One of the Stones' most beloved albums, 1969's Let It Bleed was a benchmark for several reasons. First, founding guitarist Brian Jones died during the recording process. Second, the Stones take their last significant look at pure blues (Robert Johnson's spooky "Love in Vain") and country ("Country Honk," the two-stepping alter ego of "Honky-Tonk Women") before folding both styles into a cohesive rock & roll vision. Third, it contains some of the band's most eerie hits, such as the flame-enveloped "Gimme Shelter," the drug-reality anthem "Monkey Man," the epic "You Can't Always Get What You Want," and Mick Jagger's menacing "Midnight Rambler." --Steve Knopper
Ahh "Let It Bleed" in 192/24 DTS-HD Master Audio it really can't sound any better then this. I have listened to this well over a 100 times in my life and thru all the formats nothing sounds as clear and full as this Blu ray. The record it's self, in my opinion, is their first Masterpeice and there is not a bad track on it. With songs like "You Can't Always Get What You Want", "Monkey Man" and "Gimme Shelter" this album definatly stands as one of Rock's classic records. This with "Sticky Fingers" and "Exile On Main Street" make up the Stones triple punch. The three records were done in a row and stand as the highest peak in the Stones career. If you are a fan of the record and have a Blu ray player hooked up to a home entertainment system it is worth the $20. I promise you it will be like hearing it the first time. So when are "Sticky Fingers" and "Some Girls" coming?
This CD was advertised as being a SACD hybrid, but in reality it is an impressive remastered version and is most definitely NOT SACD. You would think Amazon would be a little more careful about how they advertise (i.e. misrepresent) their products. However, that being said, the sound quality on this version is very impressive, even if not true SACD. Great album.
If you are buying this CD to get a SACD version like I did (and as advertised on Amazon's website), don't bother. Amazon sends the regular CD version in the plastic case. The sacd version comes in a cardboard digipak which they don't seem to know. So... you spend a premium and get the wrong, less expensive version... alas the trials and tribulations of shopping on the internet. I just wish they wouldn't advertise this as a SACD-hybrid if they don't know the difference.
It is a bit of a waste to release a Blu-ray Audio disc and not have it in 5.1 surround sound. True. The versions of stereo isn't bad [although I'm not sure who'd ever use PCM stereo over Dolby Tru-HD or DTS-HD Master Audio]. Also too bad no extras. The card to download FLACs is a nice touch but unfortunately they are lower quality audio files - not HD Tracks FLAC files. Of course I can't say anything negative about the album. Personally I think I prefer it over Exile as my favourite Stones album in the "early" years.
In my car, on my computer, and in my Sony Discman, the sound quality jumps out--truly amazing. But buyer beware, this cd will not play in all machines. For my home stereo system, I use a Panasonic DVD/CD Player; Model DVD-RP 56. This cd will not play--very frustrating! I wrote to ABKCO about this problem nearly a month ago--no response to date....