|Review by Marc - SoundMatters September 8, 2014 (5 of 6 found this review helpful)
|This is a review of the stereo SHM SACD of the album by Cream, titled "Disraeli Gears". Equipment used for this review included an Oppo BDP-105 (set-up for multi-channel), PSB Synchrony One speakers (7 speakers, no subwoofer), and a Denon 7.1 receiver. Comparison was made to a CD version of this album.
NOTE: Giving a nod to the apparently-unsettled debate about whether or not SHM SACDs need to be "broken-in" to achieve full sonic potential, this SHM SACD was played 10 times before critically reviewing it on the 11th play (not to join the debate, but rather, to render it a moot point).
Background of album:
Originally released as this group's second studio album in 1967 as an LP, the award-winning "Disraeli Gears" was regarded by many as the finest album from this outstanding British trio (Eric Clapton, Jack Bruce and Ginger Baker).
Often described as psychedelic blues/rock, the album's tracks are acclaimed for their guitar riffs, creative lyrics, and superb performances on instruments and vocals ("Blue Condition" being the obvious exception in regards to vocal performance). Standout tracks include "Sunshine Of Your Love", "Strange Brew", "Tales of Brave Ulysses", "Swlabr" and "Dance The Night Away".
Sonics (Stereo SHM SACD):
On the 11th play (please see "NOTE" above), this stereo SHM SACD of "Disraeli Gears" was clearly superior to the CD version in terms of sonic performance. Clarity was excellent, and channel separation was clean, with excellent soundstage for a stereo disc. Minor tape hiss was noticeable, but not to the point of distraction. Vocal reproduction was excellent, and the overall mix had no discernible flaws. Overall sonic quality was excellent, though not among that of the very best SACDs ever made (no surprise here, given the age and technology employed in the original recording).
This stereo SHM SACD of Cream's "Disraeli Gears" is the definitive digital version of this acclaimed album, and it is highly recommended.
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