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Cat Stevens: Tea for the Tillerman        (1 of 2 found this review helpful)
  October 20, 2011

This was played way too much around me when it came out in the early 70s. I got sick of hearing it. After having only heard the occasional song played since, I looked forward to this remaster. The feeling of immediacy is very strong. The details of Cat's singing and the tiny details of instrumental ... more
David Bowie: Heathen      (4 of 4 found this review helpful)
  January 6, 2011

The best Bowie SACD, and a disc to demo SACD to my friends. Great material, some songs have considerable power but take several listenings to get to know. There is a wide variety of songs on this album, wider than on any of his others. The acoustics are excellent, both clear and subtle.
Gentle Giant: Octopus      (0 of 8 found this review helpful)
  January 5, 2011

Why did they do it? Of the many many possible contenders for a new SACD transfer this seems a very strange choice. Maybe a favourite of a decision maker in Universal Japan? Listening to this I thought of much better music of the same period - Robert Wyatt, Colosseum, Yes, Gryphon, Jethro Tull, ... ... more
Fairport Convention: Liege & Lief      (2 of 2 found this review helpful)
  January 5, 2011

An excellent SACD remaster. Given the age of the analogue masters the transfer has produced a surprisingly natural and pleasing sound. If only they had recorded this in DSD ...
Free: Fire and Water      (1 of 2 found this review helpful)
  January 5, 2011

Disappointing sound quality. The only SHM-SACD I've regretted buying

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