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Reviews: Allman Brothers Band: At Fillmore East

Reviews: 4

Review by FullRangeMan September 8, 2010 (5 of 8 found this review helpful)
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This is a great sound single layer, green label, Stereo SHM-SACD for a analogue recording from 1971, recorded live at Fillmore West, the disc package is a four folder hi quality paper assembly, the disc envelope was firm hold inside a space tray, very dificult to pullout, and after out, the disc envelope do not enter anymore in this case.
The 2010 liner notes are three pages long, but only in japanese(very useful!!).
The live acoustics appear very detailed in this SACD and show a beautiful sound atmosphere, seems there is no compression on this disc, or if there is too little, as I did not feel uncomfortable hearing, there is no tape hiss audible too, great job on the DSD mastereing!! Of course the performance is a great moment in the Flower Power generation, goods times those.

Barcode 4988005614414 time is 78:44 a generous time as Dire Straits new SACD are only 41minutes, and cost the same hi price. For this premium price is lacking more new photos or even some bonus tracks, as a Stereo SACD like this can store 255/260 minutes of music, the photos and disc package follow the original double vinyl set.
Great release, very recommended(this is a limited edition release and will no see the day light again).

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Review by analogue October 12, 2010 (6 of 8 found this review helpful)
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A true classic rock album from the early 70's. The Allman Brothers opened up new frontiers to the inventiveness and musicality of live jams.

The original sacd was a terrible mess. Heavily compressed..exceedingly loud and a tad harsh too. It was a pain in the duff to listen to.

This new shm-sacd was based on a brand spanking new dsd transfer from 2010 and what a gem it is. There may be slightly better audiophile recordings out there but not better music. Universal Japan has done a sterling job here.

This new sacd is simply beautiful to listen to. It has a certain "you are there" quality, is very realistic with good vocals and is warm in sound. If you love to jam with your will feel and hear what they were all about and why this album is regarded as one of the great live records ever produced.

Highly recommended.
A terrific job.

P.S. Heres a tweak that may be helpful:

So many listeners complain about removing their discs from the pouch. It is a royal pain but there is a way to remove said disc and it's really easy. Fold out the packaging flat on a table. In this scenario you will be using your right hand to remove the disc when its time to do so.......okay? Take your left hand and place your index and middle finger on the top portion of the cardboard outer sleeve. Then place your thumb on the bottom portion of the sleeve. Gently press your two top fingers downward and your thumb upwards. You are merely pinching the sleeve. This slight pressure will actually make the cardboard sleeve bow outward. Then simply use your right hand to gently remove the disc. It really is that simple and it works every time. Give it a try.

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Review by Goodwood December 8, 2010 (5 of 6 found this review helpful)
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I am not going to add significantly to what has already been said.

This is just to say that I also have the original and I really wondered what all the fuss was about with this album. It just sounded sterile and uninvolving.

This, being the first SACD that I have ever bought as a replacement for another SACD, is another story altogether. It has a great balance, beautiful mids and a nice bass bloom. Ultimately this disc makes music, whereas the original didn't. I want to be clear - we are talking about a big difference. I am tempted to compare this to an '82 CD against a very good modern remaster but that doesn't really do justice.

I am astonished that given the era that the original disc was produced in, they couldn't get a sound close to this.

More worrying is that people have evaluated the format based on discs like the original release and possibly dismissed it. I really would urge people to re-evaluate SACD. I do think 2010 and these (arguably over-priced) releases have really breathed new life into the format.

Life is good - even if one is having to go without food.

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Review by pjg12345 August 30, 2011 (2 of 2 found this review helpful)
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This is probably the best live album in existence. The Allman Brothers used to rehearse their live shows to make sure that they produced the best possible performance that they possible could.

Compared to the original SACD the SHM SACD is miles ahead. Great bass, warm analog sound with great high frequency extensions. One of my favourite SHM SACD's.

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