Any fan of surround sound is not going to be happy with the 5.1 mix. The rears are just ambient and the front left and right are for the most part indistinguishable from each other. On the plus side the .1 channel is solid and there's quite a bit going on in the center channel (guitar solos, lead voice), although I had to up the level on the center a fair bit for it to match the main fronts.
But, as others have said, it's Rory who makes this album shine. A master of the guitar, no doubt - fluid, impeccable timing, awesome tone. He's a true natural and a pleasure to listen too. Even his vocals match up great with his playing style.
So if you can't forgive the mix then this is a 4. But if you find yourself going back to this album again and again to listen to the magic that this guy makes then it's an 8.
The surround feels like some reverb in the rears only, not much happening. The stereo program is awful. Probably the worst I have heard these tracks sound.
Could (and should) have been better, Rory deserves it.
Yes, I probably didn't help with my over enthusiastic reply. It is using the stereo output/ input and being upmixed to the faux surround. But it is so good that you would be forgiven for forgetting how the final 'surround' sound is light years away from the dreadful original surround mix...Sorry if I have caused confusion.