Various Artists – Legends (SACD)
2014, Audio Fidelity
This is somewhat of a double review as Audio Fidelity have re-issued a pair of releases from the Time-Life LEGENDS Series. These two titles are the GET IT ON and CRANK IT UP ones. While both of these releases are top notch it comes down to personal preference of the songs on the disc.
CRANK IT UP is the first title (AF178) so I will begin there.
The 17 tracks on this disc are primarily are slightly more laid back compared to GET IT ON which you would think with a title such as CRANK IT UP it would be the other way around. For the release the folks at AF went and used the original versions of the songs rather than the hacked up single versions. A great relief for those of us that enjoy the fuller versions. Many of the songs on here are your Classic Rock radio staples but in much less quality. After listening to this and just about any release by this speciality label you realize that quality is the focus. Despite being from 17 different sources all of the songs have a great flow to them and nothing sounds out of place next to the other. Hearing The Rascals, The Zombies and Grateful Dead all in one place in such perfect sound is pure bliss.
GET IT ON (AF179) is the second title and like the first contains many staples of today’s Classic Rock radio. For me personally this has the stronger tracklist and is more of a party album. It’s upbeat and the songs just scream to be turned up loud and you can do that with this release without fear of it sounding harsh on the ears. This disc is enjoyable pretty much from the beginning to end. Just like everyone we all have songs we’d add or omit and this is no different. Personally I would omit the over-played and overrated “Light My Fire” in lieu of another song by a different artist. I don’t get the whole Doors thing. That aside this disc is the more enjoyable of the two and will be a go to disc for Classic Rock hits for sometime.
Both discs have their plus and minus points when it comes to tracks but it’s all personal preference. They both sound fantastic and are very well done. I look forward to getting more in this series if the fine folks at Audio Fidelity release them.