I only got my 5.1 sound system in January 2011, and I went looking for multi-channel entertainment. In my search, I saw Yes “Fragile” mentioned as one of the better sounding multi-channel (5.1) DVD Audio titles. My smile turned to a frown, when I saw it being sold for $150 on Amazon.com!
I frantically went to Ameoba Hollywood in search of a used copy – for a better price than $150 – but could not find a copy for sale there. I did all of my usual L.A. record store hiding places – but…nothing. Until…
Well, the other weekend, I found it in an un-named used CD store for $15 – bingo!
Yes, it’s a true 5.1 mix. No, I do not consider it worth $150. (I don’t actually consider any 5.1 mix of anything worth $150).
The booklet in the DVD-A is nice, literally re-producing all of the original color booklet in the original LP edition. I do also have a nice stereo-only Japanese paper sleeve SHM-CD of this title, which also faithfully reproduces the entire original packaging. The DVD-A was released by Rhino / Elektra in 2002 – doubtlessly out of print, in 2011.
The rear channels are usually keyboards / synthesizers; sometimes some vocals, percussion etc. Rather entertaining. It is the version of “Fragile” that boasts the bonus track “America” – a cover version of the Paul Simon tune (also remixed for 5.1!)
I was really pleased to find a copy for a reasonable price. I wish I could find all of the 5.1 channel discs that I seek for $15 ea, used!
So, what am I still looking for on DVD-Audio?
THE BAND – Last Waltz
THE BAND – Music From Big Pink
GEORGE BENSON – Breezin’
DAVID BOWIE – David Live
ERIC CLAPTON – There’s One In Every Crowd
BILLY COBHAM – Spectrum
B.J. COLE – Trouble In Paradise
ALICE COOPER – Billion Dollar Babies
DEEP PURPLE – Machine Head
DONALD FAGAN – Nightfly
QUEEN – The Game
LEON RUSSELL – Leon Russell
TOY MATINEE – Toy Matinee
NEIL YOUNG – Harvest
NEIL YOUNG – On The Beach