“Wish You Were Here” by Pink Floyd has been released as a 5.1 Super Audio CD, as part of the recent “Why Pink Floyd?” campaign by EMI worldwide. This is the second P.F. album to get the 5.1 treatment, the first obviously being “DSOTM”.
Yeah, I’ll likely cough up the $34.99 for this item, being a fan of 5.1 audio and SA-CD’s in general. The P.F. albums I would be very interested to hear in 5.1 will likely never get released that way.
When I got my 5.1 system earlier in 2011, I was a bit surprised that the old version of the DVD of “The Wall” seemed to be in 5.1! I vaguely remember it being rather “Quad” in the theatre, but – it’s been YEARS since I saw “The Wall” in a theatre. And, yes, I did see “The Wall” performed on stage in Los Angeles (at the Sports Arena!).
Sure seems like there are a lot of 5.1 albums from the early-to-mid 70’s, doesn’t it? Yes “Fragile” sounds great in 5.1; even The Moody Blues “Days Of Future Passed” had real sharp 5.1 sound – it’s a 1966 / 7 recording!
“WYWH” didn’t quite have the overkill impact that “DSOTM” had. I remember that even when “WYWH” came out, you heard “DSOTM” blaring out of cars – and kind of like how The Beatles were a bit too popular at one point – “DSOTM” always re-charted whenever there was a new PF album being flogged.
There is additionally the added amusement of guest vocalist Roy Harper being on the single from “WYWH”, “Have A Cigar”. Roy Harper made some pretty decent records in the ’74 – ’78 era. This 45 was no exception.
The real question here is: There’s no question that I will listen again to “Wish You were Here”, once the 5.1 disc arrives. But will I give “DSOTM” another 5.1 spin, too? Well, maybe not all of it…but I do remember “Money” being mixed pretty “hip” in 5.1!
The last album that I listened to all the way through in 5.1 was likely Caravan “In The Land of Grey and Pink”, from the “40th Anniversary” 2CD + DVD set that was released earlier this year. That’s likely the most obscure 5.1 (rock) album that I own! (Though goodness knows the Japanese have issued some reasonably obscure stuff, too).
And I will confess that there are two big multiple disc boxed sets that I am ‘on the fence’ about, in both cases, it’s about a 5.1 DVD-A in the $100+ box: David Bowie “Station To Station” and the new Anniversary boxed set for Jethro Tull “Aqualung”. In both cases, I want the 5.1 DVD-A in the $100+ box, but they are not being sold outside of the box. Grrr.
And final 5.1 thoughts: Mr. Fripp has issued King Crimson “Starless & Bible Black” as an Anniversary set, but…”Larks’ Tongues In Aspic” has yet to appear – I hope everything is “OK” with LTIA’s master tape(s). I’d really like to hear that one in 5.1!