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Hemispheres gets the gold treatment

Started by The Old Dog, July 11, 2013, 19:42:27 pm

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Quote from: Bez on October 17, 2013, 09:06:00 am
Watch for a parcel in the next couple of days...


You're a scholar and a gent Sir! :)
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Quote from: Bez on October 17, 2013, 09:06:00 am
Watch for a parcel in the next couple of days...


They have arrived! 8) ill give them a spin over the weekend - might play my ordinary versions first as a benchmark.

Cheers Bez.
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26thApril

Quote from: Captain Ron on October 16, 2013, 11:07:16 am
I think the hemispheres SACD is stereo hidef. Probably 24bit 96Khz or higher. Should sound fantastic if it's a good sample from the original recordings.


Talk on some of the forums that Rush have locked down their master tapes as they are not in good condition and this SCAD is taken from a digital copy of the master tapes rather than the tape itself.

I will update when my copy arrives.

In general I would say SACD is hit and miss-if you have a high end system then often the difference between the CD version and the SACD is not massive from the same remastering.....but imho a well remastered recoding is usually worth getting.
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Quote from: Red Star on October 16, 2013, 11:59:53 am
I'm not really an audiophile and I'm totally thick where technology is concerned but my Arcam Solo 2.1 plays SACD discs and as Hemispheres is probably my favourite album of all time I'm wondering if I should purchase this. Would I really notice much difference as it's quite a bit to shell out? :-\


The SACD format itself won't actually make a difference - double blind tests have shown that people can't tell the difference between so-called high resolution audio and regular CD. But it might have been mastered more carefully for that section of the market, which would make a difference.

http://www.aes.org/e-lib/browse.cfm?elib=14195

26thApril

My original cheaper version from Amazon got lost in the post.....so I went and paid £8 more after my refund.

I had a quick blast against the Sectors box set version. Yes I would say this is better, warmer, more detailed and less cranked than the CD version-this is on SACD, I will try the CD layer later.

These types of differences are system dependent but I would say when they can't get to the master tapes then I think the results are always likely to be compromised-this is the case here. Interestingly enough they've done some work on the master tapes on Miles Davis Kind Of Blue and the most recent HD Tracks download version sounds stunning-it's really taken the edge off of a very old recording and has given us the best digital version there has been.....this is the type of work required on the Rush back catalogue....it strikes me that many of the recent "audiophile" versions of Rush's releases have been ok but not great.

Maybe I just know the records too well but on other artists discs you can hear improvements in terms of detail than seem lacking on the Rush rereleases.

Anyway it's good to hear this album again-it's a bit of a strange one now imho-musically mostly superb, lyrically the end of the road for Peart's Dungeon's & Dragon's era and conceptually weak but I was surprised how much of Moving Pictures you can hear on there now. Even the title track although a tad repetitive is actually more dynamic than I remember.

I know some fans rate Hemispheres as their best album whilst I wouldn't agree totally I can understand that reasoning....and Geddy's vocals are really strained in places... :D
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Quote from: 26thApril on December 05, 2013, 17:33:19 pmAnyway it's good to hear this album again-it's a bit of a strange one now imho-musically mostly superb, lyrically the end of the road for Peart's Dungeon's & Dragon's era and conceptually weak but I was surprised how much of Moving Pictures you can hear on there now. Even the title track although a tad repetitive is actually more dynamic than I remember.


I don't think it's quite fair to lump Hemispheres in with the Dungeons and Dragons material.. it is at least allegorical. It's really about the conflict or balance between the emotions and the mind.

26thApril

Quote from: Slim on July 04, 2014, 09:08:42 am
I don't think it's quite fair to lump Hemispheres in with the Dungeons and Dragons material.. it is at least allegorical. It's really about the conflict or balance between the emotions and the mind.


It's quite clearly fantasy based which was my point and it was the last time Peart focused on this lyrical approach....for decades at least.
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"Some fought themselves, some fought eachother. Most just followed one another." I've always loved that line and the way it's delivered. It has a lovely bounce to it and it's quite funny as well.
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Quote from: Captain Ron on July 18, 2014, 10:57:00 am
"Some fought themselves, some fought eachother. Most just followed one another." I've always loved that line and the way it's delivered. It has a lovely bounce to it and it's quite funny as well.


The title piece holds up better than I remembered probably because I heard it less than side two-La Villa is the album's highpoint but the title track hasn't aged as badly as you might think.

There's a real energy on Hemispheres-it's the end of an era musically and lyrically but they got out of that at the right time....
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