDs until they disappoint, I hope that is a long-long time. They find singer-songwriters unknown in the U.S. who are perfect to listen to on a rainy afternoon or a quiet evening with a glass of ... more
Miles Davis: Bags Groove        (1 of 1 found this review helpful)
  Review by Audio Ed September 13, 2014

This was recorded in 1954 and sounds fantastic when that is considered and sounds very good even when you do not consider that. Do not let the fact that it is mono deter you from getting this, that would be a big mistake. Rudy's Prestige recordings sound great and this one is no exception. When ... more
  Review by Audio Ed September 13, 2014

This is a review of the stereo layer. What a great disc! Listening to this in stereo makes me really want to hear it in surround. I am sure "His Holy Modal Majesty" sounds amazing in surround. That being said, the stereo version is great. It sounds crisp, clean, full and has plenty of soundstage. If ... more
George Benson: Breezin'         (1 of 1 found this review helpful)
  Review by Audio Ed September 13, 2014

This is a review of the stereo layer. The performance is excellent. Anyone reading this has most likely heard this album many time. I have had the DVD-A in my collection for a long time and it has been a disc that has had plenty of spin time over the years. I have held the DVD-A in high regard over ... more
Dvorak: Symphony No. 8, Janacek: Jenufa (suite) - Honeck          (3 of 10 found this review helpful)
  Review by mlgrado September 12, 2014

This is indeed a DSD recording. I don't care what your Oppo says. Actually, your Oppo, or any other playback device, only sees DSD coming from an SACD. It doesn't matter what the recording medium is originally. What is coming off the disk is a DSD stream. Period. Now, you might be converting it ... more
  Review by p59teitel September 11, 2014

I have both this version and the newer MoFi. This version is punchier and faster paced than the MoFi SACD, which sounds more like a mid-hall perspective. My preference is for this version: more drive, weight, immediacy and guitar detail. It draws me in and holds my attention much more than the ... more
Bob Dylan: Blood on the Tracks        (0 of 1 found this review helpful)
  Review by p59teitel September 11, 2014

Compared to the punchier, faster paced Columbia SACD, this sounds more like a mid-hall perspective. My preference is for the former: more drive, weight, immediacy and guitar detail. It draws me in and holds my attention much more than the overly-refined flow of this MoFi effort does. I'll ... more
Rachmaninov: Symphony No. 2 - Edo de Waart        (3 of 4 found this review helpful)
  Review by chenzl September 11, 2014

The mid-70s sound by Phillips is glowingly pleasing to my ears, typical of that period and suits this carefree masterpiece to the hilt. Moreover Pentatone RQR analogue signals were feed directly to the dcs converter for DSD-SACD encoding (just like RCA Living Stereo series), so we can have the ... more
Mahler: Symphony No. 3 - Jansons        (6 of 10 found this review helpful)
  Review by Luukas September 9, 2014

After Gergiev's and Tilson Thomas' performances, this is pretty good, maybe the best available version of this work. Mahler's Third Symphony is composer's longest symphony: there are six movements and the first movement's total time is almost 35 minutes! By the way, Jansons really understands ... more
Cream: Disraeli Gears      (2 of 3 found this review helpful)
  Review by Marc - SoundMatters September 8, 2014

This is a review of the stereo SHM SACD of the album by Cream, titled "Disraeli Gears". Equipment used for this review included an Oppo BDP-105 (set-up for multi-channel), PSB Synchrony One speakers (7 speakers, no subwoofer), and a Denon 7.1 receiver. Comparison was made to a CD version of this ... more
Elton John: Tumbleweed Connection        (1 of 4 found this review helpful)
  Review by wiggy57 September 7, 2014

Truth be told, I have never been a fan of Elton John, Liked some of his music, but find the man himself to be a pompous prat. I picked up "Madman Across The Water" cheap on ebay, and boy was I pleasantly surprised. I knew he had a good voice but this SACD blew my socks off. So when I saw "Tumbleweed ... more
George Benson: Breezin'         (4 of 6 found this review helpful)
  Review by Marc - SoundMatters September 7, 2014

This is a review of the 5.1 channel SACD of Breezin', by George Benson (the new release, issued 5 days before this review). The audio equipment used for this review included an Oppo BDP-105 (connected for multichannel play), PSB Synchrony One speakers (7 speakers, no subwoofer), and a Denon 7.1 ... more
Free: Free Live!      (1 of 2 found this review helpful)
  Review by downunderman September 6, 2014

Oh my, this one brought back some (good) memories. I never saw Free myself back in the day, but this is exactly what the sound of a live concert was like back in the early 70's for this kind of band. Especially in the less than acoustically ideal (for over amplified rock at least) venues. In fact ... more
Free: Free    
  Review by analogue September 6, 2014

This latest Free release has even better sonics than the Tons of sobs shm sacd....which sounded really good. As an album I prefer it to the previous release also. There are 4 bonus tracks here in mono. Two from the albums as singles and two that are not on the album. The 9 tracks that are from the ... more
  Site review by Geohominid September 5, 2014

Alba's striking cover has a cartoon by Swedish artist and want-to-be Finnish Alsele Gallén-Kallila. Staring at us from left to right are the scowling, raddled faces of Gallén-Kallila himself, composer Oskar Merikanto, composer-conductor Robert Kajanus and composer Jean Sibelius. These students met ... more
Steven Wilson: The Raven That Refused To Sing (And Other Stories)      (5 of 5 found this review helpful)
  Review by Laird-o September 4, 2014

This is one of those recordings that gets better and better with repeated listening. The sound is signature Steven Wilson, lush and layered. Overall, the music is harmonically complex and manages to be dissonant in all the right places. It rarely gets boring, but it is also not the kind of music ... more
Dan Gibson: Thunderstorm        (3 of 3 found this review helpful)
  Review by Rhinojack September 4, 2014

I bought this 'cause I don't own any non-musical SACD's and I thought that this would be interesting as I like weather. Indeed this recording is something else. No instruments except for natures own. For a little over 54 minutes, one can transform their location to a woodland lake surrounded by ... more
Free: Free Live!      (0 of 2 found this review helpful)
  Review by Rickko September 4, 2014

In early 1971, Free had concluded a major concert tour and the band members were in the process of breaking apart as a group. A number of concert dates were recorded and Island Records, the label for the band, decides to rush release a live album (with one studio recording tacked on at the end of ... more
Miles Davis: Sketches of Spain        (5 of 5 found this review helpful)
  Review by analogue September 4, 2014

This is a classic releases by Davis and Evans and has easily stayed fresh over the many years. If you're familiar with the album you don't need me to explain what sort of music it is. For a sound quality review I compared the new Mofi sacd with the earlier Sony sacd and a vinyl record source I ... more
  Site review by Polly Nomial September 2, 2014

As with the superb cycle from these forces, Jarvi & the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie of Bremen return to Beethoven to present six of his overtures (his "best" if one slips into marketing speak!) The shortest offering, The Creatures of Prometheus, comes first and is imbued with the same ... more
Ben Webster: Gentle Ben        (1 of 4 found this review helpful)
  Review by Astral September 1, 2014

Hard to recommend this from either a performance or sound viewpoint. It is second tier Webster, late in the game, a rather limpid MOR session in Ben's late, breathy ballad style. But the sound is terrible, cut at a very low level indicating that there may well have been a gain reduction applied at ... more
Aphrodite's Child: 666      (0 of 3 found this review helpful)
  Review by Lost in the Music September 1, 2014

(A double album on a single SHM-SACD disc) Performance: An Aquired taste. Loud, loud, loud - a very quiet track ! The capture of the beast - a jokey song. Infinity - a female making orgasm sounds for 5 mins (honestly). I wouldn't buy without listening first. On a more positive note: Demis Roussos's ... more
Scaggs: Boz Scaggs        (3 of 3 found this review helpful)
  Review by Rickko August 31, 2014

An interesting SACD release. This self-titled album is the debut of Boz Scaggs on Atlantic Records in 1969. However, it was not a commercial success. It took several releases later for him to finally achieve a major breakthrough with Silk Degrees (1976). The lack of sales for this Boz Scaggs titled ... more
Ravel: Orchestral & virtuoso piano - Larderet        (8 of 8 found this review helpful)
  Review by Iain August 31, 2014

I've spent some time with this and for the most part, it's a marvellous recording with an excellent performance by Larderet. Only problem is with the Gaspard. I find two of the three movements superb, but the problem seems to be with the slower than normal pace of "Le Gibet". Compare this movement ... more
Mozart: Requiem (arr. string quartet) - Kuijken Kwartet        (0 of 1 found this review helpful)
  Review by PhilipAC August 31, 2014

This is an astonishingly glorious SACD. Sorry if this is a "one liner"! Heavenly music (obviously), beautifully played and wonderfully different but similar to the choral version. I was a bit suspicious before buying, but I have discovered a treasure.
Hindemith: Orchestral Works - Neschling        (8 of 8 found this review helpful)
  Review by jeff3948 August 30, 2014

Hindemith Comparison Neschling/BIS vs Stern/Reference Recordings I just bought and received directly from Reference Recording the "Miraculous Metamorphoses" SACD (which contains Hindemith's Metamorphosen Hindemith, Prokofiev, Bartok - Stern ). Since I already have Hindemith's Metamorphosen on a BIS SACD ... more
  Site review by Polly Nomial August 30, 2014

A fitting conclusion to the Mandelring's Mendelssohn cycle. This is the first time the whole of the Mandelring Quartett have performed the quintets on SACD; their viola player Roland Glassl may be found supporting the Henschel Quartett on (a different player is used for the Bruch). As noted, the ... more
Eric Alexander: Gentle Ballads V      (2 of 3 found this review helpful)
  Review by Astral August 30, 2014

The Gentle Ballads series follows the usual Venus pattern. A solid player of the day, Eric Alexander, agreeing to play a straight ahead set in a conservative, MOR way, very un-representative of the music he usually makes. Musically, this is solid if inessential, but is completely ruined by the Venus ... more
  Site review by Polly Nomial August 30, 2014

As with other discs in this series, the playing of the Zemlinsky Quartet is a delight. Although neither of these two quartets are as famous as the "American" or the, arguably more satisfying, A-flat major quartet, there is a simpleness of homespun melody that is quite enchanting. The Zemlinsky's ... more
SA-CD SHM Sampler: Welcome to the Top of the World      (1 of 1 found this review helpful)
  Review by tonereef August 29, 2014

This is the only SHM-SACD sampler I've run into, and it also includes a regular SACD for comparison. Assuming there's been no fiddling with the results, it clearly indicates how much better-sounding the SHM process can be. Which is quite a bit on some tracks, and not a lot on others. But for example ... more
Marvin Gaye: The Marvin Gaye Collection        (3 of 3 found this review helpful)
  Review by Clint Eastwood August 29, 2014

I've had this SACD for over a year and it's been quite a surprise. I bought it because it was so inexpensive and felt I had nothing to lose. The only negative thing about this disc is the song list isn't complete, and that's a minor complaint considering the great songs and artists on this disc. One ... more
10cc: Deceptive Bends      (3 of 3 found this review helpful)
  Review by Lost in the Music August 29, 2014

Sublime. performance: I always thought of this album as sort of pop music with attitude. It's certainly done with a certain amount of good humour. I mean songs like "You've got a cold" can't be taken too seriously, but are done to perfection. Actually there's some fairly heavy guitar. There's also ... more
Steely Dan: Countdown to Ecstasy      (5 of 6 found this review helpful)
  Review by Bazzamatazz August 26, 2014

I am going to completely agree with analogue's review. Not Steely Dan's absolute greatest album (Pretzel Logic eclipses it), but the hi-rez sonics on this re-release need to be heard to be believed. The disc itself indeed needs a few plays or so to 'bed in' and open up completely, a requirement for ... more
Beethoven: Symphonies - Karajan (1963)      (9 of 9 found this review helpful)
  Review by Joseph Ponessa August 25, 2014

I listened to the blu-ray of Karajan's 1962 Beethoven cycle in a single day several weeks ago, and am surprised that no one has posted a review. So let me dip my feet into the water and say--what a marvelous blu-ray in every way. Forty years ago, when I was in graduate school, a friend of mine had ... more
Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young: CSNY 1974      (4 of 5 found this review helpful)
  Review by Rickko August 25, 2014

Over 3 hours and 17 minutes of music. The concert is broken into three sets. In my review of this disc, I decided to listen to each set separately over 3 days. I will begin by stating one word: Extraordinary (both performances and audio quality). You start with a fabled supergroup of 4 artists ... more
  Site review by Geohominid August 25, 2014

Here we have a very different sort of piano recital. 'The 12 Pianists" group developed from a four person membership in 1996 to the present 12 members, stimulated by the leader Christoph Sischka's arrangement of Lavignak's Galop-March for 12 pianists on one piano. This earned the group an entry in ... more
  Site review by Polly Nomial August 25, 2014

This set marks the 25th anniversary of Le Concerts des Nations and the first disc is a reissue & remastering of their first recording (February 1989). Opening with Canticum in honorem Beate Virginis Mariae inter homines et angelos, the characteristic refinement of playing and singing that we have ... more
The Doors        (1 of 5 found this review helpful)
  Review by raf72953 August 24, 2014

I purchased this disc after I called the company and they said that the disc was going to be like the original album mix that we all grew up with and instead it has the mix just like the DVD-A release in the Perception box set. I like the slower mix that was originally released and this is a ... more
ZOFORBIT - ZOFO      (4 of 5 found this review helpful)
  Review by rammiepie August 23, 2014

The Planets Op 32 for Piano! I've experienced it performed on organ, and of course multi orchestral renderings but was hardly prepared for the "reimagining" of pianists Eva~Marie Zimmermann and Keisuke Nakagoshi's performance for four hands on a Steinway Model D Concert Grand. It was akin to ... more
  Site review by Castor August 23, 2014

The second volume of Edward Gardner's “Mendelssohn in Birmingham” cycle with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra follows the same pattern as the previous issue – two Symphonies preceded by an Overture. Here it is the fine Overture to “Ruy Blas” that opens Gardner's programme in an alert and ... more
Marvin Gaye: Midnight Love      (1 of 1 found this review helpful)
  Review by rammiepie August 22, 2014

While certainly not on par with Gaye's classics What's Going On and Let's Get in On, Marvin's Midnight Love album from 1982 does contain his bone fide classic "Sexual Healing" and the sonics in 5.1 are nothing short of outstanding. Track "Jimmy's Jammin" mix of Rocking After Midnight (previously ... more
Beethoven: Symphonies Nos. 5 & 7 - Kleiber        (2 of 3 found this review helpful)
  Review by Pianist718 August 21, 2014

I really enjoyed this disk. Surround was very nice and the power of this performance is phenomenal. It gets loud when it needs to but nothing to start piercing your ears. Air instruments, and other instruments are nicely represented. A good SACD to own.
The Police: Every Breath You Take        (1 of 5 found this review helpful)
  Review by Pianist718 August 21, 2014

Strange .,.. I actually had higher expectations. I won't go into technical details simply because I am far away from being able to. However, I do have a nice set up and have listened to about 20 different SACDs and DVDAs .... this one ... I was a bit disappointed. To me it was not balanced well. It ... more
  Site review by Castor August 20, 2014

The internationalism of Elgar's music is now so well established that it is hard to believe that for many it was once once regarded as the preserve of just English conductors and orchestras. How much that has changed is clear from a glance at the current list of recordings of Elgar's 1st Symphony on ... more
  Site review by Castor August 20, 2014

This is an enchanting disc of music by the little-known Baroque composer Johann Friedrich Fasch (1688-1758) – a perfect follow-up to the recent release of Zelenka Sonatas by Peter Whelan's excellent Edinburgh based period group Ensemble Marsyas. Fasch's long tenure as Kapellmeister at at the court ... more
  Site review by Geohominid August 20, 2014

I don't want to quibble much about the title "Great works for Flute and Orchestra", except to say that just a glance at the programme prompts the response "you can't be serious!". Over-enthusiastic promotion aside, Sharon Bezalay is certainly one of the great flautists of our time, and she has a ... more
Shostakovich: Symphony No. 10, The Gadfly - RPO/Shipway        (1 of 2 found this review helpful)
  Review by Luukas August 19, 2014

Shostakovich wrote his Tenth Symphony in 1953 after Stalin's death. It is brilliantly orchestrated and there are ironic and neurotic elements, which are typical in Shostakovich's music. The long first movement - about 25 minutes - is very effectively. There are real sorrow, and Shostakovich's style ... more
  Site review by Castor August 19, 2014

The recording of two Brahms Symphonies that occupy this SACD stem from performances by the LSO under Valery Gergiev given at the Barbican in December 2012. At these concerts Gergiev paired Brahms Symphonies with those of Szymanowski – an idea that many might regard as a bizarre piece of programming. ... more
The Butterfield Blues Band: East-West        (1 of 3 found this review helpful)
  Review by Mtphill August 17, 2014

Just rec'd this and will agree with first review that the re-master is as good as the original source; not the best but very worthy. What is significant is that Audio Fidelity understood the importance of breathing new life into a bit of our history. There's only so much Bloomfield out there!
Rachmaninov: Symphony No. 3, Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini - Shui        (3 of 9 found this review helpful)
  Review by Luukas August 17, 2014

I was impressed when I heard this disc first time, because Singapore Symphony Orchestra's playing is very effectively and BIS label's recording is warm and natural. Rachmaninov's Third Symphony is quite unknown to me: I heard Osmo Vänskä's live recording with London Philharmonic Orchestra (LPO) ... more
  Site review by Castor August 16, 2014

This release marks the completion of the Mahler symphony cycle by Marcus Stenz and the Gürzenich Orchestra of Cologne. In addition to Mahler's nine symphonies and the 'Adagio' from his unfinished 10th, Stenz's cycle has also encompassed a very fine disc of Mahler's 'Wunderhorn' Lieder . The whole ... more
  Site review by Geohominid August 15, 2014

The Six Partitas (BWV 825–830) were the first in a series of works for keyboard instruments that Bach published under the general title of Clavier-Übung (Keyboard Practice), beginning in 1726 when Bach was consolidating his appointments at St. Thomas Church and as the director of music in Leipzig. ... more
Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 6 - Gergiev        (2 of 7 found this review helpful)
  Review by Luukas August 15, 2014

This is thrilling performance of Tchaikovsky's Sixth Symphony. Gergiev really understands this score, and Wiener Philharmoniker plays magnificently! First movement's sorrowful bassoon solo is deep and weeping, and third movement's playful end is virtuosity. I hope that Gergiev performs this symphony ... more
Eddie Higgins Trio: Don't Smoke in Bed      (1 of 1 found this review helpful)
  Review by Audio Ed August 14, 2014

I have been a big fan of the Venus records and the Eddie Higgins Trio. This version of the trio consists of Eddie with John Pizzarelli on guitar and Jay Leonhart on bass, so this is a drumless trio. The playing is good but I have two complaints. First regarding the sound quality. Jay's bass sounds ... more
Willy Porter: Willy Porter        (2 of 2 found this review helpful)
  Review by Mtphill August 13, 2014

Based on the reviews provided and hearing some samples I ventured into purchasing this disc. What a wonderful surprise in surround mix. Very pure and realistic mix fills the room with a richness that pleases the ear. Front is supported by a balanced add from the rears that when you close your eyes ... more
Frank Sinatra: Songs for Swingin' Lovers!        (3 of 3 found this review helpful)
  Review by analogue August 13, 2014

1956/ mono/ 15 tracks Sinatra can sound good as both a mono and a stereo release. I kind of wish Mofi released both on one sacd. Wishful thinking I know. I tend to like the work Mofi does with Sinatra. I have two gold cds and they are awesome. The sacds......with their extra resolution do point ... more
Free: Tons of Sobs      (1 of 1 found this review helpful)
  Review by analogue August 12, 2014

13 tracks/ 1968/ 52 minutes Those who know Free's music from the early 70;s and their massive hit All right now (Fire and ice album) might be very surprised at how they sounded in 1968. Think Cream with a hint on early Led Zeppelin. This album is extremely heavy, bluesy...........almost acid rock. ... more
Steve Kuhn Trio: I Will Wait For You (The Music of Michel Legrand)      (1 of 1 found this review helpful)
  Review by Audio Ed August 11, 2014

I bought this one because I have been very pleased with the Venus SACDs that have been coming out the last year or so and because I am a fan on Michel Legrand as well as Steve Kuhn. Immediately I was rewarded with the deep sounds of George Mraz acoustic bass. I do not know what Venus is doing that ... more
The Who: Tommy      (2 of 2 found this review helpful)
  Review by Stanolly August 10, 2014

A new mix......it is competely different than the sacd . It is a crisp and clear mix and the placement of the instruments is a matter of taste. My opinion is that the foundation on which the music is " build" should not be in the rear left spaeker . That's where Keith's drums are in this mix. But ... more
Ravel: Rapsodie Espagnole, Pavane; Rachmaninov: Isle of the Dead - Reiner        (6 of 8 found this review helpful)
  Review by mwgfrg August 8, 2014

I would make virtually the same comments on this first SACD release of another Reiner shaded dog as I did on the Reiner Kije, except that this is one of the finest Reiner RCAs, a level the Kije never quite reached. Once again, the SACD is noticeably finer than the best digital version I had ... more
Tears for Fears: Songs from the Big Chair      (2 of 2 found this review helpful)
  Review by analogue August 8, 2014

8 tracks/1985/ 41 minutes This mid 80's release is still listeners favorite for eighties music. Some of the songs have not succumbed to the 29 intervening years and still sound fresh. This album is no doubt a product of its time and the production behind the recording cant hide the 80's feel to ... more
Steely Dan: Countdown to Ecstasy      (17 of 18 found this review helpful)
  Review by analogue August 7, 2014

1973/ 8 tracks/ 41 minutes I'm sure Steely Dan fans were very happy that the Shm sacd program has continued with the Dan's discography on sacd. We've been waiting for years. I am not a very good critique of this bands 1972-1980 output. The reason is that I like the music so much I find it ... more
Prokofiev: Lieutenant Kije; Stravinsky: Song of the Nightingale - Reiner        (3 of 4 found this review helpful)
  Review by mwgfrg August 6, 2014

This is the first SACD release of one of the most famous Reiner shaded dogs, although arguably not one of the very greatest sonically. But it still was and remains a very fine recording. I compared it to the best previous digital version I have heard, the JCC XRCD, SHM-CD version, and while in terms ... more
  Site review by Geohominid August 6, 2014

La Nuova Musica is a vocal and period-instrument instrumental ensemble based in England. They are dedicated to reinvigorating the music of the European Renaissance and Baroque, an aim which has been going from strength to strength across the globe and is highly praised. In an immaculate production ... more
Mozart: Piano Concertos Vol. 6 - Brautigam, Willens        (10 of 11 found this review helpful)
  Review by Adrian Cue August 6, 2014

Classics today (Hurwitz) doesn’t like Willens. The same applies to its sister site for the French (Huss). That is their good right if … coherently substantiated. Personnel grudges seldom make for objective reviews. Language like ‘dreck alert’ (KV’s 491 and 503) is way beyond common decency and the ... more
Steely Dan: Countdown to Ecstasy      (4 of 9 found this review helpful)
  Review by Audio Ed August 5, 2014

When I get a Steely Dan SACD my expectation is very high. Countdown is not my favorite from the Dan but any Dan release is superior to 90% of what is out there. I am very pleased to report that I am very happy with this release. The performance is great, like a said better than 90% so that ... more
Eric Clapton: Journeyman        (2 of 2 found this review helpful)
  Review by Audio Ed August 5, 2014

I was hesitant to pick this up after the recent release of Behind the Sun but this is superior album and release. The playing has more vitality than Behind the Sun, which seemed to be phoned in. The quality of the sounds is very good but I did find that I had to turn up the volume knob much higher ... more
Heart: Magazine        (1 of 1 found this review helpful)
  Review by Audio Ed August 5, 2014

This is a very solid SACD. I was expecting it to be average to below average based on earlier treatment of Heart material from Audio Fidelity. The sound quality here is solid and it has the performances one would expect from Heart. I was very pleased with this. If you like Heart give it a go, if you ... more
  Site review by Geohominid August 5, 2014

Hansjörg Albrecht is one of our most versatile and technically gifted organists, an expert at concocting programmes or even creating them from his own often spectacular arrangements of symphonic music. The contents of this album fall into the latter category, in which he visits some well-known ... more
George Wallington Quintet: Jazz For The Carriage Trade         (3 of 4 found this review helpful)
  Review by analogue August 5, 2014

My actual rating is 4 and a quarter stars. Mono/1956/6 tracks A thoroughly enjoyable jazz album that is both a good recording and a very good performance. The highlights of this album is the fantastic trumpet playing of Byrd and the excellent sax playing of Woods. These instruments really stand ... more
Sibelius: Kullervo - Spano          (8 of 10 found this review helpful)
  Review by Kal Rubinson August 3, 2014

From http://www.stereophile.com/content/music-round-24-recordings-round: "In an embarrassment of riches, this is the best of three new multichannel SACDs of Sibelius' early bardic masterwork. The competing release, with Colin Davis and the London Symphony (LSO Live LSO0574), is well played and has ... more
Cream: Goodbye      (1 of 1 found this review helpful)
  Review by feinstei August 3, 2014

I felt exactly the opposite than the other reviewer. I thought that this issue of the Cream album collection was universally awful. This is NOT the fault of the Universal remastering staff, but just a characteristic of how badly this album was originally recorded due to the tremendous noise that the ... more
Berlioz: Harold en Italie - Berthaud, Slatkin        (3 of 6 found this review helpful)
  Review by Luukas August 2, 2014

This is outstanding performance of Berlioz's Harold in Italy! Leonard Slatkin understands this work's emotionally moments, and Berthaud is very good soloist. I heard long time ago Naxos' earlier recording of this work (San Diego Symphony Orchestra, Talmi) and it isn't bad, actually, I liked it very ... more
  Site review by Geohominid August 2, 2014

At the time of leaving his Birmingham appointment, Finnish conductor Sakari Oramo was awarded the coveted Elgar Medal of the Elgar Society. Its purpose is to “recognise those, who are neither natives nor citizens of the United Kingdom, who have done much to further the reputation of Elgar and his ... more
Mozart: Requiem - Karajan        (0 of 7 found this review helpful)
  Review by Pianist718 August 1, 2014

Sorry but this is very disappointing performance. This is not the way I always hear Requiem. Performance is slowed down to probably half speed and so it loses the power and energy. I am also not impressed with SACD Multichannel sound. Stereo is probably a bit better. Bottom line is ... if you want ... more
Miles Davis: My Funny Valentine        (8 of 8 found this review helpful)
  Review by analogue August 1, 2014

This is not only one of my favorite Davis albums but also own of the best live sacd's I own. The playing is loose and free but also very passionate. I own the original Japanese sacd and it has always sounded amazing on my system and still does. Could the new Mofi sacd up the ante??? Back in the ... more
Mahler: Symphony No. 9 - Gergiev          (3 of 6 found this review helpful)
  Review by Luukas August 1, 2014

This is pretty good recording of Mahler's Ninth Symphony. Gergiev's tempi are moving, the whole work's total time is "only" 79 minutes. London Symphony Orchestra plays virtuosity, but sometimes orchestra's tone is awful and surround sound mix isn't the best; surround speakers "echo effect" isn't ... more
Patsy Cline: Greatest Hits        (1 of 1 found this review helpful)
  Review by analogue July 31, 2014

12 tracks and 33 minutes of music. Older country/blues music might not appeal to everyone. But if you're willing to take a chance you wont be sad you did. A stereophonic recording from way back in the day that sounds quite pristine.......like it was recorded yesterday. Say what you will about ... more
Petula Clark: Kiss Me Goodbye        (0 of 12 found this review helpful)
  Review by PaulSACD24/192 July 30, 2014

I bought this disc after Glenn Gould admitted in a documentary that he was a big fan of Petula Clark and listened to her music in the car driving to the recording studios. Although the infobooklet is full of Highend buzz (32 bits 192 KHz Mastering, etc. there is no mention about the source of the ... more
Rolling Stones: Grrr!      (1 of 2 found this review helpful)
  Review by Bobpaule July 29, 2014

With so many tracks there are some that are of poor quality. Just grab a marker and jot down the good ones on the front of the disk, I counted at least 17 or so 5-star tracks I would demo to any audiophile friend. Get it, you will not regret it.
  Review by Bobpaule July 29, 2014

The sound engineers left a "hole" in the center of the stage, don't worry, a tiny one, otherwise just perfect. Sonically otherwise very very good. The music is great, very involving, makes you want to dance all along.
  Review by Bobpaule July 29, 2014

Simply mind blowing, light years ahead of its time. Very well remastered.
  Site review by Castor July 28, 2014

This is the seventh release in Simone Young's fine cycle of Bruckner Symphonies recorded live with the Hamburg Philharmoniker. Bruckner's F minor symphony was composed in 1863 and was given the name 'Study Symphony' by Leopold Nowak when he compiled his 'Bruckner Complete Edition'. It is also known ... more
Johnny Hallyday: A la vie. A la mort!      (1 of 1 found this review helpful)
  Review by Bobpaule July 27, 2014

Also contains 5.1 24bit/96kHz PCM and DTS-HD Master Audio. I have every Johnny Hallyday released in HFPA and this one deserves praise as the highest sonic quality of them all. The songs are beautifully written, their sentimentality reminds me of my native Hungarian gypsy music. If you are not a ... more

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