Audio Fidelity new 24 Kt Gold CD of "Crosby, Stills & Nash" Review: Veil Removed!!!

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  1. celtic1

    celtic1 New Member

    United States
    If only they were corporate executives. How better the lyrics would be. Or maybe bankers.
  2. Ordered 22 October, complained to amazon 2nd week of December that some SHF members got theirs when mine (amazon prime) doesn't ship yet, amazon shipped after complaining but never went beyond the UPS tracking status "A shipping label was created...", complained to amazon again and lo and behold, got to my NY forwarder within 2 days.

    Got this today finally. Listened once. It's very good. The vocals are clear, smooth and distinct. The instruments are natural sounding, though I felt that in some tracks, the bass is a bit louder. I previously only have the Rhino HDCD greatest hits compilation. I suspect similar tracks in the Rhino compilation received a treble boost and was mastered louder.

    I wish Steve will do Deja Vu next time.
  3. George P

    George P Notable Member

  4. JuanTCB

    JuanTCB Forum Resident

    Brooklyn, NY
    This sounds absolutely stunning.

    Acoustic guitars and cymbals are what I'm noticing the most. And I can't believe how much the bass has tightened up in "Long Time Gone"!
  5. dirtymac

    dirtymac Forum Resident

    Exile, MN
    In my experience, hedge fund managers make the best rock lyricists.

    Oh well, at least the music is good, right?
  6. montejay

    montejay Forum Resident

    Ontario Canada
    I trust they are more reputable the IMPORTCD :sigh:. I warn all who may use them.

    I related my poor experience here regarding the CSN CD
  7. pmckeeaalaska

    pmckeeaalaska Forum Resident

    Anchorage, Alaska
    I nominate this as best comeback/quip of the year for the SH forum. Can we have a nomination category?? Beautiful work Celtic1....
  8. mayoski

    mayoski Forum Resident

    MN, USA
    They probably have more accumulated wealth than the average corporate executive or banker - if that makes any difference... :winkgrin:
  9. Chris Schoen

    Chris Schoen Rock 'n Roll !!!

    Maryland, U.S.A.
    Probably not, because Young was just a "guest' (musically), and Neil Young does not want to recognise anything he was just a "part of". Enjoy the best pressings of CSN&Y, that is probably all you will ever get. - P.S., where is that Stills box set?...
  10. Willowman

    Willowman Forum Resident

    London, UK
    My comment wasn't meant seriously, but now you mention it, they're quite good comparisons: similar levels of smugness about their superiority to 'ordinary people'.
  11. afriqueart

    afriqueart Forum Resident

    Tulsa, Oklahoma
    OMG! It's like I've never heard this album before. Beautiful work, Steve. Pure Brilliance! Thank you.
  12. mayoski

    mayoski Forum Resident

    MN, USA
    I wonder who would be more insulted by that comparison - hippies or corporate execs? :D

    And just so we are not completely off topic here - Steve Hoffman and Stephen Marsh have done a great job in mastering with this collection of songs, which in their rawest form are really just a 43 year old bunch of spliced together tape fragments, and they made it look easy. In fact, at one point Steve said "We make it look easy, but it's really not." So, long story short - Steve and Stephen worked their special brand of magic here - happy holidays!

    Oh, the sound? I have every domestic version of this recording, (with the exception of the Classic 45RPM), and this version is right at the top. Smooth and detailed at the same time. As breathtaking as the harmonies on this recording have always been to me, when I heard this latest version of Helplessly Hoping, well... let's just say I was looking for the oxygen mask. All other things being equal - system quality, listening room, etc. - for most people it would most likely come down to this AF CD and their best vinyl version. But I would still really love to get my hands on the Classic 45!
  13. chewy

    chewy Forum Resident

    West Coast USA
    do you get the full artwork on the inside and can put the booklet in once you open it?
  14. Yes, it fits in.
  15. drSeehas

    drSeehas Forum Resident

    On the inside of what?

    If you mean: can you put the booklet into the case? The answer is: Yes.
  16. BZync

    BZync Senior Member

    Los Angeles
    Guess what my beautiful wife got me for Christmas?

    Gonna have to steal some time today for a listen.
  17. andyinstal

    andyinstal Runner for Others

    Allen, Texas
    Got this today. Sounds awesome. No need for my 45rpm needledrop anymore.
  18. misterbozz

    misterbozz Forum Resident

    Nerima-ku, Tokyo
    Got this on Friday and its been on heavy rotation since. Always liked the old WG disk I had but this is different class. Wasn't immediately apparent to me on the first track, but over the course of the album it reveals its beauty - and as others have mentioned Helplessly Hoping is the showstopper.
    One of the best from AF this year!
  19. kings81

    kings81 Forum Resident

    Forgive me if this is a strange question. On the last track, 49 bye byes at about the 1:30 mark after they sing "now it's over they left in the spring" I hear a strange noise, like a weird click or something. Anyone else hear this?
  20. stevemoss

    stevemoss Forum Resident

    There were 1 or 2 sharp sounds I remember... Drew them out of the waveform in Soundforge after ripping them to my PC. That might've been one of 'em.
  21. vonwegen

    vonwegen Forum Resident

    The hippies are not gonna care--they're too mellow.

    The alpha-male execs, on the other hand...

    I'm still waiting for mine to make it all the way across the Atlantic... :sigh:
  22. celtic1

    celtic1 New Member

    United States
  23. Marty Milton

    Marty Milton Forum Resident

    Urbana, Illinois
    Got my copy Dec 24, so it was an early Christmas present to myself. This is my first Audio Fidelity CD. This one sounds awesome, just like I remember when I first purchased this album in 1969.
  24. audiomixer

    audiomixer As Bald As The Beatles Thread Starter

    Actually, it sounds much better than the original LP. :righton:
  25. Marty Milton

    Marty Milton Forum Resident

    Urbana, Illinois
    No doubt about that, but it brought back the memories of the first time I heard this album in 1969.
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