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  UDSACD 2011
  Edgar Winter Group: They Only Come Out At Night
  "They Only Come Out At Night"

Edgar Winter Group
Track listing:
  1. Hangin’ Around
2. When it Comes
3. Alta Mira
4. Free Ride
5. Undercover Man
6. Round & Round
7. Rock ‘n’ Roll Boogie Woogie Blues
8. Autumn
9. We All Had a Great Time
10. Frankenstein
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Review by muzikman February 7, 2006 (4 of 4 found this review helpful)
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If I had a list with my 100 all time recordings, They Only Come Out At Night would be on it, mainly for two songs, “Frankenstein” and “Free Ride.” Although when you sit and listen to the album you will find a lot of joy in every track, there really is not one throwaway to be found.

When I found out Mobile Fidelity was reissuing this in SACD format I wanted it badly. I anticipated a clear and crisp reproduction of the original master. While this is usually the case when I hear the wonderful discs that they produce, I was a little disappointed that the sound was not what I expected. I had to keep turning up the volume to see if I just was not playing it loud enough. I stood in the center of the room then walked to all of my speakers and listened, I heard some separation with that process, and then I stood back in the middle of the room and noticed there was hardly anything coming from my subwoofer, which normally is very effective. What I determined rather quickly was that the bottom end was nearly non-existent. Its there, but it lingers faintly in the background. If this one piece of the recording were coming through strongly as it usually does on MF product, this disc would be a knockout.

Regardless of my disappointment in the overall sound it does not mean I did not enjoy this SACD, I really did, I just thought it could have been better with a fuller richer sound. This is classic album and it was Edgar Winter and his band in their prime. I think the next album Shock Treatment was outstanding as well; it deserves consideration for the Mobile Fidelity treatment.

“Undercover Man” and “Rock 'N' Roll Boogie Woogie Blues” were steeped heavily in the blues and proved repeatedly why Winter always reached back to the blues as a starting point and or as a jumping off point in a composition. Besides the most memorable hit singles like “Free Ride” and “Frankenstein,” there was a lot more meat and potatoes for digestion that listeners could enjoy, particularly the music lovers that wanted more than just the hits. Of course, that is what albums were for to begin with, but somehow that meaning gets lost when people buy music for a few popular tunes.

Rick Derringer’s role on this album should not be understated. His contributions as a producer and guest musician were a key to its success, obviously enough to make him a full time member on the next release. Ronnie Montrose was an incredible guitarist and would go on to greatness a few years later as a solo artist. Looking back now, what Winter had was the beginnings of a super group.

Everything else aside, if you love rock music, this great album belongs in your collection.

© Keith "MuzikMan" Hannaleck-

February 7, 2006

Note: I totally agree with the previous review from racerguy, nice job you nailed it.

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Review by Duke June 4, 2006 (4 of 18 found this review helpful)
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I didn't have to even open this package after buying this CD to realize that I did not want to listen to it. I took it back for a refund after reading the other reviews. When spending up to $31 for a CD that says SACD, I FULLY EXPECT that music to be in surround sound. This was one of the classic quadraphonic 8 track tapes in my collection and I have waited years to hear these songs in true, crystal clear surround sound. For a company to release this only in an UPGRADED stereo format to me is a waste of time and effort and my money. I feel that any SACD that is only stereo is a waste of money. All of them should be hybrid and all of them should be in 5+ channel surround sound. This is why we bought the special SACD players and why we spend the extra money. If this format AND DVD audio are going to survive at all they had better start a promotional push and standardize the formats. Most of the music stores I go to here in Arizona have already pulled the products from their shelves and mixed them in with regular titles or don't carry them at all. It looks like we may have another quadraphonic sound / beta tape type death about to happen. You would think after all this time the music companies would get their act together and introduce only one type of format. It is about to happen with high-def DVD as well with two formats. I am very disappointed with the companies producing SACD, DVD audio and DTS discs. The more complicated it is to play it in the car or if it can't be transferred to other venues like a car or portable player, it will fail. All car audio units and portable players should be able to decode these discs even if it is into stereo. Home use only will not make them succeed.

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Review by analogue February 24, 2009 (3 of 3 found this review helpful)
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For the most part I have nothing but absolute respect for Mobile Fidelity and the great work they do. Most of their sacd's sound fabulous and their cd's, particularly their recent ones are amazing. Whatever they release, especially the pop, soul or classic rock albums...I search out and buy with no hestitation.

I do not fault Mofi but this Edgar Winter sacd does not sound nearly as good as I would have hoped. I believe that there is a problem with the tapes that were used. And since Mofi only uses original master tapes...........then there is something wrong with them.

I have spent some time trying to find out exactly why this sacd doesnt sound good. At fist I thought is was a volume thing.....then low bass was suspected. But after some time to really think after repeated almost seems as if some of the information on the tapes is missing. There seems to be something odd and lost in the sound almost as if one of the tape elements went missing. It's as if lets say the voice has good fidelity but one or two of the instruments is dull and lifeless or recorded very low. There is something about the sound that is wonky and odd. And it prevents the listener from enjoying and becoming immersed in the music. Particularly if you love this album like I do.

First let me clarify something. While some tracks sound dull and vacant some do not. Frankenstein sounds wonderful although a little dry. You can actually hear the walls of the studio and the space the drum solo was recorded in.............a booth I believe. But the sound is dry like a cucoon. I don;t remember it ever sounding like this before. The laser beam sound is incredibly three dimensional and comes right out at the listener. The effect is incredible and surprising..
But Free ride seems to be lifeless in certain parts of the songs unfortunately. But it's not as if the entire song or songs feel this way.....only certain elements or passages of the track in question. It 's really bizarre if you ask me. It plays with your mind.

If the master tapes really sound this way then what the heck did the studio's who released the remastered cd do to them to make them sound fuller??? Did they add artificial reverb??? It makes you ask yourself.........damn.............what could have been.

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