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Could have been better -- i.e. could have been 5-way,
This review is from: They Only Come Out at Night (Audio CD)I bought this SACD not knowing whether it would be 5-way or just stereo. Given that this came from the CBS stable, and from the 1972-74 period when CBS was experimenting with quadraphonic LPs, there seemed a good chance that, like Jeff Beck's 'Blow by Blow' and Weather Report's 'Mysterious Traveller', the resurrected master tapes would yield a 5-way SACD.
But sadly no. No surround for one of my favourite US rock albums from that era. Never mind, it's still the clearest version yet of this classic. There's also a lot more detail in the sleeve notes, written by Edgar in 2005. He recounts the tale of the monster instrumental with no name, and the chaos created by multiple splices of tape lying around the control room which, when put together, became 'Frankenstein'. (There's a similar story for Van Der Graaf Generator coping with similar technology in the same era, but their monster became 'A Plague of Lighthouse Keepers'.)
Many UK fans will remember Edgar largely for his performance on the Old Grey Whistle Test, when Rick Derringer seemed as much a member of the band as any other. But in the sleevenotes, the EWG remains resolutely a four-piece group, with producer Derringer confined to the list of assisting session musicians.
If you already have a normal version of this CD, I would advise there's no special reason for buying this version, particularly if you haven't already bought Dark Side of the Moon, Avalon, Tommy etc on SACD. But as we know, Genesis apart, no-one seems to be releasing many rock SACDs any more, so it may be prudent to buy this before it disappears. SACD represents the all-time summit in sonic quality for these particular albums. It is a big shame that the record companies have failed to realise that the way to combat MP3 is with supreme-quality SACD, but that's record companies for you.
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Initial post: 22 Nov 2011 20:54:30 GMT
Mr. H. P. Pitfield says:
Shame as I am listening to a quad version now. It must have been on SQ vinyl or 8 track quad - not too bad a copy.
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