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Reviews: Lynyrd Skynyrd: Pronounced Leh-nerd Skin-nerd

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Review by cordobaman March 25, 2013 (5 of 5 found this review helpful)
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I am a huge Skynyrd fan. Once this title was announced, I couldn't wait to get it...and I am pleased. Without a doubt the definitive version of this absolute classic album. Probably won't be regarded as an audiophile disc, however it is quite a delightful listen. I would say a little heavy on the mid-highs and light on the low bass. But there are little nuances that were not obvious on past releases. Like on Tuesday's Gone, the timbre of the symbols is really there. On Simple Man, you can detect the snares rattlin' under the snare drum. On Things Goin' On, the tambourine is simply magnificent. You can hear the room in every song. I liked the MCA Gold disc prior to owning this MFSL SACD...now there's noooo going back.

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Review by analogue April 5, 2013 (6 of 6 found this review helpful)
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Mobile Fidelity is set to release a whole whack of new sacd releases. This classic gem from the early 70's is one of them.
I found this to be a rather good release from Mofi. Its a solid mastering job that is probably as good as could be hoped for. It seems that Mofi achieved a cohesive mix that should satisfy the fans of this band. It ain't perfect but it comes fairly close to nirvana.

I'll put the music aside as I'm sure you know this album well. It has a large number of songs that are on most greatest hits compilations.

I am content with this disc because there is no heavy compression that seems to have plagued a lot (not all) of the cd;s we bought over the years.

The best compliment I can bestow on this new sacd is that it sounds very "alive" or lifelike. As if the character of the studio environment has been captured. Authentically real is what I am trying to say.
Bass is solid but not overbearing..power chords are illustrated well.....solo's are good and vocals are up front but not to an etched degree. If one nitpicks....one could find many faults. Perhaps some prefer a larger sound stage or mid range...perhaps some like the vocals more meatier. But taken as a whole this sacd sound excellent. Its solid from start to finish. Actually the later tracks seems to have more solidity to them for some reason. Probably that's how they were recorded....without that many instruments to balance. On these later tracks vocals are even moire palpable and instruments more solidly rendered.

If you play it loud you will hear a sort of delicacy that you might not have heard before. But if you remember vinyl renditions....well there is no goosing up of the lower end and no additional noise.

Very good job Mofi. If the scoring system allowed I would have actually scored it as four and a quarter stars. It is more revealing than alot of their other releases.
Highly recommended.

Play it loud.

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