Audio Fidelity - AFZ5 186 - Hybrid Multi Channel SACD - 780014218621
Mastered by Steve Hoffman - Numbered Limited Edition - Plays on All CD Players
1st Ever Multi Channel Mix
In listening to "Super Session" in surround sound, I felt totally immersed in the music with concise and transparent detail to the instruments reflecting from different points in the soundfield. It is a very engaging aural experience. I previously referenced the exceptional guitar playing by Mike Bloomfield. Steve Stills appears on the last 4 tracks and also displayed his excellent skills on guitar. In fact, I personally preferred these cuts with Stills as 3 of these tracks were more structured with lyrics. This is the fundamental nature of Super Session: two separate and distinct sets of recordings on an album.. The rating for the fabulous 5.1 mix by Al Kooper, and mastering by Bob Ludwig, is absolutely 5 stars.Finally, a special acknowledgement to Audio Fidelity for releasing this audio treasure left buried for ten years on the shelf of a record company's music storage vault. Without reservation, "Super Session" is highly recommended. - Sound 5/5 HRAudio
The 5.1 Surround Sound mix is produced by Al Kooper
The 5.1 Surround Sound mastering is by Bob Ludwig at Gateway Mastering Studios
The original 2-track stereo and DSD mastering is by Steve Hoffman at Marsh Mastering studio;
Al Kooper’s updated liner notes are included in the colorful 12-pg booklet
The musicians are aiming high with their desire for a “Super Session”, for it’s not something that can be planned. Only when the time, place, and audience play along, when one’s lucky star is shining brightly, and the musicians have a good day, then one of music’s great moments might be captured on tape. Not forgetting the recording technicians who also have to be in the mood!
In 1968 this all happened to be the case with the majority of the nine numbers on the Columbia LP: "Season Of The Witch" (written by Donovan) in its present version is one of them, as well as "You Don’t Love Me" and the Dylan classic "It Takes A Lot To Laugh, It Takes A Train To Cry". All in all, one must consider the numbers with Steve Stills as most successful in the sense of a session because here each musician inspires the others. In the super session with Kooper and Bloomfield, the guitarist stands in the limelight while the other musicians back him up.
Very often the three soloists even surpass the greatest moments of their own groups (Al Kooper’s Blood, Sweat & Tears; Mike Bloomfield’s Electric Flag; Steven Stills’s Buffalo Springfield). In 1968 the magazine Rolling Stone judged this album to be one of the best releases of the year: an accolade which is completely justified and is still valid to this day.
What better reason to get your copy of this “highly recommended” album without delay.
- Mike Bloomfield
- Steven Stills (electric guitar)
- Al Kooper (piano, organ, vocals, guitar, electric guitar)
- Barry Goldberg (electric piano)
- Harvey Brooks (bass)
- Eddie Hoh (drums)
Production: Al Kooper
His Holy Modal Majesty
It Takes A Lot To Laugh, It Takes A Train To Cry
Season Of The Witch
You Don't Love Me