Dark Side of the Moon is arguably the greatest album ever made. Was it better on the 30th Anniversary remix SACD release? That's a tough question. Technical improvements in the listening experience aside, what I think it really did was give us the opportunity to hear the music in a new way (and one lovingly crafted by James Guthrie, and reviewed by Messers Gilmore and Right). Personally, I loved the old stereo mix and I love the new 5.1 mix too. After the delight of discovering DSOTM on SACD, I was really excited to hear Mr Guthrie had been working his multi-channel magic on Wish You Were Here. Rumors began to fly in 2007, and it was believed an SACD would be released in Feb 2008 - but the date came, and went, and we are still left WYWH-less in 2009 ;-( I wish someone would give us a definitive statement of what is going to happen; I have heard that the WYWH SACD has become a bit of a part time project for Dave Gilmore - so who knows, maybe the album will appear one day - but it would be nice to know for sure.
I listened to the album on vinyl when it first came out in a darkened room as a 20 yr old student. Absolute magic. Over the years I've had a cassette recorded from that vinyl original but rather than digitalise that I bought this remastered download. What a load of cack. What have they done to Gilmour's guitar on "Shine on". This is the bit that every aspiring guitarist wants to play. On vinyl the power of it jumps out & grabs you - remastered here, it's shoved to the background where it whimpers insipidly. I'm going to digitalise my old cassette & it'll be a load better than what I've just bought. Not sure what SACD is - but remastered digital is not for me if this is what it's about
Sorry to hear you were disapointed by the digitally remastered CD; CD digital isn't kind to every music source (particularly, it seems to me, those originally recorded using vintage analog technology). What SACD does, is to bring you a much more analogue sound, but with the advantage of CD sized disks, and without the inevitable crackles and pops that vinyl gives you (yes, I know some listeners accept this as an integral part of the vinyl listening experience, its just not for me personally). So, SACD - all the convenience and reliability of CD plus the listening experience of vinyl.
After hearing the Alan Parsons' Quadraphonic mix of Dark Side at an audio exhibition in London in about 1975, I bought the QS encoded version on vinyl and have finally bought the SACD version which is better. I also bought the SQ version of Wish You Were Here and would love to have it on SACD as the Quadraphonic mix sounds amazing. It's already been mixed in quadaphonic to the band's approval so why is a new mix neede for 5.1? That could be easily derived from the quad mix. Another of my favourite quadraphonic LPs is Switched on Bach. Will that ever be released in SACD?
i've been gagging for WYWH to be released on SACD for a while . If u enjoy classic rock in multichannel surround treat yourself to the SACD version of TUBULAR BELLS by MIKE OLDFIELD. This is not a 5.1 disc. It has been taken from the original 4 channel quad masters. So its just your 2 front and 2 rear speakers and sounds bloody fantastic.
The SACD version has only been released in the USA. I think this is an absolute disgrace and will cost over £70 to get imported from Acoustic Sounds. Pink Floyd are a British Band and EMI are treating us British fans very poorly Come on Amazon use your buying power to bring this SACD version of Wish You Were Here to our shores at a reasonable cost