Happy birthday producer Gus Dudgeon (1942), blues guy Freddy King (1935) and writer Truman Capote (1924).
Harry Belafonte “At Carnegie Hall” (Analogue Productions SA-CD) 3-channel
I have owned and known this album for over fifty years. But, there is “magic” going on here. How on Earth did engineer Bob Simpson get this good of sound?
I got this SA-CD on a day with 3 other SA-CD’s. “At Carnegie Hall” really grabbed my attention! It’s so clear, so “in phase”. Did Mr. Simpson live mix an 8 – 12 track mixing board to 3-track tape? Well, the sound is absolutely amazing, beautiful.
And we finally get the entire 2LP on CD / SA-CD! Yes, I have re-bought this LP a few times, including the CD version that RCA did before they were bought by Sony. The SA-CD says it’s Hybrid, making the CD that is included somewhat unnecessary, IMHO.
And can you believe this SA-CD even has 3 x bonus tracks from 1959? It does! A spoken piece, a song (“Scarlet Ribbons”) and an orchestral “Overture Medley”, which is fabulous.
I know that usually we discuss ‘rock music’ on my site. But the sound alone on this SA-CD is so amazing…of course, per the original 2LP issue, it says “Living Stereo” all over the cover of this SA-CD. But this SA-CD sounds way better than the tons of SA-CD’s by classical artists that I own, that also say “Living Stereo” on the cover.
SA-CD is a format that really delivers the goods. If you do not already have an SA-CD player, I strongly urge you to go out and buy a DVD or Blu-ray machine that is SA-CD compatible, crank it up – and believe! Really, for my money, the best audiophile thrills for the least cash. Vinyl only? Well, then – it’s like this SA-CD sounds like they re-mastered the original 2LP onto 12” singles!
Disc 1 is 23 tracks of superb performance & sound. Not sure if you need an SA-CD player to hear it, but, but…