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  ES 62171
  Meat Loaf: Bat Out Of Hell
  "Bat Out Of Hell"

Meat Loaf
Track listing:
  1. Bat Out Of Hell
2. You Took The Words Right Out Of My Mouth (Hot Summer Night)
3. Heaven Can Wait
4. All Revved Up With No Place To Go
5. Two Out Of Three Ain't Bad
6. Paradise By The Dashboard Light
7. For Crying Out Loud
8. Bonus - Great Boleros Of Fire (Live Intro)
9. Bonus - Bat Out Of Hell (Live)
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  Stereo only: ES 34974

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Review by PaulHoncoop January 22, 2005 (6 of 6 found this review helpful)
Performance:   Sonics:
This SACD is the worst sounded i ever heard. Sounds very shrill without any bass. Listening to it is givin' you a good headache for days. Nothing wrong with this masterpiece album, but send this SACD back to hell!

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Review by jakeroux September 23, 2008 (4 of 4 found this review helpful)
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Ok, I may be missing something, but I really fail to see what all of the negative hub-bub is about regarding this CD. By way of background, there is both a SACD-only stereo version of this disc, as well as a hybrid multi-channel disc. Since this review entry is tagged as the multi-channel hybrid version, that is the main focus of my review. However, having owned and listened to both the stereo-only version and the multi-channel version, in my opinion the multi-channel is hands down the version to own. To me, the stereo version really does not sound any different than the RBCD version, either original or remastered. Even the signal strength, often a downfall of poorly mastered RBCDs that is overcome with SACD mastering, is not significantly better in the stereo SACD vs. the RBCD. Granted, I do not have a six figure system, but honestly, what "accurate and more detailed" instrumentation or “subtleties” and “nuances” do you really hope to gain in SACD stereo when you’re talking about Meat Loaf?

As a result, to me the real advantage to having this in SACD is the multi-channel mix, and this is where I am somewhat puzzled by some of the reviews. Certainly, tastes and preferences are personal in nature, but I do not find the multi-channel mix to be essentially different from most other pop-rock multichannel mixes. You have the vocals isolated, for the most part, to the center channel, with backing vocals and backing instruments in the surrounds. All in all, it is a pleasing “surround sound” experience, quite literally. And while I haven’t done a detailed A/B testing between the two SACD versions, my sense is that the overall sound signal strength is greater (stronger bass, clearer highs)in the multi-channel format, but that may just be the result of the increased number of channels. And no, I don’t have one to sell and I’m not in the reselling business, but if you are a pop/rock SACD fan, I would encourage you to ignore some of the earlier poor reviews and pick this one up and give it a listen if you have a chance. And if you have already, I would certainly be open to hearing opinions to the contrary.

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Review by Iet April 12, 2005 (4 of 4 found this review helpful)
Performance:   Sonics:
Because I like the vinyl version of this album very much (one of the 'classics' of my youth) I impulsively bought this SACD when I found it in a shop. Something I did regret after listening. Actually the sonic of this SACD is so poor (both the sound quality and surround mix) that I initially thought that something was wrong with my audio-set and/or speaker connections. The sound quality is very thin and the surround effects in terms of the placement of the instruments and the artificial echo is even hilariously bad. This also ruins the excellence of the original performance. Honestly I am flabbergasted that professionals in the music-industry can create such an obvious misproduction. This SACD was one of the first pop music releases on the SACD format and therefore frequently used at early demonstrations. Maybe this is one of the reasons why the SACD format faced so many sceptics in the beginning . . . ?

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