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post #1 of 15 Old 08-25-2006, 03:43 PM - Thread Starter
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I can get either version of Tommy, but only one.
Anyone like to suggest which one and why?

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I own the SACD which is outstanding. The multichannel track brings a whole new element to Tommy.

I recall reading that the DVD-Audio is just as good as the SACD, but not necessarily better. I forget what video materials there are on the DVD-A, but the DVD-A may be worth it for the extras.

In the end, I would go with your preferred format, as I don't think there is a big difference in the actual recordings.
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I actually have both and they are almost identical. This is one multi channel disc that really does justice to the original. Pete did a good mixing job!
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The DVD-A includes an interesting interview with Townsend.

On the whole, the surround mix is very good. Unfortunately there is a bit too much of putting things in the centre of the room for my taste (I prefer sounds to be around me).

I very much enjoy the bonus tracks.

The original demos made by Townsend are fantastic - he could have made the album by himself. I wish we had more.

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The DVD-A also includes lyrics...if that's important to you.
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Thanks guys.
If they are close to being the same, I'll get the DVD-A.
Then i can play it on the computer also.
I wish they would put Quadrophenia out on one of these formats.
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I wish they would put Quadrophenia out on one of these formats.
Yep. I wish they had done that instead of Tommy.

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If they are close to being the same, I'll get the DVD-A.
THe DVD-A also has the advantage of having all the songs, including the bonus tracks on one disk instead of two.

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The original demos made by Townsend are fantastic - he could have made the album by himself. I wish we had more.

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You have to be out of your mind. There is no way he could have replicated Entwistle's Bass work. He could not have even come close to Moon's druming....
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I wish they would put Quadrophenia out on one of these formats.

That was what I realy wanted as well. FWIW Townsend was supposed to be working on a new albums every 6 months starting with Quad. I think that one is in the can but not released. I say this b/c they were trying to find the reels for Who's Next and one is missing. I think maybee they got that far and decided to stop...
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THe DVD-A also has the advantage of having all the songs, including the bonus tracks on one disk instead of two.
Not true. My copy is 2 DVD-As.

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My vote is for the DVD-A. While you will not hear a difference, sonically, between the two formats, the DVD-A is a bit-for-bit copy of the master, as the mix was done in Pro Tools (PCM).

Still, the interview with Townshend at the board and going thru the master tape, describing his mixing choices is priceless IMHO.
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Not true. My copy is 2 DVD-As.
Ah well. I can't hear the difference on the whole between my SACD and DVD-A collection, but I wouldn've bought the DVD-A just for that. :)

Overall, this a fantastic MC remix...great stuff.

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Not true. My copy is 2 DVD-As.
Yes, you have 2 disks, but all four sides of the original album + are on one disk.

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At the store where I picked this up, the dvd-a was $20 cheaper than the SACD.

Kind of took the decision out of my hands :)

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