The AYA (Are You Authentic?) is an association whose members are dedicated to the aim of providing an authentic musical experience in cars. “Are you Authentic“ campaigns for “real” and “natural” sound reproduction by e.g. organizing sound competitions, where the participants receive constructive criticism from an expert jury. The new “know-how” which thereby arises is shared by all without any financial considerations. In order to facilitate a reproducible test of audio systems, a detailed points system has been developed and together with Stockfisch Records and this SACD, with which the sound of hi-fi systems can be critically judged, therefore allows the most objective possible comparison of different systems. These tracks – some newly mixed, others specially recorded for this SACD – contain certain music signals which show up weaknesses in the sound reproduction chain. These tracks were selected to optimize sound systems if necessary. The tracks sound really good only when there are no mistakes in the system.
"Steve Strauss's debut CD, "Powderhouse Road", has won the praise of critics for its fine musical craftsmanship and depth of feeling. "Compared to Strauss," says the German edition of Acoustic Guitar magazine, "even J.J. Cale seems nervous and tense." Steve has no trouble living up to the comparison. "I like a laid-back delivery," he says, "as long as the material is intense."…" ~referencediscs.co.au
"Günter Pauler hat ein Herz und Händchen für die leisen Meister des Liedguts. So wie jetzt wieder bei den zwölf Titeln - persönliche, poetische Botschaften -, die Gitarrist und Sänger Mike Silver so sparsam wie delikat arrangierte. Bei Song-Juwelen wie dem bittersüß melancholischen 'Angel in Deep Shadow' wird einem richtig warm ums Herz. … eine faszinierend humane, atmosphärisch dichte und emotional packende Klangwelt. Insofern gerinnt 'SOLID SILVER' zu akustischem Gold." ~stereoplay
…Stockfish continues to shine with its groundbreaking SACD technology. The precision and clarity of the stringed instrumentation is flawless, augmenting the acoustics without compromising the intended starkness. (…) Songs For The Road is an engaging album.
As samplers go, this is one of the best. An excellent cross section of artists from the Stockfish catalog. I am especially taken by the cuts from Alan Taylor ("The Beat Hotel" in particualr) and Chris Jones. Sonics are clean, clear and crisp, with an exceptional sense of timbre. I've purchased a few of the CD's of the artists I've heard on this sampler, and I'm here to tell you, they sound great to - though they can't beat these SACD tracks.
Since the release of Stockfisch's first SACD sampler, the audiophile label has recorded and published many new Stockfisch productions including well known artists of the singer/songwriter scene as well as so called 'insider tips'. Listen to 15 new tracks, 70 minutes on this Hybrid-SACD! Just like Vol. 1, this second Stockfisch collection Closer To The Music Vol. 2 offers on its 15 individual tracks a wide musical variety. These recordings, as any listener will experience, exemplify once again the Stockfisch philosophy: closer to the music!
This is the third compilation from the critically acclaimed 'Closer to the Music' sampler series. You will listen to recent recordings of known artists like Sara K. , Allan Taylor, Eugene Ruffolo and David Munyon , but also to new Stockfisch-discoveries like Dennis Kolen (NL), Paul O'Brien (CDN), BEOGA (IRL), Carl & Parissa (AUS), Beo Brockhausen (D) and more. These recordings, as any listener will experience, exemplify once again the Stockfisch philosophy: closer to the music!