|Review by Audioflea February 27, 2013 (7 of 7 found this review helpful)
|First-time release of The Doors 6-album catalog on SACD from Analog Productions. Each disc contains both multi-channel and stereo. The surround sound layer comes from the original 96K, 24-bit files that were originally mixed and mastered for the 2006 DVD Audio Doors/Perception release. For stereo purists, the re-mastered, hi-rez stereo layers on all of the discs are fantastic and have never sounded better. However, in my opinion, it’s the multi-channel presentation that, when done right, takes this music to a whole different level. My reviews are based solely on the quality and fullness of the stage presence of the 5.1 layer of each respective disc in the set.
On the classic 1-10 scale, IMHO, here’s how each disc ranks in quality and fullness of the stage presence of the 5.1 layer. Strange Days (9), The Soft Parade (9), LA Woman (8.5), Morrison Hotel (7.5), Waiting for the Sun (7), The Doors (3)
Note that, with few exceptions, the multi-channel layer on all of the Doors discs puts Jim Morrison’s vocal almost exclusively in the center channel, so your enjoyment of the surround-sound experience is going to be directly proportional to the quality of your center speaker. And what better reason to upgrade your CC?
As the first few bars of the title track echoes hauntingly around the soundstage, you begin to realize that you may soon be having the closest thing to a musical, psychedelic, experience that you have ever had. But, rest assured; the fantastic 5.1 sonics of Strange Days is not a hallucination. For me, this album has always been about creating a certain mood; and if you’re a fan of this album, you know exactly what I’m talking about. I wouldn’t say that there is a lot of fancy manipulation of surround-sound effects; but rather it seems to have been carefully mixed by someone who knew how to enhance the original mood that The Doors originally intended to create. Big, immersive, haunting, dark, and strange. Knowing that Jim Morrison was, if anything, a consummate showman (shaman), I’m sure that, of all of the 6 Doors SACDs to be released in glorious 5.1, Morrison himself would have given this one the biggest nod of all.
Highlights include: track 1--Strange Days, track 2—Your’re Lost Little Girl, track 9—I Can’t See Your Face In My Mind, and track 10—When The Music’s Over
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