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Reviews: Patsy Cline: Greatest Hits

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Review by Discspinner June 13, 2013 (6 of 6 found this review helpful)
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Cline's big hits were always favorites of mine ever since I can remember. I was ambivalent about this issue because this is a flat transfer from the original master used for the Greatest Hits compilation. (Flat transfer? Seems like anyone can do that! Also I was concerned these might be other than first gen tapes.) My ambivalence is gone after listening to the fantastic clarity of this cd. I have always assumed the Jordanaires sang backup (correct me if I am wrong) on her hits, and they have never been clearer. Patsy's voice is quite powerful, and seems to distort in just a few places which is probably an original recording issue and not really an issue. Bass and treble are very natural. It's difficult to imagine anyone besting the sound quality of this in the sacd format.

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Review by Audioflea August 9, 2013 (5 of 5 found this review helpful)
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Did an A/B comparison to the 1988 MCA CD recording. I always thought the CD did pretty good justice to the source material, but this Analoge Production SACD really does take it to the next level. By comparison, the sound from the CD seems to be set back inside the speaker, while the SACD sound really pushes it out to the front. Whereas I thought that the CD provided pretty good vocal presence, the background piano and drums always seemed to be buried and washed out. I always thought this was just the result of the limitations of the early 1960s master tapes, but the SACD really brings the background instruments and backing vocals out, balances them perfectly with the lead vocal, and just fills the sound stage in a way that Ive never heard. Although there is some very minor background tape noise on some of the quieter ballad tracks, Id much rather have that than have it engineered-out at the cost of some of the crystal clarity that we get with this latest release. CD: 7 out of 10, SACD: 9 out of 10.

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