Reviews: Miles Davis: Sketches of Spain
|Review by analogue September 4, 2014 (6 of 6 found this review helpful)
|This is a classic releases by Davis and Evans and has easily stayed fresh over the many years. If you're familiar with the album you don't need me to explain what sort of music it is.
For a sound quality review I compared the new Mofi sacd with the earlier Sony sacd and a vinyl record source I have. All three of them sound vastly different and this shouldn't surprise anyone.
The difference between the new Mofi and the vinyl record is almost startling. It took me a while to figure out why this was so. Perhaps some mastering info from 1998 would suffice. IN THE LATTER PART OF THIS DECADE A CERTAIN MASTERING Tech was redoing many of Davis's classic discography. He decided to remove the reverb of said albums and this caused a scandal. A lot of reverb was originally added to sweeten the vinyl release and he decided to completely remove it.
The vinyl album almost sounds like a completely different recording because there is a tremendous amount of reverb, treble and echo in the mix. This caused me to believe that the orchestra was much larger than originally believed. The treble gave the performance much more headroom above the players which caused me to think it was recorded in a gigantic church. The vinyl record had a massive feel........almost blubbery.
The new Mofi sacd is so much quieter, drier and delicate. When I say drier I don't mean it has no warmth or treble. There is a lot of life to be heard here......its just authentic sounding. Like the actual tape source. There is no doubt that the Mofi sacd is the authentic tape sound and that they did not tweak or embellish the sacd is any way whatsoever. Even without the enhancements the new Mofi sacd manages to spank the vinyl on a few tracks. Track two for example is amazing and lifelike on the Mofi.
The original Sony sacd from 1999 is a mistake and should never have happened. It is so difficult to listen to. All of the life was sucked out of it. No treble or air in the least. A failed effort in my opinion. The sound brick walls after a certain point....no bloom at all.
Although the vinyl has the edge with regards to making the original recording more than what it was and that some people like the embellishments...........the treble is harsh and the sound much to gushy and beautified. People who love vinyl would love this album as its attributes are what they seek.
Mofi;s new sacd has amazing control in the higher frequencies with nary a distortion to be heard, is more authentic in overall feel and has been dealt with much more honestly than the first generation vinyl or the earlier sacd release. No vinyl lover would want to hear the original recording on that format.
My real score is 4 and a quarter stars.
Mofi did a remarkable job on this sacd.
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