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  Review by pontiac May 18, 2012

I love this disc! I play it all the time as it sounds brilliant and has a great track list. Great dynamic range and great songs, what more do you want? Buy it now!
Jimmy Cobb Quartet: Jazz in the Key of Blue        (4 of 4 found this review helpful)
  Review by analogue May 18, 2012

Chesky hit this one right out of the park. A stellar release in every way. This is modern jazz performed by some classic musicians covering older hit songs. The recording is magnificent with the trumpet sound one of the best I have ever heard on sacd. Micro dynamics and the complete tonal range ... more
  Site review by Geohominid May 18, 2012

After a widely acclaimed disc of his own transcriptions of Scarlatti sonatas for harpsichord (Scarlatti: Sonatas - Stephen Marchionda), Stephen Marchionda returns with another set of transcriptions, this time of the piano music of Isaac Albéniz. American guitarist Marchionda has built an impressive ... more
Genesis: Foxtrot      
  Review by Bazzamatazz May 17, 2012

This is the first copy of this album I have listened to. I have listened to it numerous times now and am absolutely blown away by it. Man these guys could write and play! Peter Gabriel was obviously on fire with these guys at this point before his departure from the band. Please note I can only ... more
  Site review by Polly Nomial May 17, 2012

This is the first instalment of Classical Opera's projected complete cycle of Mozart's operas - which is supported by the New Mozart Edition of Barenreiter - to be released in order of composition. Apollo et Hyacinthus was written when Mozart was but 11 years old(!) for his school to perform. On ... more
Queen: Innuendo      (2 of 2 found this review helpful)
  Review by enridecri May 17, 2012

Finally, a very powerful and dynamic recording of this wonderful Queen album. First EMI edition was really rubbish, with a very poor sound. Now with SACD technology and the work of Bob Ludwig from the original tapes, we can hear Innuendo as was originally intended. Powerful and energic. Drums are ... more
The Beach Boys: Pet Sounds        (3 of 3 found this review helpful)
  Review by progboy May 16, 2012

How can you improve on a classic album like Pet Sounds that has been re-released a million times using the original masters? In Mono and Stereo? Answer: Let MOFI have a round on SACD! Once again Mofi has done a pretty awesome job in re-presenting a great album mixed in glorious full SACD quality. ... more
Bryan Ferry: Frantic      
  Review by collinmaillard May 15, 2012

Sounds like perfection is Ferry's usual standard ... What else could you expect, after having heard Hiroshima or San Simeon ??? Performance is brilliant, surprising, deep and captivating. Sonics are great, atmospheric, varied and so clear. The multichannel mix adds a lot too here and has to be seen ... more
  Review by electro May 15, 2012

I've been a fan of Heart since the debut album. Overall I enjoyed this disc, it creates a live feel in surround. Their set list includes two Led Zepplin covers, and frankly aren't that great, but not my favourite track of theirs, "If Looks Could Kill" Other than that recommended and good value for ... more
  Review by Dave54321 May 15, 2012

These are classic brass band recordings from 1966 and 1968. Sony SACDs from the late 90s and early 2000s are a bit hit-and-miss when it comes to sonics - the format was still somewhat in its infancy, other more "audiophile" record companies were doing it better, and Sony still had much to learn. ... more
  Site review by Castor May 13, 2012

When back in 2003 Rachel Podger's recording of Vivaldi's 12 violin concertos Op.4 'La Stravaganza' was released it was universally acclaimed and quickly went on to garner numerous awards from many sections of the music press including Gramophone, Stereophile and The Absolute Sound as well as ... more
The Police: Every Breath You Take        (1 of 1 found this review helpful)
  Review by Discspinner May 12, 2012

Overall, a good compilation and it is in multi-channel! The sonics are excellent, though the bass a little light on some tracks where it seems like it was mixed into the center channel. Not my best channel for bass. "Wrapped Around Your Finger" is one standout followed closely by "Every Little Thing ... more
James Taylor: JT      (1 of 2 found this review helpful)
  Review by The Mule May 12, 2012

This disc sounds fine, but not nearly worth the price for multi-channel vs. MoFi's stereo SACD. There are a few songs (like 3-4) where the surround sound is very cool and what I was hoping for (like Carly Simon's voice going around the room on one track). However, the majority of this album just ... more
James Taylor: Flag        (1 of 2 found this review helpful)
  Review by The Mule May 12, 2012

This is my favorite James Taylor album. However, I was very disappointed with the lack of sound from the rears. There was just very little surround sound happening on this disc. Clarity was fine, but this disc was bought for the 5.1 surround sound. I did not think it is any better than Mofi's stereo ... more
  Site review by Castor May 12, 2012

This is the fourth release in the series of recordings on Chandos of the symphonies and concertos by Mieczyslaw Weinberg (1919-1996) to appear on SACD. As on the previous releases the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra is conducted with great authority by Thord Svedlund, and those who have acquired any ... more
Debussy: Complete Piano Music - Walter Gieseking        (6 of 24 found this review helpful)
  Review by manche50 May 11, 2012

On s'investit dans des amplis haut de gamme, genre Pioneer LX-75, on pose des colonnes et des sats "Cabasse" partout, afin d'entendre "hiss" partout? Franchement EMI,le SACD n'était pas conçu pour se grincer les dents!!! Comment apprécier la musique de Debussy elle-même et commenter sur un site où ... more
  Site review by Geohominid May 11, 2012

As this disc is all about transcriptions for the organ, let's be clear about the distinction between transcriptions and arrangements. A transcription is a note for note rendition of a musical piece written for one instrument and played on another, sometimes in a different key (transposition). ... more
The Doobie Brothers: The Captain and Me        (1 of 1 found this review helpful)
  Review by The Mule May 11, 2012

This album is full, rich, and obviously multi-channel surround. I could not be happier with this disc. Sonically, it's almost perfect. It's right up there with the Elton John and Pink Floyd mixes. I love it. The mixing engineer who did this SACD needs to teach other engineers how to mix a surround ... more
  Review by progboy May 10, 2012

Slowhand is my favorite of the Clapton albums and I was very pleased to hear this one on glorious SACD. This one of the first SACD's I bought and have been quite impressed with the transfer. The music is very rich and warm and blows away the redbook CD that I had in my collection. This SACD is ... more
Linda Ronstadt: What's New        (2 of 3 found this review helpful)
  Review by threerandot May 10, 2012

In 1982, it was Linda Ronstadt's dream to record an album of songs from The Great American Songbook. She approached Nelson Riddle, the only one she felt would be right to help her make the album become a reality. Riddle worked diligently with Linda and the result is this wonderful showcase of ... more
The Doobie Brothers: what were once vices are now habits        (4 of 5 found this review helpful)
  Review by analogue May 10, 2012

The Doobie's were on an incredible roll during this time in the early to mid 70's. This particular album was a slight expansion to their earlier attempts and its a pleasure to listen to this sacd. This is the 4th Doobie sacd to be released by Mofi and for my tastes its the best overall sonically. ... more
  Review by pontiac May 9, 2012

Not sure that this album is as bad as the critics say. That said john fogerty only sings lead vocal on 4 of the tracks which is a real letdown. Stu cook sounds ok on "door to door" but its a poor substitute for john fogerty. The sound is ok but nothing to get excited about. If you have all the other ... more
  Site review by Geohominid May 9, 2012

As I write, it is only a few days before the 50th Anniversary of the first performance of Britten's War Requiem at the consecration of the new Coventry Cathedral arisen from its former war-time ruins. The Requiem was and is his passionate musical attempt to draw attention to the pity of war and the ... more
Grieg: Holberg Suite, Dvorak/Elgar: Serenade for Strings - Conrad van Alphen          (1 of 1 found this review helpful)
  Review by jeffreybehr May 8, 2012

My absolutely favorite disc for determining just how transparent a system is...or isn't. I love the Dvorak and especially the Elgar Serenades, and the recording of the latter is simply the most 'see-throughable*' music recording I've ever heard. My system can make the music sound as if I'm sitting ... more
Genesis: Wind and Wuthering        (2 of 3 found this review helpful)
  Review by progboy May 8, 2012

I am a Genesis fan....always have been and always will be and slowly I have been picking up all the Nick Davis SACD Remasters as I find them reasonably priced....as you know there are some lunatics asking way too much for these discs. If you are not familiar with the post Gabriel era Genesis then ... more
Nat "King" Cole: Just One of Those Things        (3 of 4 found this review helpful)
  Review by pontiac May 7, 2012

This is a wonderful sacd, the sound is really warm and alive. The multichannel tracks are staggering! That amazing voice is done full justice on this release. Whether you listen to the multichannel or stereo you are in for a treat.
Nat King Cole - The King of Sound        (2 of 3 found this review helpful)
  Review by pontiac May 7, 2012

A mixed bag of tracks but very entertaining. Audio quality is decent if not a match for the analogue productions sacds. Not my favourite nat king cole release but a worthy purchase on sacd that can still be purchased at a sensible price.
  Review by pontiac May 7, 2012

Little richard as he was meant to be heard! The sheer power in that voice is incredible. This release showcases his most popular work in a quality it has never been heard before. Its so raw and real and exciting! I have these tracks on other cds/lps but this is far and away the best. Buy it now!
Creedence Clearwater Revival: Pendulum        (1 of 2 found this review helpful)
  Review by pontiac May 7, 2012

Wondered why no one had reviewed this album yet and now i know. Its a bit of a disappointment after the other albums that came before it. For me i only enjoyed about 3 of the tracks. I really did not enjoy the sound on this one. Not a problem with the mastering though its just not a very good sound ... more
Creedence Clearwater Revival: Green River        (0 of 1 found this review helpful)
  Review by pontiac May 7, 2012

In some ways i think this is the groups best album. It really gels together and has no filler tracks. Sound wise its very good indeed. I dont think its realistic to expect any kind of improvement over and above whats been achieved with these excellent remasters. Maybe a shm sad might offer minor ... more
Beethoven: Piano Sonatas Nos. 30, 31 & 32 - Kodama          (9 of 9 found this review helpful)
  Review by Adrian Cue May 7, 2012

Reviewing Beethoven sonatas is hazardous. Several ‘definitive’ recordings exist, most recently by Alfred Brendel; though experts disagree. Is it a matter of personal taste or, maybe, even of ‘make believe’? What makes a good interpretation? It is not easy to get a clear idea about the emotional ... more
Grieg: Music for String Orchestra - Tognetti        (1 of 1 found this review helpful)
  Review by hanser May 7, 2012

The Grieg String quartet is IMO an overlook gem; it can easily compete with the much better known works by Dvorak or Brahms. It is a "orchestral" sounding piece with a lot of doublestops which makes it a natural candidate for a string orchestra version. The Australien Chamber ORchestra plays it ... more
  Site review by Polly Nomial May 6, 2012

For the two main works here, usually so popular in combination, this is (only!) the second pairing to grace SACD with the added bonus of Beethoven's two Romance's for violin & orchestra (the other Bruch/Mendelssohn disc is Mendelssohn/Bruch: Violin Concertos - Midori). Individually, recordings of these ... more
  Review by pontiac May 6, 2012

Lovely warm and smooth sound! This is a joy to listen to and has a great track list. Ditch your old cd and buy this before its gone.
  Site review by Geohominid May 6, 2012

I haven't encountered Cristian Carrara's (b.1977) output before, but at the time of writing he has 5 CDs to his name, with two other compilation discs carrying a single track each. Hailing from Northern Italy, he graduated in composition and is now regarded as one of the most promising composers of ... more
  Review by SnaggS May 6, 2012

Excellent tone by the violinist. These gentle piano and violin duets are ideal late night music. The recording is excellent, they're a charming duo and currently playing in front of my fireplace.
  Site review by Castor May 6, 2012

Mark Padmore is a singer whose vocal accomplishments are matched by his musical intelligence, and both these qualities are manifestly displayed on the marvellous SACD. It was an inspired idea to couple the two Britten vocal works with Gerald Finzi's masterpiece 'Dies Natalis' rather than, as so ... more
  Review by pontiac May 5, 2012

This is the best release of this album by a wide margin! Beautiful smooth sound with none of the audible background hiss heard on the intros of the other versions of this album. Not the best work of creedence but a truly worthy sacd purchase.
Nat King Cole - The Nat King Cole Story        (4 of 4 found this review helpful)
  Review by pontiac May 5, 2012

I had been reading so many great things about this 2 disc set i just had to track down a copy. I am so pleased i did. Brilliant sound quality! I never get fed up of playing this set. The 3 channel sound really opens up the sound stage i feel. Playing the disc in 2 channel is also a real treat. An ... more
T-Rex: Electric Warrior      (2 of 3 found this review helpful)
  Review by pontiac May 5, 2012

After reading the review by quint i decided to purchase the japanese shm sacd version of "electric warrior" and i am glad i did. It sounds amazing and i have played it several times already. I should add that i am not a T-rex fan and was only familiar with the tracks "jeepster" and "get it on". I ... more
  Site review by Geohominid May 5, 2012

The Latvian composer Péteris Vasks (b.1946) has written music in a wide range of genres, including orchestral, operatic, vocal and chamber, but he has always considered it a duty to write for the magnificent Walcker Organ in its home, the Riga Dom or Cathedral. The cathedral is the largest medieval ... more
  Review by Discspinner May 5, 2012

Strong material and good performances highlight this sacd. Released i believe in 2002 and remixed in 2004 for multichannel, the otherwise excellent sound suffers from homogenized dynamics. This tends to smother distinction of bass and drums. That's not to say there is a lack of standout production ... more
  Review by joeribt May 4, 2012

A great sounding album. I'd like to correct the previous review, where the channels seem to have been mixed. The sax is on the left, the drums on the right. One of us has the speakers mixed!
Haydn: 9 Piano Trios - Beaux Arts Trio        (6 of 6 found this review helpful)
  Review by Hitters May 4, 2012

I have always been an admirer of Menahem Pressler, piano player and leader of the Beaux Arts trio. His playing is witty, gracious, stunningly virtuosic, but mainly very musical. Their recordings of Mendelssohn, Mozart, Brahms, Schubert and Turina have been my references for many years. But I had ... more
  Review by Hitters May 1, 2012

I owned this recording in LP format in the seventies and used to love it. The music is wonderful, full of excitement and groove. The problem is the sound. I cannot blame the SACD, really, for what I believe is a problem of a very poor master. But I have heard many old masters that do happen to sound ... more
Era: The Very Best of        (2 of 2 found this review helpful)
  Review by Sniffer April 30, 2012

There are still a few of these SACDs around. The multi channel surround is superb and fills every speaker with robust sound. The music has a lot to offer including male and female chorus, female lead, orchestra, techno, classical, and plenty of bass. Try some samples before you buy just to make sure ... more
Jimmy Smith: Midnight Special        (4 of 4 found this review helpful)
  Review by progboy April 30, 2012

I agree with Croc..... Midnight Special is part two of the same recording session that produced "Back to the Chicken Shack" album. Of course the line up is the same with Donald Bailey (drums), Kenny Burrell (Guitars), Stanley Turrentine (sax) and of course tonights draw Jimmy Smith on the organ. ... more
Debussy: Complete Piano Music - Walter Gieseking        (7 of 14 found this review helpful)
  Review by SnaggS April 30, 2012

I'm new to Debussy, Satie meets Eine Kleine Nachtmusik? His own quote best describes this disc (at least the first so far!) 'Music is the expression of the movement of the waters, the play of curves described by changing breezes" The music on this disc is wonderful, and performance is gentle and ... more
  Site review by Castor April 30, 2012

For Stéphane Denève, the out-going musical director of the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, recording this collection of Debussy's orchestral works has obviously been a labour of love. Denève's seven year contract with the RSNO ends this season when he becomes the chief conductor of the Stuttgart ... more
  Review by The Mule April 30, 2012

Fabulous sounding SACD. I mean it makes it known immediately that you're listening to this album on a whole 'notha level from the first note. Love it. Strongly recommend for any rock & roller wishing to add to their SACD collection. Also great that you can get it for so cheap!
Steely Dan: Aja      (1 of 1 found this review helpful)
  Review by The Mule April 30, 2012

First time I heard it, I thought this is definitely NO GAUCHO and NO NIGHTFLY, but then again this disc is in stereo and the other two are in 5.1 surround. Still it did not even pop out to me like some other stereo SACD's that I have (ex. Doobie Bros - Toulouse Street). I kept going back and forth ... more
  Site review by Castor April 30, 2012

This is an unusual pairing of works by Rachmaninov and Stravinsky. Apart from their nationality and the fact that they were both emigrés from their homeland these two composers and their respective compositional outputs have little or nothing in common. Both pieces, however, are well suited to ... more
Suitcase Pimps: Love is Grand        (1 of 1 found this review helpful)
  Review by progboy April 29, 2012

The Suitcase Pimps one and only album `LOVE IS GRAND``was an excellent discovery! The band are pretty clever and wrote a pretty groovy toe tapping album full of power pop....... This is the perfect album to roll your car windows down to this summer and have pumping out for all to hear! Not a bad ... more
The Beach Boys: Pet Sounds        (6 of 7 found this review helpful)
  Review by analogue April 28, 2012

After the horrible Dvd Audio with its tremendously compressed and bright sound any other release would be favored. While the previous dvd audio was a special edition release with lots of goodies its sound was atrocious. This Mofi sacd is so much better in every regard that a comparison is not ... more
Live in Tokyo 1970 - Szell      (1 of 2 found this review helpful)
  Review by SnaggS April 27, 2012

Spirited performance, Szell gets stuck in, no whispy strings here. Sounds like a concert, a bit closer than the walter performances. Slightly brighter presentation which will please those who find some SACD's too smooth. However, it doesn't become strident, you can still tell the strings are using ... more
Elton John: Goodbye Yellow Brick Road      (1 of 3 found this review helpful)
  Review by hv366 April 26, 2012

Like the previous poster said, "This shm-sacd sounds dull and flat. Where is the BASS? A lot of the shm-sacds sound like this one- a bit dark and muddy lacking clarity. What a rip off!
  Site review by Geohominid April 26, 2012

Yevgeny Sudbin, BIS' young Russian pianist, turns to Chopin, in what may be a contentious recording for those who have strong pre-conceptions about how the composer's music should be played. A good start, therefore, is to read the extensive booklet first, for Sudbin himself has agonised about the ... more
Mahler: Symphony No. 8 - Gergiev        (8 of 9 found this review helpful)
  Review by Ian Xavier Roskell April 24, 2012

Mahler's eighth, even on Paper it looks mammoth; too large to organize or have any orientation, but yet few conductors have triumphioned at taming such a wild and wonderful beast such as Mahler's eight symphony. One of the conductors is now Gergiev. It is my own personal belief that nothing is ... more
Ryan Adams: Heartbreaker        (2 of 2 found this review helpful)
  Review by analogue April 23, 2012

A very good sacd release of Adams first solo album which sports excellent sonics. This release by Mofi was just before they went bankrupt in the early part of the decade. I feel that their sacd releases were better then than they are today. This particular album is much more intimate than Ryan's ... more
Art Tatum: Piano Starts Here          (2 of 2 found this review helpful)
  Review by Sniffer April 21, 2012

Don't let the term "re-production" mislead you. This is a recent recording using the finest recording equipment and piano. The "re-production" part is their use of a computer to analyze an old recording of the artist and digitize every possible nuance of the music. The digital file is then hooked up ... more
  Site review by Geohominid April 21, 2012

A first disc of Schubert lieder is a milestone in the career of any soprano. Camilla Tilling and Paul Rivinius formed an excellent Lieder partnership in their Richard Strauss programme (Rote Rosen - Camilla Tilling), so expectations are high. Evidently the dramatic experiences of her burgeoning ... more
Beethoven: Violin Concerto - Oistrakh        (4 of 11 found this review helpful)
  Review by SnaggS April 20, 2012

This recording and performance are wonderful. Oistrakh never sounds wispy and leads the orchestra (conducted superbly by Cluytens, so no suprises there). I'm so glad a friend introduced me to Oistrakh, they dont make them like this anymore.
Clark Terry: Portraits        (2 of 2 found this review helpful)
  Review by analogue April 20, 2012

Chesky is a great label and produces many amazing sacd's. Even though I am a dsd snob and prefer this as my best digital source high rez pcm when recorded good is very excellent as well. Clark Terry is a great trumpet player from way back in the glory days of jazz and he still plays amazingly ... more
Can: Monster Movie      
  Review by progboy April 19, 2012

The Can (as they were known back then) released some superb Krautrock albums and 1969's release set the stage for this unique band who were a whole lot less concerned with song structure and much more based on sound and mood. I will admit that Movie Monster will not be for everyone.....a real cross ... more
Hommage a Mozart        (4 of 9 found this review helpful)
  Review by enridecri April 19, 2012

This is a "must have" box for those who don't know the genius of Mozart and don't know what to buy first. Here are five "greatest hits" for each musical style of classical music. Symponies, Concertoes, Chamber Music, Serenades and Operas. Executions are really good and sound quality really clear ... more
  Review by Steveoboogie April 18, 2012

As has been said there is no questioning how great and important this record is. It was the album that made Eric Clapton break up cream! This record marks the beginning of Americana music. Four Canadians and one American made a sound that would spark the California rock sound of the late 70's and ... more
  Review by jimbo1960 April 17, 2012

I had to add my 2 cents worth when I saw a few reviewers bashing the sound quality. The sound quality on this title is excellent. One reviewer described it as 'analogue' sounding, and I'd agree. If you like the Doobie Brothers and you have a good stereo, you won't be disappointed.
  Site review by Castor April 16, 2012

Giovanni Bottesini (1821-1889) a much-travelled conductor, composer and most importantly virtuoso bassist, is hardly a household name these days and he is perhaps often only mentioned as the conductor of the premier of Verdi's 'Aida' in 1871. However, his richly melodic compositions featuring the ... more
Foreigner: 4        (1 of 4 found this review helpful)
  Review by hooperthom April 16, 2012

After listening to this a couple of times I find it a little overly bright. Vocals are a little too forward. Overall it's not bad but could have been a lot better.
  Site review by Geohominid April 16, 2012

Manze's "post-h.i.p." approach (as he terms it) to the Brahms Symphonies is not particularly new. Mackerras and Harnoncourt have already led the way with orchestras using modern instruments and period playing practices. In the copious booklet notes he acknowledges that much of the scholarship, such ... more
Ryan Adams: Gold      (2 of 2 found this review helpful)
  Review by analogue April 16, 2012

Who says newer music cant be good??? Have had this in my collection for some years now and was shocked when I played it again. This is one great sounding sacd. A great recording. Ryan's second album release is very strong indeed with excellent song writing and a fantastic band behind him. The ... more
Gjeilo - piano improvisations         (1 of 3 found this review helpful)
  Review by Sniffer April 15, 2012

Another excellent recording from Ola Gjeilo. It is all piano, unlike Stone Rose which includes several other instruments. The music is sometimes Jazz, sometimes New Age, and sometimes Classical. All of it is excellent. The recording and engineering is also well done. If you prefer, it is available ... more
  Site review by Castor April 15, 2012

The ill-fated project by Hugo von Hofmannsthal and Richard Strauss to pair Molière's play 'Le Bougeois Gentilhomme' with an opera seria based on the Greek legend of Ariadne abandoned on the island of Naxos was an unmitigated disaster at its première in in 1912, but it did eventually yield the final ... more
The Doors: The Doors        (5 of 6 found this review helpful)
  Review by goldear April 14, 2012

I'm not a big doors fan overall, but I have been very happy with the rest of the Warner Japan SACDs and decided to take a chance on this one. I'm glad that I did, even though one review here almost stopped me from buying it. I totally disagree with the assessment that this SACD has no ... more
Dire Straits: Making Movies      (8 of 10 found this review helpful)
  Review by james_joyce April 14, 2012

This is my favorite Dire Straits albums and one of my favorite rock albums of all time, so I'd say the performance is self-recommending. The question is are the sonics on this SACD worth the hefty price. To me, in a word, yes. This version is much better than the RBCD and in pretty much every way. I ... more
  Review by pvcmusiclover April 11, 2012

I really like the concept of this record company: they set up a single stereo microphone in an acoustic space (in this case, a church) and let it rip. The tracks are raw and un-edited and it's sure genuine DSD with no limiting. Frankly, the music is rather boring. Nothing I would listen to for ... more
Pink Floyd: Wish You Were Here        (0 of 5 found this review helpful)
  Review by pvcmusiclover April 11, 2012

I agree with the above reviewer. The sonic texture is great - very netural and un-forced. There is, however, a little bit of an edge missing though.
Nat "King" Cole: After Midnight        (2 of 2 found this review helpful)
  Review by pvcmusiclover April 11, 2012

Of course, Nat King Cole is something else. Probably one of the best vocalists of all time. For those of you unfamiliar with recording technology history, the 50s was a total crapshoot in terms of quality. Actual capture quality ranged from "knock your socks off" to "a huge pile of saturated mud" ... more
The Doors: The Doors        (4 of 7 found this review helpful)
  Review by pvcmusiclover April 11, 2012

The original master tape of this album sounded just bad - particularly the muddy tone the rolled off treble. This disc goes back to the original session tapes (which sound much much better) and remixes them, taking the liberty of adding some reverb and a bit of limiting. However I'm willing to ... more
Willie Nelson: Stardust      (0 of 1 found this review helpful)
  Review by pvcmusiclover April 11, 2012

I had the pleasure of hearing this album on Mastersound half speed LP. However, that record had rather elevated treble. This is a very neutral presentation of an absolutely amazing album. One of the few country/pop records that even makes an attempt at real soundstage. A great performance and a ... more
Stan Getz and Joao Gilberto: Getz/Gilberto        (7 of 7 found this review helpful)
  Review by pvcmusiclover April 11, 2012

I don't know that it gets any better than this. Absolutely NO comparison to the HDTracks version (which was veiled and dry sounding). Very accurate tonal rendering and a nice high end. Plus, the bass is tight and accurate. What really impresses, though, is the lucid rendering of depth in this ... more
Sam Cooke: Night Beat        (3 of 3 found this review helpful)
  Review by pvcmusiclover April 11, 2012

A great show piece for the awesome sound of Analogue Productions. Tonality is very accurate, warm and inviting. Nothing digital or artificial about it! The rendering of low level detail (such as the reverb of the room it's recorded in) just adds to this sonic ecstasy.
  Review by pvcmusiclover April 11, 2012

Sonics are alright. Better than your average redbook CD, but the tonality of the tracks is all rather dry and artificial. I don't know how else to say it and I'm honestly not sure what I'm hearing.
Rolling Stones: 12x5        (1 of 2 found this review helpful)
  Review by pvcmusiclover April 11, 2012

The prize sonic gems of this disc are tracks 1, 2, 3 and 7, which were all recorded at Chess Records. Holy cow!!! Bob Ludwig knows what he's going. The remasters were done end-to-end in DSD (he used analog EQ and the like). On the Chess songs, Everything is really tight and snappy, not to mention ... more
  Review by pvcmusiclover April 11, 2012

Genuine DSD and no trace of limiting. This album is dynamic as all get out. A little bit more "space" than the other releases. However, it's still got smeared sonics plus a rather muddy and overbearing low end. As I mentioned before, I really wish someone like Steve Hoffman would do these albums ... more
  Review by pvcmusiclover April 11, 2012

Genuine DSD for sure and no trace of limiting! I feel there's more "space" and coherency in this album than the previous two. I really don't like the bass, which out of proportion loud compared to the rest of the spectrum. The sonics are also a bit smeared and dark. Quite simply, I'd love to hear ... more
  Review by pvcmusiclover April 11, 2012

This album has better sonics than Outlandos D'Amour, but not by a whole lot. Very dynamic presentation - waveform views show no trace of limiting and it's genuine DSD. Better use of panning and reverb than the previous album, but everything sounds kind of warm and a bit smeared. Is it better than ... more
  Review by pvcmusiclover April 11, 2012

The first thing you notice upon listening is that this is a very dynamic rock & roll record, particularly with the kick drum. Looking at the waveforms, there is no trace of limiting or brickwalling. This is for sure genuine DSD (as verified from looking at spectographs of 88.2/24 rips). Sound ... more
  Review by pvcmusiclover April 11, 2012

This recording exhibits a full dynamic range, as compared to the slightly brickwalled one on my 2006 CD issue. Next, the EQ seems somewhat neutral,as opposed to the rather treble intense CD version. A little bit veiled, though.
  Review by pvcmusiclover April 11, 2012

MFSL got this one right. For one, it's quite a dynamic album. A little warm, but plenty of inner detail. Tone isn't perfect (I would have contoured the bass a little bit and added a little bit of treble), but it's a lot more neutral than What's Goin On.
  Review by pvcmusiclover April 11, 2012

No questions, this probably one of the best albums ever recorded. Soncially, you get that characteristic MFSL sound - very accurate/tight sound. Compared to a previous CD issue, the bass is definitely improved (tighter, more extended). My one complaint is that MFSL refuses to use an equalizer. On ... more
Foghat: Fool For The City        (1 of 1 found this review helpful)
  Review by pvcmusiclover April 11, 2012

The tight sonics of this album are really well revealed by the MFSL transfer. That's for sure. Slow Ride is a great example. Just the snap of the drums, etc. By far, way cleaner/tighter than version out there (that I can think of). Sorry to be picky, but I really don't like MFSL's idea that one can ... more
Earth, Wind & Fire: That's The Way of the World        (0 of 1 found this review helpful)
  Review by pvcmusiclover April 11, 2012

Earth, Wind and Fire just owned. I don't know how else to put it. The performance is just out of this world. As usual, Mobile Fidelity did not disappoint. The level of inner detail and taughtness is quite marvelous. This was originally recorded on an ATR machine, which is known for extremely low ... more
  Review by pvcmusiclover April 11, 2012

Wooww. That's about all I can say. If you ever wanted something that demonstrated tonal accuracy and depth of sound stage, this is it! The tape is a bit hissy, but the depth of soundtage is outstanding, dynamics are good and there's a near perfect amount of "old tube sound" to it. The performance ... more
  Review by pvcmusiclover April 11, 2012

This album has sonics that are more comparable to late 70s/early 80s releases and top-notch ATR machines (think EWF and Chuck Mangione) than early 70s rock & roll. Slightly bright, but defined treble and tonal color, not to mention a very wide "depth" of sound stage. The MFSL release really lays ... more
Donovan: Storyteller      
  Review by pvcmusiclover April 11, 2012

Donovan, simply is just classic. I've always been impressed with the production of his material, but have always wanted to hear an audiophile release. That dream came true! Hoffman does what he does best. EQed to a T - tight, accurate bass and defined, but integrated high end. You can really hear ... more
  Review by pvcmusiclover April 11, 2012

Classic album. Probably one of favorite 80s pop releases. First of all, this is genuine DSD (verified on a spectorgram of an 88.2/24 rip). Looking at waveforms, I can also see that the content has fairly low dynamic range, but is not brick wall limited. I've heard the remastered CD with bonus ... more
  Review by pvcmusiclover April 11, 2012

Absolutely classic performance! A waveform view shows that these tracks are raw with no limiting/compression used. Spectrally, there's content 30khz and above so this is real DSD. Good soundstage and depth! Not quite five stars, because (as with other early Columbia releases), it's a bit grainy ... more
Carole King: Tapestry      (1 of 1 found this review helpful)
  Review by pvcmusiclover April 11, 2012

Musically, this is a masterpiece of an album. No questions about that. Stereo sonics are ok. To my ears (I could be wrong), it sounds like they were taken directly from the stereo mixdown tape (mixed from the multitrack). Hearing the minimal amount of production that went into this, it would seem ... more
  Review by pvcmusiclover April 11, 2012

Sadly, the sonics of this album aren't quite as impressive as their previous one (for whatever reason). That being said, the MFSL mastering pulls every last ounce of detail out of the tape. Definitely tighter and more detailed than my vinyl version. All the same, I'm pretty sure that Dolby Noise ... more

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