Great job by Telarc's Michael Bishop on this one. I agree - it's a must own Surround Sound SACD.This one is easy. It's a 10. It's like having Ray in the room singing at the top of his game along with a very well recorded orchestra. One of the best sonically pleasing recordings I have. With something of this quality you tend to not be bothered with the discreteness of the surround mix. It is very "Concord" in the back to front mixing approach in that regard. Those that have Concord releases will know what I mean. Not a lot of discreteness. However, highly recommended if you like this type of music.
Agreed. When Ray & the Orchestra crank it up in full 5.1 SACD Surround on "Busted", that alone is worth the price of the SACD !Gotta say I love the mix on this one! I think the way they made it with Ray's voice filling the middle of the room and the instruments surrounding it is outstanding. His voice sounds so good for being recorded so long ago.
I'm more of a rocker, so not sure it will get a whole lot of play, but it is a great listen when the mood strikes.