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  Site review by Geohominid February 22, 2013

There are many discs entitled "Reflections", but this is the first time I have encountered "Refractions". Such titling is often only weakly connected with the programme, but here it seems to work well. Both light and sound waves change direction (and frequency) when passing from one medium to ... more
Patricia Barber: A Distortion of Love        (1 of 3 found this review helpful)
  Review by stef40 February 21, 2013

Not as good as the others "Barber".Maybe this is due to the recording date (1991)? or something else?This one is less clear (the highs),there is less dynamic, the presentation seems to be darker.The music is good with nice ballads.
Miles Davis: Sketches of Spain        (16 of 17 found this review helpful)
  Review by undertone February 21, 2013

Though Miles Davis’ name appears above the title and Miles was the instigator of the project, “Sketches of Spain” is from beginning to end the work of gifted composer/arranger Gil Evans, and is overdue for reevaluation. More than a half-century after it was recorded, it still doesn’t fit neatly into ... more
  Review by marshman February 20, 2013

Invisible Touch saw Genesis reach the peak of their success, although this was as a result (in my view) of taking a more pop approach to the music, and who can blame them. Of the performance and music itself, there is a lot more use of electric drums than on the previous album. Whilst 1983's self ... more
  Site review by Castor February 20, 2013

For the first volume of a new Chandos series devoted to the orchestral works of the Swedish composer Kurt Atterberg (1887-1974), Neeme Järvi moves appropriately to Gothenburg with its fine orchestra and a concert hall whose acoustic is ranked amongst the world's finest. Though many of Atterberg's ... more
  Site review by Polly Nomial February 19, 2013

The first complete set of these milestones of the violin & piano genre on SACD & in pretty good performances too that are completely undermined by a noisy audience and a verging on the dessicated acoustic. First, a quick exposition on how the sonatas are distributed on three well-filled discs: Disc ... more
  Review by ToEhrIsHuman February 19, 2013

I'd like to clear up the confusion on this title as to whether it was mastered from disk, a tape copy of the disk, et al. Here is my Twitter conversation with mastering maestro Steve Hoffman on February 18, 2013: Me: Just listening to your Buddy Rich AF SACD and was wondering if it was mastered ... more
  Site review by Geohominid February 18, 2013

"Desire, Hope, World Affairs" is the (translated) title for this recording of a 2009 live concert by the Philharmonic Orchestra of the Hanseatic town of Lübeck on the German Baltic coast. These words could apply to all of the works on this inventive programme. The Franco-Swiss composer Honegger's ... more
  Site review by Polly Nomial February 17, 2013

This is not due for release until April but this disc has rarely left my player since I have received it. La Nuova Musica is an ensemble of players and singers that has been together for barely five years: the plaudits they have garnered though are thoroughly deserved. Having sung under such HIP ... more
  Site review by Polly Nomial February 17, 2013

A reasonable recital of three wonderful sonatas that is fatally flawed for multi-channel listeners. For those who have not yet made the leap into multi-channel or indeed HIP as exemplified by Brautigam in Beethoven: Complete Piano Works Vol. 1 - Brautigam, Beethoven: Complete Piano Works Vol. 6 - Brautigam & ... more
  Site review by Polly Nomial February 17, 2013

Another wonderful disc of these ever-delightful piano trios. Compared to Mendelssohn: Piano Trios - Fischer, Gilad, Müller-Schott, this account might uncharitably be said to lack "personality" or, more accurately, "personalities". That is not to say that the performances are at all under-characterised or bland; no, these ... more
Rolling Stones: Beggars Banquet      (5 of 5 found this review helpful)
  Review by Khorn February 16, 2013

This has always been my fave Stones album. I've had a copy in almost every format available over the years including the ABKCO SA-CD which I thought was pretty good. Based on this musical performance and previous experience with SHM SA-CDs I decided to spring for a copy on the chance it might be ... more
  Review by sacd-peter February 16, 2013

There are great rock'n roll tracks on this disc set. No surprise there is also great guitar work (in that category). So performance is a solid four star performance and it is recommended. Sonically this set is a disaster; if you were hoping for some reasonable sounding rock'n roll this is not it.
Rolling Stones: Beggars Banquet        (3 of 3 found this review helpful)
  Review by progboy February 15, 2013

On Beggars Banquet the Stones put the psychedelia and the 60's rock and roll thing into the passenger seat and delivered a stunning album with deep blues roots. This is one of my favourite Stones albums of all time and I think it is really just one of those albums that I will never tire listening ... more
Ockeghem, Sørensen: Requiem - Hillier        (3 of 4 found this review helpful)
  Review by progboy February 15, 2013

Johannes Ockeghem and Bent Sørensen - Requiem Johannes Ockeghem composed this beautiful choral requiem 500 years ago which has been lovingly compiled, augmented by Danish composer Bent Sørensen and performed in completition by conductor Paul Hillier and Ars Nova Copenhagen. Sørensen was ... more
Elvis Presley: Elvis is Back!        (4 of 4 found this review helpful)
  Review by progboy February 15, 2013

Elvis Presley - Elvis Is Back! RCA Victor Records (1960) SACD Here is a great Elvis album that shows a more maturing and diverse artist in development. This was something like Elvis' 10th album and represented a real shift in his approach. In 1960 this album peaked at number 2 on the Billboard ... more
  Site review by Geohominid February 15, 2013

There are not many pianists who would care to begin recording a new cycle of piano works by Brahms with the composer's two finest and most challenging pieces. Jonathon Plowright, a new young, roundly fêted and self-confident virtuoso, thinks this is the best way to start his journey through the ... more
Frank Sinatra: Where Are You?        (6 of 6 found this review helpful)
  Review by progboy February 14, 2013

Frank Sinatra - Where Are You ? SACD What an amazing album..........what an amazing voice ! In all it's MONO-BEAUTY, Sinatra's "Where Are You?" is an album that verges on perfection! An album that is filled with that incredible creative Sinatra - lonely romanticism that only he can pull off. ... more
The Who: Who's Next      (2 of 2 found this review helpful)
  Review by cordobaman February 11, 2013

I LOVE this SACD. Other SHM releases did not thrill me. This one is a keeper. I had no idea there was acoustic guitar in every song! The clarity is phenomenal. The drums...you can hear the snap of the stick/hammer hitting the skins, the cymbals shimmer. The vocals are real. We all have heard these ... more
The Who: Tommy        (1 of 1 found this review helpful)
  Review by cordobaman February 11, 2013

Warm, rich, full-bodied sound. I am very pleased with this release. The surround is not overdone. The bass is nice and strong. The clarity is amazing given the age of this recording. Lots of content, some are mediocre, a few are absolutely outstanding...worth every penny for the gems.
Chris Thile: Not All Who Wander Are Lost        (3 of 5 found this review helpful)
  Review by mfantiv February 11, 2013

There is a HUGE issue with this release: the SACD version is an whole step lower and a tick slower than the CD version. This changes the entire atmosphere of the album and is irritating to listen to. According to a reviewer at Amazon, this was a SNAFU in the SACD mix that wasn't caught until after ... more
Rimsky-Korsakov: Scheherazade - Reiner        (3 of 17 found this review helpful)
  Review by Steve Steckel February 8, 2013

This performance has, for me, been the best of the recorded performances until recently. I first had this performance on a 331/3 album. Then a cd. Then an XRCD, Then the SACD currently under discussion. Now, I think it has been surpassed, at least as far as the sonics and maybe the performance, by a ... more
  Site review by Castor February 8, 2013

This is a simply terrific release in every respect. For a highly regarded composer whose music was widely performed in the 19th century the present day neglect of Joachim Raff (1822-1882) is both unfortunate and undeserved. Many of Raff's eleven symphonies have appeared fitfully on CD (Marco Polo ... more
  Review by korowa February 7, 2013

As JW points out this recording continues a fine tradition of superior quality recordings associated with the Eighty-Eight's label. IMHO I actually prefer these alternative takes. In particular, I really enjoy Elvin Jones performance on this album.
Roxy Music: Avalon        (2 of 5 found this review helpful)
  Review by marshman February 6, 2013

Wow, reviews since 2007 - 2! I get the feeling I'm a little late on the bandwagon here. And like the previous most recent review I had to pay a pretty penny to get a copy of this SACD. To sum up my review, I'm both impressed and a little disappointed. I'd read so many raving reviews of this CD ... more
  Site review by Geohominid February 6, 2013

Isserlis writes in his notes for this disc "... the cello repertoire is not so huge that we can afford all the lost works which burn the souls of cellists everywhere". He is in the position of being able to commission arrangements (or reVisions) to add to his repertoire and that of other cellists. ... more
  Site review by Polly Nomial February 5, 2013

A well played recital featuring two very well known works in an unfamiliar guise. Throughout the piano "quintet", both Jude and Heisser play with impressive unity of phrasing and rhythmic precision. The tempo choices are all well within the realms of the mainstream, yet the myriad of Brahms' ... more
Elvis Presley: Elvis is Back!        (7 of 7 found this review helpful)
  Review by analogue February 5, 2013

Yep. The previous reviewer is right. As I mentioned in a previous review...master tapes are a funny thing. Some sound very old and tired......so worn a new transfer can do little to benefit the sacd release. Other tapes sound so compelling....so fresh and new that its remarkable that such a thing ... more
Genesis: Genesis        (2 of 2 found this review helpful)
  Review by marshman February 5, 2013

Being born in 1970 I started to love music in the early 80's, and this was one of the first albums I owned. I got it on cassette for Christmas in what I think must have been 1983 after getting the 7" for Mama. It wasn't long before I knew every track back to front, but in recent years I've hardly ... more
Dire Straits: Brothers in Arms        (1 of 2 found this review helpful)
  Review by FullRangeMan February 5, 2013

The 1980 Red Book CD is the first version of the CD working tech parameters book carved in stone by Sony/Philips, and named Red Book why it had a red cover apparently: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Red_Book_%28CD_standard%29
Strauss: Eine Alpensinfonie - Shipway        (2 of 7 found this review helpful)
  Review by jeffreybehr February 4, 2013

Wow. This is another BIS masterpiece of a recording, and Mr. Shipway and the Sao Paulo SO bring us a fine performance. The orchestra, if not world-class sounding here, is at least very good and never disappointing. The sound of the orchestra is wide, deep, and very natural, as is the overall ... more
Rachmaninov: Symphonic Dances - Litton        (4 of 5 found this review helpful)
  Review by jeffreybehr February 4, 2013

I LOVE the music of Rachmaninov but have become familiar with the 'Dances' only the last year or so. This performance and recording, unfortunately, are NOT keepers. The performance is quite restrained and unemotional and not at all suited to Rachmaninov. The recording, too, sounds 'small'. There's ... more
Handel, Croft - The Netherlands Bach Society          (5 of 5 found this review helpful)
  Review by Oakland February 4, 2013

A couple of weeks ago I happened upon an online article that spoke to the approaching celebrations being planned for Utrecht, Holland to commemorate the 300th anniversary of the Treaty of Utrecht that was signed in 1713. The Treaty brought to a formal conclusion nearly 200 hundred years of almost ... more
Dire Straits: Brothers in Arms        (0 of 4 found this review helpful)
  Review by KoOkaburra February 4, 2013

Can anybody explain to me what's a RBCD?? (1985 RBCD) Thank you.
  Site review by Castor February 4, 2013

According to Cosima Wagner's diaries, a few weeks before his death in 1883 Wagner declared that he “still owed the world a Tannhäuser” and from the time of the opera's première the composer frequently made revisions to the score, but still remained fundamentally dissatisfied with the ... more
In the Shadow of War      
  Site review by Geohominid February 4, 2013

Steven Isserlis is one of the most revered and charismatic concert cellists of our time. He is also very versatile; as well as playing concertos he is passionate about chamber music, a fine teacher of cello, an inveterate Festival organiser, deeply engaged in period performances. He has also ... more
Maggio Valente - Ensemble Micrologus        (3 of 3 found this review helpful)
  Review by Lute February 3, 2013

A medieval banquet of sounds & sensations is what awaits the listener in this LIVE recording of the Italian group, Micrologus. Like the wandering minstels & troubadours of old, they give impassioned performances of the secular works of various composers from the medieval and renaissance eras. No ... more
Tomita: Clair de Lune (Ultimate Edition)        (4 of 4 found this review helpful)
  Review by TheProf February 2, 2013

A long time devotee to Tomita, this 4 channel quadraphonic edition is much welcomed. The sound is very immersive compared to most multichannel discs, which rely on ambience and reverberation on the rear channels. Here the music is equally spread over 4 speakers. It works perfectly for Tomita as his ... more
John Coltrane: Lush Life        (3 of 3 found this review helpful)
  Review by progboy February 2, 2013

John Coltrane - Lush Life SACD The Prestige - era Coltrane albums are some of my favourite jazz ever! A number of year ago I snagged the Prestige CD box sets (Interplay and Fearless Leader) which assembled tons of his albums and guest appearances on Prestige and that is where I heard Lush Life for ... more
  Site review by Geohominid February 2, 2013

From the early '60s, Sir Colin Davis has been a first choice for recordings of Bizet's music for many listeners. However, with this superb Chandos disc of the Berlioz Overtures played by the Bergen Philharmonic, it seems like there may be another significant rival for Sir Colin - another Davis. Sir ... more
Kapsberger: Li Fiori - Ensemble Vivante        (2 of 2 found this review helpful)
  Review by Lute February 2, 2013

"Li Fiori" or "The Flowers" is a lovely collection of songs in praise of flowers and other sundry subjects. The hyacinth, narcissus, granadiglia, jasmine, anemone, amaranth, and white rose are among the garden delights celebrated here. Interlaced with these are other songs on the subjects of pearls, ... more
Allman Brothers Band: The Allman Brothers Band        (4 of 4 found this review helpful)
  Review by analogue January 31, 2013

The good thing about this new sacd release is that its never been released on hi rez digital before so we are not double dipping as it were in purchasing it. Next is that this is a classic rock album from the golden age of rock. If you're a fan of the Allman Brothers this is a great place to ... more
  Site review by Castor January 31, 2013

If all goes according to plan the Wagner bicentenary this year will yield two new complete cycles of 'Der Ring des Nibelungen' on SACD. As part of their on-going cycle of ten Wagner operas, PentaTone have already recorded the first two Ring operas 'Das Rheingold' and 'Die Walküre', but they are yet ... more
Roxy Music: Avalon        (3 of 4 found this review helpful)
  Review by Audioflea January 30, 2013

First, Blu Falcon’s review from April, 2011 is just awesome. How great would it have been to have Avalon as your very first multi-channel, surround-sound experience? And not only that, but to have paid a mere $80 for it. I laugh and I weep when I read that. As of today the going used rate for this ... more
Debussy: 12 Etudes - Jean-Efflam Bavouzet        (2 of 2 found this review helpful)
  Review by Fugue January 30, 2013

This turned out to be rather pricey ($32 for the disc, $22 shipping from Japan--but it got here in 3 days!), but it is certainly a wonderful recording, and one of the few multi-channel discs from Triton. Those people certainly know how to capture the sound of the piano! The perspective is a little ... more
  Review by mwgfrg January 30, 2013

This is one of Klemperer's three great studio Mahler recordings, with Das Lied and the 9th--I also like the 4th, but find it a bit ponderous, and don't like the 7th, which practically defines what ponderous means in sound. Spacious, powerful, on the stately side, everything one admires about ... more
  Site review by Geohominid January 30, 2013

This double SA-CD from Challenge Classics appears to be a celebration of the art of Netherlands oboist Pauline Oosternrijk (and her soprano sister, Nienke). The two discs of the 'Oboe Passion' set were re-mastered to SA-CD from RBCDs recorded in June/July 1998 (CD1), release date 2003 and February ... more
Frankie Goes To Hollywood: Rage Hard, The Sonic Collection        (1 of 1 found this review helpful)
  Review by Audioflea January 30, 2013

This OOP disc is now going for crazy $ on the secondary market. At the time of this review, it’s the most that I’ve ever paid for a SACD; $125 US for a used copy in very good condition, and I’ve never regretted it. The bottom line is if you’re just a casual fan or only have an out-of-the-box ... more
Pink Floyd: Wish You Were Here        (3 of 3 found this review helpful)
  Review by Bicman January 29, 2013

I read all the reviews here and have to disagree with some. I listened to this a couple of times now, both on headphones, (Grado), and through my speaker system and I find the quality to be outstanding. The lower frequencies are present when and where they should be, not over-powering or over-blown. ... more
Jorma Kaukonen: Blue Country Heart        (1 of 1 found this review helpful)
  Review by Djoel January 29, 2013

Just finish listening to this marvelous recording, which I don't know much of this gentleman's music or career. A few years ago I would have been bashing this disc, more so for the lack of understanding the music, you wouldn't have caught me listening to while breathing sweet life, but I have to say ... more
Frank Sinatra: Where Are You?        (8 of 8 found this review helpful)
  Review by Audioflea January 29, 2013

The first Sinatra MOFI disc to be released on SACD, and is it ever magnificent. These 1957 master tapes must have been kept in an air-tight, hyperbolic chamber; simply pristine sonics. From the first few bars of track 1, “Where are You”, I knew this was going to be everything that I had hoped for. ... more
O Brother, Where Art Thou? - Soundtrack      (3 of 3 found this review helpful)
  Review by dakar January 28, 2013

This is a wonderfully detailed SACD. Some don't like the first song, because it't not a regular song, sounds more like an Indian chant. But I like it because it sounds so incredibly real and detailed, its like their singing right in front of you. Most of the songs are very good but the sonics are ... more
  Review by rogrebe January 28, 2013

JUST A CLARIFICATION: one reviewer (the mule) discussed how much he liked the multi-channel effects of this disk. This is a stereo only single layer disk. I believe he was probably referring to the 2003 release, which is a mc/stereo hybrid.
Lara St. John: Gypsy        (0 of 12 found this review helpful)
  Review by SACD Hot Fan January 27, 2013

No doubt, it is my top 10 SACDs.
Mahler: Symphony No. 9 - Klemperer      (5 of 5 found this review helpful)
  Review by mwgfrg January 27, 2013

Having already added one of EMI's two great Mahler 9ths of the '60s to the SACD catalogue, the early '60s Barbirolli recording, EMI Japan follows with the other, the later '60s Klemperer recording. This is vintage, very great Klemperer, powerful and moving. Unlike the Barbirolli, the emphasis is ... more
Nat "King" Cole: Where Did Everyone Go?        (3 of 3 found this review helpful)
  Review by progboy January 27, 2013

Nat King Cole - Where Did Everyone Go? (1963) All of the early Nat King Cole albums are superb.....how can you miss ? The velvety voice of King Cole and the lush and slightly vulnerable orchestration of Gordon Jenkins.... "Where Did Everyone Go ?" was sadly the third and final album that Jenkins ... more
Billie Holiday: Songs For Distingue Lovers        (4 of 4 found this review helpful)
  Review by progboy January 27, 2013

Billie Holiday - Songs For Distingue Lovers Billie Holiday was IT! At the time of these recordings her body and arguably voice were in disarray but not her conviction , soul and feeling ! Amongst all of the crooner jazz albums i have In my collection I treasure this album and "Lady In Satin" ... more
Billy Joel: Piano Man        (0 of 1 found this review helpful)
  Review by progboy January 27, 2013

Billy Joel's "Piano Man" is an album that I think just about everyone grew up listening to......or if not then everyone has heard the title track umpteenmillion times! But the fact is that this album is just so much more than that great piano bar infused mega-hit! "Piano Man" is a little bit ... more
  Site review by Geohominid January 27, 2013

'Curse Upon Iron': what an intriguing and magical title for this new BIS disc of works for male voice choir by Estonian composer Veljo Tormis. There are other beguiling titles, such as 'Incantation of a Stormy Sea, 'Once We Will Reappear', 'Litany to Thunder', 'Herding Calls', 'Songs of the Ancient ... more
Sam Cooke: Night Beat        (1 of 2 found this review helpful)
  Review by vonwegen January 26, 2013

I really cannot recommend this, as it's like the other George Marino mastering jobs I own: shrill in the upper midrange. It's very similar in sound to those early CDs that you can only crank up halfway before the high end singes your eardrums. Even Sam Cooke's vocals come off as less than silky ... more
Norah Jones: Come Away With Me        (0 of 9 found this review helpful)
  Review by benvandyk January 25, 2013

well I have this and read all the reviews first before playback. I was trying to fix the spacial ques for playback. I dont use the standard 5.1 playback. because theres more to hear on this disc with more speakers in different positions in front of me. I had adjust the volume in some speakers. to ... more
  Site review by Polly Nomial January 24, 2013

As is usual with a Jordi Savall release, there is always something a bit special; even in the familiar music such as Bach's masterpiece presented here from a magical night in 2011. Before discussing the SACD material, it is important to outline what the two DVDs that are included in this issue ... more
Haydn: String Quartets Op. 54 - Parkanyi Quartet          (3 of 4 found this review helpful)
  Review by analogue January 24, 2013

I have to say that I am really impressed with Praga Digitals Haydn sacd's. This is the third disc I have purchased and the third that I found to be exceptional. This sacd was recorded in 2010 and features another set of well chosen Haydn string quartets. I'm trying to put my finger on the exact ... more
Beethoven - Pathetique, Appassionata, Les Adieux        (6 of 10 found this review helpful)
  Review by JJ January 23, 2013

The thirty-two sonatas for piano punctuate the famous composer’s whole life. They are, as the pianist Alfred Brendel wrote: “unique for three reasons: 1. They reflect the entire evolution of his genius up to and including the composition of the last quartets. The Diabelli variations and the last ... more
Caravan: In the Land of Grey and Pink      (1 of 1 found this review helpful)
  Review by progboy January 23, 2013

Caravan - In The Land Of Grey And Pink SACD Of all the great prog rock albums I have in my collection, Caravan's "In The Land Of Grey and Pink" has always been amongst my favs......i also love their debut album which really got me into the whole Canterbury art-rock scene. Originally released in ... more
  Site review by Castor January 23, 2013

This release marks the completion of the cycle of the six Nielsen symphonies from Sir Colin Davis and the LSO. Symphonies 2 & 3 were recorded at concerts given at the Barbican during December 2011 and both performances confirm Sir Colin's bracing and robust approach to these works that has ... more
Counting Crows: August and Everything After        (5 of 6 found this review helpful)
  Review by jjram January 22, 2013

This is the first ever Counting Crows SACD release. And it comes with their first, most popular and, in my opinion, best album. It's one of the best 90's classic pop/rock/folk albums. All songs are deeply emotional. It's quite difficult to put in to words what each song lyric represent to me. If you ... more
James Taylor: JT        (0 of 1 found this review helpful)
  Review by cordobaman January 20, 2013

I like MoFi releases in general, realizing there is quite a range of quality differences. This is definitely a good one. JT's voice is so clear and warm and the nice, basic instrumental performances are very widely staged and wonderful for a stereo-only release. Nice clear bass. Too bad the songs, ... more
Rolling Stones: Beggars Banquet        (5 of 5 found this review helpful)
  Review by cordobaman January 20, 2013

It used to be that I would only purchase multi-channel SACDs. This title was recommended to me by my brother, who touts it as his favorite album (performance-wise) and probably listens to it via cassette tape. So I bought it. WOW, this has become one of my go to demo discs. The sound of the ... more
  Site review by Adrian Cue January 19, 2013

Do we need another Messiah? There never seem to be enough and …. none of them seem to be able to carry off a ‘shared by all’ first prize. On SACD there are now no less than 9 versions available, with three from the Harmonia Mundi stables. Like this one from the German wing and, yes, sung in ... more
Corelli: Concerti Grossi Op. 6 - The Avison Ensemble        (9 of 9 found this review helpful)
  Review by larsmusik January 18, 2013

Arcangelo Corelli (1653–1713) published relatively few compositions during his lifetime — in fact the Opus 6 Concerti Grossi were brought out a year after his death—but his influence over composers of the late Baroque Era was unprecedented. Many of the techniques we associate more with others, such ... more
Peter Gabriel: Up        (1 of 1 found this review helpful)
  Review by The Mule January 18, 2013

I don't own many, but I do own about 50+ SACD's & 20+ DVD-A's and all Peter Gabriel's albums out on SACD. Saying that, this is one of my very favorite SACD's overall and definitely my favorite Peter Gabriel SACD. First off, it's the only one that's in 5.1 surround and boy is is immersive and rich in ... more
Rachmaninov: Symphonic Dances - Litton        (6 of 9 found this review helpful)
  Review by emaidel January 18, 2013

I am quite familiar with "The Isle of the Dead," and more so the "Symphonic Dances," and so I eagerly anticipated this disc, having been extremely satisfied with Litton's work on previous BIS SACD's. Well, I wasn't disappointed at all upon first listen, and actually found myself hearing orchestral ... more
Gjeilo: Northern Lights - Bruffy        (3 of 3 found this review helpful)
  Review by progboy January 17, 2013

If you are a fan of choral harmonies and deeply emotional absolutely breathtaking sounds than this recording is a must have!!! "Northern lights" celebrates life and shines with a heavingly charm and will touch your soul in a way only a few can do. After buying and listening to this disc I reached ... more
Fauré, Duruflé: Requiem - Malmberg        (4 of 5 found this review helpful)
  Review by progboy January 17, 2013

Fauré and Duruflé's requiem are so often compared and combined ( as with this SACD release) on audio recordings i guess because of their apparent symmetry. I bought this SACD for a few reasons...one of which is not that i really need another version of Fauré's Requiem. The attraction here for me was ... more
  Site review by Geohominid January 17, 2013

In the last few years, there seems to have been a gradual return of interest in Camille Saint-Saëns as one of the great French Romanticists. Chamber music and concertos apart, however, there is still a dearth of recorded material for much of the composer's choral music, especially in SA-CD. All ... more
Creedence Clearwater Revival: Pendulum        (4 of 4 found this review helpful)
  Review by analogue January 17, 2013

Its a surprise how small incremental hardware changes can make the greatest differences in the sound of a previously mediocre disc. When i purchased this sacd back in the day I was not very impressed. Its not that it sounded terrible but it just didn't grab me the way so many sacd;s do nowadays. The ... more
Janacek: Sinfonietta, Taras Bulba - Kosler        (2 of 2 found this review helpful)
  Review by tonereef January 16, 2013

When these stirring, characterful performances were taped in April 1977, Kosler was the CPO’s second conductor, under Neumann. (Neither by the way was a friend of the regime). It was one of the Supraphon-Denon co-productions of that era that were released on 14-or 16-bit digital LP in Japan, and in ... more
Pink Floyd: Dark Side of the Moon        (2 of 2 found this review helpful)
  Review by pvcmusiclover January 16, 2013

Definitely one of my favorite albums. As I grew as an audiophile, I came to the realization that this is not and will never be a test of audiophile sound quality. That being said, I've heard had gazillion versions of this album - the SQ LP, the 1980s CD, the MFSL CD, the MFSL LP, etc. Out of all ... more
Nat King Cole - The Nat King Cole Story        (3 of 5 found this review helpful)
  Review by pvcmusiclover January 16, 2013

When engineer Steve Hoffman was preparing for the Nat King Cole remaster series, he make a pretty cool discovery. In the late 1950s and early 1960s, Capital recorded most of their content in both mono and stereo ...in parallel. There were two control rooms - one downstairs for the mono mix and a ... more
Miles Davis: ‘Round About Midnight        (3 of 5 found this review helpful)
  Review by pvcmusiclover January 16, 2013

This is certainly the best issue of the mono version you're going to find anywhere - great tighness in the bass and sheen of treble. The recording has a very close-mic'd and intimate feel that leaves something to be desired. That dry sound was alright for a 50s record player, but not the greatest ... more
Miles Davis: Seven Steps To Heaven        (0 of 2 found this review helpful)
  Review by pvcmusiclover January 16, 2013

As with most everything Analogue Productions, they really nailed the sonics right on. Excellent tonal balance and a great rendering of depth in the recording. My one lament is the fact that the recording is so closely mic'd and so separated (with little reverb to blend it all together). I much ... more
  Review by pvcmusiclover January 16, 2013

The tape they are using is bit odd in the way it was mixed. They cymbals, piano, bass and trumpet sound great, but the snare is overly prominent and has been EQed with quite a bit of midrange. I mention this because it really stuck out on first listen. This record actually presents a good tonal ... more
Michael Jackson: Thriller      (2 of 2 found this review helpful)
  Review by pvcmusiclover January 16, 2013

This is probably the best version of Thriller in existence. The production on the album is wonderful, hands down. This is clearly a direct DSD recording of the original master. No clipping or limiting. The only flaw is the fact that the treble is rather bright and the bass is a bit recessed. While ... more
Junior Wells: Hoodoo Man Blues        (2 of 2 found this review helpful)
  Review by pvcmusiclover January 16, 2013

The engineer who recorded this knew what he was doing, especially considering it was done in 1965. The band sounds like they are playing in your living room. Drums are really tight and snappy, Wells voice sounds alive and the you can almost reach out and touch the guitar. This the kind of album you ... more
  Review by pvcmusiclover January 16, 2013

The actual songs on the album are dynamite. The sonics are kind of bad, though. As with a lot of other early Sony releases, the treble is hot and splashy. The midrange is kind of grainy, too. There is still some benefit to the DSD mastering, but I'd really like to see Analogue Production or Mobile ... more
Journey: Escape      (1 of 1 found this review helpful)
  Review by pvcmusiclover January 16, 2013

As with a lot of the early Sony SACD discs, this one is certainly not the greatest. The treble is rather hot and the midrange is a bit on the grainy side. That aside, it is a bit of an upgrade from the CD and LP versions. I think this album has the potential to really shine, but I don't know that ... more
John Coltrane: A Love Supreme        (5 of 6 found this review helpful)
  Review by pvcmusiclover January 16, 2013

Probably the definitive version of the album, this release is great. Tonally, it is very well balanced - very nice treble extension without being overbearing. No midrange peaks/dips, as well an an even/taught bass, evident in the bass and drums. Wonderful rendering of space and fine detail too.
  Review by pvcmusiclover January 16, 2013

One of the best sounding MFSL SACD releases out there. There's a lot of depth in the reverb and intricacy to the mix. Unlike a lot of Mobile Fidelity's other releases, the treble is bright and the midrange is just right (bass as well) and everything is very tight.
Herman's Hermits: Retrospective        (2 of 2 found this review helpful)
  Review by pvcmusiclover January 16, 2013

Bob Ludwig did a great job with this disc. As with the Animals album, these tracks are all straight mono mixes made for 45s and AM radio. None the less, the tone and depth is wonderful considering the source. Beats out my LP by a long shot.
  Review by pvcmusiclover January 16, 2013

I love this album for it crazy, off the wall funk jazz hip hop or whatever you call it. I was really surprised an electronic album from the 80s was recorded on good quality tape, not PCM. There's a great separation of instruments in the album, as well as a nice 3D feel. The synthesized tones are ... more
Foreigner: Foreigner        (1 of 1 found this review helpful)
  Review by pvcmusiclover January 16, 2013

This album is kind of a mixed bag. Some tracks a really good (Woman Oh Woman) while others (Feels Like The First Time) are saturated and dull with peaky midrange. Overall, I don't find the mix of this album to be all that sonically impressive to begin with.
Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong: Ella And Louis Again        (1 of 1 found this review helpful)
  Review by pvcmusiclover January 16, 2013

Unlike Ella and Louis, this album is actually true mono mastering (both channels are bit for bit the same). The instruments are a bit higher up in the mix and more spacious, too. Plus, the treble is balanced. There is a bit of a cut somewhere in the midrange. Not sure if that's a fault of the ... more
Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong: Ella and Louis        (1 of 1 found this review helpful)
  Review by pvcmusiclover January 16, 2013

I love love love this performance. Ella and Louis are just magical together. I believe that this, along with a bunch of other Verve stuff was recorded on 30ips tape, as opposed to "standard" 15ips. Wonderful level of detail and clean treble. I'm glad AP re-issues these guys. They certainly benefit ... more
  Review by pvcmusiclover January 16, 2013

This is one of those albums where Mobile Fidelity's "warts and all" approach absolutely kills what could have been an awesome release. Their tape machine is probably is one of the best I've ever heard in terms of the detail it can extract out of tape. Couple that with an equalizer and there's no ... more
Earth, Wind & Fire: All 'n All      (1 of 1 found this review helpful)
  Review by pvcmusiclover January 16, 2013

It's clear to hear that this album was done on the best sounding tape machines available. The album is very tight, very detailed and very dynamic. As with other EWF releases, it is also very bright, almost to the point of ear fatigue. So knock that treble control down a bit.
Duke Ellington & John Coltrane        (3 of 3 found this review helpful)
  Review by pvcmusiclover January 16, 2013

Great overall performance and recording. Nothing too out of the ordinary for a 60s jazz record. Typical Analogue Productions sound with tight bass and clear tonality. Not a crazy amount of "space" in the recording - everything seems to be fairly tight miced. The midrange is just a tad hot and I ... more
The Doobie Brothers: Takin' It To The Streets        (0 of 1 found this review helpful)
  Review by pvcmusiclover January 16, 2013

Compared to some of the earlier Doobie MFSL releases, this is definitely flatter with less reverb. Definitely great clean, spacious sound though. A little peaky in the midrange and lacking in treble - nothing a bit of EQ can't fix.
  Review by pvcmusiclover January 16, 2013

One of the best Doobie albums done by mo-fi. Great punch, clean highs, definition and separation of instruments. Downsides? It's a bright in some tracks and the low (sub 60hz) bass need to be brought up a bit.
  Review by pvcmusiclover January 16, 2013

This is my least favorite of all the Doobie Brothers albums, which generally sound amazing. Simply, the midange is just too peaky/shouty and the mix doesn't have that "separated insturment" soundtage easily heard on their other albums.

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