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#375467 - 05/08/12 12:53 AM Re: Stunning Recordings [Re: Mojo]
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Dire Straits- Brothers in Arms (remastered)

Ride Across the River is incredible on this disc.
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#375479 - 05/08/12 02:31 AM Re: Stunning Recordings [Re: Mojo]
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Registered: 09/07/11
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Yup, I'm aware of what happened back then.

More recent poor digital recordings (and there are many from the 80s, 90s & later) may have been misguided efforts on the part of some sound engineers. Or perhaps they just liked their sound that way - bright (harsh?) with recessed bass & minimal dynamics. No wonder that the CD often got a bad rap that manifested itself as 'digital harshness' to many.

Suffice it to say that these 'Marsalis & Clapton' concerts do not suffer from any of these foibles...

TAM

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#375695 - 05/09/12 06:23 PM Re: Stunning Recordings [Re: Mojo]
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I finally made my jump to SACDs to play on my 2-Channel audio only system using my Denon player through my tube amp to my AX2s/Velo speakers.

Generally I am very pleased with their sound & I believe from what I've heard, SACDs are a step up from CDs. Whether it is due to their higher sampling rate & DSD or just more care is taken in recording & mixing the material, I don't know. Perhaps it is a bit of both.

So far I have 5 SACDs with a couple more coming in the mail:

- Tito Puente 'Goza Mi Timbal' - Great Latin music with wonderful mids & highs featuring great rhythms; however, the bass is a bit recessed;

- The Allman Brothers 'Eat a Peach' - Excellent recording of live concerts. Incredibly smooth sound considering that it is live;

- Albert King 'I'll Play the Blues for You' - Great blues material from 1972 that exhibits wonderful sound. Quite amazing considering the age of the original recording;

- Spyro Gyra 'Wrapped in a Dream' - Really nice fusion that is easy to listen to. Great full sound; and

- John Hammond 'Rough & Tough' - 15 tracks of solo acoustic blues featuring some nice resonator guitar throughout. Well recorded but I found that the harmonica was often shrill.

All are recommended IMHO.

It is interesting to see the distribution of SACDs through out the spectrum. The classical genre vastly dominates with all others in the minority. Several artists seem to have embraced the SACD format more than all of the others - 'The Kinks', 'Bob Dylan', 'The Rolling Stones' & 'Stevie Ray Vaughan'.

TAM

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#376165 - 05/14/12 08:25 PM Re: Stunning Recordings [Re: Mojo]
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I've received another ebay SACD - this time a nice rendition of big band & swing.

Got Swing - a wonderful collection (14 Tracks, 65 minutes) of big band favourites that was most ably recorded by the now defunct 'Telarc' team. Huge dynamics with a big, soundstage. I could have done without some of the vocal selections, but all in all, a great SACD, especially at $12...

TAM

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#376357 - 05/16/12 02:08 PM Re: Stunning Recordings [Re: Mojo]
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My SACDs are still trickling in - 2 more still in the mail.

I continue to be impressed with the SACD format & all of my discs so far have been well worth purchasing.

Latest one:

Vivino Brothers 'Blues Band' - These blues guys (previously Conan's house band) were unknown to me but I took a chance on their SACD. Absolutely excellent material & recording with full bass extension. It's nice to have a sax with guitar in the blues mix.

Highly recommended; however, watch out for the prices. I got this brand new one from ebay for $6 + shipping for a total of $11 - an absolute steal. I see the same one on ebay now for $60!!!! (with free shipping, ha!)

Some of the vendors on ebay amaze me at times...

TAM

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#376360 - 05/16/12 02:17 PM Re: Stunning Recordings [Re: Mojo]
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Registered: 09/27/04
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Loc: Central NH
Yeah, but you don't have to pay for shipping.

So, it's like, good, right?
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#376362 - 05/16/12 02:22 PM Re: Stunning Recordings [Re: Mojo]
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Registered: 04/01/03
Posts: 5214
Loc: Los Angeles
When my PS3 died, my ability to playback SACD died with it. frown
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#376373 - 05/16/12 03:01 PM Re: Stunning Recordings [Re: Mojo]
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Registered: 10/05/06
Posts: 6614
Loc: PEI, Canada
Me too....Me too. sigh
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#376431 - 05/17/12 04:54 AM Re: Stunning Recordings [Re: Mojo]
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Registered: 04/01/03
Posts: 5214
Loc: Los Angeles
Seems crazy. Sony finally had a product in the PS3 that made SACD playback simple for the average user. :~(
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#376745 - 05/21/12 09:39 PM Re: Stunning Recordings [Re: Mojo]
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Bela Bartok traveled through Hungary and neighboring countries as a young man, collecting ideas for his musical compositions. The results reach the level of masterpieces in some instances and are never less than folksy, entertaining melodies.

Sir George Solti conducts with special vehemence where called for(e.g., the savage Miraculous Mandarin)and eases up a bit for folk-inspired items like the Hungarian Sketches and Romanian Folk Dances. A very nice 2-disc collection of the best Bartok, played by the superb Chicago Symphony Orchestra and in excellent sound.

This should be a must for your collection if you have no Bartok, or to add thrilling performances to what you have. The 2-disc set is available at almost give-away prices around $7 up from several Amazon sellers here .
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