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  Elton John: Tumbleweed Connection
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Elton John
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Review by Ovation March 21, 2005 (11 of 11 found this review helpful)
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My favourite of Elton's albums. "Love Song" is transformed in multichannel. The harmonies stand out and the song, simple as it is, envelops you in texture and richness. "Come Down in Time" is a treat as well. "Where to Now, St. Peter", with the effects pedal on the electric guitar shining through as never before. I could go on and on. I have all the early releases in SACD now (soon to add Peachtree Road) and all I can say is: bring me more. The Elton John series is the best showcase in pop/rock of the potential of MCH hi-res music. I've read many complaints about "in the band" mixes (not just in this set, but in general) and how a lot of listeners prefer the rears be used for ambience. I have some SACDs and DVD-As that use the rears like that, and they're nice (essentially makes a two channel recording seem like it has a much wider soundstage) but I think that approach is limiting (though I'd lend it more credence for live performances--though even there, the DVD concerts I have (Gabriel and Krall and others) demonstrate the potential of re-imagining a performance from a different perspective). So far (and I have about 50 hi-res MCH discs) I've found one track on one disc where I prefer the two channel mix. That's it. I love being immersed in the sound and I think more mixers/masterers should adopt that approach. Be daring. No need for annoying 360 degree sound effects panning--analogous to space battles on DVD movie soundtracks--but space the musicians out and around the listener. Let us hear the articulations of the various instruments/voices. They don't need to be swirling and twirling around, but let me be in the middle, awash in the music. To those producers out there looking for a model of how to do it right, grab the Elton series and listen, really listen. Even if the music itself doesn't appeal to you (though I can't imagine that myself), there is certainly much to admire and learn from in this set of recordings from a technical standpoint, if nothing else.

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Review by analogue February 24, 2009 (6 of 6 found this review helpful)
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Wow!!! Elton John in the early part of his career on sacd. The sound quality of this release is stellar. The sheer presence of the sound is incredible. This is not some lightweight transfer. eLTON'S VOICE and his music really comes through with great warmth, realism and feeling. The actual instruments sound real and Elton's voice is fantastic. When you sit back and really listen it's amazing just how good a singer he was back in the day. And what a band he had playing with him.

I can't recomment this Elton John sacd enough. It truly is special. The sound quality really shows off what sacd is capable of. Especially with classic rock albums.

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Review by bruser August 22, 2005 (6 of 6 found this review helpful)
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What a beautiful job of surround mixing on this classic recording! Of the E.J. series, I have heard this one, his first album and Captain Fantastic, and I have to say this is the best sounding of those three. Greg Penny did a beautiful job of recreating the soundstage for surround on this one. I thought Captain Fantastic sounded a bit thinner overall and not as full on the bottom end. It's difficult to pick out any single track as a highlight here, becase it's all so well done. Certainly "Come Down in Time" and "Amoreena" are really juiced in surround, and the bonus track of "Madman Across the Water" rocks harder than the more familiar string-laden version. If only all 35 year old recordings could me made to sound this good...

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