View Poll Results: Best Modern Surround release by band/artiste

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  • Depeche Mode

    7 10.00%
  • The Doors

    0 0%
  • Elton John

    14 20.00%
  • Genesis

    3 4.29%
  • King Crimson

    10 14.29%
  • The Moody Blues

    3 4.29%
  • Porcupine Tree

    16 22.86%
  • R.E.M.

    1 1.43%
  • Talking Heads

    12 17.14%
  • Other (Please mention in post)

    4 5.71%
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    Default Re: Best Modern Surround Series: Your opinion

    I think it's best to leave the poll as it is, because if I start adding others (up to 12), then those that have already voted might want to change. The 'other' choice is fine with me.

    How about James Taylor? 'Hourglass', 'Flag', 'October Road', 'Dad Loves His Work', 'James Taylor' - all fine discs as well.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JonUrban View Post
    How about James Taylor? 'Hourglass', 'Flag', 'October Road', 'Dad Loves His Work', 'James Taylor' - all fine discs as well.
    My second choice.

    Great series.

    Doors would be third.
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    Talking Heads. Don't listen to them very often but I still enjoy them. After The Incident I lost interest in Porcupine Tree, which would have been my choice a few years back.

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    So Talking Heads is leading the pack as expected. Elton, PT & KC are tied in 2nd place. REM & Doors did not receive any...

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    The Doors set is ..... uneven. Without pulling the entire set out and reviewing them all, I cannot name names, but I definitely recall that the multichannel was "mo bettah" on some discs than others.

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    Interesting that nobody chose The Doors. I'd say that it would have been my second choice, even though I would agree completely that is was very uneven. But it's the one set that I listen to the most. I think they did a great job with what they had to work with and, for me, it's a great collection of music.

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    I see REM have no votes yet either.

    For me if you pushed me for an order it would be:
    King Crimson (so far all very good (and seem to be getting better) and I have to assume the rest will come and love the format)
    Talking Heads (All the Studio Albums)
    Steven wilson related discs (Porcupine Tree would love to have Signify in surround, Bass Communion, No-man, would love to have Wild Opera and returning jesus in Surround, Solo top notch, and where are teh Blackfield discs, so for that reason lower down the order.)
    The Doors (All Jim Morrison Studio albums spotty but not silverlined)
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    Default Re: Best Modern Surround Series: Your opinion

    I think it is curious and, on the other hand, disappointing that almost all the performances discussed here are not modern but classic and, in many cases, dated recordings. For example, I love the Doors set but, even in the current mastering garb, the sound is far from "modern." Talking Heads is much better, technically, but still not up to current standards. I bought both sets because I didn't have any of the originals.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kal Rubinson View Post
    almost all the performances discussed here are not modern but classic
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    Clarification... by Modern I meant modern surround formats like SACD, DVD-A, Blu Ray Audio. Not the artistes themselves. I wanted to take legacy quad formats out of equation so that we can only focus on digital formats & so that most people can participate. (I think younger members like me have never listened to legacy format as it existed before we were born :-).

    Hi-rez & minimum 5 albums were other crtiterias.

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    Default Re: Best Modern Surround Series: Your opinion

    shame if you expand the criteria by reducing to say three discs then for DVDA you could add :
    Neil Young (3 multichannel and 4 stereo DVDA plus many Hi Rez DVD including archives)
    Barenaked Ladies(3 DVDA)
    Steely Dan (3 DVDA)
    Donald Fagin (100% of his solo catalog)
    Mark Knopfler (two solo and one Dire Straits)
    Flaming Lips (3 DVDA)
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    Quote Originally Posted by mch007 View Post
    Clarification... by Modern I meant modern surround formats like SACD, DVD-A, Blu Ray Audio. Not the artistes themselves. I wanted to take legacy quad formats out of equation so that we can only focus on digital formats & so that most people can participate. (I think younger members like me have never listened to legacy format as it existed before we were born :-).

    Hi-rez & minimum 5 albums were other crtiterias.
    I understand that was your criteria. Nonetheless, what I found curious and disappointing was the minimal presence of contemporary performances. Is that a reflection of our demographics?

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    Yes Kal, we are old! I guess the only contemporary who works in surround formats is PT. I guess no other working musical artists out there have any interest in hearing their music in surrond playback? I find that hard to believe, there are lots of popular bands that would benefit from surround mixes. So, what is the problem....downloads and earbuds? Personally, I had to vote for King Crimson because when all is said and done, it looks like it will be the most complete, well mixed, with additional features, compilation of any one band's work ever released in any surround format. That's pretty impressive. For discography coverage and overall mixes, Depeche Mode and Talking Heads are probably second. John S.

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    IMHO, the problem is that the iPod/download market is the only one that seems to count for popular music.
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    My vote would have gone to Fagen hands-down, all three albums are pure delight.

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    KC is no. 1 for me, Depeche Mode , a close 2nd, then Genesis...
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    Elton John!!! Tumbleweed is his best album. Yellow Brick Road is the most popular and a KILLER! Madman is a perennial fave. The other SACD's include Your Song, Rocket Man, Writing, Lucy in the Sky, Someone Saved My Life and so many others. There are more modern recordings and wider surround mixes.

    Dylan has some very sparse mixes in the rears, but he should be in the running. He's the greatest writer rock ever produced. Steely Dan/Fagen are the best combo of tunes, mix and fidelity. A couple more surround titles and Miles would have been my pick. The Doors and Moody Blues are strong contenders, too. Yes, Kal, I'm an old hippie chick.

    It IS all about the music. I'd rather listen to Bessie Smith in mono, than hawaiian nose humming in 5.1.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Quad Linda View Post
    Elton John!!! Tumbleweed is his best album. Yellow Brick Road is the most popular and a KILLER! Madman is a perennial fave. The other SACD's include Your Song, Rocket Man, Writing, Lucy in the Sky, Someone Saved My Life and so many others...

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    Quote Originally Posted by filper View Post
    That's two of us then.
    Make it 3!

    Elton all the way baby!

    Those 5.1 mixes are SUPERB!

    I feel like a stuck record but.. the series needs to be completed.. NOW..!!

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    Where's Nick Cave...

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    Quote Originally Posted by The Bright Side View Post
    My vote would have gone to Fagen hands-down, all three albums are pure delight.
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