Which versions should I get?

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  1. Allen Longcor

    Allen Longcor Supporting Actor

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    Which Frank Sinatra greatest hits should I get?
    Which Dean Martin greatest hits should I get?
    Which Rolling Stones greatest hits on SACD should I get?


    I want the best sound quality while still being true to the original recording this is possible. In the case of the stones, I want to know whether I should get the singles collection or go with hot rocks. which of these is better?
     
  2. KeithH

    KeithH Lead Actor

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    Allen, I can't comment on Sinatra or Dean Martin (though i would be interested in the replies you get), but I have the remastered version of Hot Rocks 1964-1971. It is outstanding. Both the CD and SACD layers are phenomenal, and the CD layers throughly obliterate the '86 ABCKO version. I don't have the remastered version of The Singles Collection, but it is on my wantlist. It supposedly has different versions (single versions vs. LP versions) of most tracks. So, I guess it comes down to personal preference as to which title you get. If you go with Hot Rocks, you might also want to get More Hot Rocks. I am looking to get More Hot Rocks and The Singles Collection. For more on the particulars of these titles, go to the following site (Section 4 in particular):
    http://groups.google.com/groups?q=st...4ax.com&rnum=3
     
  3. Michael Gilliam

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    Allen,
    I agree with Keith. You can't go wrong with the "Hot Rocks" SACD. I have it and others of the recently released SACDs. I have the old, non-SACD version of "The Singles Collection" but I don't think I would get it on SACD, but that's just my personal preference. "Singles" contains mono tracks (mostly, if not all), even on the SACD version. Unless you're just a completist, purist, or just like mono over stereo, I would just go with "Hot Rocks."
    I would point you towards www.highfidelityreview.com where you can search for SACD stories on the Stones. They have a complete breakdown of what versions of the songs (mono vs. stereo, different versions, etc.) are included on each of the new 22 SACD releases. I currently have 6 of the new Stones SACDs, and they all sound wonderful. Hope to get more soon.
    As for Sinatra, I'm not a huge fan so others may debate this or have more to add, but I would recommend "Sinatra Reprise-The Very Good Years." This is a greatest hits, if you will, of his recordings for the Reprise label, and you will probably recognize many. At least I think it would be a good start, I enjoy it.
    Good luck with your selections!
     
  4. Marty M

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    I would also recommend Hot Rocks from the Rolling Stones and The Reprise Greatest Hits from Frank Sinatra. The song It Was a Very Good Year is worth the price of this CD, alone. IMO, this is Sinatra's best song he ever recorded.
     
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    Marty, is "Bangles, Baubles and Beads" on that Sinatra set from Reprise? It is on The Sopranos: Peppers & Eggs SACD, which is a Sony release. I ask because I looked at a few Sinatra compilation discs and have not found this song. I love the song and the sound quality of this track on the SACD, but I am wondering if it is a somewhat obscure Sinatra recording.
     

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