- Mar 2, 2003
- Redwood City, CA
They're talking about Al Kooper's Super Session 5.1 SACD in Paris!
http://www.heralddeparis.com/rock-icon-al-kooper-super-sessions-5-1/239553Marshall Blonstein’s label Audio Fidelity will be releasing a limited numbered edition 5.1 Multichannel Hybrid SACD of the legendary Mike Bloomfield, Al Kooper and Stephen Stills Super Session album! The Super Session album was conceived as a jam session with Kooper on keyboards and former Paul Butterfield Blues Band member, Mike Bloomfield, on lead guitar along with veteran studio musician and Wrecking Crew member “Fast” Eddie Hoh on drums and Barry Goldberg, also on keyboards.
Bloomfield was available during the first day of recording for Side one of the LP (tracks 1-5). For the second day of recording, Kooper brought in former Buffalo Springfield guitarist Stephen Stills to perform on the music that became Side 2 of the LP (tracks 6-9). Recorded on a shoestring budget over a two day period in Los Angeles, Super Sessionwent on to become a rock classic and earned the trio a gold record for sales of over one million copies.
Regarding the new 5.1 Multichannel Hybrid Super Session release Kooper said, “Columbia asked me if I would be interested in mixing that album in 5.1. And I was. So it was setup and done in 2006. Then Columbia went out of the 5.1 business and it has been sitting there since then until I proposed Audio Fidelity put it out and they were very interested and here we are.”
“I always wanted to mix this in 5.1. I finished it in 2007, and it’s been sitting there until Audio Fidelity released it from captivity. It’s the first album I ever mixed in 5.1 I hope everyone enjoys it. Surround Sound allows the listener to get up close to each musician and hear details you can’t hear in stereo. Hope ya like details – I DO!”
The package includes new liner notes written by Al Kooper that tells the story of the Super Session album and the new 5.1 Multichannel Hybrid mix. The 5.1 mix by Al Kooper with mastering by Bob Ludwig was never released and yet it has acquired some fame from industry insiders familiar with the Multichannel mix with comments like “excellent” and “it deserves to be heard.” The new mastering of the stereo layer of tracks for new SACD Stereo and CD Stereo audio are by mastering engineer Steve Hoffman.