Thomas Schirmann’s album After The Rain was released in CD format in 2020, today, thanks to the initiative of AKELSON, this album is proposed in the format coming directly from the studio mix to be the closest to the will of the artist in the audiophile spirit.In addition to the master version, a vinyl willContinue reading “Thomas Schirmann – After The Rain – Review (CD, 32 bits floating Master, Qobuz)”
Kate Bush – Hounds Of Love – review (CD, Vinyl, Vinyl Japan, Cassette, Qobuz, Tidal, original, remastered 2018)
The album of Kate Bush Hounds Of Love was released in 1985. The airing of season 4 of Stranger Things with the cover of the song Running Up That Hill has revived this track and the album during this summer. The tape that is used in the series has also become a cult item thatContinue reading “Kate Bush – Hounds Of Love – review (CD, Vinyl, Vinyl Japan, Cassette, Qobuz, Tidal, original, remastered 2018)”
This album is a restrospective of Madonna’s 50 best songs. This album was released in a 50 tracks with 6 vinyls , and a reduced 2 vinyls with 16 tracks which is tested below. The review includes 2 editions: Vinyl, Qobuz Hi-Res (Tidal). In this test, the DR measurement shows that the DRs are identicalContinue reading “Madonna – Finally Enough Love – Review (Vinyl 2 LP, Qobuz Hi-Res, Tidal)”
With its DR4 for the digital version, and a dynamic Dollby Atmos version, how will the vinyl sound? This is what we are going to find out with the addition of the black vinyl which is a nice surprise, find all the details and samples here.
“Will Of The People” is the ninth studio album by Muse. It is an album that reflects the current uncertainties with rather dark songs. This new album has 10 songs and a duration of 37 minutes and is a best of of the best music the band can make. The review includes 4 editions: Vinyl,Continue reading “Muse – Will Of The People – Review (Cassette, Vinyl, Qobuz Hi-Res, Amazon Dolby Atmos Binaural)”
Mylène Farmer – À tout jamais – new single in 360 Reality Audio (360RA), Dolby Atmos and Stereo (review)
Mylène Farmer’s new single À tout jamais was released on Friday 26 August 2022. It is the first track from the album due out at the end of the year.This single is available on all platforms in stereo and also in 360 Reality Audio on Tidal, Deezer, Amazon and in Dolby Atmos on Apple Music.ThisContinue reading “Mylène Farmer – À tout jamais – new single in 360 Reality Audio (360RA), Dolby Atmos and Stereo (review)”
Here are the MOFI One step and SACD vinyl versions of Eric Clapton’s Unplugged album.For this album, MOFI did not indicate the type of source, but a digital source was used as confirmed by the measurement results. This album is not from an analogue source, so there is no copy from analogue to DSD. MOFI’sContinue reading “Eric Clapton – Unplugged Review updated with MOFI Ultradisc One Step Vinyl and SACD”
The vinyl edition was released later than the digital edition of Alan Parsons’ From the New World album. It is increasingly the case that vinyl is released after the digital edition, due to the high demand for vinyl pressing. This clear vinyl is a nice surprise with a specific mastering that gives it a clearerContinue reading “Alan Parsons – From the New World – review updated with the vinyl LP”
Released on 8 April 2022, Hey Hey Rise Up is the first unreleased Pink Floyd recording since 2014. The song includes the vocals of Ukrainian rock band BoomBox’s lead singer, Andriy Khlyvnyuk. This track is now available as a vinyl single and cd single with a second track A Great Day For Freedom 2022. AllContinue reading “Pink Floyd – Hey Hey Rise Up – Review (Vinyl, CD, Qobuz Hi-Res, Tidal Master)”
Alan Parsons is back with his 6th solo album From the New World. But Alan Parsons is not only a musician, he is also a great engineer who worked on Abbey Road (The Beatles) and the fabulous The Dark Side of the Moon (Pink Floyd)… The review includes 6 editions: CD, DVD stereo, DVD 5.1,Continue reading “Alan Parsons – From the New World – review (CD, DVD, stereo, 5.1, Qobuz, Tidal, vinyl)”
It is in November 1991 released the eighth album of Michael Jackson Dangerous. It will have needed more than 15 months from June 1990 to October 1991 to produce this album. It is a real success with more than 32 million albums sold to date, it arrives behind Bad and Thriller.For this album, the soundContinue reading “Michael Jackson- Dangerous – Review (LPs, CDs, Streaming, DAT, 1991 to 2021)”
Prince – Prince and the Revolution Live Review (LP, CD, bluray, Streaming Qobuz, Amazon Binaural, Bluray Multichannel, Atmos)
Prince and the Revolution Live was recorded in March 1985 during the Purple Rain tour, one year after the release of Prince’s sixth album Purple Rain (1984). Available until now on video, this concert is for the first time available in musical media You can find the measurements of each edition in the different partsContinue reading “Prince – Prince and the Revolution Live Review (LP, CD, bluray, Streaming Qobuz, Amazon Binaural, Bluray Multichannel, Atmos)”
Jean-Michel Jarre – Oxygene Review (LP, Japanese LP , MOFI LP, CD, Trilogy 40th Anniversary, Qobuz, Tidal, DVD, cassette)
La version française du test est disponible ici. The French version of the review is available here. After Deserted Palace (1972) and Les Granges Brûlées (1973), Oxygène is the successful album that launched Jean Michel Jarre with over 18 million records sold. For this review, the listening was done with Jean Razzaroli from Vinyl&Audio magazineContinue reading “Jean-Michel Jarre – Oxygene Review (LP, Japanese LP , MOFI LP, CD, Trilogy 40th Anniversary, Qobuz, Tidal, DVD, cassette)”
Released in 1988, Money For Nothing is a compilation of the best songs from the first 5 Dire Straits studio albums. After a first remastering in 1996, it returns today with a new remastering in streaming and vinyl. The review includes 4 editions: Vinyl 2022, CD 1988, CD remastered 1996, Streaming Qobuz remastered 2022. YouContinue reading “Dire Straits – Money For Nothing – Review (LP, CD, Qobuz, 1988, 1996 remastered 2022)”
Amy Winehouse’s 2007 Glastonbury Festival concert is available for the first time on vinyl to celebrate the 15th anniversary of Winehouse’s performance on the Pyramid Stage The review includes 2 editions: Vinyl, Youtube (Back To Black). You can also find the review of an other album of Amy Winehouse : At The BBC here. BelowContinue reading “Amy Winehouse – Live at Glastonbury 2007 – Review (LP, Youtube)”
The cassette is back, and the new albums are also released in a cassette version. To complete the review, and to answer several requests, here is the cassette.Find all the details of the review HERE.
This concert of The Police was recorded during the first world tour in 1979 & 1980. It was until today only available on VHS and Laserdisc, it is since May 20th available on CD, vinyl, DVD and Bluray. The review includes 4 editions: Vinyl, CD, Bluray stereo, Bluray DTS-HD MA 5.1. You can also findContinue reading “The Police – Around The World – Review (LP, CD, Bluray, stereo, 5.1)”
The release of Top Gun:Maverick movie in theaters in May is the opportunity to listen again to the music of the first Top Gun movie released in 1986. The review includes 8 editions: Vinyl (1986, Japan, 2016) , CD, SACD (Special Expanded Edition), Qobuz, Qobuz Special Expanded Edition, Tidal. You can also find the reviewsContinue reading “Top Gun soundtrack- Review (LP, LP Japaneses , CD, SACD Expanded Edition, Qobuz, Tidal)”
For the 25th anniversary of the Homework album, Daft Punk’s first album has been reissued with 15 additional bonus tracks., as well as a vinyl reissue with the 16 original tracks. The review includes 7 editions: Vinyl , streaming, Qobuz, Qobuz 25th Anniversary Edition, Tidal, Tidal 25th Anniversary Edition, Amazon, Amazon 25th Anniversary Edition. YouContinue reading “Daft Punk – Homework – Review (LP , Streaming Qobuz, Tidal Amazon, 25 th Anniversary Edition)”
Norah Jones – Come Away With Me – Review (LP , CD, SACD, Streaming, remastered 2022, 5.1, Atmos Binaural)
“Come Away With Me” is the first album of Norah Jones released on February 26, 2002 by Blue Note records. This very well recorded album used analog tape recorders which allowed to produce 24-bit 192 kHz versions. The review includes 9 editions (Vinyl , streaming, SACD and CD and remastered 2022 releases), updated (05/06/2022) withContinue reading “Norah Jones – Come Away With Me – Review (LP , CD, SACD, Streaming, remastered 2022, 5.1, Atmos Binaural)”
The Police – Greatest Hits – Review (LP mastered At Abbey Road Studios, Qobuz, Amazon, Tidal and CD)
The Police’s compilation album “Greatest Hits” was released in September 1992. It contains 16 tracks that are only hits of The Police released between 1978 and 1984. The review includes 5 editions (Vinyl , Streaming Qobuz, Amazon , Tidal and CD) of this album. Below you will find the description of the different editions, asContinue reading “The Police – Greatest Hits – Review (LP mastered At Abbey Road Studios, Qobuz, Amazon, Tidal and CD)”
It will have been necessary to wait 9 years after the release of their last album ‘Loud Like Love’, to have the return of the group Placebo its 8th studio album Never Let Me Go. The review includes 5 editions (Vinyl , Streaming Qobuz, Amazon , Tidal Master and Tidal Hifi) of this album. BelowContinue reading “PLACEBO – Never Let Me Go – Review (LP , Qobuz, Amazon, Tidal Master and Hifi)”
After 12 years of absence, the Californian band is back with a new album Unlimited Love. Anthony Kiedis, Flea, John Frusciante and Chad Smith offer us 17 new tracks ( one bonus track for the Japan CD). The review includes 5 editions (Vinyl , Streaming Qobuz, Amazon, Tidal and Cassette) of this album. Below youContinue reading “Red Hot Chili Peppers – Unlimited Love – Review (LP , Qobuz, Amazon, Tidal, Cassette)”
Eric Clapton – The Lady In The Balcony: Lockdown Sessions – Review (LP , Qobuz, Tidal, Amazon, Atmos, Binaural, Bluray)
In the context of Covid, unable to perform his tour at the Royal Albert Hall, Eric Clapton will do a concert without an audience (except his wife in the balcony) at Cowdray House.For this concert Eric Clapton is assisted by Chris Stainton on keyboards, Nathan East on bass and Steve Gadd on drums. The reviewContinue reading “Eric Clapton – The Lady In The Balcony: Lockdown Sessions – Review (LP , Qobuz, Tidal, Amazon, Atmos, Binaural, Bluray)”
Tears For Fears – The Tipping Point – Review (LP , CD, Qobuz, Tidal, Amazon, Atmos, Binaural, Bluray Audio)
Tears For Fears is back, after Everybody Loves a Happy Ending released in 2004, The Tipping Point is the 7th studio album. The album features 10 tracks, and the limited deluxe edition includes 3 bonus tracks. Updated review with Bluray Audio and Tidal Atmos which now includes 11 editions (Vinyl black and green , CD,Continue reading “Tears For Fears – The Tipping Point – Review (LP , CD, Qobuz, Tidal, Amazon, Atmos, Binaural, Bluray Audio)”
The 1995 album “P.U.L.S.E.” was recorded during the “Division Bell” European tour. The reissue of this 3rd live album in BOX DVD and Blu-Ray is the opportunity to relive this concert which includes the entire live of “The Dark Side Of The Moon” which was restored for the box set The Later Years 1987 inContinue reading “Pink Floyd – PULSE – Review (LP , CD, Qobuz, Tidal, Amazon, Blu-ray 5.1)”
Random Access Memories is the fourth and final album by Daft Punk, released in May 2013. This album received the Grammy Award for Best Album of the Year in 2014. It contains the famous track Get Lucky. We will review 6 editions (Vinyl , Download Qobuz, Streaming Qobuz, Tidal and Amazon ) of this album.BelowContinue reading “Daft Punk – Random Access Memories – Review (LP , Qobuz, Tidal, Amazon, CD)”
Sunset In The Blue is Melody Gardot’s 5th studio album. It contains From Paris With Love, a song accompanied by a virtual orchestra in support of the artists during the COVID-19 pandemic. Melody Gardot is also accompanied by Sting for the track Little Something. We will review 4 editions (Vinyl , Streaming Qobuz, Tidal andContinue reading “Melody Gardot – Sunset In The Blue Review (LP , Qobuz, Tidal, Amazon)”
Tsuyoshi Yamamoto Trio – Misty for Direct Cutting Review (LP Analog and from DSD, MQA-CD, Streaming Amazon)
“MISTY for Direct Cutting” was recorded in May 2021 to commemorate the 100th anniversary of Errol Garner’s birth. For this album of Tsuyoshi Yamamoto Trio, direct cutting was used for both analog and digital. For Direct Cutting in analogic, the recorded sound is engraved on a lacquer board in real time. For the digital, theContinue reading “Tsuyoshi Yamamoto Trio – Misty for Direct Cutting Review (LP Analog and from DSD, MQA-CD, Streaming Amazon)”
The album review has been updated with two interesting editions the MQA CD and Tidal streaming.We find punctually editions in CD MQA format for music albums, this is the opportunity to compare this format which is encoded with MQA to fit on a CD with the other editions including Tidal, which is also in MQAContinue reading “Patricia Barber – Clique Review updated with CD MQA and Tidal”
After Fearless (Taylor’s Version), Red (Taylor’s Version), released on November 12, 2021, is Taylor Swift’s second re-recorded album on Republic Records. The re-recordings are motivated by the sale of his original label Big Machine Label Group, including all his recordings. We will review 4 editions (Vinyl, Streaming Qobuz, Streaming Tidal and Streaming Amazon Dolby AtmosContinue reading “Taylor Swift – RED (Taylor’s Version) – Review (Vinyl, Streaming Qobuz, Tidal, Amazon Dolby Atmos)”
Update of the review of “The Bridge” by Sting with the very nice Japanese CD version and the Streaming Tidal.You can find all the details of the review here.
Oscar Peterson leads the excellent quintet composed of Joe Pass, Dave Young and Martin Drew. This album features the recording at the Kulttuuritalo in Helsinki of the last date of their 14-concert European tour in 1987. A beautiful concert featuring classic and original compositions. You can find the measurements of each edition in the differentContinue reading “Oscar Peterson – A Time For Love – Live In Helsinki, 1987 – Review (Vinyl, Streaming Qobuz)”
This album resumes the tour “Trobador Tour” of Francis Cabrel which took place in 2021 and continues in 2022.This album contains 31 songs including the successful “Petite Marie”, “Je l’aime à mourir”, “Encore et encore”….The album also includes two unreleased tracks “Pour me faire peur” and “Quoi dire?” You can find the measurements of eachContinue reading “Francis Cabrel – Trobador Tour (Live) – Review (Vinyl, Streaming Qobuz)”
Katie Melua is back with the acoustic version of his album No. 8 released in 2020. Unlike Album N°8, the orchestration is reduced to a guitar sometimes accompanied by keyboards played by Mark Edwards, an intimate recording. You can find the measurements of each edition in the different parts and listen to the samples ofContinue reading “Katie Melua- Acoustic Album No. 8 – Review (CD, Streaming Qobuz, Tidal)”
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