The first one is a celebrated album by the Mahavishnu Orchestra called Birds Of Fire. Originally released in 1973 on Columbia, this was the band’s second album and one that got a lot of attention upon release, due to the musicianship of John McLaughlin, Billy Cobham, Jan Hammer, Rick Laird, and Jerry Goodman. It went as high as #15 on Billboard’s Album chart, which meant it was a success outside of the jazz chart, leading to the popularity of jazz fusion for the next few years. Due to its success, a quadraphonic mix was made for it and it is that quad mix that is part of this new hybrid SACD.
The Jeff Beck Group has been celebrated pretty much continuously since its release in 1972. It is the band’s fourth album and their last before Beck started to release music under his own name, but back then the Group consisted of Cozy Powell on drums, vocalist Bobby Tench, pianist Max Middleton, and Clive Chaman on bass. With Steve Cropper behind the board in production, this was something that has stood the test of time and some of its songs still get airplay on classic rock radio today. A quadraphonic mix was also made for this album and is a part of the hybrid SACD.
Two new hybrid SACD’s from Audio Fidelity will be released on August 21st and these two are going to be scorchers.
Only the Jeff Beck remaster is available for pre-order from Amazon at this time so get it and wait patiently for its release.