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  AFZ 170
  Alice Cooper: Billion Dollar Babies
  Alice Cooper
Track listing:
  1. Hello hooray
2. Raped and freezin'
3. Elected
4. Billion dollar babies
5. Unfinished sweet
6. No more Mr. Nice Guy
7. Generation landslide
8. Sick things
9. Mary Ann
10. I love the dead
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Reviews: 2

Review by progboy February 24, 2014 (5 of 6 found this review helpful)
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Billion Dollar Babies was one of THE albums that I grew up brother and I played this album a "billion" times over. The album is a pure classic of 70's rock and remains IMHO one of Cooper's finest album (along with 1971's Killers). Side note: Steve Hoffman's 24 KT Audio Fidelity is also a superb audio discovery (HDCD) and I highly recommend this version too.

This SACD version comes with a replica CD sized fold out One Billion Dollar bill as a teaser in ode of the original vinyl. I own the original vinyl and 2001's double Warner Archives CD remastered version by Dan Hersch and Bill Inglot but Hoffman's SACD easily steals the show here offering the richest and widest sound of this precious rock artifact that I have ever heard!

Hoffman has brought out dynamics and detail I never even knew existed and this disc honestly has brought this album finally to life! The detail and soundscape is quite dynamic and offers excellent seperation and deep tones. I really noticed the depth on the title track and Generation Landslide with warm but wide instrumental and vocal seperation. On Generation Landslide the acoustic is right to the left of you while the harmonica balances the far right and both sound like they are right there in your living room with you.

The bass is also nicely balanced and deep in tone and quality......another very noticeable aspect of this SACD.

If you are a fan of this album then this is an essential purchase.

Mr. Hoffman we owe you a "Billion" for giving us this album in glorius SACD!

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Review by tdunster March 5, 2014 (1 of 1 found this review helpful)
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Billion Dollar Babies is a wonderful record and I was very pleased to finally own a copy on sacd. .

Prior to owning the SACD all my listening of this album was via the French Warner Bros CD 7599-27269-2. While not perfect the Warner Bros CD was always a very enjoyable listen.

The first time I played the SACD of Billion Dollar Babies I was very disappointed. It seemed sterile and lifeless. After a day to reflect upon my initial impression, I wondered if the many hundreds of times I listened to the Warner Bros CD had convinced me that it was the way the album should sound ? I had become used to the Warner CD and anything that sounded different to it my brain, was rejecting.

So today, I played the SACD six times in a row. That did the trick. My initial impression of this disc being lifeless and sterile without any edge to it was completely wrong. What was missing was distortion - and not the good kind.

Lesson learned for me here is that you should never write off any disc until you have played it at least five times - especially if you have played a previous version more times than you could count.

It's not perfect by any stretch of the imagination but it does produce a level of clarity and detail that the Redbook CD simply does not reveal.

This is the definitive version of Billion Dollar Babies.

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