What Hirez Discs Have You Purchased Recently?

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Bryan Adams' Reckless BD-A. Flipped a copy of the Super Deluxe Edition when it first came out to read the interviews in the booklet, watch the music vids and listen to the Odeon show. But decided I didn't need to retain all those goodies--fine with "just" the single-disc BD separate release now.

Looking at finally getting more than just the Songs For Swingin' Lovers Sinatra SA-CD. Of the six that MoFi remastered and reissued, it looks like they picked three of the "sad" albums such as No One Cares and three of the "swingin'" albums. Welcome any input as to which one of the remaining five is most recommended from either "category"--I'm more interested in overall commentary about the essential-ness of the album in the Sinatra canon moreso than SQ. From a little reading, every single one of these remasters is outstanding and each album is considered something of a classic. If it helps, I absolutely love both Only the Lonely (have def stayed up late drinking with this record; wish that had made it to SA-CD before MoFi quit) and Swingin' Lovers.
 

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Alan Parsons 5.1 mixes of:
1) Tales of Mystery & Imagination
2) Eye In the Sky

Both sound fantastic - more of a 4.0 mix for each. TOMAI is better served because it's the stronger concept of the album of the two. Parsons won a Grammy this year for the 5.1 mix of Eye In the Sky. Sure hope more Parson's albums receive surround treatments especially I, Robot and Pyramid.

Waiting for delivery of Parsons newest album being released on April 26th - The Secret. It's out on CD and Bluray and will have a surround mix.
 
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Hi guys, long shot but wanted to throw it out here just in case.

I’m looking for the SACD version of Peter Gabriel’s 2002 album “Up” and the lowest price I’m seeing from used vendors is around $80.

Wondering if anyone here has an extra copy that they’d be willing to part with for less than that.
 

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Hi guys, long shot but wanted to throw it out here just in case.

I’m looking for the SACD version of Peter Gabriel’s 2002 album “Up” and the lowest price I’m seeing from used vendors is around $80.

Wondering if anyone here has an extra copy that they’d be willing to part with for less than that.
I'd say place it in your wishlist on Amazon and check it from time to time. That is how I was able to afford a copy of Fleetwood Mac's Say You Will on DVD-Audio.
 
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Welcome any input as to which one of the remaining five is most recommended from either "category"--I'm more interested in overall commentary about the essential-ness of the album in the Sinatra canon moreso than SQ.
I bought them all because I am a Sinatra at Capitol fanatic. I was somewhat disappointed with some of the choices. You already have SFSL. I would rank the remaining ones in this order:

1. A Swingin' Affair! - This is basically the twin to SFSL. I love both equally. One of the great albums of all time.
2. Where Are You? - I prefer Nelson Riddle's arrangements to Gordon Jenkins' shimmering strings approach, but this "slow" album contains some of Frank's best vocals (he was still at his peak). And they are not all tragic.
3. Sinatra's Swingin' Session! - Well, it is a swingin' album. The story is that Frank sped up all the arrangements when he showed up to record. Some of the songs are less than 2 minutes long. Sinatra is a tad past his peak, but sill sounds great, and the album sounds great.
4. Point of No Return - His last album for Capitol. Sinatra was basically mailing it in for he last few Capitol "contractual obligation albums" while concurrently recording for his own Reprise label. He reportedly refused to do retakes which necessitated a dub of one word on one track. Nevertheless, there are some great songs, and even though Sinatra really did not care much by then, and was a tad past his peak, he still does a great job on songs that are about old times/goodbyes.
5. No One Cares - It took me quite a while to get into this album. Most of Frank's "sad" albums are not 100% sad. They often have a few wistful songs or even some with a touch of humor. By the time you've heard "No One Cares", followed by "A Cottage For Sale", you are ready to kill yourself.I guess the only song with at least a touch of humor is "I Can't Get Started". Also, Frank does not sing out with that bel canto voice as he does on sad songs like "What's New?" from Only the Lonely, but keeps his voice closer and quieter.

I wish MOFI would have moved "In the Wee Small Hours" and "Come Fly With Me!" ahead of those last two. I ended up buying the hi-rez files of those albums from HD Tracks.
 

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I'd say place it in your wishlist on Amazon and check it from time to time. That is how I was able to afford a copy of Fleetwood Mac's Say You Will on DVD-Audio.
Nice! I recently got a copy at a good price - too good a price as it turns out only half of it played. I got a refund but that was a bummer.
 

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Alan Parsons 5.1 mixes of:
1) Tales of Mystery & Imagination
2) Eye In the Sky

Both sound fantastic - more of a 4.0 mix for each. TOMAI is better served because it's the stronger concept of the album of the two. Parsons won a Grammy this year for the 5.1 mix of Eye In the Sky. Sure hope more Parson's albums receive surround treatments especially I, Robot and Pyramid.

Waiting for delivery of Parsons newest album being released on April 26th - The Secret. It's out on CD and Bluray and will have a surround mix.
I had no idea a new album was coming out. I'll have to pick it up. I don't see a Blu-ray of it on Amazon though.
 

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Thanks, David_B_K, for the Sinatra comments.

I bought Point Of No Return since my last post on March 21. Still in preliminary listening phases. I figured what you say about Swingin' Affair being something of a SFSL twin would be the case, which I why I de-prioritized it. I'll eventually get the Come Fly WIth Me! plain ol' CD and then continue with CD purchases from other chapters of his career (including Sinatra/Jobim). I'm still trying to avoid the "black hole" of getting further into hi rez files/downloads.

I appreciate what you say about arrangement preferences but in a slightly different way. In looking at getting more of both these MFLSs and the Analogue Productions Nat Cole SA-CDs, I've kinda wanted to avoid multiple albums from the same arranger. Not that they aren't worth having, but because there's so much I wanna get to and these discs aren't cheaper, impulse buys like $4 CDs.
 

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Paul, in the case of Come Fly With Me, in the absence of a MOFI release, the HD download is the way to go. CFWM was originally a mono release. All the "regular" CDs of it are in stereo. The MOFI release was going to be in mono before they stopped the series. I think the Hi-rez mono download is probably the same as what the MOFI SACD would have been.

Come Fly With Me was recorded with a multi-mike setup with several mikes (I don't remember how many) spaced throughout the orchestra to pick up specific sounds. Those mikes all fed into the mono recording machine. Simultaneously, the stereo version was recorded using only 3 microphones - left, right and center for the vocals. These fed into a stereo recorder. As a result, you hear a lot more of the Billy May orchestration in the mono version than you do in the stereo, such as the harp glissandos in the title track. If you have the MOFI version of Only the Lonely (which was not in SACD), it is the same situation. You here a lot more in the mono version. The opening piano of the title cut is way more pronounced in mono, and the piano on Angel Eyes is almost inaudible in the stereo version.

Mono is preferred for Sinatra's albums through 1958 (the year CFWM and OTL were released). The following year, Capitol was totally dedicated to stereo, and all Sinatra's albums thereafter (starting with Come Dance With Me) were intended for stereo. Any subsequent mono releases were merely fold-downs from stereo.

If you do collect any of Sinatra's albums in regular CD form, try to find the Larry Walsh versions. These were released in the early 90's. Walsh used what he thought were the original master tapes, but they weren't. They were masters for later re-issues. But they still sound pretty close to the original gray label mono LPs (the MOFI releases are closer). Try to avoid the versions mastered by Bob Norberg. He fiddled with the sound and tried for a "fake stereo" effect on the mono albums, and used way too much noise reduction after which he amplified the highs to bring back some of what was removed. The result is a strange "off" sound. Someone (I think maybe Nancy Sinatra) described it as sounding like "the air had been sucked out of the room". The Walsh versions have a plain label on the CD itself, while the Norbergs have a black label.

One thing I dislike about the "regular" CD versions is that they add "bonus tracks" that do not belong, and in some cases, throw of the concept Sinatra and his arrangers were going for. The MOFI versions and the hi-rez downloads do not add bonus tracks. The only album that is improved (IMO) by bonus tracks is Close to You. On that album, the bonus tracks were actually recorded for that album and were cut because they would not fit.
 

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Thanks again, David. More on Sinatra in another post later.

Looks like the last few pop/rock BD-As I've been seeing for over a year with about four to eight copies available on Marketplace are starting to dwindle further. Finally got Stevie Wonder's Songs In the Key Of Life. Surprised how all of a sudden Rush's Signals dropped in quantity on both the Amazon US and UK sites. None on ebay either.
 

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I had no idea a new album was coming out. I'll have to pick it up. I don't see a Blu-ray of it on Amazon though.
Sorry it's a DVD + CD release. Heard four of the songs when I saw Parsons in concert on April 16th. Pretty mellow in comparison to the classic stuff though someone who has heard the surround mix says it sounds fantastic.

Some of the tracks are out on Youtube:



 

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I was knocked out by a broadcast (thanks as always to KUSC) a few years ago of Jarvi conducting the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra (and an arsenal of additional players) doing the "1812." So much grandeur and IMO perfect tempi choices.

I've decided to therefore get Jarvi's complete Tchaikovsky symphony cycle on SA-CD from the Swedish label BIS. The 1 arrived yesterday. Moving right along, once this is complete in a year or so (I'm buying each separately and enjoying it for a few months before getting the next one), I will have complete high rez symphony cycles for Beethoven (twice), Mahler, Wolfie and now PYT.
 

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Recently purchased some hi-rez downloads:

Anderson East - Alive in Tennessee 24/48
Emilie-Claire Barlow - The Beat Goes On DSD
Patty Griffin - Patty Griffin 24/44.1
Kat Edmonson - Dreamers Do 24/44.1
Sonic Rade - Sideways Double DSD
Louis Armstrong - Satchmo Plays King Oliver 24/96
Fruhbeck De Burgos/New Philharmonia - Albeniz Suite Espanola Double DSD
 

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Last night I got the HD downloads of Elton John's self titled debut and the above mentioned mono edition of Sinatra's Come Fly With Me.

And I got the 24/96 version of the Sinatra since there is no way that the 24/192 is several dollars better, especially since my headphone dac can only process up to 96khz.
 

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I bought several RCA Living Stereo SACDs on sale from Acoustic Sounds.

Prokofieff: Lt. Kije/ Stravinsky: Song Of The Nightingale
Fritz Reiner:The Reiner Sound
Debussy: Iberia/ Ravel: Alborada
Prokofieff: Alexander Nevsky
Khachaturian: The Masquerade/Kabalevsky: Comedians
Rozsa: Violin Concerto/Benjamin:Romantic Fantasy

Most of these recordings were never issued on the Sony SACD releases. They normally retail for $30 but are on sale for $15 each right now.
 

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I recently made two high-rez purchases:



26 tracks (via Amazon).

1. I Can't Explain - Original Mono

2. Anyway, Anyhow, Anywhere - Original Mono

3. My Generation - Original Mono

4. Substitute - Original Mono

5. I'm a Boy - Original Mono

6. Happy Jack - Original Mono

7. Pictures of Lily - Alternative Mono Version from 'Direct Hits'

8. The Last Time - Original Mono

9. I Can See for Miles - Original Mono Single

10. Dogs - Original Mono

11. Magic Bus - Alternative Mono Version from 'The Singles' LP

12. Pinball Wizard - Original Version

13. The Seeker - Original Version

14. Summertime Blues - Original Live Version

15. See Me, Feel Me - Edited Single Version of 'We Are Not Gonna Take It'

16. Won't Get Fooled Again - Edited Single Version

17. Let's See Action - Original Version

18. Join Together - Original Version

19. Relay - Original Version

20. 5:15 - Remixed Version from 'Quadrophenia' Soundtrack

21. Squeeze Box - Original Version

22. Who Are You - Edited Single Version

23. Long Live Rock - Previously Unreleased Mix

24. You Better You Bet - Original Full Length Version

25. Don't Let Go the Coat - Original Version

26. Athena - Original Version
And,



75 tracks 225 minutes of vintage JT (from HD Tracks).
 

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I just purchased the 24/96 download of The Beach Boys with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
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It is pretty much a Beach Boys greatest hits album supplemented with additional instrumentation by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.

  1. "California Suite" (Sally Herbert) – 1:32
  2. "California Girls" (Mike Love and Brian Wilson) – 2:45
  3. "Wouldn't It Be Nice" (Tony Asher, Love, and Wilson) – 3:13
  4. "Fun, Fun, Fun" (Love and Wilson) – 2:23
  5. "Don't Worry Baby" (Roger Christian and Wilson) – 2:50
  6. "God Only Knows" (Asher and Wilson) – 3:12
  7. "Sloop John B" (traditional) – 3:43
  8. "Heroes and Villains" (Van Dyke Parks and Wilson) – 4:07
  9. "Disney Girls" (Bruce Johnston) – 4:36
  10. "Here Today" (Asher and Wilson) – 3:07
  11. "In My Room" (Gary Usher and Wilson) – 2:32
  12. "Kokomo" (Love, Scott McKenzie, Terry Melcher, and John Phillips) – 3:50
  13. "The Warmth of the Sun" (Love and Wilson) – 3:15
  14. "Darlin'" (Love and Wilson) – 2:18
  15. "Help Me, Rhonda" (Love and Wilson) – 3:00
  16. "You Still Believe in Me" (Asher and Wilson) – 3:11
  17. "Good Vibrations" (Love and Wilson) – 4:20
 

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Philip Glass - Koyaanisqatsi DVD-A

Little Feat - Kickin' It At the Barn DVD-A

Emmylou Harris - Producer's Cut DVD-A

Carole King - Tapestry SA-CD - I wanted to hear the m.c. mix so I got the Sony release instead of the MFSL but am interested in hearing from anyone with comparative SQ comments on the stereo presentations.

Don Giovanni - (Fricsay, Radio-Symphonie-Orchester Berlin; Fischer-Dieskau) - Blu-ray Audio
 

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