SH Spotlight Adventures in Mastering: First album by AMERICA on SACD for Audio Fidelity:

Discussion in 'Music Corner' started by Steve Hoffman, Aug 15, 2013.

  1. full moon

    full moon Forum Resident

    How do the vocals sound?
  2. :laugh:
    Steve took the vocals out of the mix, haven't you heard ? It's an instrumental album now.
  3. Lovealego

    Lovealego Senior Member

    I received mine and listened to it all. Compared it back and forth with the History greatest hits cd on the 3 songs on both. They sound very different, more than just mastering. I then read on wiki that George Martin did new mixes for the first 7 songs on History.

    In any case the AF sounds really good. Very full and the guitars really have a new presence. The vocals are more balanced and overall the music "pops" like never before. And if all you know is History, expect the new disc to sound like a whole new experience...
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  4. pbuzby

    pbuzby Senior Member

    Chicago, IL, US
    Yes. "Sandman" has some lead guitar parts on History not included on the mix from the first album (although it also ends much sooner).
  5. Lovealego

    Lovealego Senior Member

    Would love for Steve to do a couple Greatest Hits albums from the 70s like he did for Eagles, Steve Miller, Elton John and Doobies on DCC....starting with America History and James Taylor!

    The recent Dylan's give me hope!
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  6. therockman

    therockman Senior Member In Memoriam

    The Audio Fidelity of Heart's Greatest Hits is fantastic.
  7. EricSwan

    EricSwan Forum Resident

    Issaquah, WA
    I don't have an SACD player, is the remastered redbook version a marked improvement over the previous Warner Bros CD? I've always thought the WB CD sounded a bit flat and 2-dimensional.
  8. marcb

    marcb Senior Member

    DC area
    I'm not much of a fan of America (I don't hate it, but it's just not my thing) and I don't have any other release of it to compare it to, but this release (only listened to the SACD layer) sure does sound very, very good to my ears.
  9. apple-richard

    apple-richard Overnight Sensation

    Just played it and think it sounds great. I do have a question; it seems like the lone vocal on Horse With No Name is a bit quieter in the mix at the beginning than the rest of the songs on the disc. Am I to assume this was the way the tapes sounded? I don't recall the beginning vocal that low.
  10. Stone Turntable

    Stone Turntable Dedicated Follower of Hi-Fi

    New Mexico USA
    Just received a notice from Amazon that they're scheduled to deliver the SACD on October 15.

    Hope that's the real deal!

  11. Bob Lovely

    Bob Lovely Super Gort Staff

    This disc sounds fantastic! Good work and thanks Steve...

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  12. full moon

    full moon Forum Resident

    Sounds like another winner. Such a smooth sounding album
  13. chumlie

    chumlie Forum Resident

    $18.19 at Amazon now. Gonna get me one. :D
  14. dobyblue

    dobyblue Forum Resident

    Looks like a very small delay on Amazon's estimated arrival date, looking forward to cranking this one.
  15. Steel Horse

    Steel Horse Forum Resident

    Uppsala, SWEDEN
    Yeah, mine is all instrumental but very, very crankable. America is now safe in Sweden................
  16. Metralla

    Metralla Joined Jan 13, 2002

    San Jose, CA
    I returned from a business trip on Friday night and two new SACDs had arrived from AF.

    I played "Touch" by Sarah McLachlan first, since I had listened to the CD (and the CD of "Solace") just before I went away. I was surprised at how much better the sound on the SACD was compared to my old Arista CD. Often when a new AF disc arrives the improvement is not that clear, but with this one it is very obvious. Excellent work by Kevin Gray on the transfer. I played "Touch" several times, as I am a fan of Sarah McLachlan and have all her albums, although I must say that I am not as big a fan as I once was. "Solace" is a better album in my opinion, so I hope AF sell a few of "Touch" and can do "Solace".

    On to "America".

    Wow, what an enjoyable album. I've played this quite a few times over the weekend. The sound is brilliant, although I don't have a benchmark for this one (I have the Greatest Hits, but those are remixes as I found out from Steve). Quite honestly, I don't need to make any comparisons with this album, not because I think the sonics are fantastic (but they are), but it's just so addictive and enjoyable - hard to stop playing it.

    I'm sure I had this album when it came out, but I don't know if I enjoyed it as much then as I do now. It is a bit lightweight, and I was into more "meaningful" stuff then. But now - it's just perfect. What a great job by Steve on this album. Super.
  17. hodgo

    hodgo Tea Making Gort (Yorkshire Branch) Staff

    East Yorkshire
    Last edited: Oct 9, 2013
  18. jh901

    jh901 Forum Resident

    Did you also get the recent Poco remaster? How would you compare it to America?
  19. Metralla

    Metralla Joined Jan 13, 2002

    San Jose, CA
    Sure - the Poco album did not make much of an impact, to be honest.
  20. Looks like Amazon underestimated the popularity of this release ... Temporarily Out Of Stock

    Pre ordered August 23rd, shipped yesterday for me.
    Last edited: Oct 15, 2013
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  21. HAmmer

    HAmmer Forum Resident

    Milwaukee WI
    From Amazon


    We're sorry for the delay in shipping the order you placed on September 10, 2013 We have good news -- the order is now being shipped! You will receive a shipping confirmation with an updated delivery estimate within the next business day, for the following item(s):

    America "America (Hybrid SACD)"
  22. jh901

    jh901 Forum Resident

    UPS delivered mine yesterday (Columbus Day). I'm not familiar with this band, but I'm hoping to enjoy it as much as Metralla!
  23. Todd Fredericks

    Todd Fredericks Senior Member

    A New Yorker
    A shame Ken Scott used it. Great you and Steve put the dedication into getting thing's as right as you can. The results show. Hopefully my order will arrive soon.
  24. Mine's at my home, but I'm not ! Yet another upside to retirement.
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  25. Todd Fredericks

    Todd Fredericks Senior Member

    A New Yorker
    You lucky so and so! In both regards.............. :)

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