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Jacintha - Autumn Leaves          (1 of 1 found this review helpful)
  August 9, 2006

This is a slow tune record - which does not make it easier to play by the musicians, but they succeed very well indeed. Jacintha's singing has both intimacy and smoothness which suits the arrangements very well. Also she has the needed engagement and personality. Actually I find this disc more ... more
Archie Shepp Quartet: True Ballads      (1 of 1 found this review helpful)
  August 4, 2006

One of my favorites from the Venus Records collection. Archie Shepp plays beautifully and is excellently backed by a very competent trio with Idris Muhammad on drums (not Billy Drammond as stated in the notes above). Recorded in 24-bit (not in DSD), but sound quality is among the best ever heard on ... more
Lightnin' Hopkins: Broken Hearted Blues        (3 of 3 found this review helpful)
  May 31, 2006

This is a wonderful record. Blues at it's very finest. Six stars for the performance (Lightnin' has always been one of my favorites). The sound is sometimes a bit distorted, but that's part of the game with many of these older recordings. Audio Fidelity has done a fine job getting so much out of the ... more
  May 31, 2006

I like live recordings, and this is one of the best on SACD. Waters is a competent player and Opus 3 is competent when it comes to recording technique. What a brilliant match this makes. This disc demonstrates how superior DSD remastering is. The previous Redbook HDCD version is completely ... more
Mattias Wager - Organ Treasures          (2 of 3 found this review helpful)
  May 31, 2006

I like Mattias for his soft playing style, which is also demonstrated on some BIS discs. It's very relaxing to listen to this and sonic quality is at the top. Opus 3 has made use of the subwoofer channel on this disc, which is not the case on any of their other releases (as far as I know).

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