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Location: Big Canoe, GA, USA
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I just got the box set, and man is it a nice presentation, but no comments from SW on the mix, so surprised by that. Plenty of material on the album and artists though, look forward to reading all that over time.
I am not that familiar with this album, and had not heard it in a couple of decades, as the last copy I had was on vinyl, and I switched to CD-only in the early '90's.
So it was a real treat to get re-aquainted via the DTS-24/96 5.1 mix on the DVD, played at reasonable levels on my 5.2.4 system. The SW mix is astounding (as usual) and the music is so much more enveloping than I could have imagined. Some of that is thanks to 6' tall line-source electrostats all around plus the 4 Atmos overheads (I usually play music using the Dolby Surround up-mixer), but this mix is very open. One hears a lot more detail in the complex passages thanks to judicial distribution of instruments (and vocals) into the five channels.
The sound quality is very good considering the mid-70's provenance of the masters. Bass is decent, but not as good as contemporary material (or maybe it's just suffering by contrast, as the album I'm listening to as I type this is the new Blackfield V 5.1 mix on Bluray, yet another outstanding SW mix and production)
All in all, well worth the investment to get this restored and enhanced classic album.
It also gives me more good 'folk' demo material, as my collection is heavily tilted to prog/classical.