Thanks fredblue. I haven't heard the other CDs but I trust your opinion that this is the best mastering. It does sound 'unfutzed' with. My complaint was with the source material sounding rather veiled (apart from the lead vocal which, as you mentioned, does have nice detail). Who knows, maybe a new mix from the multitracks could bring out more clarity. It worked for 'Aqualung'! Cheers.did you have a chance to compare it to any other CD release yet, blue.monk? the SACD wipes the floor with the Legacy remastered redbook from around the same time (2001-ish) imho.. instruments have greater presence with mid-bass taking on much more lifelike feel than I've heard it on this LP before.. there's a palpable texture to everything that seems lacking on the CD.. Ron's vocals are chock-full of detail with some of the most incredible phantom centre imaging I've heard on a Quad mix, it really is like they've been hard-panned into the centre, until you shut the centre off and realise the mix isn't doing anything of the sort! it also strikes me that in the transition to Quad the mix became a bit drier than the stereo, there's a touch less reverb on bits and pieces here & there, which I'm a fan of too. really an exceptional release, I only wish Sony had got more of the same out.
Well I'll be damned! I did try it and the soundstage became better defined. I hadn't realized how many instruments were diagonally placed. Thanks for that!I've mentioned this elsewhere, but the rear channels on the SACD need to be swapped - it's obvious when the lead guitar comes in in Who's That Lady and Summer Breeze, because it comes out of one front speaker and a diagonally opposite rear speaker. Swap them and everything comes together.
I've checked the SACD to my SQ Vinyl - and yes - I agree (from checking the first three tracks).I've mentioned this elsewhere, but the rear channels on the SACD need to be swapped - it's obvious when the lead guitar comes in in Who's That Lady and Summer Breeze, because it comes out of one front speaker and a diagonally opposite rear speaker. Swap them and everything comes together.
The O'Jays Ship Ahoy is is swapped too, you can hear it in 'For The Love Of Money' - the bass intro pans in a 'Z' shape instead of a circle until you correct it.