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Sam Cooke: Portrait of a Legend 1951-1964        (1 of 1 found this review helpful)
  Review by progboy June 5, 2012

Sam Cooke had the voice ! Sam Cooke had the soul ! Brought to you by the same label that brought you those great Rolling Stones sacd and Herman's Hermits ABKCO. And just like those other sacds this one offers wonderful clean sound and excellent speaker separation. Sam's voice is so pure and ... more
  Site review by Polly Nomial June 5, 2012

Outstanding. The disc opens and closes with "Arioso - Hommage a Walter Levin 85"; why two renditions? The first is played with wooden mutes, the second with metal mutes. The wooden account is quite gentle in tone from the Athena Quartet. The 6 Moments musicaux Op. 44 are next up and are frequently ... more
Beethoven: Diabelli Variations - Gary Cooper          (5 of 6 found this review helpful)
  Review by aaron June 5, 2012

This is my first review here, and there is a reason why this is the first! I find Coopers play absolutely mesmerizing on this glorious restored instrument. He really understands this music as far as I can judge. The sound is as good as it get and I can say this with some degree of certainty because ... more
Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong: Ella and Louis        (8 of 9 found this review helpful)
  Review by Claude June 5, 2012

I compared this 4th SACD release of the 1956 "Ella and Louis" album to the japanese hybrid SACD from 2004 (UCGU-7039) The difference is quite important. At first, the japanese SACD sounds much more detailled and forward, but this is due to a big upper treble boost compared to the Analogue ... more
  Site review by Polly Nomial June 3, 2012

Another self-recommending set from the Dunedin Consort under John Butt. After a three-part overture, the work is structured into 3 acts of 3 scenes almost all of which have at least 2 recitatives, 1 air and 1 chorus. The first number, musically, to stand out is that of "Tune your harps to cheerful ... more
  Site review by Polly Nomial June 2, 2012

Another outstanding release from this astonishingly talented young conductor. Those fearing that the Scottish Chamber Orchestra forces are too meagre for such an orchestral extravaganza can rest easier, for this is not their ordinary scale (strings are 9, 8, 6, 6, 4) and they strike a good balance ... more
  Site review by Polly Nomial June 2, 2012

The turn of Barthold Kuijken to take a bow... As a small rest from their ongoing Bach Cantata project, La Petite Bande under Sigiswald Kuijken take a holiday to Italy and present Vivaldi's Op. 10 collection, a later solo concerto and a double concerto from their principal flautist Barthold Kuijken. ... more
Steely Dan: Aja      (2 of 4 found this review helpful)
  Review by gingerbeardman June 1, 2012

I actually prefer the 5.1 DTS version of Aja compared to this SHM-SACD reissue. It just lacks a bit of sparkle for me.
Gotan Project: La Revancha del Tango        (0 of 2 found this review helpful)
  Review by gingerbeardman June 1, 2012

A great album, but watch out for the killer bass. You might annoy the neighbours!
  Review by progboy June 1, 2012

Bjork's Medulla is definitely an acquired taste album ! I have loved some of Bjork's stuff and others less so...kind of hit or miss for me personally but based on the glowing reviews here I decided to pick it up and will admit that it is an intense but rewarding listening experience. The sound ... more
The Who: Tommy      (7 of 8 found this review helpful)
  Review by MacClaus June 1, 2012

The best digital pressing. I never heard a better Tommy CD.
The Who: Tommy      (8 of 8 found this review helpful)
  Review by analogue June 1, 2012

I was a huge fan of the original sacd as it was the disc that forced me to go hirez. For its day it was a great release but as sacd quality has improved over the last 8 years the sound quality has grown long in the tooth as it were. Its obvious that some of the re Mastering TRICKS OF 90's CD ... more
Dire Straits: Dire Straits      (1 of 1 found this review helpful)
  Review by cooksta June 1, 2012

One of the best sacd's I have in my small collection, smooth, silky without a hint of harshness. I listened to this at high levels as soon as I received the disc (-5 from reference) and could have done so for hours. There us noticeable tape hiss in quiet passages, however this does not distract from ... more
Bach: Les Quatre Ouvertures - Savall        (1 of 4 found this review helpful)
  Review by Araner May 31, 2012

Older recording (1990) of Bach's four overtures. Very well made, very natural sound of the orchestra, I like a party string, brass section sounds rather isolation from the overall sound. Some songs feel unnecessarily slow pace (glorius Air). Technically very well recorded, stereo sounds fuller than ... more
Russian Ballet Suites - Vedernikov          (4 of 5 found this review helpful)
  Review by ruxtonvet May 31, 2012

I almost did not buy this SACD because of the mixed reviews. Castor's review: "First, the sound quality is, for the most part, unappealing. It gives a harsh metallic edge to the strings, and climaxes are brash and sometimes congested, even in MC". This is one of the finest recordings I have ever ... more
Cat Stevens: Tea for the Tillerman        (3 of 4 found this review helpful)
  Review by analogue May 31, 2012

I m pretty sure lovers of classic folk/ rock were excited by this sacd release. I sure was. This particular Cat Stevens album is very musically excellent all the way through. Upon my first couple of listens I was fairly impressed with the sound. I felt perhaps that there was a certain smoothness ... more
  Site review by Geohominid May 30, 2012

West10brass are a symphonic brass band of ten players who come from the orchestras of North Rhine-Westphalia in Western Germany. Their aim is simply to have fun by playing their instruments together, - hopefully before audiences. Their first SACD disc title is named (somewhat with tongues in ... more
  Site review by Castor May 30, 2012

The Royal Scottish National Orchestra and Neeme Järvi, their indefatigable Conductor Laureate, continue their fruitful relationship for Chandos with a generously filled SACD (77' 40”) of familiar and unfamiliar orchestral works by Saint-Saëns. Those who enjoyed the recent survey of the composer's ... more
  Site review by Castor May 29, 2012

Today is the 50th anniversary of the first performance of Britten's War Requiem that took place at the consecration the rebuilt Coventry cathedral on 30th May 1962. When the composer's own interpretation of his most ambitious work was enshrined by Decca the following year, it became a unique ... more
  Site review by Geohominid May 29, 2012

René Clausen (b. 1953) is presently best known as one of America's most popular composers of choral music, even though his output covers most musical genres. For more than twenty-five years, he has directed the Concordia College Choir in Minnesota, an internationally renowned body. As well as ... more
  Review by progboy May 29, 2012

This was one of the first SACD's I ever bought and tonight felt like a little Sonny Clark so threw this disc into the player and was transformed! These songs were originally recorded back in 1959 a year after the release of his classic "Cool Struttin" which I picked up a while back on XRCD! The ... more
Hank Mobley: Workout        (3 of 3 found this review helpful)
  Review by progboy May 29, 2012

Hank Mobley, Grant Green, Wynton Kelly, Paul Chambers (who else) and Philly Joe what a line up. Workout is a way more relaxed album that you might have thought from its title but trust me nothing is missing! What is great about this album is that everyone gets a good chunk of space and ... more
The Kinks: Preservation Act 1        (3 of 3 found this review helpful)
  Review by progboy May 29, 2012

The Kinks albums on can you go wrong ! Preservation Act 1 is totally mapped from the genius drama-like qualities of the "Arthur" album with huge themed songs and great musicianship. Ray Davies had this huge concept stage and album presentation in mind when he undertook this huge project ... more
Rolling Stones: Exile on Main St.      (4 of 4 found this review helpful)
  Review by Lucabeer May 29, 2012

Definitely better than the Redbook releases, the difference is noticeable! Finally we can listen to this album with good presence, depth, clarity and frequency extension. Sure, it never was a particularly "hi-fi" recording (most takes were done in Richards' villa in France, not in a professional ... more
Bach: Brandenburg Concertos Nos. 1-4 - Fasolis        (5 of 5 found this review helpful)
  Review by wilbur May 27, 2012

Wow - I bought this on the strength of a couple of reviews and was frankly not expecting all that much as the group was unknown to me. More fool me, therefore, to find what is absolutely spectacular playing here. There is real fire in these performances, and the solo playing is quite something to ... more
Linda Ronstadt: What's New        (1 of 2 found this review helpful)
  Review by Discspinner May 27, 2012

This SACD is an OK experience for me and could have been a lot better if there was better song variety. I found it to be a bit plodding after a while. It needs some toe tappers to go with the wrist cutters. Linda's voice dominates the mix, perhaps a bit too much. The orchestration doesn't seem now ... more
Blue Coast Collection - Various Artists        (2 of 2 found this review helpful)
  Review by Discspinner May 27, 2012

One or two instruments accompanying one or two voices predominate in this mostly folk-sounding SACD. Guitars and vocals are recorded beautifully. I couldn't immediately find the songriter credits so I am assuming these are singer songwriters. Great atmosphere in these recordings (am listening in ... more
Lalo: Concerto russe, Piano Concerto - Bakels        (3 of 3 found this review helpful)
  Review by Adrian Cue May 27, 2012

Another interesting disk from BIS, delving into largely unexplored French musical territory. For most ‘mélomanes’ Edouard Lalo equals 'Symphonie Espagnole'. Here, the two main works clearly are the ‘Concert Russe’ for violin and orchestra and the piano concerto; the other three pieces being welcome ... more
  Review by dane May 25, 2012

Have anyone noticed that left and right channels are swapped compared to the standard cd version? The sacd has significantly better sonics than the cd - track 6 sourrounds you completely with soundstage like I had a surround system. My favourtite sacd at this time!
Dead Can Dance: Aion        (3 of 3 found this review helpful)
  Review by progboy May 25, 2012

Aion was the 5th album released from the creative prowess of Brendan Perry and Lisa Gerrard. This album is another deep spiritual exploration into a wonderful fusion of music, tones and emotions. With a nice mix of instrumental and vocalized songs this album takes you on quite a journey. This is the ... more
  Site review by Geohominid May 25, 2012

In their survey of Eduard Lalo's concertante works for violin, BIS already released an RBCD disc with Kantorow, including Lalo's Symphonie espagnole, which garnered warm critical acclaim. The present disc follows with somewhat lesser fare, including sundry pieces for violin and orchestra, as well as ... more
  Site review by Geohominid May 24, 2012

Langgaard's musical career was mostly blighted by the Danish artistic Establishment, since he persisted to compose in the retrograde late Romantic style, while his peers were intent on absorbing themselves into the turn of the century avant garde. Nonetheless prolific, producing works in most of the ... more
Beethoven: Piano Concertos Nos. 1, 2 & 4 - Ikuyo Nakamichi, Paavo Järvi          (9 of 10 found this review helpful)
  Review by dist1610 May 23, 2012

MY Review in German (cause I'm from Austria) Vorab: Diese Aufnahme wurde in Deutschland aufgenommen. Der Klang und die künstlerische Ausführung sind ausgezeichnet. Järvi und Nakamichi sind bestens aufeinander abgestimmt. Auch die lyrischen Stellen im 1./2. Klavierkonzert kommen hier nicht zu kurz. ... more
  Site review by Geohominid May 23, 2012

Domenico Scarlatti (1685-1757) was prepared for his musical career at a very early age, utlimately becoming known Europe-wide as a great harpsichordist, at least the equal of Handel. A Neopolitan, he spent most of this career in the Iberian Peninsula, first in the employ of King John V at Lisbon ... more
  Site review by Polly Nomial May 22, 2012

Even though this is a new recording, I suspect I will not be the only having a trip down memory lane with this disc. Here, Harald Vogel records an appealing mixture of chorale preludes, fantasias and some of the big preludes or toccata's and fugues that Bach composed relatively early in his life, ... more
  Site review by Castor May 22, 2012

These days there is almost an embarrassment of riches where phenomenally gifted young artists are concerned. They burst upon the music scene blessed with astonishing technical prowess and with a fistful of awards from international competitions, so any newcomer has to be the possessor of extra ... more
Paganini: Violin Concertos Nos. 1 & 4 - Henryk Szeryng        (6 of 7 found this review helpful)
  Review by canonical May 22, 2012

Performance ----------------- I have many, many recordings of this violin showpiece, as it is a piece I studied when I was a young teen. My favourite recordings include a young Itzhak Perlman, the superbly brilliant (but short-lived) Michael Rabin, and Nathan Milstein. It may not be a very deep ... more
Bach: Brandenburg Concertos - Savall        (4 of 8 found this review helpful)
  Review by jeff3948 May 21, 2012

Since I had bought several re-mastered to SACD discs by Savall previously such as Handel: Water Music; Music for the Royal Fireworks and Purcell: Fantasias for the Viols both of which were superb stereo to multi-channel re-mastering jobs, I thought this was going to be superb too. However, I was ... more
  Site review by Geohominid May 21, 2012

'Viola Tales' comes from an early title of one of Schumann's pieces on this disc. He was aware that some musical instruments had unforgivably low profiles, especially the viola. In 1849, 7 years after his "year of chamber music", he started an attempt to "give each instrument a turn". The first of ... more
Café Bleu: The Style Council      (1 of 4 found this review helpful)
  Review by mofangels May 20, 2012

And here we go!.....this SACD sounds really well! The sound is well detailed and balanced through stereo channels. I mean....i grew up with this record and i say that, IMHO, this is a great album and this SACD mix could be the definitive recording masterpiece. In other it!
  Site review by Polly Nomial May 19, 2012

This disc is full to the brim of Strauss' most delightful music, with an overlap into some of his most profound compositions with the majority of the vocal items. Opening with the suite to "Der Burger als Edelmann" or "Le Bourgeois Gentilhomme", the playing sadly points up the limitations of this ... more
Mozart: Symphonies Nos. 35, 40 & 41 - Kubelik        (3 of 12 found this review helpful)
  Review by Michael B May 19, 2012

This makes not really sense for me because the recording was made digital in 1980 in something different then 44,1k (50kHz i guess like the Ry Cooder and Donald Fagen recordings)and less then 16Bit. Maybe a 3m or a Sony digital reel 2 reel was used (aside with the Denon digital recording devices the ... more
Rachmaninov: Symphonic Dances, Vocalise - Johanos        (3 of 10 found this review helpful)
  Review by jeffreybehr May 19, 2012

Oh my...I'm first....gulp... This is the famed recording released decades ago on a Vox Turnabout LP, most of which were rather noisy; this SACD is NOT. The performance is quite good, but I'm no expert on Rach's SDs. I've heard several performances lately, live and recorded, and this seems to be as ... more
Stravinsky: Petrouchka, Rachmaninov: Symphonic Dances - Jansons          (5 of 10 found this review helpful)
  Review by jeffreybehr May 18, 2012

This will address the 'Symphonic Dances', for which I bought the disc. I've not yet listened to the Stravinsky. I find the performance excellent--energetic and assertively conducted when the music requires that and tender when the music needs that. I find the recording also excellent...quite ... more
Messiaen: La Nativité du Seigneur - Wolfgang Sieber        (7 of 7 found this review helpful)
  Review by Beagle May 18, 2012

Hmm, a disc this good needs a review of some sort (and deserves a more thorough review than this 'off the cuff' quickie). THE MUSIC IF you are a fan of Messiaen already THEN consider yourself blessed, say no more, wink-wink, nudge-nudge (I refer to the Messiaen of the 'Quartet for the End of Time', ... more
Sam Cooke: The Best of Sam Cooke        (1 of 1 found this review helpful)
  Review by pontiac May 18, 2012

The silky smooth voice of sam cooke was made for dsd. Analogue productions always seem to do a good job and this one sounds great too. An alternate take (no.8) of "another saturday night" and a bonus track "nothing can change this love" are thrown in too. A bunch of familiar songs in high quality. A ... more
  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        (2 of 2 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 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          (10 of 10 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

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