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  Universal (Japan) -
  Mike Oldfield: Ommadawn

Mike Oldfield
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  Single Layer
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  Previously released as UIGY-9085

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Review by Zappaien February 24, 2012 (5 of 6 found this review helpful)
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As for tubular Bells, Universal Japan got the very good idea to reissue this Fantastic album from MO and give it the Shm-sacd treatment.

DSD transfered from Master Analog tapes by Richard Whittaker, FX Copyroom, 2012

Sound Quality is Totally Outstanding, We got a fantastic Smooth sound, level volume can be raised to nirvana without getting hurted. Dynamics on this release are perfect, really. Even better than Tubular Bells.
This is on my top 3 Shm-sacd in rock section. And 2012 is not finished !
You can't hesitate to spend this bad price on this gem. Just go :)

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Review by Bicman March 3, 2013 (3 of 3 found this review helpful)
I find with all the updating I've done to my entertainment system over the years, the only thing truely holding me back from my systems full potential is the quality of the source. Be it CD, SACD, DVD Audio or Blueray, it's the duplication of the recording that I find really makes a huge difference.

Well, come on in and take a seat because I'm about to treat you to a fantastic musical experience. Mike Oldfield on SHM SACD.

Ommadawn really shines here and takes me back to when I was a teen. I know this LP so well, I can hum it in my sleep. But, you would think I was listening to this for the first time. Each instrument and vocal arrangement are so well separated. Lower frequencies have the power and articulation I've never heard before. It's a real treat for the senses.

I highly recommend this SACD not only for Mike Oldfield fans, but anyone who appreciates a fantastic listening adventure.

Whoever does these SHM SACD's, please keep them coming. My ears haven't quit on me yet.

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Review by ScienceGuy October 14, 2012 (2 of 2 found this review helpful)
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I wholly concur with Zappaien, Deadwing and Espsilon, in that this SACD is absolutely outstanding in every way.

I have just carried out comprehensive direct comparision testing between this, the 2012 SACD Version by Mercury Records, and the 2010 (so-called) Deluxe Edition CD, which includes no less than THREE versions, namely 2010 Stereo Mix on CD, original 1975 version (same version as SACD) on CD, as well as 2010 Mix in 5.1 Dolby Digital Surround Sound.

In short, IMO this is the ranking of the different versions regards to which offers the best audio quality, in descending order:

1) 2012 SACD by Mercury Records (i.e. This version)
2) 2010 Deluxe Edition, Original 1975 Mix, CD Version
3) 2010 Deluxe Edition, 2010 Stereo Mix, CD Version
4) 2010 Deluxe Edition, 2010 Stereo Mix, DVD Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound Version

Without a doubt the best version of OMMADAWN is the 2012 SACD Version by Mercury Records.

Specifically, the audio clarity, dynamics, soundstage, frequency range, compression, distortion and depth are all significantly superior than the other versions.

This is most noticable at 1:15 of OMMADAWN Part 1 when the deep bass begins, wherein it is so much deeper than the other versions; and 12:27 when the african drums start, wherein the considerably superior clarity and realism of the drums stands out versus the other versions. The 2010 Mix in my opinion is a huge disappointment, in that it is as if LOUDNESS has been applied producing a muddy, boomy and imbalanced bass / lower end, such that the african drumming is a blurry mess; whereas with the SACD version the drumming is astonishingly real.

In my opinion there is absolutely no contest; the SACD version is irrefutably the best version. Period.

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