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  SME Records -
  Weather Report: Black Market
  "Black Market"

Weather Report
Track listing:
  Jazz - Fusion
  Single Layer
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Reviews: 3

Review by Metoo May 24, 2009 (4 of 4 found this review helpful)
Performance:   Sonics:
Barb, I sincerely can't understand what SACD of this title you are writing about. Are you sure you are reviewing the SACD of this, or is it some DSD mastering of it on CD?

I've got the JSACD of this title - the only version I know exists on this format - and it must be one of the most dynamic SACDs I have in my collection. I know that some SACDs out there are compressed and others sound flat, but Weather Report's "Black Market" is clearly not one of them. This is clearly one of the best-sounding SACDs I've listened to. As much as I like the group's other two titles on SACD, this one beats them both in sound quality.

I wish other jazz fusion and rock titles on SACD were done respecting the dynamics of the original as this JSACD does (I'm thinking of the Elton John titles, for example. They are good, but compared to the DJM vinyls they are compressed to death).

This is a very recommended title if you want to hear Jaco Pastorius at the top of his game and listen to what a jazz fusion album can sound like with the untouched dynamics of the master tape. Unfortunately, many high resolution titles were remastered with the current 'let's compress it to sound modern' mentality and this has compromised the quality we could have gotten in these formats.

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Review by Barb October 11, 2007 (2 of 4 found this review helpful)
Performance:   Sonics:
The music on this disc is for fans of electric jazz-rock fusion of the 70`s and the late Joe Zawinul and Wayne Shorter, highlights are Cannon Ball or the well known Elegant People, but the sonics are really bad, compressed, no dynamics, no imaging, timbre or air. The music itself isn`t that bad, but because of the horrible sonics it is impossible to listen to on a hifi-system, you can try it in your car or with a ghetto blaster.

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Review by bugsy_pal November 4, 2008 (0 of 4 found this review helpful)
Performance:   Sonics:
One of the best Weather Report albums, and it sounds as good as it ever has on this SACD - certainly better than any CD versions.

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