All tracks except 5 and 6 playable as Mono, Stereo or Multichannel. Tracks 5 and 6 are Mono only and are not included on the Multichannel layer.
This has been a totally no-expenses-spared project. Using the original three-track work tapes from Capitol's vaults, mastering engineers Kevin Gray and Steve Hoffman along with DSD specialist Gus Skinas bring you an entirely incomparable SACD experience. In addition to the stereo mixes, this SACD includes a three-track transfer for multichannel playback and the original mono mix taken from separate microphone feeds, mixing consoles and tape machines at the original sessions. In order to master from the three-track masters, AcousTech had to be outfitted for three-channel playback. That meant Kevin Gray had to find a third identical monitoring channel chain (including mixing board, amplifier and speaker) as well as a three-track playback headstack and also a three-track preview head for the vinyl cutting system. It was a massive assignment. We've spent a fortune to include these extra bells and whistles and to make this a truly historic reissue.
Love is the theme for twelve ballads of heavenly strings orchestrated by the distinctive Gordon Jenkins, sympathetically backing the intimately expressive and supremely musical voice of the incomparable Nat "King" Cole. Featuring such legendary classics as "Stardust" and "When I Fall In Love," this album topped the charts upon its release, is among its era's finest, most stylistically defining recordings of popular music and continues to enchant listeners to this day.
Love Is The Thing was recorded in finely polished monaural and more minimalistic 3-channel stereophonic versions, each with dedicated microphones, console, mix and recorders. Each offers a different sonic perspective. The monaural recording was heard on the original hit records while the stereophonic recording offers the potential for a stunning wide-range realism. Using the original first generation full-track mono and 3-track session tapes from Capitol's vaults and custom headstacks, console and monitoring chain installed at AcousTech specially for these releases, mastering engineers Kevin Gray and Steve Hoffman along with DSD specialist Gus Skinas bring you an entirely incomparable SACD experience.
For this deluxe hybrid SACD, both mono and stereo versions are available in standard resolution on the CD layer and high resolution on the DSD stereo layer, while the stereo versions are also available in 3-channel high resolution on the DSD multi-channel layer. In addition a 2,800-word essay by Chris Hall about the album is included. No expense was spared to make this the ultimate digital version of this album and a truly historic reissue.
"Listening to Nat King Cole in 3-channel DSD from hard disk… and yes, those are the same three speakers that were used for the mastering. The sound of the DSD playback via EMM Labs multi-channel was simply unbelievable... As a long-time Nat King Cole fan, I was knocked out by the amazing quality of the DSD masters." - David W. Robinson, www.positive-feedback.com
Originally released in 1957.
"I wouldn’t go through life without a copy of Love is the Thing and this one is easily the best yet and probably the best you’ll ever hear or be able to buy unless the master tape ends up on the auction block." - Michael Fremer, www.musicangle.com,
Music 10/10, Sound 10/10
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