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An improved classic, although shame it's not a multichannel release
on 2 November 2012
This is a review of the SACD version of this disc.
I bought this after realising that several older Billy Joel albums had seen re-released on SACD and I've liked his music for years. It should be noted that this a hybrid stereo CD/SACD version not the multi-channel disc. It's unfortunate that they have decided not to re-release that version as it's expensive to buy now.
Initially I was disappointed, the sound quality of this disc seems very limited in the treble response. The vocals are very warm and close sounding, although I would think it represents very well what was recorded at the time. The opening track 'Big Shot' does lack the wow factor that I was expecting. That said it's been years since I listened to the original CD, it makes me want to go back and listen to that disc to compare.
On later tracks I was really starting to get absorbed by the music, in particular by the time I had got to 'Half a Mile away' I was really starting to appreciate the music. Then I came to a real revelation, 'Until the Night'. I must have heard this track at least a dozen times before from regular CD. This time it gave me goosebumps, the sense of immersion was absolute, the fact that this wasn't a 5.1 disc didn't matter. I was listening to this disc on headphones and it felt like the music was coming from all sides, just amazing.
I now want to go back and listen again, and I have ordered more SACD discs both stereo and multi-channel. Time to rediscover some classics.