The Allman Brothers Band Beginnings on Limited Edition Japanese Import SHM-SACD
For once, a record label actually gives us more bang for the buck, combining two indisputable classics - 1969's self-titled debut and the 1970 follow-up Idlewild South - in one glorious package. Five urgent notes kick off Spencer Davis's "Don't Want You No More," and by the time that searing instrumental morphs into Gregg Allman's superb slow blues "It's Not My Cross to Bear," it's clear these Georgians mean business.
Everyone talks of the Muddy Waters and Willie Dixon covers, the furious twin leads of Duane and Dickey Betts, Gregg's soulful voice and formidable organ, the percussion attack of Jaimoe and Butch Trucks, but what about the songwriting skills? Look no further than the likes of "Cross to Bear," "Whipping Post," "Dreams," "Revival," and "Elizabeth Reed" to get your answer. These two records blend gritty blues, Southern soul, and psychedelic rock into an exciting creation, and they serve notice: when it comes to the best American rock & roll bands, the Allmans are right up there at the top.
SHM-SACD (Super High Material SACD) is the ultimate Super Audio CD that utilizes the materials and technologies that were developed for the SHM-CD to further enhance the audio-resolution. These discs are made with polycarbonate developed for the screen of the liquid crystal display. As it has a higher transparency, players can read the signal more faithfully. Also, it excels in fluidity, which enables you to cast a more accurate pit. What works wonders for a low resolution format such as CD should offer even greater sonic improvements in a real high resolution format such as SACD.
• 2-channel Single Layer SACD
• Two-channel SACD layer only, to secure enough reflectance and not to compress DSD file
• Label of the disc is printed with a special green ink called 'Onsho Shiyou,' which minimizes diffuse reflection
• Carefully selected master audio is used, from existing DSD files to newly converted from analog tapes
• This disc will ONLY work on a Super Audio Disc Player