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John Lennon, Yoko Ono: Double Fantasy       (0 of 2 found this review helpful)
  Review by Marpow Today 04:35 pm

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 2 found this review helpful)
  Review by Marpow Today 02:34 pm

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      (1 of 3 found this review helpful)
  Review by Marpow Today 01:45 pm

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 Today 12:52 pm

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        (3 of 3 found this review helpful)
  Review by aubullience Today 12:08 pm

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 2 found this review helpful)
  Review by Marpow Today 08:03 am

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      (2 of 4 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      (3 of 3 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        (1 of 1 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        (3 of 3 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 3 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      (1 of 2 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
Steely Dan: Aja      (2 of 5 found this review helpful)
  Review by Marpow December 14, 2014

Steely Dan: Aja 2014 SHM SACD Re Issue Stereo Only. Steely Dan's 6th album released in 1977. Number 145 on Rolling Stones 500 list. The DR rating for the original SHM SACD 2010 disc is DR 13, the MOFI 1988 release has a DR of 15, not sure if the difference could be heard, at least by me. All ... more
  Site review by Geohominid December 14, 2014

The success of RCO Live's first disc featuring RCO's brilliant brass players () gathered requests for a follow-up, and here it is, complete with the punning title "Brass Too", as not all the pieces were initially composed for brass. The programme is as adventurous as that of the first disc, and was ... more
Rolling Stones: Their Satanic Majesties Request      (2 of 3 found this review helpful)
  Review by Marpow December 14, 2014

Rolling Stones: Their Satanic Majesties Request SHM SACD 2014 Japanese Re Release Stereo Being an average but dedicated Stones fan my whole life, this disc is the one I played most often as a kid, locked in my room and trying to escape the realities of being 12 years old. The original gate fold ... more
Ornette Coleman: The Shape of Jazz to Come        (1 of 1 found this review helpful)
  Review by aubullience December 14, 2014

There's not much I can add to the fabulous review above except to second its impressions. This is a stellar SACD release, both in regard to the choice of music- a long-awaited classic for this format- and the quality of its audio presentation. The hi-res/DSD format allows the timbre of the ... more
  Site review by Castor December 14, 2014

Nareh Arghamanyan's first recording for PENTATONE of solo piano works by Rachmaninov showed her to be an artist of surprising maturity who combines musical acuity with a prodigious technique. Her follow-up disc of the Liszt Piano Concertos confirmed one's favourable opinion of her potential in ... more
Khachaturian, Prokofiev: Piano Concertos - Arghamanyan, Altinoglu        (2 of 7 found this review helpful)
  Review by Sniffer December 13, 2014

This is beautiful music. The Prokofiev section is particularly passionate. Recording quality is excellent, multi channel format well executed, and the performers rise to the occasion. An excellent addition to your collection.
  Site review by Polly Nomial December 13, 2014

A (rightly) feted account from Furtwangler shortly before his (relatively) early death. Compared to the likes of (in alphabetical order) , & , this is an entirely different conception for the first three movements. The first movement is between 3 minutes (Haitink) & 5 minutes (Jarvi) slower in ... more
The Grateful Dead: American Beauty        (3 of 3 found this review helpful)
  Review by aubullience December 12, 2014

I'll strongly second the recommendation for this disc. Having long owned the dvd-a of this album that Micky Hart mixed (though admittedly only having heard its stereo presentation), I wondered how much better the Mofi disc would be. The answer, in my opinion: much, much better. While lacking some of ... more
Rolling Stones: Dirty Work      (2 of 2 found this review helpful)
  Review by Rickko December 12, 2014

This review is for the second pressing (November-26-2014) UIGY-9585 SHM SACD . Dirty Work, released in 1986, was originally characterized by many music critics as an average effort by the Rolling Stones. Well, from my perspective, critics in general should always be met with skepticism as to their ... more
The Grateful Dead: American Beauty        (4 of 4 found this review helpful)
  Review by tdunster December 12, 2014

The HDCD version of this album is somewhat compressed but sounds far better than it's DR Database scores would indicate. For that reason I held out on buying this sacd because I thought any improvements would be minimal at best. Thankfully, I was wrong. This disc is far better than the HDCD and ... more
The Doors: Strange Days        (0 of 2 found this review helpful)
  Review by tdunster December 12, 2014

This is a wonderful disc and without doubt a step above the original CD and the remixed CD versions. Very clean, excellent soundstage and a very balanced / flat transfer as far as I can tell. I listed to this in 2ch only.
The Doors        (1 of 2 found this review helpful)
  Review by tdunster December 12, 2014

Perhaps one of the greatest debut albums of all time. Unfortunately, the sound quality of this disc is woeful. I prefer the sound of the original CD and the remix CD over this one - and by a good margin as well. Analogue's review pretty much says it all
  Site review by Castor December 12, 2014

The photograph of a smiling Ivan Fisher presented on the cover of this S ACD suggests a knowing prescience of the glorious performances of the three Brahms works that are recorded on this disc. This is the second release in Ivan Fischer's gradually emerging cycle of the Brahms Symphonies with his ... more
Mahler: Symphony No. 9 - Bernstein        (6 of 6 found this review helpful)
  Review by acousticsguru December 11, 2014

I only have the DG Originals redbook CD to compare to, compared to which the improvement in sound quality is nothing short of astonishing. If I had anything negative to say about Esoteric releases in general (apart from availability and price, not to mention the selection), then that I've sometimes ... more
John Pizzarelli: Live at Birdland          (0 of 3 found this review helpful)
  Review by YU-SUAN LIN December 10, 2014

I constantly hear the "clicking" sound on left channel, it's kind of annoying, anyone knows what is that?
  Site review by Geohominid December 10, 2014

Christoph Prégardien and Challenger Classics have been major suppliers of superb Lieder recordings in SA-CD, and recently Julian Prégardien joined the family, as it were, with his own highly rated solo song disc for Myriosmusik (). It was inevitable that father and son would make recordings ... more
Hall & Oates: Private Eyes        (4 of 5 found this review helpful)
  Review by downunderman December 9, 2014

For Starters this is a excellent transfer from Rob Loverde at Mofi. Love it or hate it this has that classic 80's pop production. The recording was cleaned and buffed to within an inch of it's life back when it was recorded. If you like your music with an organic presentation look elsewhere. There ... more
Berlioz: Symphonie Fantastique - Gergiev         (2 of 3 found this review helpful)
  Review by Luukas December 9, 2014

This jewel case set contains two versions of the same performance: Disc 1 is Pure Blu-ray Audio disc and Disc 2 is normal 5.1 SACD. It is interesting that this is LSO Live label's first Blu-ray Audio release, and the results are truly breathtaking. Why they have to release only two concerts from ... more
Rolling Stones: Tattoo You      (4 of 6 found this review helpful)
  Review by Marpow December 7, 2014

Rolling Stones: Tattoo You SHM SACD Re release 11-26-2014 Stereo Funny, I remember buying this 1981 CD for the first in the 90's. Had been to enough football games that I wanted to own the disc with Start Me Up. I was amazed at my reaction, omg, I know all these songs from the radio. I am guessing ... more
Rolling Stones: Sticky Fingers      (2 of 4 found this review helpful)
  Review by Marpow December 7, 2014

Rolling Stones: Sticky Fingers SHM SACD, Re release, 11-26-2014 UIGY 9579 Stereo Only. I might be considerably knowledgeable on The Rolling Stones but certainly no expert on previous recordings. I have only previously owned original (zipper) album and original CD. They are long gone so I am on my ... more
Creedence Clearwater Revival: Absolute Originals        (3 of 4 found this review helpful)
  Review by Marpow December 7, 2014

Creedence Clearwater Revival: Absolute Originals Hybrid SACD Box Set My box set is #952 of 2500. Individual remastered discs where done in 2002 and 2003. Each discs liner notes where written in 2000. Box set released in 2004. Same box set available in LP format. My review is based on fact the ... more
  Site review by Geohominid December 7, 2014

Most of us have not thought of the Silk Road since history lessons at school. British composer Douglas Bostock has a reputation for assembling little-known music for his programmes, and with Coviello he has produced an interesting production which provides a lucid summary of the history of the ... more
Skjelbred: Waves & Interruptions - Raude      (2 of 2 found this review helpful)
  Review by JJ December 6, 2014

Here is a Pure Audio Blu-ray that is both surprising and admirable. Surprising for the mix of instruments used, such as percussion, viola, flutes and guitar. Admirable because the compositions by Bjorn Bolstad Skjelbred, born in 1970, are inspired and cannot leave one indifferent in the field of ... more
Bach: Double & Triple Concertos - Podger          (2 of 4 found this review helpful)
  Review by JJ December 6, 2014

The English violinist Rachel Podger here offers stunning testimony of her love of Bach’s music, a kind of discographic pinnacle, if such a thing could exist. “For the second recording by Brecon Baroque, we have chosen to continue with a Bach program, this time composed of double and triple concertos ... more
Beethoven: String Quartets - Tokyo Quartet        (3 of 8 found this review helpful)
  Review by JJ December 6, 2014

When Beethoven took on the genre of the string quartet, he did so with spiritual depth, as emphasizes François-René Tranchefort: “In confronting this genre and shaping it by approach, research and by successive solutions, Beethoven engaged in the most open and decisive battle against conventions. He ... more
  Review by JJ December 6, 2014

More than a re-edition, this new DSD remastering based on the master tapes is ear-opening vis-à-vis the recorded works. A new sound dimension is offered us as we rediscover these famous scores of “Don Juan,” “Death and Transfiguration,” and “Till Eulenspiegel's Merry Pranks” by Richard Strauss in an ... more
Mozart: Requiem - Suzuki        (2 of 3 found this review helpful)
  Review by JJ December 6, 2014

What a surprise! What a revelation! Mozart’s Requiem under the baton and according to Masaaki Suzuki is a musical experience that will haunt one’s spirit for a long time to come. Totally inspired and delivered with both depth and lightness, the great work by the Salzburg master is reborn in a new ... more
Creedence Clearwater Revival: Bayou Country      (1 of 3 found this review helpful)
  Review by analogue December 6, 2014

This out of print shm sacd was purchased from China and the price was right. Not the steep 300 bucks some vendors want for these discs. As an album its decent. Not as great as others I suppose. Two classic hits. Some fans feel the band rambled on and on.......... certain tracks are to long on some ... more
Tomomi Kohno: Prayer        
  Review by analogue December 6, 2014

Unfortunately , as of late good acoustic guitar sacds are not represented very much. Especially if you like pure dsd recordings. This is one of them. Ms. Kohno is a talented guitarist and on this release she covers some of the material that others have recorded like Back and of course Stanley ... more
Legends get it on!        (0 of 1 found this review helpful)
  Review by tdunster December 6, 2014

Spirit in the Sky, Get it On, Schools Out, China Grove, Hot Blooded, and Can't Get Enough of your Love make this disc well worth owning. Some of the tracks like Wild Thing I can take or leave but the ones mentioned previously are more than enough to make this a disc worth owning
Legends crank it up!       
  Review by tdunster December 6, 2014

Well worth the price of admission as far as compilation discs go. I'd say that in the grand scheme of things this ones of better than average sound quality. Agree with Analogues assessment of Nights in White Satin - but the rest of the disc I was very impressed by. Back on the Chain Gang, Feels ... more
Tears for Fears: Songs from the Big Chair      (3 of 3 found this review helpful)
  Review by Rickko December 5, 2014

For years this great album, Songs from the Big Chair, seemed overdue for a high resolution mix. It certainly had the 'big production' qualities that often prove ideal for conversion. However, the years passed by with some remastered versions but no apparent attempt (except for the excellent MFSL ... more
Bob Dylan: New Morning        (3 of 3 found this review helpful)
  Review by downunderman December 5, 2014

I feel a bit like Mr Jones when contemplating this.... The first point to note is that this IS NOT labelled as an 'Original Master Recording'. When the first run of Dylan SACD's were done all those years ago this title was not one of them and it now looks like there was a technical reason for this. ... more
Rolling Stones: Some Girls      (3 of 4 found this review helpful)
  Review by analogue December 5, 2014

This review is of the Shm Sacd REISSUE of this classic stones album. Unlike most reviewers I have problems with the sound of these reissues from Universal Japan. I own many Stones Shm sacds and thankfully none of them sound anything like this one. In fact......of the many. many shm sacd;s I do own ... more
Legends crank it up!         (1 of 2 found this review helpful)
  Review by analogue December 5, 2014

An interesting sacd releases of classic rock cuts from the past. Time has not been kind to some of these tracks altho7gh a good portion of the songs still have merit and have passed the test of time. As to the tape sources here........its time life after all so I cant guarantee the authenticity of ... more
Blood, Sweat & Tears: Child Is Father To The Man        (3 of 3 found this review helpful)
  Review by analogue December 4, 2014

I took solace in listening to this disc as it helped me get over some bad Shm sacd sound I was hearing. This is a stereo review. Im am sure the lovers of multi channel are very happy. This music would translate very well on that set up. I admit I am a fan of the next album far more than this one but ... more
Café Bleu: The Style Council      (2 of 4 found this review helpful)
  Review by analogue December 4, 2014

This is one of five new Shm SACDS I HAVE PURCHASED of titles that were out of print. Of the five I did buy and listen to multiple times this one sounds better in one way but worse in another. Musically I was not aware of this band and decided to take a chance. I would say that stylistically they ... more
Mahler: Symphony No. 9 (arr.Klaus Simon) - Gale        (6 of 6 found this review helpful)
  Review by undertone December 2, 2014

Q: Not another recording of the Mahler 9th? A: Not just another recording of the Mahler 9th. The SACD catalog already contains at least 20 different discs of Gustav Mahler's last completed symphony, ranging from LP-era Barbirolli and Bernstein to new state-of-the-art MCH recordings. Dozens more ... more
Rolling Stones: Goats Head Soup      (3 of 5 found this review helpful)
  Review by analogue December 2, 2014

I was extremely let down by this Shm Sacd reissue. I will get to the reason shortly. I was, like most fans of Shm Sacd;s extremely happy when a reissue program was announced of the first wave of these awesome discs. There were several titles I simply could not get at the time. I ordered five rock ... more
Tears for Fears: Songs from the Big Chair      (2 of 6 found this review helpful)
  Review by Rhinojack December 1, 2014

This album is such a complex masterpiece it would be a sin NOT to have mixed it for 5.1 sound. I ordered my copy from Amazon Germany and was hesitant to do so because I also own the Japanese SHM-SACD as well. With that being said I am getting tired of repeated buying. But, like I stated, I just had ... more
  Site review by Geohominid December 1, 2014

The first recording from Eudora, a new Spanish label dedicated to highest standards in terms of sound quality, musicology and design, was indeed hailed as extraordinary (see ). They will only be issuing a few discs a year, so I was waiting to see if there was to be another splendid effort next in ... more
Rolling Stones: Some Girls      (1 of 4 found this review helpful)
  Review by Marpow November 30, 2014

Rolling Stones: Some Girls SHM SACD Japanese Reissue November 2014 Stereo This 2014 release UIGY 9585. In 2012 it was released by Universal Music Enterprises in a Japanese only SHM-SACD version. Originally a 1978 release. The earlier RBCD issues have a better DR score this this at DR 11. I ... more
Cream: Wheels of Fire      (1 of 3 found this review helpful)
  Review by Marpow November 30, 2014

Cream: Wheels of Fire SHM SACD 2010 Japanese Stereo Serial # UIGY-9600 I saw Cream once, Madison Square Gardens when they reunited for there London and NY shows. This will be my third and final Cream SHM SACD purchase after Disraeli Gears and Goodbye. Happy to say this disc has best sonics of the ... more
Pink Floyd - The Endless River      (4 of 5 found this review helpful)
  Review by Rickko November 29, 2014

The Endless River has the sonic signature of Pink Floyd. The Blu-ray version is nothing less than a auditory marvel in 5.1 surround sound. However, since this is a new album based on several unreleased tracks (mostly unfinished) of the Division Bell sessions from twenty some years ago, the ... more
Rush: Counterparts        (2 of 6 found this review helpful)
  Review by Marpow November 29, 2014

Rush: Counterparts Hybrid SACD Stereo 2012 Limited Numbered Edition. My number 0924. I have seen Rush 2 times Shoreline Amphitheater. This reissue of the original 1993 has the best DR rating of the 5 versions, a DR of 12 which is pretty good whereas the 1993's DR is only a 9, same as HDTracks, a ... more
Miles Davis Quintet: Cookin' with the Miles Davis Quintet      (2 of 3 found this review helpful)
  Review by Marpow November 29, 2014

Miles Davis Quintet: Cookin' with the Miles Davis Quintet 2014 Reissue MONO SHM SACD Universal (Japan)UCGO-9045 Not to be confused with Analogue Productions CPRJ 7094 SA This disc got one perfect review: My wife was upstairs and yelled down, is that one of those Hi, HD, whatever CD's, YES, it ... more
George Benson: Breezin'         (0 of 3 found this review helpful)
  Review by Jassman November 29, 2014

I guest I will be the odd ball on this review. I played this cd in stereo and it was awful sounding. So I'm going to listen to it again and will amend this review if it was my system or a faulty cd
Dave Brubeck Quartet: Time Out        (2 of 2 found this review helpful)
  Review by Darkness November 28, 2014

I had the original Sony disk and though the world of it. Little did I know that Analogue Productions would release this? I’ve been so pleased with the other Analogue Productions releases, I had to have this great Jazz album in the best possible sound. They improved on this in every way, more ... more
Prokofiev: Symphonies 1 "Classical" & 2, Dreams - Alsop      (5 of 5 found this review helpful)
  Review by steviev November 27, 2014

Tempos in the tricky Symphony 1 are lickety-split, 13'47" total, which seems to be the norm for this symphony. I prefer conductors who slow down and give the woodwinds a bit more time to characterize their solos, but apparently I'm in the minority. The Sao Paolo SO ably hammers out all the notes ... more
Bryan Adams: Reckless      (6 of 7 found this review helpful)
  Review by Marpow November 27, 2014

Bryan Adams: Reckless 2014 Blu Ray Audio Remaster All you need to know is I cranked the volume on the 5.1 mix of "Somebody" and the neighbors all came out into the street and started to dance. I know this disc all to well and have seen Bryan once at the Cow Palace sometime in the ... more
Bryan Adams: Reckless      (3 of 4 found this review helpful)
  Review by Discspinner November 27, 2014

The sound in multichannel and stereo is very good. MCH bass is a tad light but from midrange and higher it's great. It's not an aggressive mix with the rear channels proving a nice fill to the mostly frontal emphasis. Stereo seems to have better bass. Both versions provide great clarity. I ... more
  Site review by Geohominid November 27, 2014

Here is an intriguing disc of what might loosely be called fusion music, recorded live early in 2010 at Oslo's Rockefeller Concert Hall by the Norwegian Radio Orchestra. The Rockefeller is a music and entertainment complex in down-town Oslo, including Rockefeller Music Hall (capacity: 1350). The ... more
  Site review by Polly Nomial November 26, 2014

A sad outing of a treasured classic of the gramophone era. Musically, this is still one of the library choices for this delightful opera: Joan Sutherland arguably upstages everyone else in this set & Pavarotti wears his role with graceful ease. The contributions of Cossa, Malas & Casula are of a ... more
Yes: Relayer      (1 of 4 found this review helpful)
  Review by wolffman3 November 25, 2014

Marpow i am with you enjoyed your review, i have their last 2 remasters, the Yes Album and Close To The Edge which similar, sound amazing, i must admit i wasn't a huge fan of Relayer but to have it, in all its glory is excellent, once again Steve Wilson has done a great job in bringing Yes to the ... more
Chopin: Piano concerto No. 1 - Nebolsin, Wit      (1 of 8 found this review helpful)
  Review by Luukas November 25, 2014

I haven't heard Naxos's Blu-ray Audio version, but I have both CDs of Nebolsin's Chopin Series. This is the first recording which uses Polish New Chopin Edition. There are some different things than usual. It is interesting addition, but I hoped that they used normal editions (for example ... more
  Review by Audio Ed November 21, 2014

This disc consist of music being played by 17th Century period string instruments and the singing of 2 sopranos. The performances are very good and the sounds quality is excellent. This type of music is not what I usually listen to though I do enjoy period instruments. The voices are quite good but ... more
Mike Bloomfield-Al Kooper-Steve Stills: Super Session        (3 of 4 found this review helpful)
  Review by Marpow November 21, 2014

Mike Bloomfield-Al Kooper-Steve Stills: Super Session Hybrid SACD Multichannel 2014 I first heard this album in 1968 as it was getting heavy radio play KMPX and KSAN underground radio in San Francisco. My whole life I have had a strong connection to this music. Bloomfield was a big star in the SF ... more
Jeff Buckley: Grace        (5 of 6 found this review helpful)
  Review by Audio Ed November 21, 2014

ORG does such a great job with their SACD releases. If you like Jeff Buckley's Grace, you will want this release. The bottom here is full and deep, just like you want it, no mud. The vocals are up front and rich. Everything is balanced and clear. I bought the previous ORG SACDs and was so glad when ... more
Los Lobos: By The Light Of The Moon        (1 of 1 found this review helpful)
  Review by progboy November 21, 2014

Los Lobos - By The Light Of The Moon (SACD) "By the light of the moon" was the fifth album by the mighty Los Lobos and is another fantastic one! David Hidalgo and Cesar Rosas are another crazy combo who seem to feed off each other and continuously write and record great songs. Of course their ... more
Earth, Wind & Fire: All 'n All      (2 of 2 found this review helpful)
  Review by mlgrado November 21, 2014

Of my 1000 plus SACD's, this one is top 10 and is there to stay! Delightful music, and I will echo that this is extremely well recorded. A fine example of the pinnacle of analog recording. Which may have been the pinnacle of recorded sound, period... analog recording, that is. One of the best uses ... more
Led Zeppelin: Celebration Day       (1 of 4 found this review helpful)
  Review by Lost in the Music November 21, 2014

COMPLETE WASTE OF MONEY. Totally agree with fredblue What an absolute load of rubbish this release is.
Mahler: Symphony No. 2 - Mehta      (1 of 2 found this review helpful)
  Review by Luukas November 21, 2014

This is classic interpretation of Mahler's huge Second Symphony "Resurrection". The CD version got many acclaimed awards, and now Decca releases this on Blu-ray Audio. The results are breathtaking: Blu-ray adds more perspective to Mahler's masterful orchestration, and specially the off-stage bands ... more
Ray Brown/John Clayton/Christian McBride: SuperBass 2          (0 of 5 found this review helpful)
  Review by mknappe November 20, 2014

To the above poster - which D/A chip full supports unmodified 1-bit DSD output direct from the stream (no intermediate processing within the chip)?
Ray Brown/John Clayton/Christian McBride: SuperBass 2          (0 of 3 found this review helpful)
  Review by mlgrado November 20, 2014

Amazing performances. Amazing sonics. This is an early DSD recording, but that isn't necessarily a bad thing at all. It is pure DSD, recorded live and sounds amazing as it typical of these Telarc releases. Amazing, unadulterated Direct Stream Digital. Releases like this demonstrate how special DSD ... more
Mozart: Violin Sonatas, 1781 - Manze/Egarr        (0 of 8 found this review helpful)
  Review by mlgrado November 19, 2014

'recorded, edited and mastered in DSD'. The title entry needs to be edited to reflect this.
10cc: The Original Soundtrack      (1 of 1 found this review helpful)
  Review by Rickko November 19, 2014

Although The Original Soundtrack was originally released in 1975, it was a recording made with excellent production values. The album was so well recorded that it made an ideal candidate for SACD. The result is nothing short of phenomenal for this Japanese SHM SACD release that indicates in the ... more
Steven Wilson: The Raven That Refused To Sing (And Other Stories)      (2 of 3 found this review helpful)
  Review by Marpow November 19, 2014

Steven Wilson: The Raven That Refused To Sing (And Other Stories) Blu Ray Disc 2013 As I expand my knowledge into the world of Steven Wilson I continue to not be dissapointed. Performance: This is a disc that I really like because of it's melancholy feel. Deep and spacey. The musicians are ... more
Blood, Sweat & Tears: Child Is Father To The Man        (2 of 5 found this review helpful)
  Review by Marpow November 19, 2014

Blood, Sweat & Tears: Child Is Father To The Man, Hybrid Multichannel SACD 2014 After receiving positive reviews from my friend rammiepie I made purchase. I share some of his enthusiasm but not all. My disc # is 1407. Pet Sounds in 66, Sgt Peppers in 67, and this disc, Child is Father to Man in ... more
Grand Chopin, Works for Piano and Orchestra - Mertanen, Telaranta        (0 of 1 found this review helpful)
  Review by Luukas November 18, 2014

Excellent performances from Mertanen! Alba label's multi-channel recording is perfect. It captured concert hall's acoustic naturally. Brilliant!
  Site review by Geohominid November 18, 2014

Considerable thought seems to have gone into this recording, and its attractively designed cover picture has more than superficial relevance to the music and its originators. Wilhelm Schnarrenberger (1892-1966) painted the original of the desolate "Winter Landscape in the Black Forest" in 1941 at ... more
Shostakovich: Symphonies No. 1 & 15 - Wigglesworth        (1 of 2 found this review helpful)
  Review by Luukas November 18, 2014

Now it is done: this is the last release of Mark Wigglesworth's critically acclaimed Shostakovich series for BIS. First Symphony is released before with Second and Third Symphonies. There are many Shostakovich cycles on market, but Wigglesworth gives his own chamber-like touching for these ... more
Counting Crows: August and Everything After        (0 of 1 found this review helpful)
  Review by ErikEErik November 17, 2014

This album has aged fairly well, at least compared to later Counting Crows albums. There are more 'dream' and 'sleep' images on this album than I remembered, and they really hit those images hard on their next album, which is why I think "Satellites" sounds so badly today. This album is a bit more ... more
Carpenters: The Singles 1969-1981        (1 of 2 found this review helpful)
  Review by Rhinojack November 17, 2014

Top notch, but that's what to expect from Richard Carpenter. This is so clear that you can even hear Karen's breath inhalations as she sings. The multichannel mix is worthy of showcasing. The music,...timeless. I paid about $80.00 for my copy and I don't regret it at all.
Dances with Wolves - Soundtrack      (2 of 2 found this review helpful)
  Review by Rhinojack November 17, 2014

I was hoping that his would really be something, but for the life of me I couldn't tell much difference between the Redbook CD and the SACD. Since both are stereo only recordings if anything the SACD is slightly more clear and cleaner sounding but it may even be my imagination. Would love to hear ... more
Yes: Relayer      (4 of 5 found this review helpful)
  Review by Marpow November 16, 2014

Yes Relayer (2 Disc) Blu-Ray Audio + CD 2014 Yes's 6th LP originally released in 1974 and Steven Wilson's and company 3rd reissue 5.1 disc set released 2014, one released in 2013. Performance: No radio hits on this disc but a very enjoyable performance with deep meaning regarding war and life. ... more
Strauss: Also Sprach Zarathustra - Karajan      (2 of 9 found this review helpful)
  Review by Luukas November 16, 2014

Somebody thinks that this is a classic, but I don't like this. The recording - which was made in the church - isn't good. I cannot heard clearly the orchestration's details. It is a pity. If you want Karajan, I recommend Karajan's second performance (1980s) with Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra. It ... more
Allman Brothers Band: Eat a Peach        (2 of 3 found this review helpful)
  Review by Marpow November 15, 2014

The Allman Brothers Band - Eat A Peach Hybrid multi channel SACD 2004 Oh My. This multi channel disc, originally released as a 2 disc stereo LP in 1972, will be a reference disc for showing off multi channel to friends and family and ranks up there in the top 5 of MCH. At the very least the # 1 MCH ... more
Bill Withers: Live at Carnegie Hall        (4 of 5 found this review helpful)
  Review by Marpow November 15, 2014

Bill Withers - Live At Carnegie Hall Hybrid SACD 2014 This is a 1973 live recording reissued by Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab in 2014. My limited addition number is 01148. Mastered by Shawn R. Britton, MOFI, Sebastopol, CA. I am not a big R&B person but this recording is now in my top 10 of live ... more
Mozart: Requiem - Suzuki        (3 of 7 found this review helpful)
  Review by Luukas November 14, 2014

We have many reconstructions of Mozart's Requiem. Masato Suzuki's arrangement is one of the most interesting modern versions. There are also Amen fuga, which often deleted from performances. Suzuki is well-known about his magnificent Bach interpretations. Bach Collegium Japan is also very good in ... more

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