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  UDSACD 2101
  Allman Brothers Band: The Allman Brothers Band
  "Allman Brothers Band"

Allman Brothers Band
Track listing:
  1. Donít Want You No More
2. It's Not My Cross to Bear
3. Black Hearted Woman
4. Trouble No More
5. Every Hungry Woman
6. Dreams
7. Whipping Post
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Review by Whitehall June 30, 2013 (4 of 4 found this review helpful)
Performance:   Sonics:
I have to disagree that this Mobile Fidelity release is worth buying. It is not.

I'll gladly pay a premium price for a music record with better sonics. This Allman Brothers recording does not have better sonics. As noted, this is the fault of the original recording engineer and the techniques he used.

Of course, the Allman Brothers are a worthwhile band, but why pay $30 for a SACD disc when I can get roughly the same sound quality from a recycled $1 vinyl album from Goodwill?

This is another example of some record companies charging more for content when there is no improvement in sound quality. The original Norah Jones album is another specific. Such dishonesty further drives down sales.

Buyer beware!

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Review by analogue January 31, 2013 (4 of 5 found this review helpful)
Performance:   Sonics:
The good thing about this new sacd release is that its never been released on hi rez digital before so we are not double dipping as it were in purchasing it. Next is that this is a classic rock album from the golden age of rock. If you're a fan of the Allman Brothers this is a great place to start.

Unfortunately there are some definite problems with the sound of this sacd. I am not saying it sounds terrible.......its actually decent sounding. But there are certain problems with the tape source that are unavoidable. The tapes don't seem to have aged rather well at all and I also think that the original recording leaves something to be desired.

Several years ago Mofi released a gold cd version of their second album and that disc really shines for a cd. This new sacd rather pales in comparison. Master tapes are a funny thing. Some age unbelievably well while others become ancient over the years. This sacd is one such example of a bad tape source. This sacd reminds me a little of the Aerosmith Toys in the attic sacd.

The bad................For starters during many guitar solo's there is a scrathy, static sound that comes from the taep source. This is bothersome. There is also a lack of air and transparency as well that creates a stuffy, pushed back quality to the sound. Almost as if there is a thin blanket in front of the speakers. The sound is far from fresh and invigorating. The worn nature of the tapes cant be ignored.

Still all is not completely lost.

This sacd does have decent sonics with adequate separation of the individual instruments as well as a nice feel to the organ Gregg plays during one track. His voice however is pushed far back in the mix more than Id like. This sacd also has a decent low end.

All in all ITS WORTH BUYING AS long as you're aware that the negative aspects of the tape source and recording do detract from the overall experience of this musical journey.

PLay it loud as its needed to get the most from this sacd.

Recommended with reservations.

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