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  Warner Music (Japan) -
  Eagles: Hotel California
  "Hotel California"

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Review by sonnysin168 August 21, 2011 (13 of 13 found this review helpful)
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My disc arrived late afternoon (from HMV Japan) on 19 August and I hurried home from work to give it a listen and at the same time compare it to my German edition DVDA. After properly warming up my tube preamp and the rest of my gears for about an hour, I set out to listen. In stereo, this sacd's bass sounds fatter and fuller, the drums seem to have more slam and guitar solos stand out. It seemed more dynamic too. The vocals are a bit more forward than the dvda. Is it because the sacd was mastered louder?

The next day I listened to multichannel in my ht set-up, again properly warming up the gears for one hour. The sacd is a bit louder than the dvda too (though not as much as in stereo) and the bass is also more robust and overall more dynamic than the dvda.

I owned the dvda for some time and admired the sonics for being balanced and excellent. In my opinion, the dvda is more detailed and the highs are more smoother than the sacd. Could it be because it has a leaner bass so that the details can be readily perceived? This is not to say that I don't like the sacd, in fact I like it too (very much indeed) and currently am torn between picking which of the two is the better version. I guess I have to get used to the sacd sound more to make a much better assessment. Some people suspect and/or speculate that this sacd was based on the dvda masters. Hearing them alone, without measurements, may reveal similarities but also not so subtle differences. Hence, in my opinion, they may be similar in some ways but clearly not identical.

If you don't have the dvda version and don't want to purchase it because it's expensive, being out of print, I'll gladly recommend this sacd. If you already own the dvda but is still curious about this Warner Japan release and willing to spend additional dough, I'll leave it to your better judgment.

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Review by cooltype937 August 17, 2013 (6 of 6 found this review helpful)
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I was never an Eagles fan. When "Hotel California" came out in 1977, I was into punk rock and alternative music. Luckily, I had the presence of mind to recognize that "Hotel California" was a great album and above all I love great music. That said, "Hotel California" is the only Eagles album I've ever earned and this sacd does it justice. After one listen to the multi-channel tracks I knew this disc would be another reference disc to show off my system. Superbly recorded, right up there with "Aja", the sacd belongs in the collection of every audiophile. i wouldn't be caught dead without it.

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Review by dmonds June 4, 2015 (5 of 5 found this review helpful)
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I'm slowly (too slowly) building up my SACD collection and Hotel California has been on my wish list for some time.

I own the vinyl and the CD but alas not the DVD-A.

I borrowed a friend's SACD of this album some months back and recall that whilst it was ok, I wasn't blown away.
I finally got my own copy last week and have been waiting until I had the house to myself to give it a listen.

Perhaps it's beacuse I wasn't expecting too much, however I can honestly say the 5.1 multichannel mix on this SACD is much better than I recall from my friend's copy. It is very well balanced from a surround perspective.

As one of the reviewers above has said, it is a very engaging album and not one song is tiresome.

Everyone probably knows the title track the best, and it is very well presented here.
It's the rest of the album, however, that both surprised and delighted. Hearing little bits and pieces I hadn't notuced before.
New Kid in Town, in particular grabbed me from the beginning and the solo in the middle really stood out, enough to ensure I paid attention to the rest of the album. Right through to The Last Resort, the beginning of which gave me goosbumps!

I thoroghly enjoyed this album and recommend it heartily.

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