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Earth Wind & Fire - "Gratitude" SACD

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Dylan Berichon

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I'm thinking about buying a used copy of this from a local record store.

I'd appreciate the thoughts of others here first though, as I have no way to sample the disk otherwise.

I'm a huge fan of Soul music, and as such, a huge fan of "Earth Wind & Fire", so this title has me excited with the prospect of being in 5.1!
 

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IMHO, it is an EXCELLENT disc. The live part isn't as cool sounding as the second half studio tracks, but I get goosebumps every time "Sing A Song" comes on.

I would get it if I were you before it becomes extinct.

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This was one of the first SACDs I ever got, and it remained one of my favourites for ages. I originally played it on one of those Sony all in one minisystems and it sounded fine, but about a year ago I upgraded to a much higher end Denon/KEF system and on that it sounds like the treble has been boosted a great deal. Anyone else with similiar experiences?

Dave.
 

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I agree as well. As well as being a great album, it sounds excellent. I would definitely pick it up.
 

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What Bob said. :) I can't say the live tracks do as much for me as far as the surround mix goes--it does place you in the audience so to speak. Good mix, but...the studio tracks are nicer, and IMHO, were worth getting the disc for. Sad, though--I really like the studio track surround mixes (as a big EWF fan), but I know Sony/Legacy probably won't get around to doing the other EWF albums in surround. :( (And even if they did, it would probably be DualDisc, with DD 5.1 rather than DVD-A.)

Musically, it's one of the few live recordings I actually like. (y) Good to own if you don't yet have it in any format!

I'd also pick up the Alive in '75 disc if you get a chance. Similar sonics, but even after a year, EWF had changed a few of their arrangements, and play a few different songs that aren't on Gratitude. The band's pretty much at their peak--can't go wrong with the music!
 

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Rudy said:
What Bob said. :) I can't say the live tracks do as much for me as far as the surround mix goes--it does place you in the audience so to speak. Good mix, but...the studio tracks are nicer, and IMHO, were worth getting the disc for. Sad, though--I really like the studio track surround mixes (as a big EWF fan), but I know Sony/Legacy probably won't get around to doing the other EWF albums in surround. :( (And even if they did, it would probably be DualDisc, with DD 5.1 rather than DVD-A.)

Musically, it's one of the few live recordings I actually like. (y) Good to own if you don't yet have it in any format!

I'd also pick up the Alive in '75 disc if you get a chance. Similar sonics, but even after a year, EWF had changed a few of their arrangements, and play a few different songs that aren't on Gratitude. The band's pretty much at their peak--can't go wrong with the music!
I actually own this album on a Reel to Reel tape, and it's one of my favorites (aside from a couple of the live tracks). You can't beat "Sun Goddess" live!

Thanks for the input guys. I think I'll go pick this up.
 

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Like many of you, I'm scrambling to pick up the hi-res titles I don't already have, and I just picked this up. For what it's worth, I've found Best Buy online and CD Universe to be good sources for the SACDs that are still available.

The live material is nice, but I gotta tell you - the studio cuts BLEW ME AWAY. Wow. It's been a long time since I've heard a surround mix that made me realize just how wonderful music can sound. Incredible.

Keep in mind that the studio tracks are only about 18-20 minutes, but this disc is worth every penny for those alone.
 

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This looks like it's not a very popular SACD since it doen't hacve a poll...and , yes , it sounds like it has had its treble boosted, making one of the brightest sounding SACD (but not OVER THE TOP like the Genesis Phil Collins era boxes), but, man, it's a GREAT mix.
What has been said about the mixes I agree up to a point (I sound like Yoda), the live songs mix does have some instruments on the rears (Guitars RR, percussion RL), but the highlights are the studio songs...I was a fan of "Sing a song" back in the day and I love the MCH mix...and as "Can't hide Love" took me back to maaaaaany years ago, you know, those songs you had never heard in "forever" and suddenly there it is, in AWESOME Surround....

This is a GREAT DISC!!!
A 10 for music and a 10 fro the mix.
 

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Hm, Germany is speaking :) there is so much treble in the wind section...it hurts.
Yes, the placement is very good, but the mix is far too bright for demo-quality.
So I can only give a 7 for it.
Steely has much much more demo-quality....
 

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So what's the deal with this disc?

On SA-CD.net they say part of it is derived from quad tapes...an unreleased columbia mix? Other reviews say it's a live show. So a live/studio album, like JB's Running On Empty?

Is the mix good? I pulled the trigger since it's long OOP and rare like most Sony Single-Layer MC discs
 

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When it came out as a double-LP (I remember it well!--my brother gave it to me for Christmas, along with The Crusaders' Southern Comfort), it was 3 sides live, 1 side studio. The live sides of the surround version are perfectly fine concert sound--audience & ambience in the rears, with a fairly spacious soundstage. Not as "murky" as some people complain, though in the end I like the remastered stereo version of the live sides just as well if not better. Can't beat the repertoire, though; it's like a greatest hits package, performed by one of the most amazing live bands in history at their absolute peak. But the studio side? Glorious. For me, they're demo tracks. Clean, punchy, 70s quad sound. Donno about the origin of the tapes or the mix.

So what's the deal with this disc?

On SA-CD.net they say part of it is derived from quad tapes...an unreleased columbia mix? Other reviews say it's a live show. So a live/studio album, like JB's Running On Empty?

Is the mix good? I pulled the trigger since it's long OOP and rare like most Sony Single-Layer MC discs
 

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So what's the deal with this disc?

On SA-CD.net they say part of it is derived from quad tapes...an unreleased columbia mix? Other reviews say it's a live show. So a live/studio album, like JB's Running On Empty?

Is the mix good? I pulled the trigger since it's long OOP and rare like most Sony Single-Layer MC discs
The previous comments point to a total knock-out quadrant experience. Only that it's a bit on the bright side of mastering which one can turn down the treble when desired.

Studio tunes are breathtaking stunners.
 

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So what's the deal with this disc?

On SA-CD.net they say part of it is derived from quad tapes...an unreleased columbia mix? Other reviews say it's a live show. So a live/studio album, like JB's Running On Empty?

Is the mix good? I pulled the trigger since it's long OOP and rare like most Sony Single-Layer MC discs
the 1st half is live performances w/ambient mix, the 2nd half is studio tracks remixed into 5.1 for SACD by Paul Klingberg with Maurice White himself (RIP), not an unreleased Quad at all as there's distinct centre channel content.. the 2nd half is absolutely stunning, if a bit bright, surround sound.
 
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