AMERICA Homecoming (Long out of print 2015 US limited edition 10-track Hybrid SACD [Super Audio CD] playable on all SACD & CD players remastered in 5.1 Surround Sound with the disc manufactured in Austria. The second studio album from the celebrated folk rock trio originally released in November 1972 booklet picture sleeve with an individually numbered die-cut picture card slipcase AFZ5204)
One of America's finest early albums, "Homecoming" featured the superb "Ventura Highway" as its break out single but there's so much more o interest on America's second album. The original trio do a terrific job here with each writing a third of the album. The harmonies remind me why, aside from the lead vocal on "Horse With No Name" and it's resemble ce to Neil Young's voice, their three part harmonies reminded so many of Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young.
The mastering for this multi-channel SACD does justice to the rich production of the album. Remastered by Steve Hoffman, this versions features a CD layer and 2 channel SACD layer using the same mastering and a 5.1. All three sound terrific and, regardless of which version you listen to, you'll find the mastering and sound superior here compared to both the original CD and the remastered version. I would dare say that the SACD versions here beat the original vinyl as well in terms of improved depth, soundstage and doesn't sacrifice presence for an overly loud presentation.
The booklet does a nice job of reproducing the tryptich styled sleeve with the inner photo and it is in a jewel box not a cardboard sleeve (if that matters to you).
The Audio Fidelity remains the ultimate version of "Homecoming" particularly because of the multi-channel presentation of the album.
Of all their albums, "Homecoming" has been my favorite. I own the LP and the CD, but I've never heard this album with the clarity and presence of the Audio Fidelity SACD release. I have to admit that I'm not a fan of a surround mix that puts me in the center of the band. After all, I normally don't hear bands in this listening position. Yet Elliot Scheiner's 5.1 mix, while placing the instruments around the listener, does not offend. He avoids the temptation of music musical chairs with the players--something that I wish that more multichannel mixes followed. Furthermore, the instruments are clear and clean as are the vocals. It's hard to believe that this SACD is mastered from 1972 analog master tapes.
But above the fine audio quality, we have the musicality and creativity of Dan Peek, Dewey Bunnell and Gerry Beckley that shines in this album. Truly, "Homecoming" is America's best and, by far, Audio Fidelity's SACD is the best rendition of this magnificent album to date.
The vocals and instrumentation was nicely separated. You definitely need to pull up a cozy chair in the middle to appreciate the separation. This probably the best attempt for Audio Fidelity, having put out best of the guess who, BS&T2 etc. as eggman said this is for America fans, just a nice cd. Check out the audio fidelity of the debut album, not 5.1 but a complete album. If you like the debut album then look to Homecoming