ALison Krauss - FORGET ABOUT IT (the title) This is a really nice hybrid and everybody can check out the difference between the two tracks for themselves. Every non-Sony disc I've seen is a hybrid...but ya'all know that score, don't you? Anyway, I already had the CD of this one. It's a real fav of mine and I just couldn't resist this SACD. She has another one, forget the title hmnn, out which I'll proably soon aqquire. BTW, this is a stereo SACD. With my 555ES player I can't switch between the SACD and CD layer on the fly. I'm supposin' no player can. I have to push stop to switch layers. I decided to listen to STAY, the album's first cut and Her reindition of Todd Rundgren's IT WOULDN'T HAVE MADE ANY DIFFERENCE multiple times on each track. Before I go any farther, I'd like to qualify that I've always thought FORGET ALL ABOUT IT was really above average sounding CD. This is one CD track that gives the SACD version a run for the money me thinks. I thought the CD and CD layer of the hybrid, yes I had both out, sounded identical. I thought they did well in the high frequency range against SACD. The SACD needs more amplification to match the CD's level, I should add. It was my impression that the SACD's track's greatest strength was that the bass seemed more precise and acurate, as if the CD's was just a bit muddy. Maybe a little like a CD sounds and a minidisc copy sounds, atleast for the lower regions anyway. The vocals are touch sweeter on the SACD too. Damn, I like her take on Todd's IT WOULDN'T HAVE MADE ANY DIFFERENCE which is playing now. If you've never heard ths album, she does 3 Michael McDonald tunes including IT DON'T MATTER NOW. I think one of the album's real highlights is her version of Danny O'Keefe's NEVER GOT OFF THE GROUND. The twangy guitar and dobro play on each other so well. I think she did a really great job of selecting material for this album. I think that everybody who's doing SACD needs atleast a few of these hybrid discs in their collection to compare the formats. Thanks alot Sony for making that more difficult ! This here multi-purpose one is a good'un I think, thanks Rounder for doing SACD right. Laura Nyro - ANGEL IN THE DARK This was the late Laura Nyro's last albumn. It has a nice mix of her own songs and covers of stuff like: Burt Bacharach & Hal David's WALK ON BY, Smoky Robinson's OOH BABY BABY, Goffin & King's WILL YOU STILLE LOVE ME TOMORROW, and everybody's favourite soft soul classic LA LA MEANS I LOVE YOU. A few of the tunes are just solo, her and her piano. The excellent title tune ANGEL IN THE DARK has an alternate take, solo version, but I highly preffered the band version. It featured the likes of John Topea on guitar and the Brecker brothers tooting trumpet and sax. There are a bunch of real jazz pro's on the non-solo cuts. Boy, are the Brecker Brother's horns sweet on ANGEL IN THE DARK. I really like the way horns soud on SACD, in general, their horns are even better, even in this small dose. Oh, did I mention Laura sings good and really knows how to swing? The SACD is a stereo-hybrid, are you listening Sony (?) (!)...sorry, I tend to rant about this...moving on, uuh, basically, like, it's auh, real good but my copy has a tick on track 2, TRIPLE GODDESS TWILIGHT at 22 seconds that mars this otherwise well-named cut. I'm sending it back to Acoustic Sounds. They sent me an e-mail asking if it was the individual disc or maybe a pressing problem. I e-mailed them back, "how would I know? I'm an ignorant I'm afraid". Anyway, there's no tick on the CD layer. See, aren't these CD layers great(!)? The Brecker Brothers are back for SWEET DREAM FADE. Can you tell I'm a fan? It's an nice up-beat cut that doesn't have the strongest lyric but Tropea's guitar and the brothers rooty toot build it up to a nice pace before it's vocal end. Laura's solo LET IT BE ME cover is short and very sweet, clocking in at just a little over 2 minutes. Laura doesn't sound the least bit out of place performing the soul classics OOH BABY BABY & LA LA MEANS I LOVE YOU. She sounds rock solid on OOH BABY BABY's alternate solo take too. You get 3 SACD exclusive bonus cuts the title track and DON'T HURT BABY, too. I hope the tick in TRIPLE GODDESS TWILIGHT is just an isolated problem. I'd hate the wait if I had to wait for a repressing. This is my first run-in with an SACD defect. Could be nothing but one bad disc? We'll see. Otherwise this is a fabulous last album from Nyro. The SACD layer is sweet and her swing-y rhythm sound shines brighter on it. The last cut, #19, CODA, appears to end after about 2 minutes, but if you leave the disc running after about 2 minutes She comes back again for one more little, coda, or yodel, not yodel'l'l, but just a couple more bars. Just a little oddessey.... I'll report back about the little defect when I know. Or, does anybody out there have a copy? Does your track 2, 22 seconds have a tick (pop)? Come on, enquiring minds want to know?