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  Universal (Japan) -
  Rolling Stones: Sticky Fingers
  "Sticky Fingers"

The Rolling Stones
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  Single Layer
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  Formerly UIGY-9066

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Review by analogue June 1, 2011 (25 of 27 found this review helpful)
Performance:   Sonics:
We are paying big bucks for the music we love but cant get anywhere else. Such is the case with these terrific (mostly) shm-sacd's.

Such is also the case with this new Rolling Stones Sticky fingers album. Is it a classic??? You bet your bottom dollar it is. Of all the new Stones sacd's released this year this is the one I wanted the most.

I hate comparing cd's to sacd's but I have to in this case.

I own the original remaster from the 90's which while being non-edgy was impossibly compressed. So much so that any dynamic range was completely obliterated. All in all a terrible mess. wHY DO MASTERING TECH'S NEED TO CRIPPLE OUR EAR DRUMS????

Thankfully this shm-sacd was transferred with skill and taste. We listeneres are always at the mercy of the original masters and whatever is on them is what we get. This pretty excellent. It must be played loud and then it will click into focus. Not much compression was used. Bass seems to be timid alot of the time and not very pronounced. The drums are also pushed back a bit but this isnt to distracting.Watts manages to surprise us during certain passages. There were times during my listening where I was surprised by what I heard. I never noticed certain things before.
Keep in mind that the sound quality could become even better as some of these discs need to be broken in.

What this disc has (FINALLY) is dynamic range, textures and a truthful display of the extremely raw nature of the performance. At times the performances are quite nasty and gruff but this is the Stones afterall. The roughness is not to be confused with a bad sounding disc. On the contrary......its what makes this disc special.

I was surprised to hear Wild Horses having an almost poignant bent to it. The opening guitar riffs of Cant you hear me knocking were most impressive and expressive. I love the way this track starts off one way and changes into another song. The textures on acoustic guitars are awesome..the twangy quality rendered nicely. Bitch was more focussed than I remembered it. I got the blues has some nice vibrato in it. Jaggers voice recorded very nicely on the slower tracks. Moonlight mile is alsmost spooky.

This sacd and I suspect the actual recording is a tad dry. By that I mean that the sound does not really bloom. There are no echoes or decays on this disc but I believe its the way the tapes sound. It was recorded in a mobile unit and not really a full fledged studio. This is reflective of the sound. Tape hiss was not noticed much.
There is not much of the three dimentional instrumental placement we get from audiophile recordings. One shouldnt complain about this. The stones are the rawest of all musicians whose love of the delta blues is of paramount importance. At times their performances are almost haphazzardly.crudely and sloppily performed but thats as it should be.

The truthfulness of the performance is captured beautifully here. Especially when you play it loud.

Thankfully there is no remixing on this disc which would have been unforgivable. Just a flat transfer that sounds as it always has.

In my opinion THIS disc is worth the money as it is a disc that you will always return to.
Sticky Fingers put the "CLASSIC" in classic rock. It has retained its status as a true classic and it always will. To have it on Shm-sacd with terrific sound is special.

A beautiful and truthful sacd. PLAY IT LOUD!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Review by MattMan657 August 6, 2011 (5 of 5 found this review helpful)
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This is probably my favorite Stones album. I've never heard the lyrics to Sway so clearly as on this SACD. 100% worth buying. I have to agree with analogue, play it loud. The whole thing sounds great. Amazing instrument separation, Jaggers voice sounds clear as if not forced in front of the instruments or subtly behind it. Very happy with this purchase.

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Review by trich727 June 26, 2011 (5 of 12 found this review helpful)
Hmmm, a tough review. Granted, the original cd release was crap, but the Virgin remaster was a great improvement. Having said that, I decided to pit the two against each other; Virgin vs. SHM-SACD. Also at the same time, I'm breaking in a brand new SACD player, a Sony SCD-XA5400ES.

To keep things fair, I'm doing this on headphones jacked directly into the Sony, so as all the electronics and connections are identical. Even the break in period will not play a part, as the only difference will be which laser is used by the Sony.

First, let me say both cds are very musical and pleasant. Knowing the Sony has incredible Redbook reproduction, I started with the Virgin remaster, listening to the entire album. Then, I played the SHM-SACD. Very little difference, although I know the brain has almost no ability to remember subtle sonic differences. So I decided to take it track by track (in some cases several times switching back and forth).

Other than a couple of songs where I felt the Virgin remaster actually out performed the SACD slightly; I Got The Blues and Moonlight Mile (vocals a bit veiled, and mix a little muddy), the rest of the CD was too close to call. But that is on an SACD player known for both excellent Redbook and SACD sound.

If you have the original release, then by all means, get either the Virgin remaster or the SACD. If you have the Virgin remaster and it doesn't sound great, maybe you should look at your system.

As a follow up on 07/02/2011; I never read prior reviews before I post one. I don't want what I say to be biased by what other reviews have said. Now I have read the previous review, and I have played both discs on a cheap SACD player, a Pioneer DV-45-A, through a good but reasonably priced Altec Lancing speaker system. The system I use while sitting at my computer, musical, but not colored.

My findings are sililar on either system. I do not find the cd a "bit dry" on either the Virgin or the SHM-SACD. I find them both compelling, and the only way I can put it, is "toe tappingly good". Yes, this is a thing I look for when comparing discs. If I'm not getting into a disc as much as the one I'm comparing it to, then something is wrong, even if I can't identify it. I have found after 25 years of being into hi-end audio, that "toe tapping" is a real indicator of an improvement, or not.

So, being as the previous reviewer said "dry", and I find the Virgin remaster actually warm for a Redbook cd, even on a cheap SACD player. Yes, you can over-drive your ears into anything sounding good if you beleive it will sound better. That doesn't make it true. Even on my cheapest system, at reasonable listening levels, both the Virgin and SHM-SACD are great sounding discs. If it doesn't sound great at regular volumes, over powering your ears is hardly the answer. Tom

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