Originally Posted by scolumbo
Having listened to the 5.1 mix now about a half a dozen times, I have to agree. I've probably heard CTTE several hundred times since its original release, and by comparison there are instruments and sounds that were buried in every stereo version I have, and they are quite numerous, including the AF SACD. I still very much like this album in stereo, and I need more time to compare the stereo mixes with previous versions, but as a fan of surround sound in general, and this album in particular for 40 years, I've been very pleased with the surround mix on this release.
I have found this "experience" to be true when hearing new 5.1 mixes of albums that we've heard in stereo for decades. Wish You Were Here
is a great example. At first, I was put off by how foreign it sounded, as I couldn't simply "relax" and listen to it as I'd done countless times. Upon a few more sessions, I found that I could hear instruments, voices, and effects that had clearly been submerged in the stereo mix. Then, musical enjoyment returned as the analytical "shock" subsided. Now, it's hard to go back to the old mix.... it seems that something has been taken away (that we originally didn't know was there!).