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Discussion in 'Music' started by KevinJ, Jun 26, 2006.
From tomorrow to 7/18.
Capitol confimed to me that there was a "technical problem that has now been corrected" for the July 18 street date. Can't get much more info than that, so we'll have to compare sets when July 18 rolls around...
In the mean time, I can continue to enjoy the MobileFidelity-Brad S. Miller produced 5.1 DTS cd version. Yum!
I'm also glad I recently bought the DTS-CD. Probably will disappear soon, and both mixes have their pluses and minuses. Glad I have both.
I picked this set up today and i must say it ain't bad.....not bad at all.
I really like the DTS-CD version. May pick up the DVD too...
With only a Dolby Digital 5.1 track? No thanks! Is there going to be an SA-CD overseas?
It's missing the 'Space intro', just like the DTS disc did --this doesn't bother you?
Not too much.
Well, it's not missing, but it is severely truncated. Didn't really bother me either - I consider it another different aspect of the MC mix.
For those looking at this set - the remastered Redbook disc does have the complete 1:14 "Space Intro".
Yeah -- as in, all of the synthesizer parts are gone. All that's left is a few seconds of the 'wind' noise at the end. Not much of a 'Space intro', there.
Leaving off the bulk of the 1:14 Intro to me, is akin to leaving off the bulk of the 1:14 'Speak to Me' from Dark Side of the Moon. I'm curious to know why they've done this twice now, in two surround mixes. Are the multis for that bit gone?
As for the remastered CD, it's got the typical smashed dynamic range of modern remasters. I bet it sounds great in a car.
So, anyone wanna buy my copy of the digipak? $10 + shipping.
$10 shipped, and I'll take it, Steve ;-)
My bro could use a copy.
Let me offer a vote in support of this set. I have not listened to the CD, so I'll take Steve's word for it that it sucks rocks.
But the 5.1 tracks, even with a butchered Space Intro, is a fun mix. Lots of stuff in the backs (the signature guitar riff for Eagle starts in in the left rear!), but overall fidelity, for a DD mix, is not bad at all.
EDIT: No, the main riff does NOT start out in the LR channel, it only seems that way if your LF channel has an intermittent connection! Can I get a big loud DOHHHHHH from my HTF buddies????
Nothing sounds bad, and some of the tracks sound very, very good indeed, particularly "Dance, Dance, Dance", "Mercury Blues", and "The Window". I am also hearing all sorts of sounds in the outros that I didn't know where there. Overall, I'd say that, if you can live the butchered Space Intro, you might like this set.
But wait, there's more!
I didn't realize when I bought this, but there is a full length concert on the DVD. It too is in 5.1. I cherry picked a handful of my favorite tracks just to sample the show, and its a keeper. OK, its 4:3, and not the best PQ you have ever seen, but the sound is quite good, and the performances are better.
The highlight thus far?
Joe Satriani sitting in on "Fly Like an Eagle". Its a 20 minute take on the song, with a very tasty solo from Joe, as well as from Steve's sideman Kenny Lee Lewis (the dude starts off his solo playing Wes Montgomery licks!), and there is even a rap in there from Steve's keyboard man.
OK, I could live without the hip-hop, but overall, its a damn good take on a song that you know you have heard a million times.
I have not watched any of the interview stuff, and as I said, I will concede that the CD probably is crap, but overall, this is not a bad set at all.
Would I rather it were a DVD-A/CD two-fer? Of course, but I can heartily recommend this set if you are a fan of the music.
Now Steve, do you do Pay-Pal????
In my continuing quest to say nice things about this set...
I listened to the CD yesterday, and it does not sound bad at all. Very nice frequency balance, great imaging, very clear cymbals, decent low end.
I have no idea what this will look like when someone examines the waveforms, but since my ears are happy with it, the waveforms matter not.
The 1973 demo of "Fly Like an Eagle" is also a very cool addition. They even played it on XM Radio Deep Tracks this morning.
here's two CD versions of the title track. guess which one is the new one ;>