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Great Sounding SACD Stereo
on September 13, 2004
First of all, this is a SACD Hybrid Stereo only remaster. Plays on both standard cd players and SACD, but it is not a 5.1 multi-channel remix (The label implies a SACD multi-channel). That said, the sound quality on a SACD player is the best I've ever heard for this cd. You will even be impressed with the sound on a good quality car stereo (I played it on an AUDI A4 BOSE system). On a SACD player, the sound is well beyond anything I've heard for this cd and I have a Japan remaster as well as the recent Velvel remaster from a few years ago. The great songs on this cd (Misfits, RnR Fantasy, Live Life UK version) sound incredible. The other songs sound excellent too, but the quality of the material isn't up to the best Ray Davies standard. The Dave Davies contribution, "Trust your Heart" is an underappreciated treasure amongst a number of Ray Davies songs that for me, haven't aged real well. For Kinks fanatics, I wouldn't hesitate to buy. For a casual fan, there are better places to start. Overall, a frustratingly average Kinks cd that could have been much better. A 5 star for audio quality and the 3 great songs, 3+ stars for overall songs and performances.