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  AFZ5 186
  Mike Bloomfield-Al Kooper-Steve Stills: Super Session
  Mike Bloomfield
Al Kooper
Steve Stills
Track listing:
  1. Albert's Shuffle
2. Stop
3. Man's Temptation
4. His Holy Modal Majesty
5. Really
6. It Takes A Lot to Laugh, It Takes A Train to Cry
7. Season of the Witch
8. You Don't Love Me
9. Harvey's Tune
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  Produced by Al Kooper

Multichannel SACD 5.1 mix: Al Kooper
Multichannel SACD 5.1 mastering: Bob Ludwig at Gateway Mastering Studios
Stereo CD and SACD mastering: Steve Hoffman at Stephen Marsh Mastering

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Review by analogue October 10, 2014 (7 of 7 found this review helpful)
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This is a very good listen of a classic rock album. You need to crank the volume rather high and you will be rewarded. The recording is a tad wonky and by that I mean that there is some panning going on of the music. It starts' off one way and there are times where different instruments come out of different speakers. There is no concern here........just trying to convey that many listeners have always mentioned this attribute to the recording. You might not even notice anything. Most of the time its a regular recording.

Bloomfield plays on 5 tracks, Stills on three and the final number is a hybrid rock/ jazz cut. Musically this is a great album and if you like the blues you cant get any better than the awesome guitar playing. Bloomfield is simply awesome. Stills brings in another package but its still great stuff. The entire album from start to finish is still a classic and definitely worth a listen.

Steve Hoffman did a really good job here and of his most recent sacd releases this might be my favorite. He took a delicate approach to the Dsd transfer. It has a nice mellow glow about it.......sounding very much like a vinyl record. No harshness or compression..........just very nice sounding music. The bass is.......again........mellow but beautifully done. Its very consistent. The great guitar work isn't piercing or grating, voices sound natural with good fidelity.

Highly recommended and a great album release of this all time rock/ blues classic.
Score for stereo sound is actually four and a quarter sound.

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Review by Rickko November 12, 2014 (6 of 6 found this review helpful)
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Review by Marpow November 21, 2014 (3 of 4 found this review helpful)
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Mike Bloomfield-Al Kooper-Steve Stills: Super Session Hybrid SACD Multichannel 2014

I first heard this album in 1968 as it was getting heavy radio play KMPX and KSAN underground radio in San Francisco. My whole life I have had a strong connection to this music. Bloomfield was a big star in the SF music scene, I knew of Stills and Al Kooper came to me by way of this disc. Wikipedia has solid historical info, including mch info on this disc.

Earlier this year I purchased the 2003 Legacy RBCD which had tracks with and without horns. Al Kooper produced that disc also. It's a solid sonic stereo disc. I was not going to get this mch as I was satisfied with the Legacy disc. But after purchasing the 5.1 of Blood, Sweat and Tears, Child is the Father to Man I had to see what this was about.

Performance: Historical great performance. Kooper's vocals and organ is absolutely one of the greatest organ recordings at the time. Bloomfield, well, it is he who makes this what it is. Stills being fresh and different from Bloomfield.

Stereo Sonics: Quite good actually. Warmer than the 2003 Legacy disc and somewhat quieter. The 2003 disc probably has a little Loudness War on it where as this 2014 disc has a DR 12 which is quite good. The stereo goes outside of the speaker realm and it is most certainly not mch, but the SACD 2 channel stage is quite good.

Multichannel Sonics: I am sorry but I had trouble with this, not the production or the placement of music to speakers but a feeling that I can only try to describe. I feel, that if you removed the horn section which is primarily rears right and left that as a mch disc it would be flat. Koopers vocals are a little too much front right. Guitars and (bass that others have mentioned was a non issue for me), where all placed at places that sounded good and they moved around a bit. I am ALWAYS so thrilled with every mch that I have purchased and this dissatisfaction I have could be that the music in stereo is just too ingrained in me and I am biased?

To be honest, I am glad I have the 2003 Legacy, with and without horns, and I am glad that I have this 2014 MCH disc with the better SACD stereo.

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