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    New record from Anathema to be released on June 9th on Kscope. Nothing said yet about formats but I guess it is safe to expect a surround version like in al their latest studio released

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    Quote Originally Posted by César View Post
    Unfortunately, it sounds as if it will be another overcompressed mess... *Sigh.*
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    We will have all the possible formats available, check this out:
    https://m.facebook.com/notes/anathem...5271769758629/
    I'll opt for the standalone bluray, I'm really happy to have the option

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    Burning Shed preorder options now up:
    https://www.burningshed.com/store/an...roduct/5/8602/ (Blu-Ray)
    https://www.burningshed.com/store/an...roduct/5/8604/ (Deluxe Edition)

    I'm not sure whether I'll get the full set or the single Blu-Ray right now, but it's great to have options!

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    Quote Originally Posted by rtbluray View Post
    Burning Shed preorder options now up:
    https://www.burningshed.com/store/an...roduct/5/8602/ (Blu-Ray)
    https://www.burningshed.com/store/an...roduct/5/8604/ (Deluxe Edition)

    I'm not sure whether I'll get the full set or the single Blu-Ray right now, but it's great to have options!
    Thanks for the links! Now we know who made the 5.1 mix: Bruce Soord

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    Check this out! Anathema - Springfield (from The Optimist)

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8y1R...a-001a114092ee

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    One more place to order all this editions, some of them as T-shirt bundles:
    https://www.musicglue.com/anathema/shop

    The first track entitled “Springfield” from forthcoming new studio album.


    Oops, I was beaten...

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    I went for the full set, as I'll play the CDs in the car, a great band.

    Quote Originally Posted by rtbluray View Post
    Burning Shed preorder options now up:
    https://www.burningshed.com/store/an...roduct/5/8602/ (Blu-Ray)
    https://www.burningshed.com/store/an...roduct/5/8604/ (Deluxe Edition)

    I'm not sure whether I'll get the full set or the single Blu-Ray right now, but it's great to have options!
    254 SACD (219 Multi, 35 Stereo), 218 DVD-Audio/DTS/DD, 27 Blu-ray Audio (19 Multi, 8 Stereo), 14 SQ LPs, 2218 plain old stereo CDs

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    I was fortunate enough to be asked to play test the 5.1 for Bruce, so I have heard it already.

    I'm happy to report (as a long time Anathema fan) that it's a stunning album - imho easily the best since WHBWH. Not a single weak track in there, in fact pretty much every song is top drawer.

    In addition Bruce has done a wonderful job with the 5.1. It's discrete, high dynamic range and immersive and the mixes really work with the songs. In fact I think I'm going to give it another listen tonight.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Neil Palfreyman View Post
    I was fortunate enough to be asked to play test the 5.1 for Bruce, so I have heard it already.

    I'm happy to report (as a long time Anathema fan) that it's a stunning album - imho easily the best since WHBWH. Not a single weak track in there, in fact pretty much every song is top drawer.

    In addition Bruce has done a wonderful job with the 5.1. It's discrete, high dynamic range and immersive and the mixes really work with the songs. In fact I think I'm going to give it another listen tonight.
    You just sold me Neil. Sooooo

    Pre-ordered! Blu-ray from the Shed.

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    I loved Jens Bogren's 5.1 mix on Distant Satellites, particularly the stunning final two tracks on the album. I was not very happy I had to order from Japan to get the only lossless version so I'm very happy to see there is a standalone Blu-ray option available for all regions.

    Oddly enough, my least fave 5.1 mix from Anathema of the three albums I've heard in surround has been Steven Wilson's mix, it just sounds crowded to me and I can't enjoy it turned up...whereas the track "Distant Satellites" sounds best nice and cranked.

    I'm only familiar with Soord's 5.1 mixing on Anathema's live release, I'm eager to hear how he handles the studio material. Are there any other studio 5.1 mixes he's done currently available as a lossless format (download, DVD-A, SACD or Blu-ray only)?

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    Quote Originally Posted by dobyblue View Post
    I loved Jens Bogren's 5.1 mix on Distant Satellites, particularly the stunning final two tracks on the album. I was not very happy I had to order from Japan to get the only lossless version so I'm very happy to see there is a standalone Blu-ray option available for all regions.

    Oddly enough, my least fave 5.1 mix from Anathema of the three albums I've heard in surround has been Steven Wilson's mix, it just sounds crowded to me and I can't enjoy it turned up...whereas the track "Distant Satellites" sounds best nice and cranked.

    I'm only familiar with Soord's 5.1 mixing on Anathema's live release, I'm eager to hear how he handles the studio material. Are there any other studio 5.1 mixes he's done currently available as a lossless format (download, DVD-A, SACD or Blu-ray only)?
    Yep. The new reissue of "The Great Cold Distance" from Katatonia (on DVDA-V), "Love Fear and the Time Machine" from Riverside (on DVDA-V), parts of "Blackfield V" (on Blu-Ray), "Rejoice, I'm Dead" by Gong (on DVDA-V) and of course "Your Wilderness" from his own band the Pineapple Thief (on DVDA-V)




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    Quote Originally Posted by dobyblue View Post
    Are there any other studio 5.1 mixes he's done currently available as a lossless format (download, DVD-A, SACD or Blu-ray only)?
    You can find out here.

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    Glad to see that they are still doing 5.1's and that Bruce Soord is involved, am liking Bruce's mixing more and more from when he first started.
    The Bluray will be what I will order.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Neil Palfreyman View Post
    In addition Bruce has done a wonderful job with the 5.1. It's discrete, high dynamic range and immersive and the mixes really work with the songs.
    Did you play test his raw mixes, pre-mastering? Because if so, it's possible that they will be less dynamic as released if they get mastered.

    Quote Originally Posted by dobyblue View Post
    Oddly enough, my least fave 5.1 mix from Anathema of the three albums I've heard in surround has been Steven Wilson's mix, it just sounds crowded to me and I can't enjoy it turned up...whereas the track "Distant Satellites" sounds best nice and cranked.
    Speaking of mastering, I'd put most of the blame for the "crowded" nature of the WHBWH surround on Jon Astley's mastering. It is also one of Steven's earliest stereo and 5.1 mixes for another artist, so that may be in play.
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    Speculation here, Jedi, but based off of BS's past few 5.1 releases (Riverside, The Wilderness, Fall of Hearts, Great Cold Distance), I really have no concerns with the 5.1 mix itself being overtly-compressed..

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    Quote Originally Posted by von kulper View Post
    Speculation here, Jedi, but based off of BS's past few 5.1 releases (Riverside, The Wilderness, Fall of Hearts, Great Cold Distance), I really have no concerns with the 5.1 mix itself being overtly-compressed..
    No, I'm not concerned about overcompression during the mix, but in mastering. As I said, I think Jon Astley's mastering harmed the WHBWH 5.1. It's great to hear from Neil that the mixes are dynamic, but if he wasn't hearing the final product...
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    Well, yeah, I get that you're referring to the mastering, but what I'm saying is that the past few surround releases BS has been involved with have not had the dynamics crushed in the mastering stage, and I'm thinking BS has had a clear hand in that aspect. Again, that's speculation on my part, but I'm pretty confident the blu-ray is not going to be a compressed mess. The stereo mix could be a different story, though...

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    I hope they release "Judgement" in 5.1 in 2019 (or hopefully before) for it's 20th anniversary. My fave Antahema album.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GOS View Post
    You just sold me Neil. Sooooo

    Pre-ordered! Blu-ray from the Shed.
    Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh! I didn't remember buying this already.....Geez. I just ordered the damn DVD version. lmao
    Guess I'll have 2 copies.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GOS View Post
    Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh! I didn't remember buying this already.....Geez. I just ordered the damn DVD version. lmao
    Guess I'll have 2 copies.
    Gene, do you need some help? It seems like this is really starting to become a habit with you…

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    Quote Originally Posted by rtbluray View Post
    Gene, do you need some help? It seems like this is really starting to become a habit with you…

    Anyway, I'm still debating on whether to just go for the Blu-Ray instead of the deluxe edition on this one, mostly cause I'm constantly running out of shelf space, and every time I reorganize things, then something else comes along, and I'm back to square one…
    It would seem I DO need help. I have managed to create sub folders in my email...but my only folder names are like:
    Blu-ray Audio
    DVD-A
    SACD multi
    SACD stereo
    Albums
    Downloads


    I guess I need to rethink my folder situation. Because I was thinking this was coming out on DVD only, I searched my DVD-A folder...didn't see it...panicked and ordered it. Only to then realize it was being offered in blu and DVD. Ugh...

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    Quote Originally Posted by GOS View Post
    It would seem I DO need help. I have managed to create sub folders in my email...but my only folder names are like:
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    I guess I need to rethink my folder situation. Because I was thinking this was coming out on DVD only, I searched my DVD-A folder...didn't see it...panicked and ordered it. Only to then realize it was being offered in blu and DVD. Ugh...
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    This is cool, 5.1 listening session with the brothers present,anyone from London going?

    https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/the-o...ts-33992027068

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