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3.0 out of 5 stars The beginning of their so-called 'Dark Phase'...., 9 April 2011
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This review is from: A Broken Frame (With Bonus Disc) (Audio CD)
It's ok as an album - no one who has listened to DM albums from more recent times will be under any illusions that this is not their finest hour. But it has a couple of great tracks on it (The Sun & The Rain + Leave In Silence), some good (Meaning Of Love) and some just ok (the rest). But it was work in progress at the beginning of the Gore song era, and as a defiant message to the world that life would continue post V Clark then it succeeds IMO. The band had yet to get discover samplers and the sound is classic analogue. Without a master musician in the band yet (queue Alan) the melodies and arrangements are quite simple. But that has a charm in itself (if only they had taken note of this album & paired down the production on the analogue synth based Sound of the Universe album to make it less claustrophobic sonically...)

It's a good CD/DVDA package, the DVDA 5.1 mixes are great, the documentary is very insightful and interesting (and it does feature Alan Wilder too even though he was only a live performance keyboard player at the time... come back Al, all is forgiven!!), and the bonus live and studio tracks are worth a listen too.

Perhaps the main reason to buy this package with DVDA is that you get a chance to gaze at that incredible album cover picture upscaled on your big flatscreen TV! Worth it for that alone IMO.

Has there ever been a more wonderfully striking album sleeve picture? I for one can't remember seeing one.
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Initial post: 22 Sep 2011 14:01:11 BDT
CJ Baldwin says:
Just a minor quibble - the DVD is a standard video disc with compressed DTS 5.1 and DD 5.1 mixes, not a DVDA (DVD-Audio) disc. There are no lossless high-resolution layers. The DTS is 96/24, however...

In reply to an earlier post on 22 Sep 2011 20:38:49 BDT
Last edited by the author on 24 Sep 2011 12:39:20 BDT
Dm Blackwell says:
Technically yes, but a tad picky as the market is too diluted with discs having Dolby & DTS only audio tracks so that DVDA has become a generic term. I think DM agree with this as it says DVD audio on the packaging. And search Amazon for DVDA and all the DM albums appear in the list!

In reply to an earlier post on 24 Sep 2012 06:42:56 BDT
Last edited by the author on 24 Sep 2012 06:51:14 BDT
J. Kandani says:
I'm afraid Mr. Blackwell (and a lot of others) confused and think that DVD-Audio is the same as DVD-Video because DVD-Audio actually just a supersede of DVD-Video. BTW: this release is a two discs set contain a hybrid SACD (a normal CD with SACD layer disc) and a regular DVD disc (DVD Video disc without MLP track, so it is not a DVD-Audio disc).

In reply to an earlier post on 26 Sep 2012 00:54:09 BDT
Last edited by the author on 26 Sep 2012 23:35:40 BDT
Dm Blackwell says:
Excuse me, but I'm not confused! I think that's you! What's all this about DVD-Audio supercedes DVD-Video? Totally different things the audio element of a DVD and DVD-A. The first poster is correct to say that this release is not in DVD Audio format which is a specific audio technical format like SACD, but Mute HAVE labelled this as DVD Audio on the box when it is in fact 5.1 Dolby/DTS only. I commented that DVD Audio is these days confused with DTS/Dolby Digital 5.1 soundtracks on standard DVD Video releases.

I can assure you that the first disc is redbook CD only and most definately does NOT have a SACD layer. That is another limited release version of this disc (with another code number). Amazon have labelled it wrongly (or have gotten confused with this version). Other than not stating it as being SACD on the discs my Arcam DVD-A/SACD player does not detect an SACD layer which it would do and play as a priority over other redbook layers or DVD-A (which it also does not detect). The second disc is simply a DVD Video with a 96k DTS/Dolby soundtrack.

Nowhere on the packaging does is mention SACD, although as stated it does (in error) state that it is a DVD-A which again it is also not. This confusion is all because of Mute's error with DVD-A labelling on the box and the confusion with the other version of this special edition which IS SACD.
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