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Fairport Convention: Unhalfbricking      (1 of 1 found this review helpful)
  Review by Dougless Yesterday 01:51 am

Slightly disappointed - I should say that I have a Hannibal LP of this disc and not being a first generation Island pressing, I assumed it would be easily bettered. I was mistaken. This SACD version is good but does not have that special 'something' that good SACD's do. On first listening I was ... more
John Lennon, Yoko Ono: Double Fantasy       (1 of 5 found this review helpful)
  Review by Lost in the Music February 27, 2015

There are a few songs on here which I've always thought; I should almost melt, but it's just not quite there. In this release, the sound is so lovely and warm yet clear that finally it's - there. I just melt into the chair when I listen to 'Woman' for example. Heck. I've melted on the first bar ... more
Bob Dylan: The Times They Are A-Changin'        (1 of 2 found this review helpful)
  Review by Audio Ed February 25, 2015

How do you review a Bob Dylan disc? He keeps one's interest with only his lyrics, voice, guitar and harmonica. The SQ on this is great. I know not think anyone will be disappointed, I sure was not. MOFI did a fantastic job here, it is not a showcase disc for one's system but it sure does sound ... more
  Site review by Geohominid February 25, 2015

Through the ages, Christians have celebrated the Christmastide festival with music. At first with chants, litanies and hymns (some of which are still used, mainly in Church services), then in the early Middle Ages the French devised a circle dance called a carol, which was voiced and danced mainly ... more
Herbie Mann: Caminho de Casa        (1 of 1 found this review helpful)
  Review by Oliver_twist February 24, 2015

Sound quality is nice. mc mix is a 4.0 but it doesn't add anything special, so call it a good stereo recording with a "multichannel" label to improve sales (I have heard better things from Chesky). If you like flute or at least don't hate it and if you are not allergic to bossa nova you should enjoy ... more
McCoy Tyner Quartet: New York Reunion        (2 of 2 found this review helpful)
  Review by Oliver_twist February 24, 2015

This Jazz album introduced me to McCoy Tyner. I now own a number others including both sacds and rbcds. He is one of of my favourite jazz pianists. On this one we have Joe Henderson on sax, Ron Carter on bass and Al Foster playing the drums. Compositions by MCoy Tyner, Ron carter, Joe Henderson and ... more
Rod Stewart: Every Picture Tells a Story      (3 of 3 found this review helpful)
  Review by Rickko February 23, 2015

Rod Stewart's Every Picture Tells A Story deserves to fall under the title of a classic album. This remarkable release from 1971 remains timeless with it's blend of rock embodied with elements of folk, country, soul and blues. The excellent songs are mixed together effortlessly resulting in what can ... more
Perla Barocca, early Italian masterpieces - Podger          (4 of 4 found this review helpful)
  Review by analogue February 23, 2015

I have mentioned that channel Classics are spectacularly good at these types of recordings before and I must say the same again with this release. If period Chamber Music is something you like you must not pass this release up. I really like Ms. Podgers previous Bach concerto sacd's and while this ... more
  Site review by Castor February 23, 2015

There are already countless recordings available of Bruckner's most popular symphony, the 4th, to suit the taste of even the most dedicated Brucknerite. All the great Bruckner interpreters of the past and present have committed this work to disc, often on more than one occasion – Böhm, Jochum, ... more
Stevie Ray Vaughan: Texas Hurricane Box Set        (3 of 4 found this review helpful)
  Review by Marpow February 22, 2015

Stevie Ray Vaughan: Texas Hurricane Box Set 2014 AP Release. Stereo Only. My box set number, 0596. Prior to this review I read over the SACD.net review guidelines as I wanted to be best accurate as possible for a proper review. I will try to keep it short. The prior discussion on this set comes ... more
Berlioz: Symphonie Fantastique - Davis        (6 of 10 found this review helpful)
  Review by Luukas February 21, 2015

AT LAST! This is perhaps the best recording of Berlioz's nightmarish symphony and finally it is available on multi-channel SACD! The following text has taken from the booklet: "In the early 1970's, Philips Classics was already highly aware of the advantages offered by multi-channel music ... more
Blood, Sweat & Tears: Blood, Sweat & Tears        (2 of 2 found this review helpful)
  Review by feinstei February 21, 2015

The new issue sounds great, the stereo version sounds vastly superior to the first SACD issue that came out when SACD's first hit the market. Be forewarned, the multi-channel Quad version is extremely disappointing simply because the Quad master that this was taken from used the shortened, ... more
Chicago: The Chicago Transit Authority:        (4 of 7 found this review helpful)
  Review by Marpow February 21, 2015

Chicago: The Chicago Transit Authority: 2014 MOFI Release, Hybrid SACD Stereo Only. In a word, spectacular. My review is not to debate stereo vs multichannel. My previous versions where original LP, cassette, CD and Itunes file. Real Life: This album was so fantastic back in the day playing on ... more
Roxy Music: For Your Pleasure      (5 of 9 found this review helpful)
  Review by Bazzamatazz February 20, 2015

Firstly, I will say the obvious. Whoever seeks to purchase this SACD already knows this is one of THE great albums in rock. Period. Prior to this release I have only had the remaster from 1999. Before listening to this SACD I had played it through a few times to bed the disc in, as one seems to ... more
Blood, Sweat & Tears: Blood, Sweat & Tears        (1 of 1 found this review helpful)
  Review by Rhinojack February 19, 2015

Wow, this is it. I have the MOFI SACD in stereo and always wish for a multichannel version of this album. This certainly delivers. For me it was like listening to it for the first time. All the instruments are given a chance to step forward or backward if you will. This has moved into my show off ... more
Steven Wilson: Grace for Drowning      (2 of 3 found this review helpful)
  Review by wiggy57 February 19, 2015

I have only just found the music of Steven Wilson. I have, now several of his various DVD-A & Blu-Ray audio discs in the various guise's that he has. My favourite of all his albums is this one " Grace For Drowning", mainly for one track. Track 5 "Postcard", this has to be one of the most beautiful ... more
  Site review by Polly Nomial February 19, 2015

A superlative disc full of shocks for the unsuspecting listener that deserves to be known as widely as possible. The first shock is the treatment of Boccherini's String Quintet in C major, G. 324 "La Musica Notturna delle strade di Madrid": completely tonal and without a angular harmony in earshot, ... more
  Site review by Castor February 18, 2015

This coupling on the Linn label of two Russian works for strings from the excellent players of the eighteen strong Scottish Ensemble led by their current Artistic Director Jonathan Morton has much to recommend it. Tchaikovsky's Serenade for Strings has already received a considerable number of ... more
  Site review by Geohominid February 18, 2015

World famous Irish mezzo-soprano Dame Ann Murray retired from the Concert Hall in 2011, and now (2013) she brings her long list of Lieder recordings to an end by returning to the studio after a decade. She has compiled a fine farewell programme of her favourite Lieder for us, which is accompanied by ... more
Schubert: Schwanengesang - Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau      (10 of 13 found this review helpful)
  Review by fausto K February 17, 2015

It has repeatedly been claimed by some on this site that it's pointless to release analogue-tape era stereo music on SACD, remastered via DSD flat transfer, since all the content on those tapes could easily be contained on a redbook CD without loss. Buying the often not-cheap SACDs is just to fall ... more
  Site review by Castor February 17, 2015

The final volume in Alan Gilbert's traversal of the six Nielsen Symphonies, recorded in concert with the New York Philharmonic for the Dacapo label, arrives in good time for the 150th anniversary of the composer's birth (9th June 1865), and in every respect it matches the high standard already set ... more
Tears For Fears: The Hurting      (4 of 4 found this review helpful)
  Review by Rickko February 16, 2015

The Hurting was the auspicious debut album from Tears for Fears. This unusual release from 1983 dealt with subject matter emanating from the dark family histories of the Tears for Fears duo, Roland Orzabal and Curt Smith. Their traumatic childhood experiences are laid bare in the songs and quite ... more
  Site review by Polly Nomial February 16, 2015

This is, even by the standards already set in this cycle, a revelatory release from Brautigam, Willens (& Sampson). The balance between orchestra & soloist(s) is pitched to perfection so that details, impossible to hear in "concert balanced" recordings of modern instruments, delight the ear from ... more
  Site review by Castor February 16, 2015

This is a lovely disc consisting mostly of Mozart's lighter music for wind ensemble played here by six of the splendid wind soloists of the Scottish Chamber Orchestra. The exception is the magnificent Serenade in E flat K375 that, together with the Serenade in C minor K388 and the 'Gran Partita' ... more
  Site review by Geohominid February 15, 2015

Ole Kristian Ruud is well-known for his excellent cycle of Grieg's orchestral music issued by BIS. Not many listeners, however, are aware that from 2006 to 2012 he was the Director of the Staff Band of the Norwegian Armed Forces, establishing the band's reputation internationally. He has returned as ... more
  Site review by Polly Nomial February 14, 2015

Outstanding from beginning to end. Opening the disc is Tchaikovsky's first piano concerto but not as we normally hear it; Siloti's changes (most audible at the very opening and for extended passages in the third movement) are removed and change the character of the work. The use of arpeggiated ... more
Handel: Israel in Egypt - Speck        (1 of 2 found this review helpful)
  Review by Luukas February 13, 2015

This arrived in the morning. Packaging was very nice; this is like a three-page book which means that the booklet lies between two SACDs. I had already Kevin Mallon's performance with Arabian Ensemble (Naxos, 8.570966-67). It wasn't SACD only normal CD. So, this is my first SACD of this work and ... more
Blood, Sweat & Tears: Blood, Sweat & Tears        (2 of 3 found this review helpful)
  Review by old hippie February 13, 2015

I've loved this work of music since its initial release all those years ago. Although I give it 5 stars across the board (some due to sentimental reasons), I do have one big quibble. I don't know who (I suspect Gus Skinas since he did the DSD transfer) at Audio Fidelity decided to fade out the last ... more
Blood, Sweat & Tears: Blood, Sweat & Tears        (2 of 3 found this review helpful)
  Review by Marpow February 13, 2015

Blood, Sweat & Tears: Blood, Sweat & Tears. Hybrid SACD, stereo and multichannel. 2014 Audio Fidelity limited release. My # 2179. No one-liners please! How about, "this disc is absolutely fantastic" "best rock surround disc of 2015" "i can't stop listening to it". My dear friend rammiepie, loved ... more
  Site review by Geohominid February 13, 2015

A programme by "The Three Bs" - well, not exactly, as the classical Three Bs includes JS Bach, not Béla Bartók. Rather, in this case a trio of composers who were very instrumental in developing the string quartet idiom. This disc is the first recording of the young Schumann Quartett, consisting of ... more
  Site review by Castor February 12, 2015

The exciting choice of music for Wim van Hasselt's second SACD for Channel Classics – entitled 'Tintomara' – is even more eclectic in both its compositional periods and styles than his first . The virtuoso trumpeter is partnered here by Jörgen van Rijen, the principal trombonist of the Royal ... more
Lee Konitz: Jonquil        (3 of 3 found this review helpful)
  Review by Deribas February 10, 2015

A fascinating and now increasingly rare release, the kind I really wish we had more of: an original, hi-resolution multichannel jazz recording with a great acoustic and, more importantly, one of the towering giants of jazz to lead the proceedings. After looking for a while, I just obtained a copy, ... more
  Site review by Polly Nomial February 10, 2015

A lovely disc. Neatly comprising Schumann's string quartets, the Ying Quartet make a very good case for these works indeed. There is not a marking in the score that goes unobserved and the opening of the first quartet is certainly expressive before the allegro that must be close to the ideal, ... more
Ted Nugent: Ted Nugent        (2 of 3 found this review helpful)
  Review by analogue February 10, 2015

Thank you to the previous reviewer for giving me the heads up regarding this title. I can confirm that this sacd is one of the very best rock sacd titles I own. It really is awesome in virtually every way. I cant force anyone to buy music if they don't like the artist or group. I have many ... more
  Site review by Castor February 9, 2015

'Spirit of the American Range' is the title of the third 'themed' release on the PENTATONE label from Carlos Kalmar and the Oregon Symphony. The first two – 'Music for a Time of War' and 'This England' 4 – were outstanding not only for the quality of Kalmar's searching and idiomatic ... more
Mark Knopfler: Shangri-La        (2 of 3 found this review helpful)
  Review by Marpow February 8, 2015

Mark Knopfler: Shangri-La Hybrid stereo and multi channel disc. I have the added benefit of 10 reviews before me, ranging from 2004 to 2014. 97 of 101 recommend this disc. I like reading the old reviews as you get to read familiar and unfamiliar participants of SACD.net. Knopfler's 4th solo studio ... more
Grieg: Complete Symphonic Works Vol. 3 - Aadland        (4 of 4 found this review helpful)
  Review by madisonears February 7, 2015

This is perhaps the most realistic recording of a symphony orchestra I have ever heard. I was immediately struck by its vibrancy, accuracy, sense of space, tonality, dynamic range, and width and depth of soundstage. I have heard it in stereo and 5 channel surround. It is spectacular in either ... more
Beethoven: Complete Sonatas & Variations - Haimovitz, O'Riley        (4 of 5 found this review helpful)
  Review by steviev February 7, 2015

If forced to guess the performers' age based on playing style alone in Beethoven's early Opus 5 sonatas, I'd estimate early twenties, tops. Tempos are fleet, accents fierce, tonal beauty ever-yielding to passionate expression, breathless and impatient forward momentum always. In fact the performers ... more
Beethoven: Symphony No. 9 - Furtwängler        (4 of 4 found this review helpful)
  Review by mwgfrg February 7, 2015

I couldn't help myself, I had to compare the Audite and Tahra SACD versions of this historic performance. If you have one or the other, don't worry about replacing it, in terms of quality they're pretty much at the same level, which is superb. The Tahra seems to be mastered at a very slightly higher ... more
Deep Purple: Made in Japan      (5 of 6 found this review helpful)
  Review by Marpow February 7, 2015

Deep Purple: Made in Japan I am surprised to find no reviews for this incredibly awesome Blu Ray disc. Original recorded and released in 1972. Slash says" One of the most epic rock and roll albums ever recorded". I certainly agree and this Blu Ray is at the very top of my HFPA collection, a ... more
George Harrison: Live in Japan        (2 of 3 found this review helpful)
  Review by Marpow February 7, 2015

George Harrison: Live in Japan A 2 disc, Live recording, released in 1992, remastered/remixed and re released as this hybrid stereo/multi channel in 2004. There are 8 great reviews prior to this review. 5 reviews from 2004 and 3 from 2005. I clearly have the advantage in my review as having the ... more
  Site review by Geohominid February 7, 2015

Having released an excellent album of Carl Nielsen's Danish Folksongs ( ) Dacapo now turns to his Choir Songs. Nielsen wrote almost 300 songs, and apart for a few in classical format, the majority are simple popular songs, specifically for the Danish tradition of Community Singins. Paradoxily, the ... more
Sibelius: Symphonies Nos. 3 & 7 - Colin Davis          (2 of 2 found this review helpful)
  Review by Luukas February 6, 2015

I have about five recordings of these works. My own favorites are Paavo Berglund's interpretations with Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra (Warner Classics). This is Sir Colin Davis' third release from his late journey with Sibelius' Symphonies. London Symphony Orchestra is very powerful here, its ... more
Duke Ellington: Masterpieces by Ellington        (2 of 2 found this review helpful)
  Review by analogue February 6, 2015

If one owns the 2004 Sony cd and is a fan of this disc one could also conclude that any potential sacd release would be awesome. I purchased the new sacd and while I do like it I also was a little let down by this reissue. Its no ones fault unless you want to blame Dsd for the let down. Dsd is high ... more
Mahler: Symphony No. 6 - Inbal        (3 of 4 found this review helpful)
  Review by cherrell February 5, 2015

This is a very well put together Mahler 6. Rhythmically taught, strong when it needs to be, and very subtle at other times. I've always felt that most recordings of this work are very nostalgic, our hero seems to be looking back on battle past. This recording is very in the moment, and forward ... more
The Who: The Singles      (0 of 4 found this review helpful)
  Review by hefty.2007 February 5, 2015

This is a review on the newest SHM SACD Release date: 26.11.2014 Sound:stereo/mono *** SHM - Super High Material Listening to this single compilation there is no doubt it is the best audiophile version you can get of this songs. It includes recording from 1964 until 1982 Here is the complete ... more
Roxy Music: Avalon      (10 of 10 found this review helpful)
  Review by analogue February 5, 2015

1982/10 tracks/ 37 minutes I am a huge fan of the original sacd released a tad over a decade ago. This new Shm Sacd pressing is a great listen also. What made the original sacd so good was the remixing involved. Back in the day this release was a big deal.....a historic album getting the ... more
  Site review by Castor February 5, 2015

Edward Gardner's fine survey of the Mendelssohn Symphonies reaches its conclusion with this impressive performance of the Symphony No. 2 'Hymn of Praise' that, in order of composition, is the composer's penultimate symphony. As with the two earlier issues the coupling is a Mendelssohn Overture, in ... more
Steely Dan: Aja      (9 of 9 found this review helpful)
  Review by fausto K February 4, 2015

I have been listening to this version of Aja since it was released in 2010, and so far hesitated writing something about it here. But the many contradicting reviews posted here made me decide to put my two cents worth in, and it goes without saying, this review remains wholly my subjective point of ... more
Beethoven: String Quartets - Tokyo Quartet        (9 of 9 found this review helpful)
  Review by krisjan February 4, 2015

Over the years, I’ve had an admiration for the Tokyo String Quartet that never quite extended to love. I’ve listened to their recordings (through various iterations of first violinists and cellists) and have consistently found them to lack some degree of fire and excitement when called for by the ... more
Wynton Kelly: Kelly Blue        (1 of 2 found this review helpful)
  Review by mlgrado February 3, 2015

Don't listen to Claude. This is a fine sounding high resolution analog to DSD recording. Natural, spacious tones, good imaging. Most of all, no CD 'digititis' due to brick-wall filtering. Just a fine all around, enjoyable presentation.
  Site review by Geohominid February 3, 2015

Concert pianist Johann Blanchard recently made a Summer visit to his family in France to work on new repertoire. His father, also a concert pianist, had inherited many scores from a pianist by the name of Wilfred Maggiar. The documents turned up in a nearby cousin's garage and Blanchard began ... more
John Pizzarelli: Live at Birdland          (0 of 2 found this review helpful)
  Review by mlgrado February 2, 2015

DSD-wide recording here. I suppose this still counts as 'pure' DSD. Telarc seems to think so. The sound here has the typical DSD-wide 'veil'. Indeed I admit, DSD-wide sounds much closer to pure DSD than processing in DXD/PCM. Nevertheless, there is a notable loss in detail, and this is reflected in ... more
Steely Dan: Aja      (2 of 6 found this review helpful)
  Review by roadster-s February 1, 2015

What a disappointment, although I clearly heard improvement over 7-10 ''burn-in'' plays, it doesn't even match the regular version I own. Sound is totally veiled on this SACD version, thin, lifeless.
Duke Ellington: Masterpieces by Ellington        (6 of 6 found this review helpful)
  Review by Audio Ed February 1, 2015

WOW!!! This sounds just great. It is in mono but one would never know it. The soundstage is very distinct. Yes it is a 1950 recording, yes I would have no trouble believing someone if they said it was recorded in the 60's, it really does sound that good. It is not a demo disc in terms of showing off ... more
Rush: Fly by Night      (4 of 5 found this review helpful)
  Review by Marpow February 1, 2015

Rush: Fly by Night BD~A Stereo and 5.1 Surround Performance: Not my favorite Rush disc but I have to admit this performance comes to life on this HFPA. Lee's vocals are still at there highest as he still has youth in his vocal chords, Leifson is always good and Peart well again nothing to say as ... more
Rolling Stones: Let it Bleed      (3 of 6 found this review helpful)
  Review by Marpow February 1, 2015

Rolling Stones: Let It Bleed Blu Ray Stereo Only My other version that I compared this BD~A is the Serial #UIGY 9021 Cardboard Sleeve Mini LP SHM SACD, released June 30th 2010. Performance: Of course an iconic Stones performance and I am certainly not going to add anything that you don't already ... more
  Site review by Polly Nomial January 31, 2015

I must agree with Geo's review - this is an excellent disc and very poignant given all the many commemorative events currently taking place. The Two English Idylls (1911) of Butterworth that open this programme of music are delivered with real style that would lead listeners to (wrongly) assume the ... more
  Site review by Geohominid January 31, 2015

A lovely, lovely recording. Despite its unusually short Total Time of only 49:17 it will bring serenity and joy in equal measure to any listener of the Norwegian female 'a cappella' Ensemble Ylajali. I haven't heard them before and am very impressed. They number 10 Sopranos and 12 Altos, with some ... more
Faure: Requiem, Cantique de Jean Racine, Messe Basse - Cleobury        (3 of 5 found this review helpful)
  Review by Luukas January 31, 2015

This is my first SACD of this work. I was impressed when I heard this at the first time. These performances are recorded at Kings College Chapel, Cambridge. Its glorious acoustics really works with these works. It brings its own natural addition to music. Cleobury has long relationship with Kings ... more
  Review by fausto K January 30, 2015

Shostakovich's last two string quartets, written at short intervals, with the 15th written a year and a half before he died, are clearly also late works in the aesthetic sense; they might not be as radically modernist as his 12th, but they are challenging works nonetheless, both thematically as well ... more
Pink Floyd - The Endless River      (2 of 2 found this review helpful)
  Review by Catchgroove January 29, 2015

As inconsequential as this release is – mere extra material from 1993’s Division Bell sessions – I love this album and it made my best of 2014 list (http://catchgroove.com/2014/12/22/catchgrooves-best-of-2014-music/). Division Bell and the live follow-up Pulse have a special place in my heart. I ... more
Aho - Works for Solo Piano - Fräki        (2 of 11 found this review helpful)
  Review by Luukas January 29, 2015

If you don't know Kalevi Aho's (born 1949) compositions, this SACD - which contains his music for solo piano - is excellent introduction to you. Sonja Fräki is wonderful pianist! These works are recorded in the presence of the composer, and Fräki follows Aho's wishes closely. Piano Sonata is ... more
Contrasts, Works for Organ - Vuola        (2 of 2 found this review helpful)
  Review by Lute January 28, 2015

I was curious about the 2 "modern" passacaglias on this disk. And, with some meisterwerke of Buxtehude and J.S. Bach thrown in with the deal, how could I resist! Kari Vuola gives fine accounts of the justly famous Preludes of Buxtehude and Bach. His playing is not as intense or flamboyant as some, ... more
  Site review by Geohominid January 28, 2015

This disc could be a tribute to Sir Malcolm Arnold (1921-2006), an English composer of exhilarating music in most of its forms. His output included including 132 film scores, nine symphonies, seven ballets, two operas, 20 concertos, a considerable quantity of chamber music and various works for wind ... more
Shostakovich: Symphonies Nos. 1 & 6 - Jurowski          (4 of 6 found this review helpful)
  Review by Luukas January 27, 2015

These interpretations are excellent examples of charismatic conducting. Shostakovich's First Symphony is powerful here. Sixth is also very good. Russian National Orchestra shines. PentaTone's outstanding recording crowns this disc. Magnificent!
Bruch, Chausson, Korngold: Violin Concertos - Steinbacher        (3 of 5 found this review helpful)
  Review by mlgrado January 26, 2015

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      (3 of 3 found this review helpful)
  Review by Rickko January 26, 2015

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 January 26, 2015

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 3 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 5 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 8 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        (5 of 6 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      (8 of 9 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        (5 of 7 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 2 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 5 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)        (3 of 3 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        (3 of 5 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 12 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.

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