Pink Floyd – Wish You Were Here [Hybrid SACD]   Leave a comment

An endless stream of Dark Side Of The Moon reissues punctuated with not one, but two Hi-Rez reissues of Wish You Were Here is refreshing. I decided to take the comparison thing in a couple of different directions.

First, I ran the Red Book (RB) layer of the SACD against the 2011 catalog CD remaster, as included in the Immersion Edition. While the catalog remaster sounds better than any previous issue, it suffers by comparison to the RB layer on the SACD. The RB layer has less compression, and more detail than the catalog reissue. The sound is more dry than I am used to, but not unpleasantly so.

Second, I ran the stereo SACD track against the stereo track from the Immersion Edition Blu-ray. The SACD has tighter bass response, and better definition overall. Not surprising, since the Blu-ray track is only at 24-bit / 96 kHz.

One example is Nick’s cymbal work during “Have A Cigar.” On the Blu-ray, you can tell what kind of cymbals are being played. On the SACD, the cymbals actually sound like they are supposed to (for example, the decay on the ride cymbal). Nick’s drum work is typically on the soft side. For the first time, I’m hearing everything that comes with it. Wonderful stuff.

Overall, the SACD track had the same kind of dryness to it I found with the RB track, and again, it’s not a problem. In a lot of ways, the SACD feels like a Steve Hoffman job.

A final bit about the packaging and extras. While I find the small, hardcover book-like packaging a little annoying, and the eight-page booklet quite light, they at least got the non-A/V extras right: They included a copy of the original postcard (the text on the back differs from the original), along with four other cards that include the most associated images: The mechanical handshake graphic for the sticker on the original album cover; The Burning Handshake; The Floyd Salesman; and the Sand Swimmer.

This release is a must have.

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Posted 2011/11/30 by MG Nagy in Uncategorized

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