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Steely Dan – ‘Everything Must Go’ A DVD-Audio review by Patrick Cleasby

Steely Dan – ‘Everything Must Go’ A DVD-Audio review by Patrick Cleasby

When announcements earlier this year confirmed that a brand new Steely Dan studio album, ‘Everything Must Go’, was due this spring, seasoned Dan watchers were amazed. Having managed to produce seven masterpiece albums during the seventies, the following twenty years saw but a handful of albums from Becker and Fagen, and only one of those was a bona fide Steely Dan studio album. The news that the guys disappeared into the studio in late 2001 could therefore have resulted in a confident prediction of no new album until 2006. Nevertheless, here is the result of that year in the studio, have the venerable duo managed to surprise us as much with their music as with their schedule? read more…

Caroline Sageman – ‘Frederic Chopin: Piano Sonata No. 2 in B-flat minor, Op. 35 4 Scherzos’  An SACD review by Mark Jordan

Caroline Sageman – ‘Frederic Chopin: Piano Sonata No. 2 in B-flat minor, Op. 35 4 Scherzos’ An SACD review by Mark Jordan

The finest artists rarely win the big international competitions. Caroline Sageman placed sixth in the International Chopin Piano Competition in 1990 (granted, she was only seventeen at the time). In the intervening years, I have not heard anything of the higher prizewinners – yet here is Sageman, emerging as a fully-formed, thoughtful artist of power and control. The competitions, with their decisions made by committee, have a tendency to settle on mainstream, flashy players who moderately please everyone and largely offend no one. A more probing artist can potentially be very off-putting. And so it is with Sageman. This recording is mightily impressive to anyone who can accept a more granitic, monumental view of this composer. No sign here of Chopin as neurotic, hearts-and-flowers romantic – Sageman seems intent on proving that Chopin’s genius extends to structural and harmonic innovations that almost two centuries later still have the power to shock. And here, they do. I remain a devotee of the emotional, impulsive school of Chopin playing typified by Alfred Cortot, but after hearing this towering recording, I wouldn’t want to be without it. It reveals some surprising new facets of Chopin’s diamonds. read more…

Fleetwood Mac – ‘Say You Will’ A DVD-Audio review by Patrick Cleasby

With the greatest respect to Dishwalla and Bryan Ferry, the brand new Fleetwood Mac album ‘Say You Will’, released in the U.S. tomorrow, is one the most momentous high resolution new releases yet, being the first DVD-Audio disc to gain an (almost) simultaneous release with the equivalent CD on both sides of the Atlantic. read more…

Frank Zappa – ‘Halloween – Live in NYC 1978’ A DVD-Audio review by Buzz Goddard

It is a fitting Frank Zappa irony that I am reviewing his latest posthumous release, ‘Halloween’. My first experience with Zappa’s music was the discovery that ‘Freak Out!’ made a perfect soundtrack for the Halloween haunted house I created in my suburban basement in 1967. read more…

Pink Floyd – ‘Dark Side of the Moon’  An SACD review by Nicholas D. Satullo

Pink Floyd – ‘Dark Side of the Moon’ An SACD review by Nicholas D. Satullo

High Fidelity Review is going to let you in on a secret. When Capitol Records releases the long-awaited ‘Dark Side of the Moon’ SACD in New York next week, it will become a matter of public knowledge what our world exclusive advance review permits us to verify – it is a sparkling success, defying the gravity of expectations that invariably tug at such a staple of popular music. James Guthrie, the sound engineer responsible for the new 5.1 mix of the album, found a way to succeed where there were ten thousand ways to fail. read more…

Emmylou Harris – ‘Producer’s Cut’ A DVD-Audio review by Stuart M. Robinson

Producer’s Cut’ is exclusive to DVD-Audio, a compilation of Emmylou Harris songs from seven of her first eight Warner Reprise albums released between 1975 and 1981 that were specifically chosen by producer, arranger and original recording engineer Brian Ahern due to their suitability for a surround presentation. read more…

Aaron Neville – ‘Believe’ A DVD-Audio review by Stuart M. Robinson

To quote the disc notes, his career has spanned over four decades, fourteen Neville Brothers and eleven solo Grammy® award-winning albums, so when I got the chance to interview the legendary Aaron Neville and review ‘Believe’, his second DVD-Audio release, I jumped at the chance. read more…

Isaac Hayes – ‘Hot Buttered Soul’ An SACD review by Brett Rudolph

Some of the most influential and best-loved albums were released before many of us were born, or at a time when we were too young to pay any attention to them. Even when they are re-released years later, many of those who heard these albums in their “original” vintage vinyl form are sure that they sounded better when replayed on an analogue system. read more…

Alanis Morissette – ‘under rug swept’ A DVD-Audio review by Nicholas D. Satullo

under rug swept’, the 2002 release from Alanis Morissette, is the first of her albums to be remixed and released on the DVD-Audio format, although recording engineer Chris Fogel is now at work on her prior albums. read more…

Faith Hill – ‘Cry’  A DVD-Audio review by Stuart M. Robinson

Faith Hill – ‘Cry’ A DVD-Audio review by Stuart M. Robinson

Faith Hill is one of the new breed of ‘country’ music stars, an artist who has successfully crossed over to the mainstream and become one of the world’s most recognisable female singers. Comparisons have been made to Shania Twain, perhaps because both women ooze sex appeal, but fan of Shania that I am, even I have to acknowledge Hill’s superior vocal talents. read more…

Mannheim Steamroller – ‘Christmas Extraordinaire’ A DVD-Audio review by Stuart M. Robinson

The holiday season is upon us once again and the time has come to investigate some of the festive music available on DVD-Audio, a prominent example of which is the subject of this review.

Christmas Extraordinaire’ is the fourth seasonal disc from Chip Davis and Mannheim Steamroller (the first being released in 1983) and therefore has a lot to live up to, the previous works having long-since been entrenched in the ‘Christmas classics’ section of many music collections the world over. read more…

Natalie Merchant – ‘Tigerlily’ A DVD-Audio review by Nicholas D. Satullo

Tigerlily’ was one of the first DVD-Audio discs that flipped the format switch for me. I recall being pleased and impressed by it, to the extent that it became a disc played repetitively, for days, even weeks. read more…

The Larry Goldings Trio – ‘Moonbird’ A DVD-Audio review by Nigel Pond

I first came across Hi-Res Music at CES 2002, where they were sharing a stand with AIX Records (see this page from the SMR Group’s CES 2002 report). After explaining the concept of this website to him, their representative was more than happy to part with a few review samples including the disc that is the subject of this review. read more…

Eric Clapton and B.B. King – ‘Riding with the King’ A DVD-Audio review by Brett Rudolph

Riding with the King’ is an album about harmony and synergy between two different but yet extremely similar artists, friends and contemporaries B.B. King and Eric Clapton. It’s an album that allows the listener to experience the bonds that tie them together and understand just how much respect both artists have for one another. read more…

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