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  Elton John: Goodbye Yellow Brick Road (Bonus DVD)
  "Goodbye Yellow Brick Road"

Elton John
Track listing:
  Disc 1:
1. Funeral For A Friend / Love Lies Bleeding
2. Candle In The Wind
3. Benny And The Jets
4. Goodbye Yellow Brick Road
5. This Song Has No Title
6. Grey Seal
7. Jamaica Jerk Off
8. I've Seen That Movie Too

Disc 2:
1. Sweet Painted Lady
2. The Ballad Of Danny Bailey (1909-1934)
3. Dirty Little Girl
4. All The Girls Love Alice
5. Your Sister Can't Twist (But She Can Rock'n Roll)
6. Saturday Night's Alright For Fighting
7. Roy Rogers
8. Social Disease
9. Harmony
Bonus Tracks:
10. Whenever You're Ready (We'll Go Steady Again)
11. Jack Rabbit
12. Screw You (Young Man's Blues)
13. Candle In The Wind (Acoustic Mix)
Recording type:
Recording info:
  2xSACD + 1xDVD (Documentary of "The Making of Goodbye Yellow Brick Road")

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Review by DACooper April 3, 2004 (8 of 8 found this review helpful)
Performance:   Sonics:
This was the first album I bought when I was 8 years old, and started me on a 30 year journey of music exploration. Amazingly, this album has stayed with me all these years, through worn-out vinyl to target double-CD to remastered CD to MFSL Cd and now, finally, to hybrid SACD. I say finally, because without a doubt this is the definitive version of this classic. To my ears, this is a benchmark multichannel SACD to which all others should be compared.

I'll skip right over the CD and SACD stereo layers and move right to a review of the 5.1 mix. This is an extraordinary mix. EJ's vocal is anchored in the center channel, with some bleed into the FL and FR, and unlike a lot of the early 5.1 mixes I've heard, his voice isn't overwelmed by the other speakers, but instead stands at the front of the mix just as it should. Davey Johnstone's legendary guitar sound is given a lot of space through the fronts and surrounds, Nigel Olsson's drums are more distinct and real than previous releases and the late, great Dee Murray gives the LFE channel a work out with his fluid bass lines. Add to that the ambient crowd noise on Bennie & the Jets and the until now indecipherable Jamaican dialogue on Jamaican Jerk-Off, and all-in-all you have a magnificent example of what 5.1 SACD can bring to the table.

I use this disc to show off my 5.1 system, especially for folks who are familiar with the album, and I have yet to find anyone who isn't impressed with the sound of the SACD. Buy it!!!

p.s. I have the version with the bonus DVD. It's interesting, but not worth the extra $10-20. Only for the real EJ freaks like me.

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Review by thepilot August 30, 2004 (4 of 4 found this review helpful)
Performance:   Sonics:
I grew up with this wonderful album and I feel very privileged to be able to listen to it in splendid multichannel DSD sound. The transfer from the analogue tapes is simply astonishing and the music remains as original as the day it was written.

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Review by SACDmike January 12, 2004 (4 of 4 found this review helpful)
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This is what SACD Surround Sound is all about!!!

Amazing on 5.1 set-up. I only hope that all SACD multi-channel recordings
are as perfect. As a fan of EJ you will not be disappointed.....and as a fan of technology
you will be thrilled. A classic album truly becomes a CLASSIC SACD.

I very much enjoyed the bonus dvd.....but i like that sort of 'behind the scenes' stuff.
My only regret...that it's not the full 90 minute dvd but only 50 minutes.
As for it being a 'bonus' was. I purchased the 3 disc set at Best Buy for $29.99.
They had both versions of the SACD (with and without the DVD) for the same price.

If only all SACD's were MULTI-CHANNEL (and produced & engineered as well as GBYBR).

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