Title - 'Super Session' (Hybrid Multichannel SACD)
Artist - Kooper, Bloomfield & Stills
If you were not aware, Super Session was an album conceived by Al Kooper and featuring the work of guitarists Mike Bloomfield and Stephen Stills. Originally released on Columbia Records in 1968, it's actually a myth that both Bloomfield and Stills played together on this wonderful, classic album.
Indeed, both guitarists actually do not play together on the album, with tracks including Bloomfield on side one, and those including Stills on side two (think old school, and thankfully still beloved vinyl LPs). Super Session peaked at #12 on the Billboard 200, and has since been certified a Gold Record by the RIAA.
This legendary recording, that has never been available in 5.1 is now available in such here in 2014 through Audio Fidelity. The 5.1 Surround Sound mix is actually produced by Al Kooper, with the 5.1 Surround Sound mastering done by Bob Ludwig at Gateway Mastering Studios. The original 2-track stereo and DSD mastering is by Steve Hoffman at Marsh Mastering studio and Al Kooper's updated liner notes makes this new release even more special.
The story goes that with both Kooper and Bloomfield at relative loose ends, Kooper called Bloomfield to see if he was free to come down to the studio and jam. Bloomfield agreed, leaving Kooper to handle the arrangements. That was day one. On day two, Bloomfield never showed! So, Kooper hastily called Stills, who was also at a loose end as he was in the process of leaving his band, Buffalo Springfield. Regrouping behind Stills, Kooper's session men cut mostly vocal tracks, including 'It Takes A Lot to Laugh, It Takes A Train to Cry' and a lengthy and atmospheric take of 'Season of the Witch' (by Donovan).
No matter what happened back then, no matter what is true and what is an urban myth, Super Session is a GREAT, classically inventive, highly addictive album that's just been made even better. Buy it (again) TODAY!