Multi-Channel Madness! Pt. 1

1-24-11

Multi-Channel Madness! Pt. 1

I first got interested in the SA-CD   format when I obtained an inexpensive (non-hybrid) SA-CD of Peter Gabriel “Security”…and it wouldn’t play in my CD player.  I didn’t get rid of it.

A short time ago, I got an inexpensive Sony DAV-DZ170 5.1 DVD / SA-CD player – and it took a short time to figure out which SA-CD’s had ‘surround” (5.1 sound).  Boy, when it’s done right, it sounds amazing!  It makes me want to research what other multi-channel rock music titles were done!

In 2011, there are some specialty labels doing jazz & classical SA-CD’s, but really only Universal Japan is doing any new ‘rock’ SA-CD titles – and, unfortunately, those are non-hybrid (single layer) titles – retailing at approx. US$50+ per disc!

The first 5.1 SA-CD I played was Peter Gabriel “Up”; it’s not an album I am familiar with, so I cannot compare it to a non-SA-CD version.  The sound was fairly impressive, but I didn’t know any of the songs.

Sometimes, discs are labeled as “multi-channel”, and the rear channels are merely ‘ambience’ – while others are fully mixed into 5.1 (all the Elton John SA-CD’s etc.)

So, I get out the cartons of SA-CD’s that I have:  None of the Can titles are multi-channel; almost none of The Rolling Stones titles are multi-channel; only about ½ of the Bob Dylan titles are multi-channel…If I really want to get further into the multi-channel titles, I suppose I could always investigate DVD-Audio…but here is a list of the multi-channel SA-CD’s that I have sampled so far:

ALLMAN BROTHERS BAND ALLMAN BROTHERS BAND AT FILLMORE EAST                      MERCURY US

ALLMAN BROTHERS BAND EAT A PEACH                                                                                     MERCURY US

ART OF NOISE RECONSTRUCTED                                                                         ZTT UK

BARTLETT, NATHANIEL PRECIPICE – MODERN MARIMBA                                                 ALBANY US

BERTIGNAC, LOUIS LONGTEMPS                                                                                     POLYDOR FR

BOWIE, DAVID ZIGGY STARDUST & THE SPIDERS FROM MARS                    VIRGIN UK

CLAPTON, ERIC 461 OCEAN BOULEVARD                                                               POLYDOR US

CLAPTON, ERIC SLOWHAND                                                                                       POLYDOR US

DAVIS, MILES KIND OF BLUE                                                                                  COLUMBIA US

DAVIS, MILES SEVEN STEPS TO HEAVEN (3-channel)                                     ANALOGUE US

DAVIS, MILES SOMEDAY MY PRINCE WILL COME (3-channel)                       ANALOGUE US

DEREK & THE DOMINOS LAYLA                                                                                                  POLYDOR US

DRAKE, NICK TREASURY, A                                                                                    ISLAND US

DYLAN, BOB ANOTHER SIDE OF BOB DYLAN                                                   COLUMBIA US

DYLAN, BOB BLOOD ON THE TRACKS                                                               COLUMBIA US

DYLAN, BOB BRINGING IT ALL BACK HOME                                                      COLUMBIA US

DYLAN, BOB LOVE AND THEFT                                                                             COLUMBIA US

DYLAN, BOB SLOW TRAIN COMING                                                                     COLUMBIA US

ELFMAN, DANNY SERENADA SCHIZOPHRANA                                                        SONY CLASS US

EMERSON, LAKE & PALMER BRAIN SALAD SURGERY (Deluxe edition)                                  SANCTUARY UK

G.V.S.U. New Music Ens. MUSIC FOR 18 MUSICIANS (Reich)                                             INNOVA US

GABRIEL, PETER UP                                                                                                        GEFFEN US

GAYE, MARVIN COLLECTION                                                                                    MOTOWN US

GENESIS 1970 – 1975                                                                                       VIRGIN UK

GENESIS FOXTROT                                                                                            VIRGIN UK

GENESIS LAMB LIES DOWN ON BROADWAY, THE                                    VIRGIN UK

GENESIS NURSERY CRYME                                                                           VIRGIN UK

GENESIS SELLING ENGLAND BY THE POUND                                          VIRGIN UK

GENESIS TRESPASS                                                                                         VIRGIN UK

GENESIS TRICK OF THE TALE, A                                                                    VIRGIN UK

GENESIS WIND & WUTHERING                                                                      VIRGIN UK

HARRISON, GEORGE LIVE IN JAPAN                                                                                   TOSHIBA JPN

JOHN, ELTON CAPTAIN FANTASTIC & THE BROWN DIRT COWBOY             ROCKET US

JOHN, ELTON ELTON JOHN (1970)                                                                        ROCKET US

JOHN, ELTON                                 GOODBYE YELLOW BRICK ROAD (Deluxe edition)                  ROCKET US

JOHN, ELTON HONKY CHATEAU                                                                            ROCKET US

JOHN, ELTON MADMAN ACROSS THE WATER                                                    ROCKET US

JOHN, ELTON TUMBLEWEED CONNECTION                                                      ROCKET US

KING, CAROLE TAPESTRY                                                                                          ODE/EPIC US

McQUEEN, JOE TEN AT 86                                                                                           IsoMIKE US

MOODY BLUES, THE DAYS OF FUTURE PASSED (Deluxe edition)                             DERAM UK

MOODY BLUES, THE EVERY GOOD BOY DESERVES FAVOUR                                   THRESHOLD UK

MOODY BLUES, THE ON THE THRESHOLD OF A DREAM                                            DERAM UK

MOODY BLUES, THE QUESTION OF BALANCE, A                                                           THRESHOLD UK

MOODY BLUES, THE SEVENTH SOJOURN                                                                       THRESHOLD UK

MOODY BLUES, THE TO OUR CHILDREN’S CHILDREN’S CHILDREN (Deluxe ed)        THRESHOLD UK

O.S.T. TALES FROM EARTHSEA                                                               TOKUMA JPN

PINK FLOYD DARK SIDE OF THE MOON                                                            TOSHIBA JPN

ROLLING STONES, THE SYMPATHY FOR THE DEVIL (Remixes)                                       ABKCO US

ROXY MUSIC AVALON                                                                                               VIRGIN UK

TJADER, CAL LA ONDA VA BIEN                                                                             CONCORD US

WATERS, ROGER CA IRA                                                                                                 SONY JPN

WAYNE, JEFF WAR OF THE WORLDS, THE                                                         COLUMBIA US

WHO, THE TOMMY (Deluxe edition)                                                                   MCA US

You will note that the Moody Blues section is missing “In Search of The Lost Chord” – that disc is stereo only!

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3 Responses to Multi-Channel Madness! Pt. 1

  1. Brian Ware says:

    So tell us about the Genesis multi-channel mixes. I read a very positive Goldmine review a couple of years ago that described them more like an amusing novelty, but apparently amazing little details are revealed. Your thoughts?

  2. ronkanefiles says:

    Brian,

    So far, I would say the SA-CD Genesis multi-channel mixes are good, listenable – and true to the original mixes. This is more than I can say about many supposed multi-channel mixes to be found on some DVD-A releases. These are true multi-channel mixes. Not sure if they are available on the US boxed sets on the DVD or not…which is why I got a UK box specifically. I will have more time to listen soon-ish, I hope.

    – Ron

  3. postpunkmonk says:

    I just saw that Kraftwerk’s live album, “Minimum-Maximum” was released as a DSD 2xSACD a few years years ago with aftermarket values through the roof.

    http://www.amazon.com/Minimum-Maximum-Hybr-Kraftwerk/dp/B000F7CKGU

    Fortunately, their video DVD also has a 5.1 surround mix if you’re game, of course it’s not DSD.

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