You should check out the October Project CDs. And actually, they don't hold a candle to their live performances. I saw their second and final tour (with the original members). They had hired a gunslinger to play lead guitar, a guy named Julian Coryell. Yes, that would be Larry's son (for those of you who are jazz fans). During the big finale ("Be My Hero") he literally had shredded the strings of his guitar. Not bad for a mellow, orchestral type band. There is a live video out there that gives you a hint of their power. It is all worth checking out.I received this disc on on Monday (9/14), I have been waiting to rate it as I was predisposed to like it a lot, then received Versions of the Truth the next day and rated it a 10. I didn't want to be the guy who rated everything a 10. Luckily for me this disc only had to travel 150 miles up the Hudson to get to me, unfortunately I ordered it on a Thursday. It was a very long weekend. I am very thankful to this forum, without which I would not have known about this gift to humanity.
I don't remember how I was exposed to Mary Fahl. I don't own any October Project albums, but I have had The Other Side of Time since the early aughts, before I converted all of my CDs to AAC. I have loved that album since first listen and would absolutely love a surround version. I heard about From the Darkside of the Moon while it was in legal limbo and acquired a copy. I made up for this transgression when I saw her is Saratoga in 2013, short horrible clip attached.
I have liked it when artists cover a song and make it their own since A Perfect Circle released eMOTIVe. From the Dark Side of the Mood and Petra Haden's acapela interpretation of The Who's Sell Out, made me a huge fan of the reinterpreative cover. Mojo Magazine has done several interesting collaborative reinterpretation covers. I liked Mary's version so much, I bought The Flaming Lips' effort. TFL is good, but doesn't hold a candle to Mary's version.
I have listened to the blu-ray release many times since I received it on Monday. During this time I have adjusted my space and mix several times, as surround music has become the the coping measure du jour. With every listen it has been better. Except for my disc player, I don't have new equipment or audiophile speakers. The sound to my old ears has been incredible. From the opening notes, and vocal interpretations, I heard new material. Every listen has revealed new surround decisions. This disc and THT have made me start working in the basement so I could enjoy well placed surround music all day long. Not the best ergonomic decision, but great for the mental health.
For me, I have loved the content for years, so a 3/3. The sound quality is excellent 3/3. The mix is still revealing the full scope of the album to me 3/3. Signed disc arrived in five day bonus point.
Please Mary or Mark mix the Other Side of Time in 5.1.