Their whole catalog screams out "mix me in 5.1." The SACD is my favorite version of this, though the DTS CD has a bit more punch. Love this mix, intelligent, not gimmicky.
7 was the best I could do. Yet, this is one of my FAVE bands. Time Out of Mind is one of the best tracks they ever did! Hey, Nineteen is great, as well. As a Dan fan from the git, I hear a dearth of innovative ideas. These guys were imploding before my eyes. Sonically, this was as good as the big record companies could do at the time. It sparkles. I like the SACD and own the DTS, as well.
I've owned 3-10 copies of every album they've done. Saw them live 4X. In addition, I've seen Fagen solo and NY Rock & Soul Revue. IMHO every other Dan album beats this, except possibly Two Against Nature. Yeah, I know Two was popular and won a Grammy. Aja wowed me. This was and still is a bit of a letdown. The best songs here are as good as anything they've done. The worst are as bad as anything they've done. The mix and recording are great. Maybe it's a 8 but no more.
BTW: I recall buying this as a 2ch new release the day Lennon was murdered.
QUOTE=The Rang;133113]Well....this is a dull album musically IMHO so it loses points there. Over produced and bland.
The surround mix is pretty good overall but the original recording is way too bright and detailed for me, fatiguing no matter which system or player I use.
Sorry, I know this disc (I have the SACD) is enormously popular but a 6 is the best I can do.[/QUOTE]