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Just found this thread- some nice info, but many missing items. I don't have a big mch collection, but many of my faves are not here. I'll try to fill in, a few at a time. I'll start at the top (Yes has long been my fave band, even though the current band is rapidly sinking and seem to be doing their best to tarnish the legacy of an amazing act).
Yes: Magnification DVD-A stereo and 5.1
SQ: 10 Music: 9
The last album put out by the real Yes (i.e. not with a singer taken from a tribute band), it was disappointing sales-wise and has been vastly under-rated imho. There is one forgettable track, Don't Go, their unwise stab at a radio single, but the rest range from very good to sublime. The band was w/o keyboard wizard Rick Wakeman, so they chose to replace him with a symphony orchestra. Yes has always aspired to a symphonic sound- they first used an orchestra on their 2nd album, with some pleasing, but less-than stellar results- so this concept is very relevant. But on Mag, the orchestra blends very nicely and adds a lot of color, emotion and atmosphere. Standout tracks include Dreamtime, Spirit of Survival, Give Love Each Day and Can You Imagine (w/ lead vocals by bassist Chris Squire).
The surround mix is somewhat aggressive, with backup vocals, orchestra and some band instruments occasionally found in the surrounds. The 5.1 mix really allows the music to open up. Bass is strong and solid, with punch when called for and nice and round. The music really hovers and soars, when called for, but imaging is clear and precise when necessary. There is a bonus track of In the Presence of (live) and a bonus video of the tilte track, both sourced from the dvd of the tour supporting this release (now available in bluray) Yessymphonic. I loved seeing Yes live w/ an orchestra- really added a lot to the classic songs they played; just wished they had supported Mag better (only title track, ITPo and Don't Go were played). Lyrics for all songs were included (something more-recent dvd-a's don't seem to offer, which I really miss- one of dvd-a's advantages over sacd) as well as photos.
If you like prog at all, this is highly recommended.
I'll do Fragile next, but also will tackle some much-loved mch recordings in the future, e.g. Talking Heads brick, Genesis box set (the Gabriel years), as well as TotT and WaW, PG's Up, some Grateful Dead, Door's Perception box, Elp's BSS, s/t and Tarkus, Tull's Aqualung and more. If there's any of the above anyone esp. wants info on, let me know and I'll prioritize it.