Robert Reed & Friends - Sanctuary Live at Newbury CD+BD-V (5/3/2024)

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Pre-order links are up for May 3 release date (BTW, note that it’s a Bandcamp Friday today):
https://www.tigermothshop.co.uk/sto...ve-at-Newbury-Blu-ray-CD-pre-order-p644423212
https://robertreed.bandcamp.com/album/sanctuary-live-at-newbury-2023
https://justforkicks.de/shop/progressive/17420/sanctuary-live-at-newbury-2023-bluray-cd
The concert features music from the first three Sanctuary CDs, the recent Ringmaster albums and much more.
Robert has put together, yet again, an amazing collection of talented musicians. This 10 piece band is joined by special guests Tom Newman (Tubular Bells Producer) and Les Penning (Ommadawn/In Dulce Jubilo).

Robert Reed:
“I’m really excited to finally be releasing a Blu-ray concert. I’m really proud of all the DVDs that I’ve released over the years but the clarity of Blu-ray takes the visual experience to a whole new level. I’m fortunate to have an amazing group of talented people at my disposal, both musically and cinematographically, and they all came together perfectly at the Arlington Arts Centre last May to ensure a fabulous product was captured for prosperity. I tried to choose a perfect balance from not just the Sanctuary and Ringmaster albums but also from some of the previously released EPs like Willow’s Song and Doctor Who, the latter of which was a lot of fun with the theatrics of both Les Penning and Tom Newman.
I’m extremely happy with the finished result and to perform again to such an enthusiastic audience was such a thrill. I wish we could do it more often but it’s such a challenging and complex undertaking that makes it impractical on many levels; I guess that makes it more special”.
The concert was shot in 4K and presented in HD on a region free Blu-ray. Stereo and 5.1 DTS Digital Surround
Comes with a Robert Reed signed postcard (Tigermoth orders, while stocks last)
Due to the high production costs of Blu-rays, only a limited number have been produced and are expected to sell out pretty quickly.
Blu-ray track listing
Sanctuary 1 Part One
Albatross
Swan Feathered Girl
Rio Grande
Marimba
Salzburg
Dr Who
Mr Penning Standing Blue
Sanctuary Jig
Sendlinger‘s Song
Sanctuary 2 Part One
Willow’s Song

The Band
Robert Reed: guitar/keyboard
Chris Fry: acoustic/classical and electric guitar
Ryan Elliot: electric and acoustic guitar
Nigel Hopkins: piano
Dan Nelson: bass
Jiffy Griffiths: drums
Simon Brittlebank: percussion
Angharad Brinn: lead vocals
Christina Booth/Kirstie Roberts: chant vocals
Special guests
Les Penning: recorders and narration
Tom Newman: bodhran and megaphone
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I've just sat through this totally brilliant show, again.

I was mesmerized when I saw it live and I'm mesmerised again.

To listen and watch these fantastic musicians and singers makes my heart leap with total joy.

Don't expect an immersive sound mix on the lines of his studio releases.
But the sound recording and video work is utterly brilliant.

I can say this without hesitation, Robert Reed is one very talented musician and he surrounds himself with like minded folk.
I feel honoured to have been there with my son, who had never heard his music before.
He was completely gobsmacked.

I have a warm smile from ear to ear.
 
This is a very good recording, sound quality and mix is really excellent. I noticed when I listened the first times that the surrounds are completely silent in the 5.1 mix and today I found out that the center is totally silent as well. This means there is nothing differing in the stereo and the 5.1 except maybe the LFE which I can not check in my setup. This does not make any sense to me.

Still, it is an excellent concert with killer sound, although only in stereo.

@Neil Palfreyman, do you maybe have some info on this?
 
This is a very good recording, sound quality and mix is really excellent. I noticed when I listened the first times that the surrounds are completely silent in the 5.1 mix and today I found out that the center is totally silent as well. This means there is nothing differing in the stereo and the 5.1 except maybe the LFE which I can not check in my setup. This does not make any sense to me.

Still, it is an excellent concert with killer sound, although only in stereo.

@Neil Palfreyman, do you maybe have some info on this?

The surrounds are not silent. It is not a discrete 5.1 mix, but there is content on the Surrounds, as live eco/reverb.
The center, yes, it has very low volume level.

I try sometimes with the stereo upmixed with DSU/Auromatic, but I use to find I like a little more the 5.1, that I find it slightly more natural.

In any case, I enjoyed the concert very much.

Here you have the DTS-HD MA concert track extracted and loaded into Audacity:

Rob Reed - Sanctuary Live at Newbury (DTS HD-MA) .JPG
 
The surrounds are not silent. It is not a discrete 5.1 mix, but there is content on the Surrounds, as live eco/reverb.
The center, yes, it has very low volume level.

I try sometimes with the stereo upmixed with DSU/Auromatic, but I use to find I like a little more the 5.1, that I find it slightly more natural.

In any case, I enjoyed the concert very much.

Here you have the DTS-HD MA concert track extracted and loaded into Audacity:

View attachment 106631
Thanks for the info! I do not do any measuring other than listening with my ears and putting the ear close to the speaker I honestly could not hear any kind of sound from the rears or center.
 
Thanks for the info! I do not do any measuring other than listening with my ears and putting the ear close to the speaker I honestly could not hear any kind of sound from the rears or center.
Love the album, very disappointed in the surround mix. I'd high hopes, as the surround mix for the Sanctuary Live at Real World is terrific. But for some reason, Rob Reed has grown conservative with live mixing. :(

The shame is, for me, they offered that earlier Real World disc with the great mix at a discount when you bought this new concert album, however the particular batch they have left is badly damaged for some reason and the album doesn't play all the way through. Something has eaten away at the discs' edges. The chap, when I contacted, seemed very nice, but there was not much he could do, due to it being the whole batch.
 
Love the album, very disappointed in the surround mix. I'd high hopes, as the surround mix for the Sanctuary Live at Real World is terrific. But for some reason, Rob Reed has grown conservative with live mixing. :(

The shame is, for me, they offered that earlier Real World disc with the great mix at a discount when you bought this new concert album, however the particular batch they have left is badly damaged for some reason and the album doesn't play all the way through. Something has eaten away at the discs' edges. The chap, when I contacted, seemed very nice, but there was not much he could do, due to it being the whole batch.
It's a pity that nowadays all releasers or editors do not offer the possibility of file downloads as alternatives to physical media. At least for exceptions like this or when there is additional demand to an already sold physical batch.

I know that not everybody knows or have the resources to download and play files, or burn the images to writable optical discs. But many of us do it regularly and the rest of the people will surely have a friend or family member who knows how to do it.
 
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