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Bartok: Concerto for Orchestra, etc. - Solti      (2 of 7 found this review helpful)
  Review by Digitalman December 5, 2012

What a kind of sacd !!! If you love Bartòk and his "Concerto for Orchestra" ... you really need to get this sacd !! My five stars for sound engineer Kenneth Wilkinson: incredible masterpiece !!!
Stravinsky: Le Sacre du printemps, L'Oiseau de Feu - Stravinsky      (2 of 7 found this review helpful)
  Review by Digitalman December 5, 2012

The best "Sacre du Printemps" that I have ever heard. This absolute wonderful sacd is a John McClure's technical masterpiece too !!!
Elton John: Tumbleweed Connection        (0 of 1 found this review helpful)
  Review by tdunster December 3, 2012

This sacd sounds wonderful and given how cheap it can be bought there really is no excuse not to own it. I own three CD versions of this but it's unlikely they will ever be played again. Highly recommended.
The Who: Tommy      (1 of 1 found this review helpful)
  Review by tdunster December 3, 2012

This will be the last version of Tommy you will ever need to buy. Analogues review above is right on the money and I can only endorse his and others enthusiasm for this wonderful disc. Highly Recommended.
  Review by Espen R December 3, 2012

For me, the past two reviews of this album is very strange. And I will explain why. I have the original CD edition of "Different Light". And my reference for Different Light is also the original LP that I have listened to several times. I can say that the original CD from 1986 sounds very much like ... more
  Site review by Geohominid December 2, 2012

Combattimento Consort Amsterdam, over the past 30 years, have gained a reputation as a highly respected period instrument ensemble, specialising in music from 1600-1800. Their flexible membership ranges from chamber groups to chamber orchestras, under their Director Jan Willem de Vriend, who is also ... more
The Beach Boys: Pet Sounds        (2 of 2 found this review helpful)
  Review by tdunster December 1, 2012

The HDCD version of Pet Sounds released in 2001 on Columbia / EMI was my first extended introduction to this album. On a HDCD player the 2001 release has a massive soundstage and exydes the wow factor to all listners. This SACD release is supposedly the same 1996 / 1997 stereo remix as that of the ... more
Stevie Ray Vaughan: In Step        (1 of 1 found this review helpful)
  Review by tdunster December 1, 2012

With repect to sound quality I'd totally agree with the points made my Analogue previously. It's a very balanced master with excellent dynamic range - that is really only limited by the standard of the original masters. Given that it's a hybrid disc ithis is a no brainer for any SRV ... more
Eagles: Hotel California        (2 of 3 found this review helpful)
  Review by tdunster December 1, 2012

I own this on mutiple formats and each format has it's pros and cons. The SACD version here is very similar to the DVD-A version although could be described as a touch brighter. In comparison to the original RBCD the SACD is both louder and brighter. It's not what I would call brickwalled or indeed ... more
  Review by tdunster December 1, 2012

This a great pseudo live album well worth owning on any format. The SACD version is the best I've heard of YA Ya's but it's a long way short sonically of many other SACD titles. For a stones fan this one is definetly worth owning but for those that reaLly only know the hits there are better options ... more
  Review by tdunster December 1, 2012

This is probably the best sounding disc of this Dylan SACD series. It has a very smooth characted and yet is in no way missing any detail as a result. The only gripe with this or indeed any of these Dylan SACD's os that they are probably a little louder than they need to be.
Elvis Presley: Elvis is Back!        (4 of 4 found this review helpful)
  Review by pontiac December 1, 2012

You wait years for an elvis sacd and then 2 come along at once! 24 karat hits along with this gem. Early elvis is always stunning and make no mistake this is a great disc. The soundstage is very big for a recording of this vintage. Elvis had a great line up of talent and top recording talent for ... more
Elvis Presley: Elvis 24 Karat Hits!        (8 of 9 found this review helpful)
  Review by pontiac December 1, 2012

Its been a very long wait for some elvis on sacd but at last its here! Being a major elvis fan i loved every minute of this disc. The tracks all sound so much better than any of the japanese paper sleeve collection or the shm/blu spec discs. The detail here is amazing. Certain tracks such as "love ... more
Cream: Wheels of Fire      (0 of 1 found this review helpful)
  Review by tdunster December 1, 2012

This SACd is far an away the best sounding version I have heard. Ginger Bakers drums will simply blow you away and both Bruce and Clapton sound delightful as well. This is by no means a great album, nor is it refernce quality sound - but with this SACD version I'm confident that those familiar with ... more
Fleetwood Mac: Rumours        (0 of 1 found this review helpful)
  Review by tdunster December 1, 2012

I'll make one thing clear from the start - I am not a Fleetwood Mac fan - at least not the lineup that made this album. Oddly enough though I do own the DVD-A version, an original CD version, and now the SACD version . The SACD version is hands down the best available and while not a massive ... more
Dire Straits: Brothers in Arms        (0 of 2 found this review helpful)
  Review by tdunster December 1, 2012

This is one of the first SACD's I owned and is probably the disc that got me hooked on SACD. Seven of so years later I can still say this a good recording - but it is not a great one. Firstly, it's rather bright / digial sounding, and it is also a rather loud / compressed recording. It never sounds ... more
  Review by tdunster December 1, 2012

Madman Across The Water is a wonderful album and certainly one of Eltons best. However, while this SACD version is definetly the one to own it is not perfect. Indeed, parts of Tiny Dancer, especially the vocal, can sound a little grainy. Don't get me wrong, this is the best you will ever hear Tiny ... more
  Review by tdunster December 1, 2012

I own several versions of this album and this SACD version is vastly superior to any of them. It never sounds bright and yet it doesn't lack detail either. Just an excellent recording with a soundstage that will blow you away. Highly recommended
Elton John: Elton John        (1 of 1 found this review helpful)
  Review by tdunster December 1, 2012

From the first note of your song I knew I'd made the correct purchase decision. Both instruments and vocals are handled superbly here and the soundstage is huge. I own several other versions of this album including some Japanese Mini-Lp's but I will never play them again after experiencing the sacd ... more
  Review by tdunster December 1, 2012

Glass Houses has been a guilty pleasure of mine for many years. As a teen it was one of my favourite albums and I've lost count how many times I have played it. Today I purchased the MFSL SACD version and I was not disappointed. This one has the signature DSD sound and puts to shame all previous ... more
Bangles: Greatest Hits      (1 of 1 found this review helpful)
  Review by ScienceGuy December 1, 2012

I have to concur with AUDIOPRO's review regarding this, in that the audio quality of this particular SACD is absolutely abysmal. First of all, please note that this SACD is only STEREO as opposed to 5.1-Channel SURROUND SOUND; which, by itself would not necessarily be that big a deal if not for the ... more
Elton John: Goodbye Yellow Brick Road        (1 of 3 found this review helpful)
  Review by tdunster November 30, 2012

I'm just going to cut to the chase here and say avoid this one unless you can find it very cheap. The main problem with this one is that it will make your ears bleed. What happened ? I'm not sure, because the other Elton John SACD's sound winderful. This one is just too loud and appears to distart ... more
The Who: Who's Next      (2 of 2 found this review helpful)
  Review by tdunster November 30, 2012

Apart from this version I own a 1995 Polydor Germany Redbook remix and the 2003 MCA deluxe edition. On sound uality grouds alone the SACD version is the winner hands down. Tracks like getting in tune sound sweet and innocent. Whereas tracks like Won't get fooled again have plenty of bite and ... more
Elvis Presley: Elvis 24 Karat Hits!        (7 of 8 found this review helpful)
  Review by Discspinner November 29, 2012

Even after his death, Elvis continues to fascinate for his music as well as his career arc from premier Rock N Roll pioneer, to movie guy (I won't say "idol" because movies are not why he's an idol) to oldies/Vegas act to...well...you know how it ended. I was probably born 15 years too late to ... more
  Site review by Polly Nomial November 29, 2012

Over the years, I have heard many accounts of this stunning work from many of the greatest Brucknerian's of the time. This includes Haitink both on disc and in concert with the VPO and on SACD (Bruckner: Symphony No. 5 - Haitink: Haitink here seems uncharacteristically not to be on his best form, ... more
La Voie Triomphale       
  Site review by Geohominid November 29, 2012

What a pleasure to hear the Berlioz Grande Symphonie Funèbre et Triomphale Op. 15 again, especially in such a stunningly vivid recording. Submerged by the over-popularity of the Symphonie Fantastique, the GSFT Op. 15 was penned a decade later than its rival, and it became the most popular of ... more
  Site review by Castor November 27, 2012

At last a long awaited and much requested complete recording of 'The Sleeping Beauty' arrives on SACD! Neeme Järvi's cycle of the Tchaikovsky symphonies and other his other orchestral works with the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra have, in general, received very mixed reviews. Here, however, Järvi ... more
Wishbone Ash: Argus      (1 of 2 found this review helpful)
  Review by Oleboyredw November 27, 2012

I've had this on LP way back when, then CD and it has been, in all honesty, one of my favourite and most played albums. Today I received my SA-CD copy. I am very happy I. Bought it, we'll worth the money. I think it might get played even more now. I find the detail and quality superb despite its ... more
  Site review by Polly Nomial November 27, 2012

I'm straying outside of my normal territory here so be warned! It is safe to say that many a classical listener would find much to cavil about but really that's not the point of this album nor I suspect its target audience. It is rather Fiona Joy Hawkins' unique take on popular carols and songs ... more
  Site review by Geohominid November 26, 2012

It isn't absolutely clear, but I suspect that Handel's Memories referred to in the title are those recalling his friends and fellow composers who unknowingly supplied the "borrowed" themes to be worked into his set of Concerti Grossi Op. 6. This magnificent late work was penned in 1739, the ... more
Kodaly, Ravel, Schulhoff: Duos for violin & cello - Liza & Dmitry Ferschtman          (8 of 8 found this review helpful)
  Review by Nagraboy November 26, 2012

This is a stunning disc of violin and cello works by 20th century composers. It is one of the most amazing sounding SACDs I've heard. But first the music... It was a few years ago when I first heard the Kodály Duo for Violin and Cello composed in 1914 on a McIntosh demo SACD with Janos Starker ... more
Stan Getz and Joao Gilberto: Getz/Gilberto      (1 of 4 found this review helpful)
  Review by Russ_l November 24, 2012

Purchased the Japanese single-layer version of this disc last year based on a recommendation that "single-layer SACDs are better". Only played it once or twice as the sound quality was terrible and inferior to any other SACD in my large collection. I have an excellent system. Played the disc last ... more
Levitation - Sundqvist, Lintu, Kamu        (5 of 5 found this review helpful)
  Review by undertone November 24, 2012

Good things sometimes come in strangely designed packages. Look past Alba’s ill-conceived cover photo to discover an ambitious recording. The programming strategy of this disc should be familiar to many concertgoers. Before the main attraction, audiences are obliged (if they arrive on time) to sit ... more
Fleetwood Mac: Rumours        (2 of 2 found this review helpful)
  Review by p59teitel November 24, 2012

No need to rhapsodize about the music itself, which runs neck and neck with Hotel California as perhaps the best popular rock album of the mid-70s. The SACD provides an excellent stereo layer that is highly detailed and articulate, with a great soundstage. Instruments are very well presented, with ... more
Rococo Cello Variations          (1 of 1 found this review helpful)
  Review by JJ November 24, 2012

Here is a most welcome release devoted to the cello variations in the Rococo style. It proposes the “Variations on a Theme from the Enchanted Flute by Mozart WoO.46, Op.66” by Beethoven, the “Variations on a Theme by Rossini H.290” by Martinu, as well as the “Ludwigsgruss Variations on a Theme by ... more
Simple Minds: The Best Of Simple Minds        (0 of 3 found this review helpful)
  Review by fred45 November 23, 2012

ive just noticed how pricy sacds can be if youve seen them on amazon and ebay.co.uk,and i domt know how good they sound compared to your normal cd of the exact title,and can anybody tell me how good the souund quiality is on a sacd compared to your normal cd. most of simple minds sacds sell for ... more
  Site review by Polly Nomial November 23, 2012

A self-recommending disc to all except the most ardent devotees of HIP who want the 2 solo concertos and the double violin concerto of Bach on one disc. Indeed, this listener vastly prefers this disc to (identical in programme offered) because Manze's playing is very rough and brutal by comparison ... more
  Site review by Polly Nomial November 23, 2012

This is MDG's 2012 Christmas hi-res offering and whilst the sound is suitably luxuriant, the artistry is not. The programme is a curious mix of carols from Germany & beyond (two carols are incorrectly attributed to the great David Willcocks - he is "only" the arranger), hymns and even a Bach motet ... more
Genesis: Trespass      
  Review by Electrical Radio November 23, 2012

Recorded at Trident studios back in 1970, the original LP sounds pleasant but a bit murky. I'd always heard that this was just the way Trident sounded at the time, according to interviews with the band, and I'd say that several of their early '70's recordings suffer from this "the band is in the ... more
The Doors: The Doors        (1 of 1 found this review helpful)
  Review by Electrical Radio November 22, 2012

I find this SACD (a reissue from Warner Music, Japan) very lively and direct sounding, no doubt due to the technology that Bruce Botnick used when it was recorded back in 1966 (the recording console was a vacuum tube unit). The liner notes are well done (still more info on the Doors' recording ... more
Aerosmith: Toys in the Attic      (0 of 1 found this review helpful)
  Review by benvandyk November 22, 2012

mch mix review. I like the song round and round. I wanted to hear if some of the song would go round and around. it did. I like the disc
  Site review by Geohominid November 22, 2012

Multi-composer recitals seem to have been side-lined compared to single-composer discs by the recording industry. It was Liszt who effectively invented the concert recital, and appropriately, therefore, it is Liszt whose music dominates this intriguing and effective compilation by the brilliant ... more
Bach: Sonatas & Partitas - Julia Fischer          (3 of 4 found this review helpful)
  Review by Sauron November 20, 2012

This is the first recording of the Bach Sonatas and Partitas for Violin that I could really enjoy. I have heard a lot of performances and recordings, but there was always a point where the musician stood between me and the piece, in the way that he was showing something off or having difficulties or ... more
Schumann: Symphonische Etuden/ Arabesque/ Waldscenen - Martin Helmchen          (10 of 11 found this review helpful)
  Review by Sauron November 20, 2012

I have literally created my account here to review this SACD. Don't expect to much because I first have to get used to writing good quality reviews that are well structured and give a good image on the product. So with this album I am really glad I bought it, even though I didn't really know the ... more
  Site review by Geohominid November 20, 2012

'Passion & Resurrection' seems to be heralding the wrong Christian festival just now, but never mind, the artists are Stile Antico, who never seem to put a foot wrong with their albums. This young British "a cappella" choir not only sing with fabulous skill and musicality, but do all their own ... more
Passion & Resurrection - music inspired by Holy Week          (2 of 2 found this review helpful)
  Review by Nagraboy November 19, 2012

Just a brief heads-up for this new disc, as I'm sure more expert reviewers will drift along in time... Well it's another essential recording from the vocal group Stile Antico, who have produced some beautiful SACDs for Harmonia Mundi in their time, in particular the music of the Tudor times. I'm ... more
Schumann & Grieg Piano Concertos - Radu Lupu      (4 of 4 found this review helpful)
  Review by mwgfrg November 19, 2012

This release is a reissue on SHM-SACD of the Universal SACD issued some seven or eight years ago and long out of print. I opted for the competing Bishop/Davis SACD at that time and have always been sorry that I did not get both. I prefer Bishop and Davis on the Schumann: Bishop's playing is, to me, ... more
Hank Mobley: Dippin'        (1 of 3 found this review helpful)
  Review by NesY November 18, 2012

Another fine Blue Note SACD mastered by Kevin Grey and Steve Hoffman. Hank Mobley and Lee Morgan are in great form and so is Billy Higgins.
  Site review by Geohominid November 17, 2012

Concert pianist Paolo Giacometti discovered early in his career that playing on period pianos revealed many otherwise hidden secrets of a composer's means and meaning. This knowledge and practical experience helped him to adapt his playing to the usual Steinway Model D concert pianos so as to be as ... more
Dave Brubeck Quartet: Time Out        (5 of 5 found this review helpful)
  Review by analogue November 16, 2012

I feel I don't need to explain away the merits of this great classic jazz album from the late 50's. And I wont explain it by giving a track by track description. If you're reading this you just want the meat and potato description. I own the original Sony Sacd and like a chump......I had to ... more
Ray Charles: The Genius of Ray Charles        (3 of 3 found this review helpful)
  Review by analogue November 16, 2012

One of the all time gems of Charles career is released by Mobile Fidelity on sacd. MOFI ALSO RELEASED ANOTHER Charles SACD several years ago and it was an abysmal sounding disc. Ray SOUNDED LIKE HE WAS RECORDED IN A COCOON. That sacd is dry and lifeless sounding. This new sacd however is much ... more
  Site review by Geohominid November 15, 2012

The Mahler cycle from Marcus Stenz and his Cologne Gürzenich Orchestra continues apace. Critical comment has been split, with some reviewers disappointed with his clear vision and "back to the score" approach, accusing him of ignoring accepted performance practices and being a "Literalist". The ... more
  Review by progboy November 13, 2012

Blood on the tracks is an excellent album and an excellent SACD conversion ! Like most of the Dylan albums the music is contagious ..the lyrics magical...the songs excellent all limited by his nasal singing! No matter how much I love the music of Bob Dylan I never got to love his vocals ....just ... more
  Site review by Geohominid November 12, 2012

Over the years, there have been a number of recordings of suites based on the melodrama 'The Starlight Express' written by Violet Pearn (1890-1947) with music by Sir Edward Elgar. London audiences of 1915 gave enthusiastic support to the play, and the music was well received. However, the story was ... more
  Review by Nagraboy November 12, 2012

Yes, there are volume problems at the start of this recording but keep the volume at normal level until Miles steps back from the microphone, then turn your volume up to a higher than usual level and everything sounds fine. It's an atmospheric recording which I'm enjoying very much lately. The ... more
Peter Gabriel: Melt      (3 of 4 found this review helpful)
  Review by Steelers6Rings November 12, 2012

This is perhaps my favorite of the Peter Gabriel releases on SACD. Sounds phenomenal and the material couldn't be better. Love everything about this SACD.
Fleetwood Mac: Rumours        (3 of 3 found this review helpful)
  Review by jackan November 11, 2012

There is so much to love about this SA-CD. The performance, songwriting, and original tracks are so wonderful. As mentioned, so many that we have heard over the years on the radio. I really like the 5.1 mix. So many layers that have previously been smudged into two tracks, now have room to ... more
Barb Jungr: Love Me Tender        (2 of 2 found this review helpful)
  Review by Turin November 11, 2012

Barb Jungr is a new artist for me and though uncertain what to expect, I listened with an open mind and an open heart. And was I delightfully surprised. The recording quality is excellent and the performance is mesmerizing; both qualities necessary for any serious appreciation. But, this disc is ... more
  Review by joheirba November 11, 2012

Finally, one of my most preferred CD's available on SACD ! Do I need to say more ? Compared to Michal Kanka, Jacqueline Du Pré's playing is more lyrical, somewhat slower. You can hear that she loves every note of this music. To me, there's more romantism within this version (see also my review of ... more
Brahms: Cello Sonatas - Wispelwey, Lazic          (2 of 2 found this review helpful)
  Review by joheirba November 11, 2012

I am quite frustrated with this disc. The sound is very fine, very detailed and full of sonorities. Both Wispelwey and Lazié are doing everything to make this recording a top-notch performance, but for some reason I get the impression the piano is not listening to the cello. It sounds as if the ... more
The Pretenders: Learning to Crawl        (1 of 3 found this review helpful)
  Review by Eyolf November 11, 2012

This sacd sounds good. I do like the Rhino remaster better as this has more punch, a bit more clarity and a bit better bottom. But this sacd still is a good job by Mofi, and it comes down to personal preference.I have a feeling that a lot of the "hifi guys" like albums to sound restraint a laid ... more
Los Lobos: By The Light Of The Moon        (2 of 2 found this review helpful)
  Review by Eyolf November 11, 2012

Finally, a Mofi sacd that sounds great! This remaster is a big improvment in all sound areas compared to the old cd. This album has not been remastered by the regular record company, so this is a most welcome reissue. The sound now has a lot more life, air, punch and clarity. And the music is just ... more
  Site review by Geohominid November 11, 2012

The enticingly beautiful front cover of this disc beckons us into the feast of high Romantic music within. Cellist Christian Poltéra teams with pianist Kathryn Stott, a frequent chamber music partner, to explore and illustrate Dvorák's developing affair with the cello. Poltéra has imposing lists of ... more
Mozart: The Complete Youth Symphonies - Marriner        (1 of 1 found this review helpful)
  Review by Tehillim November 10, 2012

Very nice improvements on what were already good recordings. I've played the entire four-disc PentaTone collection at home in one sitting (and/or while working from home) numerous times and go away beaming with pleasure. Hooray PentaTone for a first-class engineering (I listen to the two-channel ... more
  Site review by Geohominid November 9, 2012

Phillip Glass (b. 1937), together with other American musicians such as Steve Reich, Terry Riley and La Monte Young began in the '60s to develop a new style of classical music which has diversified and become very influential. Named "minimalism" (a term which Glass dislikes), it is tonal, centred on ... more
  Site review by Geohominid November 8, 2012

Despite a number of personnel changes in the 44 years since their foundation, the Tokyo Quartet have remained amongst the most illustrious of chamber ensembles. Armed with their Stradivarius instruments (from the historic Paganini collection), they not only play over a hundred concerts a year but ... more
Gustav Holst: The Planets, John Williams: Star Wars Suite      (10 of 11 found this review helpful)
  Review by mwgfrg November 7, 2012

Some time ago, while commenting on the Japanese SACD issue of the Rattle/Berlin Philharmonic Planets, I mentioned the possibility of an SACD reissue of Mehta's famous late analog Decca recording, a TAS and audiophile favorite of the late '70s. Well, here it is, and it still sounds as sumptuous and ... more
  Site review by Geohominid November 6, 2012

The city of Lahti, NNE of Helsinki in Finland, has a long musical tradition, and has also been an excellent home for recording orchestral music. In 2000 a new congress and concert centre was opened, with the Sibelius Concert Hall at its heart. Space for a 52 stop organ was left in the main hall, and ... more
  Review by windhoek November 6, 2012

This Left Feels Right is to Bon Jovi what MTV Unpugged is to Nirvana. TLFR demonstrates that Bon Jovi can perform without the need for full throttle on almost every other track. It's almost as if Bon Jovi were recording this album while trying not to wake a sleeping baby in an adjacent room. They've ... more
Fauré: Requiem - Short        
  Site review by Castor November 6, 2012

This is without doubt one of the finest sounding, and fascinating releases, that I have heard from LSO Live. The imaginatively conceived two-part programme on this SACD, featuring the superb Tenebrae choir, originally stems from performances given at St. Paul's Cathedral during the City of London ... more
  Site review by Geohominid November 5, 2012

Suwan is a large city about 30km south of Seoul in South Korea. Until this disk arrived, I had no idea that the city housed a large orchestra, the Souwon Philharmonic Orchestra, which on the evidence of its performances as recorded here, is of International standard. The orchestra was established in ... more
  Site review by Geohominid November 5, 2012

Tchaikovsky's second symphony is also his shortest. This has no bearing on its acquired title, however. "Little Russia" was the name given to it by Nikolai Dimitrievich Kashkin (a Moscow critic and acquaintance of Tchaikovsky) because of the Ukrainian folk-songs which the composer used in it (Little ... more
Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong: Ella And Louis Again        (1 of 3 found this review helpful)
  Review by NesY November 4, 2012

I don't own any previous releases. Sonics are good. The voices of both Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong are very life-like (just a little bit harsh, but that is I suspect mostly due to my room acoustics which I hope will be fixed soon). I am only gaving it 4 stars for sonics as the rest of the ... more
The Pretenders: Learning to Crawl        (5 of 5 found this review helpful)
  Review by Discspinner November 4, 2012

One of the first titles I ever bought on the then new format of CD about 30 years ago was Learning to Crawl, and I thought it sounded great then. Miraculously, after all this time, I still have the CD somewhere, I just have to find it as I would love to do an A/B comparison. But not here, maybe I ... more
Tomorrow's Jazz Classics 2005        (2 of 2 found this review helpful)
  Review by teac4010 November 3, 2012

After listening to many SACD's this is one of the better multi channel offerings. All six channels are used to deliver a superb effect that is missing in many so called MCH SACD's. If you'd like a modern jazz sampler try this one.
Tony Bennett: The Ultimate Tony Bennett      (1 of 1 found this review helpful)
  Review by Djoel November 3, 2012

I really enjoy listening to Mr. Bennett songs, and was specially happy to be listening to him in Hi rez.From the first tracks you can tell it's going to be a great ride. Tony doesn't have the greatest voice range but the classiness just pours out from this disc. The sonic on this stereo sacd are ... more
Billy Joel: The Nylon Curtain        (3 of 3 found this review helpful)
  Review by progboy November 3, 2012

....well we're living here in Allentown! The Nylon Curtain was released in 1982 and was another wonderful pop album from an artist that was on quite a roll at the time. This might be Joel's finest album if the lot........ On this album Joel fused Beatles influences like the songs "Laura" , "a ... more
Count Basie and the Kansas City 7        (1 of 1 found this review helpful)
  Review by NesY November 2, 2012

This disc sounds fantastic. I don't own any other versions, so I cannot compare - but another home run from Analogue Productions.
Holly Cole: Temptation        (1 of 10 found this review helpful)
  Review by Croc November 2, 2012

good disc. modern but not boring.
The Who Sell Out      (3 of 3 found this review helpful)
  Review by tdunster November 2, 2012

This Deluxe edition tried to give us an original mix of both mono and stero versions but failed due to distortion and extreme loudness levels. The SACD version is an absolute gem and an essential purchase for all Who fans. The mono version in particular is near enough to perfection in that it is ... more
The Who: Quadrophenia      (1 of 1 found this review helpful)
  Review by tdunster November 2, 2012

All I ever wanted was a version of Quadrophenia void of the hard sounding sonics of past cd releases such as the Polydor 1996 remix and the later Polydor Deluxe Edition. The SACD version is the smoothest / cleanest sounding recording of Quadrophenia I have ever heard. Unfortunately, I think the ... more
  Site review by Castor November 1, 2012

Mikhail Pletnev's cycle of the six numbered Tchaikovsky symphonies for PentaTone is now completed by this splendid account of the composer's Symphony No.3. The sheer beauty and realism of the sound on this PentaTone SACD is apparent from the symphony's opening bars and by the time the work's sombre ... more
  Site review by Geohominid November 1, 2012

With Symphonies 7 and 8 already released now joined by a Number 9 which is zesty, confident and full of conviction, the combination of Claus Peter Flor and the Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra has become a force to be recommend with in Dvorak. So good is the empathy between these musicians, one ... more
Bob Dylan: John Wesley Harding        (1 of 1 found this review helpful)
  Review by progboy October 31, 2012

Dylan's JWH is a classic and an excellent album from the vintage folk era......How can you beat "All Along The Watchtower" or "I Pity the Poor Immigrant"....songs that changed the world......or tried to anyway..so musically an excellent album ....but the bummer here is that although this SACD ... more
The Police: Outlandos d'Amour      (5 of 10 found this review helpful)
  Review by Coughcool72 October 31, 2012

Hello all, this is my first SHM-SACD. I am new to the world of SACD and only have 5 or 6. I only have 2 CH SACD player. It may be to a degree hard to evaluate this SACD, as it is the only SHM SACD I have heard, therefore I cannot of course compare it to any others. And I have not heard the regular ... more
The Police: Every Breath You Take        (0 of 4 found this review helpful)
  Review by jackan October 30, 2012

First off, this is a collection of great songs. Yes there are some favorites left out, but by and large, a wonderful representation of the band. If you love The Police, this will not disappoint. Next, the sound quality is great. Its the production that stinks. I will not quibble about the use of ... more
  Site review by Geohominid October 29, 2012

Korea has a rich cultural timeline going back to prehistory. As well as music and dance, it includes visual arts and literature. The Peninsula's cultural evolution has been much influenced by the main religions there, such as shamanism, Buddhism, Confucianism and later Christianity. However, as in ... more
  Site review by Geohominid October 29, 2012

Korea has a rich cultural timeline going back to prehistory. As well as music and dance, it includes visual arts and literature. The Peninsula's cultural evolution has been much influenced by the main religions there, such as shamanism, Buddhism, Confucianism and, later, Christianity. However, as in ... more
  Site review by Polly Nomial October 28, 2012

Revelatory. This cycle (amongst others) is evidence that today is a golden age of music making. What characterises Blomstedt's direction (and, indeed, the response of the Gewandhausorchester Leipzig) is a naturalness to the playing that is - of course - extremely hard to achieve on a repeated ... more
  Site review by Polly Nomial October 28, 2012

As with Janowski (Bruckner: Symphony No. 1 - Janowski), Young's account is very much cruder in terms of orchestral colour & phrasing than that of Blomstedt and his superb Gewandhausorchester Leipzig (Bruckner: Symphony No. 1 - Blomstedt). Like Janowski, I suspect much of the reasons for this come down to ... more
McCoy Tyner: Land of Giants        
  Review by NesY October 28, 2012

Sonics: I listen 2-channel only. I gave a 4 star rating mainly because the drums and bass are just a little bit muddy/veiled. Also, the soundstage was very small and placement of players not very well defined and seemed to shift now and then. Performance: I gave 4.5 stars. I could have given 5, ... more
  Review by miguelito54 October 28, 2012

This is no simple tribute to Billie Holiday presenting some chestnuts from her songbook - this is James Carter's very personal view of a world of sounds inspired by the great Lady Day. Accompanied by a 6-2-2 string section and a rhythm trio, he plays his full range of saxophones and stylistic ... more
  Site review by Polly Nomial October 28, 2012

A good release but one ultimately, to these ears, succumbs to even finer competition in the form of Bruckner: Symphony No. 1 - Blomstedt - not just because of the playing or the sonic aspects of the recording either. Mainly it is down to the less than first-rate hall in which PentaTone do their utmost ... more
Ray Charles: The Genius Sings the Blues        (2 of 2 found this review helpful)
  Review by NesY October 27, 2012

Have to agree with the previous posters re the sonics of this disc. I also do not understand why MoFi decided to release this. Very dull sounding, except for Ray's voice which was again too much forward. I cannot compare to previous releases as this is the only release I own.
Beethoven: The 11 Overtures - Masur        (9 of 10 found this review helpful)
  Review by jeffreybehr October 27, 2012

I'm really happy I ran into this disc--I've been a fan of the Beethoven overtures for decades. I had a Szell/Cleveland LP on Epic with the 4 Fidelios;, it was, IIRC, a typical crappy-sounding Columbia/CBS multi-mono-miced edgy mess, but I loved the music! I enjoy these discs more than Mr. Broggio ... more
Sonatas for Viola & Piano Vol. 2 - Zimmermann, Gerstein          (9 of 10 found this review helpful)
  Review by Adrian Cue October 27, 2012

This is superb stuff! Julia Fisher, asked how she manages to play so very well in tune, replied that she always listens to what she is playing. She was not suggesting that some simply put their fingers in the required position, hoping that a fair amount of vibrato will make it sound right, but her ... more
Beethoven, Bruch: Violin Concertos - Grumiaux        (3 of 4 found this review helpful)
  Review by EdBoxer October 24, 2012

Beethoven Violin Concerto; Arthur Grumiaux, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Colin Davis I remember hearing this recording in the mid 70s and wasn’t impressed. The years and the SACD sound have not changed my opinion. In fact, I’ve always much preferred Grumiaux’s recording with Galliera (which has ... more
Anita O'Day: Anita Sings The Most      (6 of 6 found this review helpful)
  Review by Jazzsphere2005 October 24, 2012

Well this is a classic album and the shm-sacd is superb. As a physical object it's a thing of beauty, manufactured with extreme attention to detail. I have listened to this around a dozen times on my system through speakers and via Sennheiser HD650 headphones and in my opinion the remastering is ... more
Black Sabbath: Heaven and Hell      (3 of 5 found this review helpful)
  Review by MacClaus October 24, 2012

The best digital pressing!!!
Black Sabbath: Sabbath bloody Sabbath      (3 of 6 found this review helpful)
  Review by MacClaus October 24, 2012

One of the best Black Sabbath albums.

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