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  Fleetwood Mac: Rumours

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Review by sonnysin168 September 22, 2011 (20 of 22 found this review helpful)
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After a slight delay, I received this sacd last Monday, this time from cdjapan. I began my evaluation utilizing the stereo layer and compared it to the dvda stereo mix. The sacd's mids are warmer and a bit laid back compared to the dvda. This is fairly evident on Silver Springs where Stevie's voice is "smoothened". I say this because IMO, as I am accustomed to hearing her over the years, her voice has that little "edginess" which I felt contributes to her charm and makes her style distinct. This observation also jibes with Christine McVie's vocal performance on Songbird. S-m-o-o-t-h! Percussion-wise the sacd is a bit laid back too. I mean you can hear the cymbals, bells and chimes. And drumsticks hitting the metal edges too but not as clearly as in the dvda. But the sacd's bass is big, really big and have more slam than the dvda. IMO I felt that Go Your Own Way should have a bit more bass in the dvda version and this had been "cured" in the Warner sacd.

Many knowledgeable people believe that this sacd and the dvda were sourced from the same masters. So they should sound the same? I say no, they sound different. As in my observation regarding the Hotel California sacd, I'm also wondering if this version's bigger bass "veiled" the finer details or somehow Warner "tweaked" it that way (if it's true that the sacd and the dvda came from the same masters)?

Multichannel-wise, the sacd's percussions are clearer as compared to the stereo version, but still a bit laid back compared to the dvda. The same's true with the vocals. May I add that this layer was also treated with huge bass. Maybe this perception can be attributed to hearing the album using 5 separate and distinct channels, as opposed to listening to it in stereo. BTW I particularly like The Chain in sacd multichannel than stereo.

I am torn between the two versions, as far as choosing which is better overall. Which is better: warmth + bigger bass(sacd) or clarity + detail (dvda)? I have the dvda for several years to date, am very familiar it and have grown accustomed to its sound. I'm trying to set aside personal bias but if forced to choose one, the dvda holds a slight edge.

If you don't have a copy of the dvda or the Japan sacd and wants to have one, either of the two will satisfy you and they are both way above better than the rbcd version. The only question then is: will you buy the relatively expensive version (Japan sacd) or the lot more expensive and out-of-print dvda?

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Review by Ricoflashback August 24, 2013 (6 of 9 found this review helpful)
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Classic album with horrific vocal mix. I mean, the Engineers should have to spend jail time for this effort. They managed to trash one of the best selling albums/CD's of all time.

The vocals via the center channel (and I have a fabulous Paradigm CC690 Center) are hollow sounding with many echos. If you can get past the thin and shoddy vocal mix, Fleetwood Mac affcionados will certainly want to add this SACD to their collection.

But beware - - fine vocal performances were butchered, big time, in this SACD.

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Review by Marc - SoundMatters July 10, 2014 (5 of 5 found this review helpful)
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This is a review of the 5.1 channel layer of Fleetwood Mac's Rumours SACD. Equipment used for this review included PSB Synchrony One speakers (7 speakers, no subwoofer), a Denon 7.1 channel receiver, and an Oppo BDP-105 disc player. Comparison was made to the DVD-audio multichannel version and the CD stereo version.

I concur with other reviewers who have expressed disappointment with the vocals on this SACD's multichannel layer (I have not listened to the stereo layer). Compared to the DVD-audio disc of this album, the vocals on the SACD sound overly-smoothed-out. Stevie Nick's vocal performance suffers the most in this version's mix, as her famous (infamous?) edginess is missing-in-action.

Perhaps the most important statement to make here is that when I want to hear Rumours, I always reach for the DVD-audio disc. I never play the SACD of this album, anymore.

However, the SACD version does seem to have better bass, compared to the DVD-audio version.

For those who do not own the DVD-audio version of Rumours (and who are unwilling to pay the hefty price of that out-of-print version, if even available), I would recommend the SACD, as it is certainly far better than the CD version.

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