1K Club - QQ Shooting Star
- Jan 9, 2013
- Reaction score
RT, CTA was a brilliant release but to criticize RHINO for releasing THE QUEEN OF SOUL's Greatest Hits in a spectacular sounding (albeit lossy) DTS 4.0 DVD~R is akin to all the flack AF has experienced by releasing Laura Nyro, Judy Collins, George Benson, Mannheim Steamroller and other assorted sundries which the surround community likewise ballyhooed.The negative comments associated with this release have less to do with the release itself and more to do with the fact that Rhino could have chosen a better title as the followup to the CTA DVD. A lot of people think that because this title didn't sell as well as CTA, that's what made Rhino fold their Quadio program until just recently.
I think most wanted a followup like "Billion Dollar Babies" by Alice Cooper, "Late for the Sky" by Jackson Browne, or any of the Quad mixes by the likes of James Taylor, the Doobie Brothers, or the Eagles.
We'll see if they decide to follow the Chicago box with more Quadio releases and if so what they choose as the followup. They certainly have many good titles to pull from, that's for sure!
IMO, every surround release can't be a home run and for me who was raised on thin sounding Aretha vinyl, spinning Rhino's Quadio DVD~R was a breath of fresh air.
I really don't think RHINO suspended their QUADIO program because of lackluster Aretha G.H. sales. For awhile back in the early 00's, Rhino was releasing spectacular sounding RBCD/MLP DVD~A sets and even pre~announced Stephen Stills FIRST album as a 2 disc hi res set and then POOF.......the plug was pulled yet AGAIN.
If The Chicago QUADIO box set sells well (again, we won't know till the figures are published) will RHINO release MORE BD~A box sets?
Well, with RHINO/WARNER's erratic multichannel record (first MLP DVD~A, then DTS QUADIO, LOSSY TUSK/MIRAGE boxsets and NOW, BD~A) WHO REALLY KNOWS.
And unless someone has a crystal ball........I only wish and hope that RHINO/WARNER starts clearing out their unreleased 4.0/5.1 vaults and proceeds on a STEADY path of future multichannel LOSSLESS releases and stops changing formats in their usual schizo pattern!
Addenda: Personally, I'm still ROYALLY pissed that Warner saw fit to release both TUSK & [the upcoming] Mirage as LOSSY DVD~Vs when after hearing the Chicago Quadio BD~As we ALL know damn well both Fleetwood Mac albums would sound SUPERIOR as BD~As. Nuff said!