SACD

Mary Chapin Carpenter – ‘Time* Sex* Love*’ An SACD review by Nicholas D. Satullo

Audio enthusiasts are prone to fascination and, sometimes, even obsession over the electronics comprising their systems. Often, a tap on the shoulder is helpful as a gentle reminder that these hefty black or silver boxes are merely the devices by which their true enjoyment is delivered—the music itself. read more…

Celine Dion – ‘All the Way… A Decade of Song’  An SACD review by Sanjay Durani

Celine Dion – ‘All the Way… A Decade of Song’ An SACD review by Sanjay Durani

Greatest hits albums are just the greatest thing! I mean, you hear an artist’s hit records on the radio and see their music videos on TV, but despite more than just a passing interest, stop short of buying their albums because – let’s face it – who wants to pay for ten tracks of padding in order to get a couple of hit songs. The same thing happens with their next album, and the one after that; tempting, but not quite worth it. Then, a few years later, your lack of support is actually rewarded when along comes a compilation of all those songs you liked and even one or two exclusive new ones (much to the annoyance of those who bought all the albums). Such was the case with Celine Dion’s ‘All the Way… A Decade of Song’. read more…

Dave Brubeck Quartet – ‘Time Out’  An SACD review by Brett Rudolph

Dave Brubeck Quartet – ‘Time Out’ An SACD review by Brett Rudolph

If one reviews a fair amount of music software, it isn’t long before one begins to realize that no matter how good or bad a disc may initially appear, if one takes the time to examine the music or performance, there are often interesting facets of one or the other lurking just beneath the surface. ‘Time Out’ is a case in point; I learned a great deal not only after taking the time to critically listen to the music, but also from reading the accompanying booklet… and the more I read and listened, the more enthralled I became with the album and the experimental processes used at the time of recording. read more…

Destiny’s Child – ‘Survivor’ An SACD review by Sanjay Durani

When I heard this album’s title song on my car radio, the first thing that came to mind was the reality-based TV game show of the same name: ‘Survivor’. Then, when I saw Destiny’s Child strut their stuff on the music video, I immediately thought of another reality-based TV game show: ‘Temptation Island’. read more…

Lang Lang – ‘Rachmaninoff Piano Concerto No.3 in D Minor, Op. 30’ An SACD review by Nigel Pond

Lang Lang and Telarc have chosen an ambitious programme for Lang’s first multichannel SACD release. Not only does it feature Rachmaninoff’s mighty Third Piano Concerto, but it was recorded live. read more…

Sjako! – ‘Page’ An SACD review by Stuart M. Robinson

I’ll come clean, despite an envied live reputation across Europe, before writing this review I hadn’t experienced any more than a couple of songs from Sjako! the band whose latest Super Audio CD, entitled ‘Page’, is the subject of this piece. read more…

Dana Winner – ‘Unforgettable’ An SACD review by Stuart M. Robinson

Unforgettable’ is Dana Winner’s second SACD release, it is the follow-up to ‘Licht en Liefde’, an outstanding disc we featured a couple of months ago. Unlike ‘Licht en Liefde’, which was aimed at the northern European Flemish market, ‘Unforgettable’ is a truly international title and therefore sung almost entirely in English. read more…

Patricia Barber – ‘Nightclub’ An SACD review by Brett Rudolph

Patricia Barber grew up in a decidedly musical environment, her father being a saxophone player and her mother a blues singer. It came as no surprise therefore, that as she matured she followed in her family’s footsteps, becoming not just any old musician, but a unique and wonderfully different jazz performer. read more…

Roger Waters – ‘In the Flesh’ An SACD review by Brett Rudolph

Pink Floyd have, over the years, made major contributions to the ‘modern-day’ rock music world. A large part of that influence came from Roger Waters, who left the band sometime ago to start touring on his own, although in the years that have followed he has continued to perform Pink Floyd songs, as well as his own compositions. read more…

London Symphony Orchestra – ‘The Film Music of Jerry Goldsmith’ An SACD review by Brett Rudolph

If you have gone to the movies or watched television during the last half a century, then the chances are you have heard at least one of Jerry Goldsmith’s themes. He has been writing music since the early 1950s – to the delight of audiences all over the world – and his soundtracks span all varieties of theatrical content, from historical movies such as ‘Patton’, to science fiction movies such as ‘Star Trek’ and almost everything in between. read more…

Various Artists – ‘Mark Levinson: Live Recordings at Red Rose Music – Volume One’ An SACD review by Brett Rudolph

The more you get into high-end audio, the more you hear the name Mark Levinson. He has made some of the most important contributions to the world of ‘high fidelity’ that we experience and enjoy in this modern age. read more…

Frankie Goes to Hollywood – ‘Rage Hard – The Sonic Collection’  An SACD review by Stuart M. Robinson

Frankie Goes to Hollywood – ‘Rage Hard – The Sonic Collection’ An SACD review by Stuart M. Robinson

Regardless of the format involved, when it comes to multi-channel re-mixes, discs appear to fall into one of three categories.

There’s the live, ambient recording, usually with little surround content other than the sound of the venue. There are those discs whose surround channels have been created using nothing more than a studio ‘DSP’ matrix, which may turn out to be less effective than domestic schemes such as Pro Logic II Music or Logic 7 Music. Finally, we have the minority group, those titles that have benefited from an artistic, skilfully designed surround re-mix that actually heightens one’s enjoyment of the music. read more…

Linda Rosenthal – ‘Oh! That Stradivarius’ An SACD review by Brett Rudolph

If the name Stradivarius rings a bell somewhere in your mind, you might appreciate what drew me to this album. Looking through the list of available SACDs, this one title appealed to me on many different levels and therefore afforded not only the chance to learn more about what the SACD format held in store, but also what the most famous violin maker created in his instrument. read more…

Toto – ‘IV [Stereo]’ An SACD review by Stuart M. Robinson

Originally released in 1982, Toto’s ‘IV’ undoubtedly represents the highlight of the band’s career. The three albums preceding it had received widespread praise and sold well, but it wasn’t until ‘IV’ that the group achieved the acclaim of their peers. read more…

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