*the abso!ute sound* gives *Ella and Louis* and *Getz/Gilberto* SACDs poor reviews.

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  1. KeithH

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    The current issue of the abso!ute sound (on newsstands now; March 2003?) has reviews of the Universal Ella & Louis and Getz/Gilberto SACDs. Both titles garnered rather poor reviews. I don't have the issue here, but as I recall, the Ella & Louis SACD was particularly faulted for sounding hot (Louis' horn, for example). On the Getz/Gilberto SACD, the reviewer felt that Astrud Gilberto's vocals and Getz's sax were not mixed properly.

    I have read mixed reviews of these SACDs on Audio Asylum and Steve Hoffman's forum. It seems that these titles were not done with the utmost care. As memory serves, Kevin Reeves mixed both of these titles for SACD. Does he have a history of making "hot" mixes?

    Given the reviews I have read for these two SACDs, I'd be curious to hear your opinions of them, especially when compared to the same titles on other formats. I have the Getz/Gilberto SACD, and it sounds good to my ears. It is easily more airy and natural-sounding than the current remastered CD. I also prefer the SACD to my old Verve CD, though that CD sounds very good and has the proper stereo orientation on "The Girl From Ipanema" (the orientation is reversed on the remastered CD and the SACD).

    I don't have Ella & Louis on CD or SACD, but I have been thinking of getting the SACD since it is a great album and it is so cheap. Still, I'd like to hear some thoughts on this SACD.
     
  2. KrisM

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    I'd be curious about the Ella&Louis disc as well. I think there was a post awhile back about these. I think a review site also gave them a poor review.
    Did they compare this disc to any of Sony's Armstrong discs?Maybe its me but Armstrong's playing usually sounds "hot" so maybe it is on the master tape that way, and not the fault of the mix.

    Regards
    KrisM

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  3. Rich Malloy

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    We discussed this rather a lot in at least two threads on this forum when those reviews were posted to the website. Many of us took issue with them (myself included).
     
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    Rich, thanks. I don't recall a discussion of Ella & Louis and only vaguely recall reading complaints here about Getz/Gilberto. I'll have to do a search.
     
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    Keith,

    I feel that Ella & Louis is wonderful in terms of sonics and performance.

    I also like the Getz/Gilberto to be very good but a bit soft sounding. Still a must for Brazilian music fans.

    [​IMG]
     
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    Keith I just received Getz/Gilberto in the mail this week, and it sounds good to my ears. It bests the remastered CD which I also own a copy. I do not have any earlier recordings of this other then those two, so maybe all the SACD is doing is making a bad mix sound better. Hmm.

    I also own Ella and Louis and can understand where some of the reviews are coming from when they say the trumpet is a bit hot. Unfortunatly I do not own this title on any other format, so this may be a problem with the SACD or has always been there since the original master. Overall I found this disc very enjoyable.

    Other then that, both discs are winners in my book and the prices sure are right.

    J
     
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    If you guys like that bossa nova/samba sound, check out the "Ana Caram: Blue Bossa" SACD. The sonics are extraordinary, among the most natural sounding I've heard.
     
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    Both the trumpet and Louie's voice are hot to the point that sometimes he sounds like he's got a lisp.

    This is also the case on the DID disc that I have.

    As I stated before, I don't think that there is a significant diff between the SACD & the DID. I could have easily spent that $15 on something else.
     
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    I'm sorry Lee, "blowing it away" is an over assessment.

    It may be "marginally" better, but not worth the repurchase.
     
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    Many SACD owners have commented on the dissapointing sound quality from Universal SACDs.

    Looks like they're more concerned with quantity than quality.
     
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    not to be smug, but the original mono verve on vinyl sounds fantastic. [​IMG]

    i too was planning on picking this sacd up, but may hold off. too bad, one of my favorite albums.

    david
     
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    I remember reading that Armstrong's horn was too close to the mic during this session. What are you going to do?

    The Getz/Gilberto SACD is about the warmest recording I've ever heard. I simply love it. The only other one I own that compares in warmth is Ben Webster's "Warm Moods" on redbook CD. I know the soundstage is reversed, what difference does it make? It plays no role in my enjoyment of the music.

    Isn't Coltrane's "A Love Supreme" SACD from Universal as well? I have no problems with this one, either. By far the best it has ever sounded in my home. What are Universal's bad releases?
     
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    I have been generally happy with the Universal SACDs I've purchased. Thus far, I have the following:

    * Diana Krall When I look in your eyes
    * John Coltrane A Love Supreme
    * The Who My Generation
    * Stan Getz Getz/Gilberto
    * Ryan Adams Gold

    I don't know how these SACDs have been reviewed overall, but I have been happy with them.
     
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    I actually like the Getz/Gilberto SACD. The difference between the SACD and the CD is most noteable in the guitar and sax, which sound warmer and clearer, making the listening experience more pleasant.

    Any complaints levied against the Ella & Louis album apply to the CD as well.

    I have no complaints againt the Coltrane or Krall SACDs.
     

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