DVD-AUDIO REVIEW Graham Nash SONGS FOR SURVIVORS By David Tolsky Equipment used for review: Yamaha DVD S1200 DVD-A/Video player, Yamaha DSP-A1 integrated Amp, Atlantic Technology System 450 Surround Sound speakers (w 325 watt 15” subwoofer). L to R, Rory Kaplan, Executive Producer, Nathaniel Kunkel, Recording Engineer, Graham Nash, David DelGrosso, VP Of Marketing-DTS Entertainment. “I’ll be sixty years old next month and I’m still expressing myself.” So began a very interesting press conference in the DTS DVD audio booth at Alexis Park during the annual Consumer Electronic Show in Las Vegas. The words belonged to Graham Nash, one third of the legendary band Crosby, Stills and Nash, and accomplished solo performer. Nash was in Vegas to promote his upcoming solo release from DTS Entertainment, Songs for Survivors. If DVD-audio has any advantage over SACD, it is in the fact that it is a true multimedia experience. Songs For Survivors truly takes advantage of what the format has to offer. Taking a look at the main menu page, if you don’t want to read along with the lyrics, you have the option of viewing a slideshow of several black and white photographs taken by Nash himself. Glancing at Nash’s bio, you will learn that he is quite an accomplished photographer, exhibiting at many galleries throughout his long and industrious career. But let’s get back to the music and soundtrack options. For DVD-A players, there are two options, DTS 5.1 and MLP. For DVD video-only players, our choices are DTS 5.1 and PCM stereo. This DVD-A disc is also the first to feature DVD-ROM content, with yet another soundtrack option, MPEG. As MLP uncompressed music is a new experience for me, I was amazed at the “in-the-studio” listening experience I received. At the press conference, Nash said he believed his voice had never been recorded better than this, and I can understand why. The center channel revealed crisp, clear lead vocals and the background harmonizing choruses sounded terrific. David Crosby and Sydney Forest contributed vocals to this recording and you can’t help but think of the patented CSN sound when you hear them. That’s a good thing! Tracks include Dirty Little Secret, a catchy tune where Nash said he wanted to put himself in the “middle of the band.” A surround sound enthusiast, he has built a new 5.1 studio for his new-found love. “Millions of home theater systems have been bought last year--someone has to like it.” Probably my favorite song on the disc is track 3: Lost Another One, in which the writer turns on the radio and hears of the death of a friend and fellow performer. During the press conference, Nash said that he first writes songs for himself so I think it’s safe to assume that this song is based on a personal account. He is saying a farewell to his friend(s) as only he knows how to do it best: There was a time we thought we were invincible, That we’d go on and on and on and All along we thought we’d do another show And write another song, but I guess we’ve lost another one.