The Band Cahoots on Limited Edition Japanese Import SHM-SACD
Originally released in 1971, The Band’s fourth studio album had the unfortunate disadvantage of standing in the shadows of the more familiar Stagefright, The Band, and Music from Big Pink. Historically overlooked, Cahoots stands as one of the group’s finest efforts and includes contributions from iconic pianist/arranger Allen Toussaint and Irish bard Van Morrison, whose feverish duet with Band vocalist Richard Manuel on “4% Pantomime” is the equivalent of two poker players trying to outsmart one another, each more reluctant than the other to blink, give in, and fold. A similar carnivalesque spirit infuses the entire set.
Arguably The Band’s best-ever Bob Dylan cover, “When I Paint My Masterpiece” takes listeners on a carousing trip across Europe, the accordion-driven melodies conjuring the feeling of sailing on the Venician waterways referenced in the lyrics. The fan favorite “Life Is a Carnival” comes on as a celebration of Dixieland pleasures, the sonic jubilee a swirling delight of drunken horns, funky rhythms, and street percussion. And of course, there are plenty of instances of the Band’s signature Americana blend: the delicate beauty of “The Moon Struck One,” the Southern spiritual “The River Hymn.”
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