The Gratitude mix is WAAAY better....This is a terrific snapshot of the band at the height of its popularity. The sound is quite impressive for a mid-70s live show and the group is in great form (and presented here without any overdubs/studio sweetening). Apart from some swirling elements in Overture the rears pretty much stick to ‘back of house’ reverb and audience. I’m sure this will disappoint some but since the audience is part of the show, actively clapping, applauding and cheering throughout, I find the surround experience effective. The sound also benefits from a dry bass and kick drum feed (and occasionally other elements) to the center channel providing some extra snap and clarity. Nice song selection including several hits and the added bonus of jazz great Ramsey Lewis on Rhodes for a tune. Good stuff all around. A solid 9 for me.
It's a SACD...Gratitude was mixed for surround? What format(s)?