Originally Posted by Bill Mac
I had a chance to listen to the Friday Night in San Francisco SACD this morning and it is a fine sounding SACD. I would not rate it at the top of my best sounding stereo SACDs though. I played a few Blue Note jazz XRCDs after I played the FNISF SACD and found the soundstage depth and imaging was more to my preference. But the FNISF SACD only has the three guitarists so it really is not a fair comparison. If one can find the FNISF SACD at a fair price I would definitely recommend buying it. But at anything over $75 I would say there are better sounding stereo SACDs out there IMO.
I think Fri Night benefits from being recorded live with top notch (at the time) gear, minimal to no effects, no overdubs and maybe even "direct-to-master" technique. In any case, the analog recording certainly limits the high frequencies, but the immediacy of live acoustic guitars and the ambiance of the performance space, IMO, counters the analog limitations in the enjoyment category.
For anyone not familiar with this title, and not familiar with the players, perhaps a pass is wise at any price much over $50. But anyone who is a fan of these musicians and/or has the title on CD or, as I used to, in vinyl, $75 for this OOP SACD might be fair.