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Patricia Barber: Café Blue (SACD)

These three Patricia Barber albums originally appeared between 1994 and 2000. They have now been reissued in two-channel SACD by Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab. (Mobile Fidelity was one of the original audiophile record labels, and after nearly shutting down in 1999, has recently resurfaced under new ownership.)

The original CD versions of these albums, all recorded by the respected engineer Jim Anderson, were widely considered to be reference-quality vocal-jazz recordings and were used as demo material in hi-fi stores all over America. Therefore their reappearance in SACD is an excellent opportunity to evaluate the real-world benefits of DSD transfers.

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