A few months back, jdmack posted here http://www.quadraphonicquad.com/foru...to!#post128154 about his correspondence with the folks at Mike Keneally's label Exowax, and how he convinced them to release Mike's new live DVD encoded in DTS 5.1 surround - and it worked! Many repeated thanks to jdmack of course! However, in what seems to be a sadly repeated song around this forum, virtually no one seemed to notice or at least bother with a comment (with a few (5) exceptions).
FWIW, this is a stunning live DVD featuring musicians of the highest caliber performing what appear to be magic tricks on their respective instruments. The DTS mix (1536 kbps DTS) is active and discrete while the fidelity is superb - made all the more remarkable by the obvious limitations of the venue they are performing at - small stage (drummer, 4 guitars, bass and keys)/low ceiling - a great sounding live disc.
Mike has been making great music on his own for over 20 years in somewhat relative obscurity, but has endeared himself to many as a notable sideman for Frank Zappa, Joe Satriani, Steve Vai and others. His virtuosity on both guitar and keys is astounding (sometimes played simultaneously). His music is a unique mix of Yes like prog, Zappaesque jazz/blues/rock improv mixed with XTC like power pop. I highly recommend this disc - if you have the strength of your surround convictions, as a member of this forum, you should support releases like this - ESPECIALLY when one of our members successfully lobbies to get a title released in surround. For those of you with fear of the unknown, you can check out a few clips from the video here;
It's available directly from Mike's own site here;
and via Amazon here;
http://www.amazon.com/bakin-potato-M.../dp/B00509BJI8 (note - currently Amazon - has a 1-2 month shipment availability - too sad and justly undeserved that music this good is allowed to die on the vine)