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Deep Purple: Machine Head        (5 of 5 found this review helpful)
  Review by veltri December 27, 2004

Rock music can sound amazing on SA-CD. The energy of this performance is showcased better than ever. Previous CD versions I have heard were always missing something and I always came away somewhat disappointed even before SA-CD was part of my life. The SA-CD version is not missing anything. As ... more
Mahler: Symphony No. 4 - San Francisco/Michael Tilson Thomas          (3 of 3 found this review helpful)
  Review by thepilot December 27, 2004

I still remember and cherish the first Decca recordings of SFSO with Blomstedt (the Strauss tone poems) that enthralled music lovers with the splendid playing of the orchestra and the wonderful Decca recordings. Yes, the SFSO has always been a splendid orchestra and Thomas was a great Mahlerian ... more
Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 4 - Fischer          (3 of 3 found this review helpful)
  Review by thepilot December 27, 2004

I totally agree with the previous review. This is Tchaikovsky conducting of real stature and both the symphony and Romeo and Juliet unfold naturally and dramatically, while the recording does perfect justice to Fischer's splendid view of the works and to the wonderful playing and tone colour of this ... more
Elton John: Madman across the Water        (3 of 4 found this review helpful)
  Review by Compression Must Die December 27, 2004

The clarity of both the stereo and surround mixes are excellent. If only this were the quality of output on all rock/pop SACDs. I am only a marginal EJ fan, but the quality of this recording enticed me to purchased all of his SACD catalog. VERY highly recomended.
Eric Clapton: 461 Ocean Boulevard        (3 of 4 found this review helpful)
  Review by Compression Must Die December 27, 2004

This is an improvement over the MFSL redbook (which IMHO was the best release to date). The surround mix is not one of my favorites, but it has its moments. The best surround cut on this is "Let It Grow," where George Harrison's guitar and voice are clearer than ever. The edit is unchanged and EC's ... more

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