Wednesday, August 26, 2009


8-26-09 SACD’s

My interest in SACD’s continues unabated. Scouring the bins of CD stores in both San Francisco and Los Angeles, I have managed to find a fair few of them.

Blood Sweat & Tears – s/t (“Spinning Wheel” album) (MFSL) bonus material

David Bowie – Ziggy Stardust & The Spiders From Mars

David Bowie – Scary Monsters

Can – Monster Movie

Can – Soundtracks

Can – Tago Mago

Can – Ege Bamyasi

Can – Future Days

Can – Soon Over Babaluma

Can – Landed

Can – Unlimited Edition

Can – Flow Motion

Can – Saw Delight

Can – Rite Time

Eric Clapton461 Ocean Boulevard, bonus material

Eric Clapton – Slowhand

Miles Davis – Kind Of Blue (not a hybrid)

Derke & The Dominos – Layla

Bob Dylan – Another Side Of

Bob Dylan – Freewheelin’

Bob Dylan – Bringing It All Back Home

Bob Dylan – Highway 61 Revisited

Bob Dylan – Blonde on Blonde (2CD)

Bob Dylan – John Wesley Harding

Bob DylanNashville Skyline

Bob Dylan – Blood On The Tracks

Bob Dylan – Slow Train Coming

Emerson Lake & Palmer – Brain Salad Surgery (3CD Deluxe) bonus material

Peter Gabriel – Security (not a hybrid)

Peter Gabriel – Passion (not a hybrid)

Herman’s Hermits – Retrospective

Elton John – Elton John (“Your Song” album), bonus material

Elton John – Tumbleweed Connection, bonus material

Elton John – Madman Across The Water

Elton John – Honky Chateau, bonus material

Elton JohnGoodbye Yellow Brick Road (2CD Deluxe + DVD) bonus material

Elton John – Captain Fantastic, bonus material

Moody Blues – Days Of Future Passed (2CD Deluxe) bonus material

Moody Blues – In Search Of The Lost Chord (2CD Deluxe) bonus material

Moody Blues – To Our Children’s Children’s Children (2CD Deluxe) bonus material

Pink Floyd – Dark Side Of The Moon

Rolling Stones – 12 x 5

Rolling Stones – Now!

Rolling Stones – Out Of Our Heads (UK vers.)

Rolling Stones – Between The Buttons (US vers.)

Rolling Stones – Beggar’s Banquet

Rolling Stones – Let It Bleed

Rolling Stones – Get Yer Ya Ya’s Out

Rolling Stones – Through The Glass Darkly (Big Hits #2) (US vers.)

Rolling Stones – Sympathy For The Devil (CD Single)

The Who – Tommy (2CD Deluxe) bonus material

Y.M.O. – UC Y.M.O. (Ultimate Collection) (2CD)

Yep, I’m listening to SACD’s via a 2 channel hook up. When I put the disc in my player, a light comes on, telling me what kind of disc it is. For instance, the Y.M.O. disc is a mere 2-channel disc, so I do not need to make any selections on my SACD player. But the Peter Gabriel titles I have…are not hybrid discs. They will not play in a CD player. When I put them in my SACD player, I must select “2-channel”, because otherwise, I will only hear the two front channels! Only other non-hybrid disc I have is by Miles Davis. All the other SACD’s play in any CD player!

So far, the best sounding re-masters have been on “Tommy” by The Who – who knew it could be that clear? And, for me, surprisingly – The Moody Blues “Days Of Future Passed”! What a crisp recording that is! Perhaps it was because they were allowed to use the big studio at Decca, where usually only classical music was being recorded? For a 1966 recording, it sounds fabulous. But, really, everything on this list just sparkles!

And a few more SACD’s are on their way, via mail-order. Alas, it doesn’t look like the format is being supported by anything other than the classical music field. I went into one store, and they had 200+ classical titles, and about 6 rock music titles!

So, my failed format maven status is assured! Betamax, Minidisc, SACD…


Anonymous said...

Deram suggested the linkup between the orchestra and the Moodies (originally to record a rock version of the New World Symphony) to show off their SOTA recording capabilities, so I'm sure that no expense was spared.

Ron Kane said...

Sounds about right, Jim-san.