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XTC in 5.1

post #1 of 16
Thread Starter 
Not to take anything away from Yes, but I thought this fabulous band deserved its own thread and shouldn't be co-sharing a thread. (And XTC was always, for me, the better band when it came to songs and albums, and, Yes, even sometimes musicianship. biggrin.gif )

My copy of Nonsuch (Blu ray) arrived today from Amazon UK. Yippee!!!

I only spent about forty-five minutes sampling the tremendous amount of material on the release.

-- 5.1 mixes are wonderful! They really open up the album. "Smartest Monkeys" and "Wrapped in Grey" were two tracks that really stood out...of the few I listened to.

-- Instrumental Mixes are nice. (For when I get that karaoke itch.)

-- Nice that the original stereo mix of the album is included. (But it pales to the new 2013 mix.)

-- It's super easy to flip back and forth between the DTS, LPCM, Instrumental, and stereo mixes as the songs continue to play. (For those looking to do some heavy duty comparisons.)

-- Super cool studio footage of the band recording parts of Nonsuch. (Forty-eight minutes of by-gone times.)

-- Fantastic liner notes by those involved in making the album...the what went down in the studio. (Including some nice recollections about Gus Dudgeon, the producer who passed away after the album was released.)

-- The work tapes of Andy Partridge and Colin Moulding of their songs for the album.

-- The added song of Didn't Hurt A Bit by Colin Moulding. (A new XTC tune? Are XTC reuniting? Sadly, no...mad.gif)

xxx -- No lyric sheet ! frown.gif I can't remember if my original CD from 1992 had one since I sold it off long ago when I acquired the Japanese version back in 2001 which included one--two actually. I like lyrics sheets...oh, well... It's a minor quibble of a fantastic release.)
post #2 of 16
I just ordered the DVD-Audio version after sitting on the fence for a while and now reading various reviews and high praise the trigger has been pulled!
post #3 of 16
Hopefully mine should arrive this week from Amazon.co.uk.

larry
post #4 of 16
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Originally Posted by PooperScooper View Post

Hopefully mine should arrive this week from Amazon.co.uk.

larry
Me too.
I'm assuming you got the blu-ray, Larry.
post #5 of 16
Thread Starter 
Having fully listened to the album, I guess I should go back and edit my original post to state that all of the songs have benefited from the 5.1 treatment and it's hard to pick out which ones are the stand-outs---sound-wise. The back surrounds have been wonderfully integrated into the mix.

I wonder which XTC will be worked on next. If they continue in reverse order (starting with Nonsuch), then Oranges & Lemons would be next. (And they'd still be far away from what I think are their better albums--Black Sea, English Settlement, Skylarking, Drums & Wires, and Mummer. They could really go crazy with a 5.1 mix on Psonic Psunspot...and I hope they do!)
post #6 of 16
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Originally Posted by Franchot View Post

Having fully listened to the album, I guess I should go back and edit my original post to state that all of the songs have benefited from the 5.1 treatment and it's hard to pick out which ones are the stand-outs---sound-wise. The back surrounds have been wonderfully integrated into the mix.

I wonder which XTC will be worked on next. If they continue in reverse order (starting with Nonsuch), then Oranges & Lemons would be next. (And they'd still be far away from what I think are their better albums--Black Sea, English Settlement, Skylarking, Drums & Wires, and Mummer. They could really go crazy with a 5.1 mix on Psonic Psunspot...and I hope they do!)


Supposedly SW has been working on Drums & Wires. If that's so, it's a first day buy for me.
post #7 of 16
Franchot,
Have you listened to the 2 channel remaster\remix or watched any of the video content?
BTW, ti-trodes is correct, Drums & Wires is "scheduled" for next spring.

FWIW, I've order a lot of films and music from Amazon UK but with Nonsuch and CTE, the "preparing for dispatch" status dragged on for days....
post #8 of 16
Thread Starter 
Yes, I watched all of the video content. The studio footage of the band working on Nonsuch was shot by Gus Dudgeon with him making a video recording of the proceedings. Interesting to me as a fan, but maybe not to the more casual viewer as the band rehearses some songs and works out certain sections repeatedly on the song "Then She Appeared" to get just the right drum beat, guitar parts. There's also a promo with the band for Canadian TV.

The other videos are music videos of two songs. Were the "The Ballad of Peter Pumpkinhead" video released today in these (IMHO) more politically-correct times, it might raise some eyebrows with its images.

And, yes, I sampled the new two-channel remix. It sounds better than the original stereo mix which now sounds rather flat and lifeless. But to me, now that I've experienced the 5.1 mix, any of the two-channel mixes sound "thin."

If you're still hunting around for a copy, Amazon third party sellers have it in stock. I've seen the price fluctuate up and down around the $20 mark. Cheaper for the DVD-A.
post #9 of 16
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Hopefully mine should arrive this week from Amazon.co.uk.

larry
Me too.
I'm assuming you got the blu-ray, Larry.
No, I ordered CD/DVD-A.

larry
post #10 of 16
Finally got this yesterday.
Listened to the 2 channel last night, very nice.
Nonsuch is far from my favorite XTC but this a great start.
post #11 of 16
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BTW, ti-trodes is correct, Drums & Wires is "scheduled" for next spring.


April 2014. Sorry I forgot to mention it.
post #12 of 16
I'd love to see The Dukes of Stratosphere, Chips from the Chocolate Fireball in hi Rez! Great sounding as is, multi channel would be icing on the cake.
post #13 of 16
i Just received my copy last night. i gave it a quick spin and it sounds great in 5.1.

i did notice it had 2 different 5.1 options pcm and dts. i toggled between the two and didn't really notice the difference. Without getting too technical can anyone explain the difference?

Also noticed that there's no lyric sheet, did they just forget to make them and add them to the booklet?

ta
post #14 of 16
^^^
PCM is lossless; DTS is lossy. I don't know why lyrics were not included.
post #15 of 16
Nonsuch has DTSMA-HD which is lossless. The OP forgot to add those relevant letters. smile.gif

Most people cannot hear a difference but it can depend on your decoding gear however unlikely.
post #16 of 16
Thanks for the replies about the different 5.1 formats, both sound excellent to me.

(I still have the lyrics from the original cd)

I hear drums and wires is up next which will be interesting to hear. I do think their production and songwriting got better (senses working) over time
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