Title - 'Legends: Get It On!' [Hybrid SACD - DSD]
Artist - Various
To be quite frank, the moment you see the complete track listing for this incredible, simply incredible compilation CD you know you're in for an hour of the greatest (remastered) classic rock.
To quote their press release for a minute, "Audio Fidelity is proud to introduce something new in the realm of compilation albums. For the first time ever we have assembled the original masters of some of the rocks biggest stars and greatest hits and remastered these classics for Hybrid SACD."
There ya go - I couldn't have explained it better myself! Indeed, and furthermore their first two collections in this Legend's series - Get It On! and Crank It Up! - are actually based on the original TimeLife Legends series. Having cranked the volume on each recording to 11 (I know you get that meaning, all you ST fans!), they have quite literally taken each volume of recordings to another sonic level.
Audio Fidelity has spent months gathering the 34 (17 on each CD) best available individual masters of the all-time rock standards and included them on each Hybrid SACD. The result is that, although it will take a discerning ear to make the difference - in my humble opinion - you are honestly hearing these songs as crystal clear, as stellar-sounding as you have never heard them before (if that makes sense!).
Produced by Steve Hoffman, Legends: Get It On! is just perfect for all classic rock lovers, all be they still probably true lovers of their well-kept original vinyl LPs, in truth. That said, and this was pointed out to me by a Mr. Hamersly, it should also be pointed out that "'Free Bird' on this SACD is the 9 minute version that fades out rather than the full 10 minute version with a satisfying ending; and 'Slow Ride' fades out after only 4 minutes so the wonderful jam that comprises the heart of the song is totally lost."
1. Wild Thing (The Troggs)
2. Smoke On the Water (Deep Purple)
3. Spirit In the Sky (Norman Greenbaum)
4. Bang A Gong.. Get it On (T.Rex)
5. Go Your Own Way (Fleetwood Mac)
6. Blinded By the Light (Manfred Mann's Earth Band)
7. Spill The Wine (Eric Burdon & War)
8. Lola..Live (The Kinks)
9. Light My Fire (The Doors)
10. Slow Ride (Foghat)
11. Schools Out (Alice Cooper)
12. Smokin In the Boys Room (Brownsville Station)
13. China Grove (The Doobie Brothers)
14. Hot Blooded (Foreigner)
15. Can't Get Enough (Bad Company)
16. Free Bird (Lynyrd Skynyrd)
17. Casey Jones (Grateful Dead)
Reviewed by: Russell A. Trunk