Asia Alpha and Styx Pieces of Eight Audio Fidelity SACDs

Discussion in 'Music Corner' started by KeithH, Jun 17, 2017.

  1. KeithH

    KeithH Success With Honor...then and now Thread Starter

    Beaver Stadium
    These two SACDs are available for pre-order from with a release date of August 11th.
  2. KeithH

    KeithH Success With Honor...then and now Thread Starter

    Beaver Stadium
  3. zen

    zen Forum Resident

    Thank you, Keith! Pre-ordered ALPHA old favorite. :righton:
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  4. KeithH

    KeithH Success With Honor...then and now Thread Starter

    Beaver Stadium
  5. AlanDistro

    AlanDistro Forum Resident

    Sandy, OR
    Pre-ordered both, thanks for the heads up!
  6. Endymion

    Endymion Forum Resident

    "Pieces Of Eight" will be great. "Alpha" will sound like crap as always but I'll buy it anyway.
  7. kwadguy

    kwadguy Forum Resident

    Cambridge, MA
    Alpha??!?!? Why not the debut? Better album.
  8. supermolland

    supermolland Forum Resident

    AF already released the debut a few years ago.
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  9. KeithH

    KeithH Success With Honor...then and now Thread Starter

    Beaver Stadium
    Audio Fidelity already released a gold CD of the debut album.
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  10. Scottb

    Scottb Forum Resident

    Nanuet, NY, USA
    Yes they did and it sounds amazing.
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  11. c-eling

    c-eling Forum Resident

    Third times a charm Keith for Alpha?
    The flat 2014 Japan sucked, the recording for this album is horrible, hopefully AF can add some warmth to this ice-floe of a mess...
    Thanks, will be giving this one a go :cheers:
  12. kwadguy

    kwadguy Forum Resident

    Cambridge, MA

    OK, got it...Makes sense then.
  13. agentalbert

    agentalbert Forum Resident

    San Antonio, TX
    Yes and YES! Super stoked about Alpha, as it really needs a good mastering.

    And if I reccall, Pieces Of Eight was part of the second wave of the old Styx cd issues and didn't sound as good as the first group, which were Audio Masters +. Really glad AF is doing this title.
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  14. bibliotudinous

    bibliotudinous Music Freak

    Sonoma County, CA
    What's the deal with Grand Illusion and Pieces of Eight? They have not been remastered, at least in a way that is easily obtainable and affordable (like, for example, Kansas's or Journey's albums have). I once bought some "hi fidelity" gold CD issue of Grand Illusion that to my ears was a bit harsh, and certainly not better than the old original release you still see in record stores. I believe I read somewhere that the masters were lost, which makes Styx's recent two-fer live recordings of those albums in their entirety very welcome. I have a recent Styx greatest hits CD which sounds pretty good to me, so I wonder if they had the original masters for that?
  15. Bobby Morrow

    Bobby Morrow Forum Resident

    I bought the Japanese remaster of Pieces Of Eight late last year, but I'll definitely get the AF SACD.
  16. eelkiller

    eelkiller Technically right but still wrong

    The high fidelity Gold CD was probably the Audio Fidelity release.
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  17. PTgraphics

    PTgraphics Forum Resident

    Yes the second wave of cd releases for Styx. Sound like crap compared to the original vinyl. PO8 and Equinox need a great remastering job. Hope PO8 sounds better than the current old USA cd. Kevin did the previous other 2 Styx releases.

    Alpha I think needs help like in a remix. If Kevin is doing this I hope he has some fairy dust around because the CD and LP are pretty thin sounding. In other words it needs a lot of help. IMO of course.
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  18. driverdrummer

    driverdrummer Forum Resident

    Irmo, SC
    I'm buying both-wonderful choices.
  19. The Hud

    The Hud File Not Pictured, Either

    Pre-ordered Pieces of Eight!
  20. KeithH

    KeithH Success With Honor...then and now Thread Starter

    Beaver Stadium
    I thought the recent SHM-CD Styx remasters were well regarded.
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  21. EddieVanHalen

    EddieVanHalen Well-Known Member

    It was mixed down digitally and you know how digital of that time sounded... I've listened to digital recordings and mixes from the 80's mastered by Mr. Hoffman and they got new life.
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  22. PTgraphics

    PTgraphics Forum Resident

    I just have the old USA issues so I don't know about the Japan releases. The old vinyl sounds excellent so my hope is this new PO8 remaster can sound much better.

  23. Purple

    Purple Forum Resident

    Dallas, TX
    Ignorant question, but without a sacd player these releases on a cd player are just glorified (hopefully, good) remasters without the added audio (surround) layer?
  24. Say It Right

    Say It Right Forum Resident

    Niagara Falls
    Don't think surround is a factor here. More likely hybrid redbook and SACD (hi rez).

    Was this Steve's remastering?
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  25. RickA

    RickA Senior Member

    Tampa, FL
    I'm in for both.
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