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  Stevie Ray Vaughan: Couldn't Stand The Weather
  "Couldn't Stand The Weather"

Stevie Ray Vaughan
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Review by Blu Falcon May 18, 2011 (7 of 7 found this review helpful)
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Let me start off by saying that I was tempted to cancel the pre-order for this title on numerous occasions. I have the Legacy Edition 2 CD set and thought I couldn't be more pleased with the sound quality of this recording. But then I heard MoFi was remastering other Stevie Ray Vaughan titles for SACD and I just couldn't resist the temptation to start collecting them all. The first title I received was Texas Flood, but I'll reserve my thoughts on that release for a later date. Like other recent MoFi SACD releases, the disc itself comes packaged in a nice quality mini-LP style case. At first I wished that they had stuck with the old style hard plastic SACD jewel cases, but now I actually prefer the look and feel of the new packaging, which is more or less a mini gatefold album cover with the disc residing in a scratch resistant sleeve wrapped in a hard paper outer sleeve, reminiscent of how MoFi packaged vinyl LPs. Very classy IMO, and appropriate for recordings matching or surpassing the best quality vinyl pressings. A booklet is also included, which adds a nice touch for those who like to read liner notes, album credits, etc. while listening to the album. Like all MoFi releases these are available for a limited time only, and MoFi has assigned each new release an edition number. This is a nice welcome addition for collectors who still appreciate the attributes of owning physical media. Overall, MoFi gets an A+ for presentation. Now as I've previously stated, I was quite happy with the Legacy Edition CD set, but that was before I A/B'd the two. The difference was apparent. Suddenly the CD sounded cold and lifeless when compared to the full-bodied dynamic sound of the SACD. The bottom end feels extended without sounding boomy or bloated, while the highs are butter smooth, non-fatiguing, yet crisp. This is an excellent well balanced recording to begin with, so even the slightest sonic nuances are revealed for your listening pleasure. Cranking up the volume I felt like SRV was in my living room giving a live performance: cymbals crash without sounding splashy, drums are felt rather than just heard, and you can almost "see" SRV playing right before your eyes. Just an incredible experience all around. Tin Pan Alley is now my track of choice to demo the sonic capability of stereo only SACD. THIS is how hi-fi should sound. Full. Rich. Detailed. Clear. Dynamic. Some technical notes: the disc was mastered using MoFi's proprietary GAIN 2 system, and mastered by Shawn Britton assisted by Rob LoVerde, who also handled the mastering for other recent MoFi SACD releases from Billy Joel, Foreigner, Marvin Gaye, etc. Definitely worth picking up. I'm happy, but YMMV.

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Review by analogue June 10, 2011 (6 of 6 found this review helpful)
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I own the original sacd from about 8 years back. That one sported very good sound and some terrific extra tracks. It has a little more warmth than this new Mofi sacd but thats about the only advantage it has.
That and the extra tracks.

This new Mofi sacd is very good indeed with terrific just sounds fresher and newer and very live. Deep bass....powerful drum work and superb vocals and guitar playing.

Also like all great sacd's very little to no compression was used so that the listener has to turn up the volume to achieve the dynamic range. This compression curse was used for regular remastered cd's back in the day so that the mediums shortcomings were less detectable. Tragically it was carried over in the early days of sacd.
Only the best labels underdstand that dsd is the real mc coy and is a very dense reproduction medium.

And has fantastic textures and you dont have to listen hard to detect this quality as well. The sticks on the drum skins...the electric hum of the can almost detect these things such is the quality of the dsd transfer.

I am a huge fan of Stevie's instrumental tracks and he always experiments with various styles and tastes on each album. Near the end he was getting more and more into jazz. Stangs Swang, when turned almost breath-taking. The drums sound as real as can be. A terrific track with some trumpet included...very, very life-like. Voodoo Child is a great tribute to Hendrix and his version is dynamite with powerful playing. Tin Pan alley.....when cranked is tremedous.....almost spooky. However I am a fan of the alternate sacd version that was included on another disc.
Basically all the tracks..........the whole sacd sounds great.

I tend to be very critical of Mobile Fidelity sacd's. Sometimes they seems to shoot themselves in the foot with their decisions. For some reason I feel that their earlier sacd's (before bankruptcy) sounded warmer. There is a little coolness to the newer ones that I cant quite explain. Perhaps the sound is more analytical. Hard to say. This new sacd is excellent but has the coolness to it.

Other than that...this sacd is a killer and Mofi did a great job.

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