Falconquest - I read with interest your comments on the "unmastered" SACD version of Cafe Blue. I noted the same blurb about it in Elusive Disc and in fact shared that with my brother-in-law who owns a professional recording studio. He can do it all...talented multi-instrumentalist, arranger, recording engineer, production & mastering. I only bring up his capabilities to validate his opinion. In very brief summary, he thought an "unmastered" version might represent an improvement if mastering of the original were poorly done or otherwise flawed. I definitely agree with you that the sound quality on the CD release of Cafe Blue is very good and would seem to argue against there being anything "wrong" with the original mastering. Your comments suggest the original mastering actually did what it was supposed to do...in simplest terms, provide finishing that benefits listening to the final recorded product. Thanks for taking the time to write up your experience with this "re-release". Considering your observations and the hyped-up prose accompanying the announcement, this is certainly an example that confirms me in my general cynicism about so-called audiophile releases mined from back-catalogs. That's not to say there aren't exceptions. For me, however, it's definitely caveat emptor. Thanks again.
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