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  A&M Records -
  John Hiatt: Bring the Family
  "Bring the Family"

John Hiatt
Track listing:
  1. Memphis In The Meantime
2. Alone In The Dark
3. Thing Called Love
4. Lipstick Sunset
5. Have A Little Faith In Me
6. Thank You Girl
7. Tip Of My Tongue
8. Your Dad Did
9. Stood Up
10. Learning How To Love You
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Recording info:
  5.1 Mix and Master by David Tickle at Avalon Studios, Kauai Hawaii
Stereo program mastered by Erick Labson
Supervised for SACD by Paul Bishow, Michel Etchart, Bill Burks, Jim Belcher and Shari Young

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Review by FivePointOne January 5, 2004 (4 of 4 found this review helpful)
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I've had this SACD for about a month, but I held off on reviewing it until I'd given it several listens.

Really nice.

If you haven't heard this before, this is the album that set Hiatt on the charts. Here's a review

He'd languished for a while with subpar bands and subpar songs until he struck gold with this one--a document that reflected his emotions after losing his wife to divorce and his brother to suicide. His band on this album included Nick Lowe on bass, Ry Cooder on slide guitar and Jim Keltner on drums. Quite an all-star lineup. Most consider this the best album he ever released.

I like the sonics. Most of Hiatt's vocals are in the front, as is his acoustic guitar. Cooder's slide is in the rear with plenty of room to operate. Keltner's drums are split between the front and the rear (cymbals). The vocals are in the front.

This multichannel SACD gives the performers plenty of room to stetch out and play among the various speakers.

In all, it is a good 5.1 rendition of a great album, full of adult themes of loss, regret and hope for the future (oh, and that little ditty "This Thing Called Love" made famous by Bonnie Raitt)

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Review by Uffe June 21, 2010 (3 of 3 found this review helpful)
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This is a very good disc with a very good sound. Easily John Hiatt's best moment. The songwriting is top notch and the playing is very organic and pleasant to my ears. The surround mix really shines when Ry Cooder is playing slide in the rear channels.

I have to correct the person who says that "The cover of Thing Called Love isn't even that bad" and inform that this is the original of that song - John Hiatt wrote it. It is one of the best songs on the album and is imho superior to all other versions of the song I have heard.

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Review by ratbatblue January 11, 2010 (2 of 2 found this review helpful)
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This is truly a great album, I have them all, Vinyl, CD and SA-CD.
I bought the SA-CD a couple of years ago.

It's a perfect mix of electric and acoustic instruments.
Very well recorded, despite the fact it's originally an analogue recording.

The sound quality is great, especially the DSD stereo track, however I have some remarks about the surround mix.
In some songs I think the balance is a little bit too much to the rear.
For instance in song nr. 4 the guitars in the rear are too loud and supressing the sounds coming from the front. The original guitar tracks, esp. the slide, are louder, more presence, even on the Vinyl version. In the DSD stereo track it's blends in nicely, but in the multichannel track it's too much.
And as in one of the other reviews allready mentioned, the drums are sometimes split between front and rear. Very strange in song nr. 7 to hear the hi-hat from the rear and the rest of the drums from the front. It's not a percusion kit!
In my opinion the listener should be in the middle of the band/orchestra. If the various drum sounds are placed too far apart it's not reallistic, especially if they're normaly close together like a hi-hat and a snaredrum.

So, on this SA-CD I prefer the DSD stereo track. Great dynamics and well balanced.

(Note: I use 5 similar large size speakers without subwoofer in my surround setup and balanced them manually using test-noise. All speakers have the same tweeter. My listening position is in the center.)

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