Review by Marpow March 22, 2015 (1 of 2 found this review helpful)
|Rolling Stones: Goats Head Soup SHM SACD Stereo Only.
Originally released in 1973 one year after Exile On Main Street. This disc is a re release of a earlier, 2011, SHM SACD release. This Japanese disc released 11-26-2014.
Performance: Recorded in Jamaica and obviously still carrying the vibe of Exile. Angie, a number 1 single for the Stones. I like this disc as it still carry's the country blues feel of the previous album but as artists they are trying to move forward. The other musicians on the recording, the usual suspects, if you know the Stones, always round out the sound very well. Personally as a fan this was it for me coming back to Stones for Some Girls.
Stereo Sonics: As others have so graciously put, The Stones are not the audiophile dream, they are a rock n roll band, the best in the world. I would be a fool to not pay attention to past recordings for comparison. Unfortunately vinyl trumps, but not by much.
My ears hear a very good recording that is well balanced but does not play well loud. Fortunately this is mostly a laid back disc and the lower volume is complimentary. The sound stage is narrow, unfortunately but has good quality's of drums resonating very well. Guitars strumming very likable. A little tinny at times.
Packaging: Plastic jewel case with square corners. I always thought it weird that The Stones are dressed up as lady's and have always wondered if that was a real goats head in the soup pot. Mini paper booklet with original liner notes and credits. Mini black and white Japanese booklet with English lyrics. Green label disc.
With the Rolling Stones and the fact they have been with me since my record buying experience in the 60's, depending on my mood I will like one over the other at different times. I like this recording now.
Always the question is, will SHM SACD trump an RBCD for the money? Unfortunately in my world the answer is no.
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