The Most Anticipated SACD Release Since The Dark Side Of The Moon!
Easily The Biggest SACD Title In The Analogue Productions Catalog!
Wish You Were Here is a multitrack masterpiece. Now, to have it mixed for 5.1 surround sound and stereo from the original analog master tapes by Pink Floyd's Producer/Engineer James Guthrie is, well, pretty damn exciting.
Is this the biggest SACD reissue in the history of the format? Time will tell, but don't bet against it.
Wish You Were Here(?) Now you can be. Total lifelike recreation of a chart-topping, pioneering, way-ahead-of-its-time blockbuster.
You talk about a title made for multichannel SACD! It's as if they knew 35 years ago that this format would be available. Finally, technology caught up with Pink Floyd. And oh how lucky we all are to still be around to hear this legendary studio recording in its full potential.
Pink Floyd chose Acoustic Sounds and Analogue Productions to handle the exclusive distribution of this monumental SACD and we are honored and thrilled to be a part of EMI's huge Why Pink Floyd...? campaign that includes remastered CDs, Blu-rays, DVDs, LPs, memorabilia box sets and this, the first-ever multichannel presentation of Wish You Were Here. The SACD also of course includes a stunning stereo mix. And as this is a hybrid disc, the record is of course also playable on a standard CD player.
On its release in 1975 Wish You Were Here topped the album charts in both the UK and the U.S. Reflecting the band's thoughts of the time on the music business and exploring themes of absence, Wish You Were Here contains the classic cut "Shine On You Crazy Diamond," a tribute to founding band member Syd Barrett.
In fact, Barrett, who'd long been absent from the lives of Pink Floyd's band members, stopped by the Wish You Were Here recording sessions at London's Abbey Road Studios unannounced. The reunion - with Barrett reportedly appearing in poor mental condition - is said to have been an emotionally stirring event for the band, and apparently that encounter would be the last any of the band members were ever to see of Barrett, who died in 2006.
As they did with their previous release, Dark Side of the Moon, Pink Floyd made great use of studio effects for this, their ninth album overall. The record's winding soundscapes are perfect for the canvas of multichannel SACD. Spacious and airy, the record breathes like a living being.
Wish You Were Here was selected by Rolling Stone as No. 209 on their list of "The 500 Greatest Albums of All Time". And that's before they heard it like this!
5.1 surround mix by James Guthrie Assistant engineer Joel Plante Mastered by James Guthrie and Joel Plante Mixed and mastered at das boot recording DSD authoring for SACD by Gus Skinas
"...Analogue Productions got the exclusive for the latter's appearance in 5.1 on SACD. The results are spectacular, given that the progressive rock of the day - this dates from 1975 - was conceived from the outset to immerse the listener in sound. Regardless of its surround sound aspect, this is a dazzling effort...today's discrete multichannel capabilities truly liberate the sound in all of its open and spacious glory." Sound Quality: 92% - Ken Kessler, Hi Fi News, February 2012
"The Analogue Productions SACD of Wish You Were Here offers a premium quality compact package and the rapturous sound quality of high resolution audio...For Pink Floyd Fans, Wish You Were Here represents the perfect synergy of sonic perfection, lyrical emotion and instrumental proficiency. Deservedly so, Wish You Were Here now joins Dark Side Of The Moon on the Super Audio CD format, offering Pink Floyd fans the quintessential audiophile listening experience. Highly recommended!" - Paul Powell Jr., Brain Damage, December 2011
"...I was simply struck with the new-found ability to listen to what is essentially the master tape, without any flaws or compromises in the tranlation from storage medium to sonic image. In other words, I was hearing the choices that the musicians and engineers had made during the recording process, fully un-obscured. Wow!" - Ken Langford, Brain Damage, December 2011
"...There really aren't words for how spectacular, and how musically right, Guthrie's remix was and the quality imbued in every bit of this production...I have been hearing this music since the day it arrived in my local record store 35 years ago and never imagined anything like this. Guthrie's expert, musically impeccable multichannel remix added depth and clarity to the superb original, and how he got Richard Wright's ARP string to orbit the room several feet above my heard has to be the result of some sort of voodoo...Mind-boggling." - Paul Bolin, The Audio Beat, November 3, 2011
"...If ever an album was made for surround replay, Wish You Were Here was it. Originally conceived with a Quad mix in mind, the massive scale and bandwidth demands of the album reinforce the benefits of the multichannel format. If ever a record should have been labeled 'PLAY LOUD,' this was it, and five channels of amplification, five speakers and the underpinning of a serious subwoofer might not be essential, but they certainly add to the effect. Regular Floyd producer Guthrie has created a tasteful and effective 5.1 mix that actually succeeds in adding to the music, the special embellishments and immersive quality simply extending the sense and impact of the event...I can assure you that you'll not be disappointed...For once we have a reissue that stands up to the hype." Music = 5/5, Sound = 4.5/5 - Roy Gregory, The Audio Beat, November 2011
"...The music may be almost 40 years old, but it sounded fresh because of the mix, which used the center and rear channels very effectively, creating a true soundscape that was startling at points - especially immediately before the lyrics began to 'Shine On You Crazy Diamond' - and mindblowing at others. This demo was a potent reminder of how innovative and expertly constructed this music was - and that David Gilmour's greatness cannot be overestimated. Only such a promising demo could pack a room with press during the opening minutes of the show." - Mark Mickelson, The Audio Beat, October 2011
"...We listened to the entire album, straight through, and without interruptions. At the end of the demonstration, it was one wrung-out audience…it was like we had been at a concert! Couldn't be better. Clearly Chad Kassem's top-notch production values were in play… Chad's work sets a global standard for excellence in fine audio that everyone in the music business should emulate. Many talk about doing great work; Chad just goes out there and gets it done… and has for years. If this project is an indicator of things to come, I hope that we see the complete Pink Floyd catalog issued by Analogue Productions." — David W. Robinson, Postive Feedback, Issue 58, November/December 2011
"Storm Thorgerson, who designed Pink Floyd's iconic 1975 album, Wish You Were Here, returned to the photographs from his 37-year-old artwork to create a new package for the Hybrid SACD edition. Now included alongside the disc is a hardbound book with a set of postcards. ... Thorgerson says: "The album's package was done in the first place to be very image-led, and therefore not like The Dark Side of the Moon, which was graphic rather than image-y." — Douglas Wok, Print, April 2012
The press that this release has garnered has been no less a testament to the success of the project. Gathered below you'll find links to a growing list of sources where the Wish You Were Here SACD has been a subject focus or received a laudable mention. Spend some time enjoying reading what others have had to say about this super audio blockbuster.
1) Paul Bolin - "Rocky Mountain Audio Fest 2011: A Weekend of Spectacular Sound." The Audio Beat, Nov. 3, 2011.
"Getting the show's most amazing presentation out of the way first, it is nearly impossible to overstate the impact of Acoustic Sounds' world debut of the 5.1-channel remix of Pink Floyd's epochal 1975 album Wish You Were Here."
2) Paul Powell Jr. - "Pink Floyd's Wish You Were Here: SACD review and interviews including James Guthrie." Brain Damage - Pink Floyd News Resource, Dec. 22, 2011.
"The music could only be described as remarkably analog like - not the trendy Pro Tools enhanced, DSP plug-in tube emulation of analog, but the old-school 1970's kind of vintage analog. I fondly remember those days when the music flowed effortlessly from the warm grooves of vinyl, taking you on a long adventurous journey."
3) Julie Skaggs - "A Jewel Of The Pink Floyd Catalog Receives Additional Shine From 5.1 Mix." A Fleeting Glimpse. Pinkfloydz.com
"...this is nothing less than aural bliss, with the proper focus given to the emotional impact of the work as a whole (and its status as a classic of the Pink Floyd oeuvre) as well as its inherent musicality. The mix enhances all these qualities, reveals details most have never truly heard before (or heard so distinctly), and yet remains entirely respectful to the music itself, which in the end is all that matters."
4) Ken Langford - "Pink Floyd - Wish You Were Here SACD preview." Brain Damage - Pink Floyd News Resource, Dec. 7, 2011.
"I immediately noticed something major: NO HISS! Every other reproduction I have ever heard of this album has had audible hiss at the very start of Shine On part 1. On this reproduction there was zero. Fantastic! This can almost certainly be attributed to remixing the album from the original multitrack masters. At last!"
5) Ken Kessler - "Pink Floyd - Wish You Were Here." Hi Fi News, February 2012.
""...Analogue Productions got the exclusive for the latter's appearance in 5.1 on SACD. The results are spectacular, given that the progressive rock of the day - this dates from 1975 - was conceived from the outset to immerse the listener in sound. Regardless of its surround sound aspect, this is a dazzling effort...today's discrete multichannel capabilities truly liberate the sound in all of its open and spacious glory." Sound Quality: 92%
6) John Atkinson - "Pink Floyd in Surround." Stereophile.com, posted Oct. 16, 2011.
"From the opening sound effects that tracked from the rear to the front, to the final fade on "Shine On You Crazy Diamond Part 9", listeners were immersed in the re-creation of one of the finest rock albums of all time. I felt Guthrie's surround mix was true to the band's original two-channel intentions while expanding the soundfield to take full advantage of the multichannel medium. "Magnificent!" I scrawled in my notebook."
7) Robert Harley - "RMAF 2011 Report - Upper-End Electronics." the absolute sound, Oct. 19, 2011.
"Although I'd heard this album quite a number of times over the years, listening to this new multichannel mix was like experiencing the record for the first time. Not only was the sound greatly improved, but the tasteful use of the center and surround channels served to convey the genius of this album."
8) Andrew Quint - "Pink Floyd: Wish You Were Here. EMI (SACD). the absolute sound, April 2012, page 132. Music = 4.5/5, Sound = 5/5
"Multichannel treatments of older rock recordings that truly serve the musical essence of the original are rare. Here's one that does. ... James Guthrie's 5.1 mix generates a vast sound space. ... The mechanical pulsing that begins "Welcome to the Machine" is harrowing in its visceral acuity."
Shine On You Crazy Diamond (Parts 1-5)
Welcome to the Machine
Have a Cigar
Wish You Were Here
Shine On You Crazy Diamond (Parts 6-9)
Customer Reviews(4.92 Stars) 64 person(s) rated this product.
posted on 03/15/2013 5 Stars Reviewer: mykel v
"wish" sounds as though it was meant to be in 5.1 HD surround. Every bit as wonderful as "moon".
posted on 03/07/2013 5 Stars Reviewer: FP
This is not only an amazing album by PF but an incredible sound and engineering mix!! Clearly meant for SACD/multi-surround.. you will not be disappointed!
posted on 02/25/2013 5 Stars Reviewer: Alex Armitage
I've been a Floyd fan since the tender age of 7 when my parents forgot to send the Columbia House thing back and received MEDDLE in the mail. Granted I had no idea who they were but I listened to that album on a daily basis. What James Gutheri did with this remix and mastering is beyond words. The tympani rolls in Welcome To The Machine are finally in yr face and in 5.1 the whole album has a completely new life to it. The wine glasses at the top of Shine On sends a chill down my spine. Really too impressed with this. I've had the Quad vinyl pressing for years and that just doesn't hold up to this. I hear he's in the process of working on The Wall for a possible SACD release. But I also hear those master tapes are in horrendous shape. I hope he can pull that off. If WYWH is any indication on what he can do, The Wall should sound doubly insane.
posted on 02/05/2013 5 Stars Reviewer: Len White
This is arguably the best rock album in my collection sonically as it rivals some of the best classical SACD albums I have.
Analogue Productions is a vital record label. I feel so fortunate to be able to purchase recordings of this quality.
posted on 01/16/2013 5 Stars Reviewer: cordobaman
I very much enjoy this disc. So much so that I've sold off all previous copies I had (i.e., MasterSound gold CD).
My new fovorite Floyd
posted on 12/27/2012 5 Stars Reviewer: Pop
Befoer I bought my SACD player, my Pink Floyd Animals LP was my favorite Floyd. Then the Dark side of the moon SACD came out and that took the lead, but there is something about the suround production on the Wish you were here SACD that adds to the quality and the drama of this music. Welcome to the machine will take you for a ride. This is my favorite Floyd now.
posted on 12/18/2012 5 Stars Reviewer: Graylin
Wonderful Music and Great Job on making the SACD
Wish You Were Here 5.1 SACD An Auditory Ecstasy
posted on 10/06/2012 5 Stars Reviewer: Joe W
This was a most pleasant and enjoyable listening experience. This is how Pink Floyd was always meant to be heard. I have read reviews that say 5.1 audio will go the way Quad Stereo did in the 1970's. Sorry, there is no comparison in quality to the old Quad stereo. Long live 5.1 SACDs and DVD Audio! P.S. The new Emerson, Lake, and Palmer DVD Audio releases sound excellent, too!
as good as record
posted on 08/19/2012 5 Stars
posted on 07/14/2012 5 Stars Reviewer: Lou
I have an Oppo SACD player that has been tube modified and listened to this in 2 channel and 5.1 DSD over HDMI and i cannot figure out which one i like better. Both are superb.
I don't buy many CDs/SACD's as my focus is vinyl. But i had to have this one. this is a must have.
Wow! Wow! and by the way, WOW!
posted on 06/19/2012 5 Stars Reviewer: James Jeffery
As with "Dark Side Of The Moon", the result of the SACD remastering is nothing short of phenomenal, reintroducing me to a recording with which I thought I was completely familiar. Like "Dark Side, this is a recording I grew up with and know intimately. And, as with the SACD rendering of "Dark Side", this offering of "Wish" peals back layers of the recording that I didn't even know existed, clarifying passages that I used to ignore as filler material, and electrifying those that I've held dear from the days log ago when I heard "Wish" for the first time. "Wish You Were Here" is sometimes overlooked, treated as a red-headed stepchild of the Floyd discography. I feel that "Wish" is not only the equal of "Dark Side" and "The Wall", but in many ways, the superior of the 3: more direct and intimate in it's content and material. This remastering certainly helps to make that point.
Still a Very Special Album
posted on 06/01/2012 5 Stars Reviewer: ELP
I owned the original release with the postcards and the posters along with the great album cover. This package was a great tribute to the original release's artwork. The music stands on its own as one of the finest, if not the last great Pink Floyd album. The heartfelt and emotional lyrics haunt the album with the memories of the tragic demise of Syd Barrett. The quality, clarity and warmth of the SACD is downright breath taking. The title track, "Wish You Were Here", sounds as it was really intended by the band on this SACD. Turn down the lights, turn up the volume and enjoy a gem of an album, if not the last great concept album.
posted on 05/19/2012 5 Stars
WOW! WOW! and WOW! again. This is the best mix of surround I have heard to date. While I am a vinyl, stereo die hard I do find the 5.1 mix totaly immerssive. The mix, in my opinion, was just what the format was intended for. Nothing was too directional as some DVD and DTS mixes can be. Crystal clear and nothing left behind in the background. If you have a bad experience listening to the 5.1 mix, get your system checked.
posted on 04/28/2012 5 Stars
Well worth the purchase. The reproduction is truly exceptional, although if you have the capability, the re-mastered 180G vinyl is undoubtedly a notch up.
Impresionante el sonido de este disco
posted on 04/13/2012 5 Stars Reviewer: Alvaro Marichal
Realmente me llamó la atención la calidad de la grabación y el masterizado 5.1, sonidos claros, el surround es espectacular creando un muy bien definido ambiente musical. Una muy llamativa experiencia auditiva. Lo probé en un Denon DBP-1611 vía HDMI a un Receiver Yamaha Rx-V471, cajas Yamaha.
posted on 04/10/2012 5 Stars
Brings out the essence of Pink Floyd - very full and alive
The Reason SACD was invented!
posted on 04/09/2012 5 Stars Reviewer: Norman R. Jones
A musical gem to be sure. Art and Technology in a rare and perfect merger.
I own the SQ Quad vinyl recording of "Wish You Were Here"; so to finally own the SACD multi channel recording, is a dream come true.
I have a superb sound system and I share this SACD wonder with anyone who will listen, just to see them also entranced by this outstanding work from Pink Floyd, in this stunning audio masterpiece.
A new generation of listeners may appreciate a world far beyond Mp3, thanks to the release of this caliber of SACD.
The music speaks for itself and now stands as a 21st century tribute, to Pink Floyd's regard for Syd Barrett.
The Album materials and production values are first rate, befitting the performance; especially at $30.00. Kudos to Pink Floyd, the Production Team, and EMI.
The subtle variations between the Stereo and Multi channel mixes further enhance this SACD, now a prized posession.
Dare I hope for Animals, the Wall and Radio KAOS Multi Channel SACDs?
posted on 04/09/2012 5 Stars Reviewer: tom
much better sounding than dark side. great 5.1
Best Digital Release Ever
posted on 04/07/2012 5 Stars Reviewer: Matt
Like the title says, this is by far in my opinion the best album released on a digital format I have ever heard. Everything is just perfect. So well balanced between front and back channels, never to shrill or dull. Just perfect. Not to mention the packaging is beautiful as well. This needs to be in anyone who loves Pink Floyd or great sounding music in general. A true testament that SACD is not dead and if it is done right it can be beyond brilliant.
A very nice package.
posted on 03/22/2012 5 Stars Reviewer: Scythe
The booklet and photos are great but the sound is exquisite! Both seperation and blending of the signals is superb. Nuances appear and happiness surrounds you. Truly a joy if you want accurate sound.
expectation not met
posted on 03/06/2012 3 Stars
I still have my mid-80's CBS/Sony Mastersound vinyl recording of this album and it still sounds wonderful. This is wonderful as well, with a satisfying surround mix and what seems to me to be a flatter volume among the various instruments, but I'm not convinced I like it better than my record. Buy it for the convenince of a disc and its clean sound, but if you have a quality record that you enjoy I don't think you'll play this SACD too often.
Wish You Were Here
posted on 03/05/2012 5 Stars Reviewer: 427
Excellent Multi Channel music experience. Clarity and Detail really shine on this SACD. The bad part was this SACD put me over the edge to upgrade the rear speakers and amplifier to fully enjoy the multi channel layer. Sound Quality rivals "DSOFM" and "Brothers in Arms" SACDs. This Album left me hungry for more. How about Pink Floyd "Animals" and "Momentary Lapse of reason" for SACD!!!
Wish You Were Here
posted on 02/29/2012 5 Stars
posted on 02/27/2012 5 Stars
i dont write reviews but wow i had to for this one i still have a smile on my face and you dont need a hi end system i have a onkyo 5.1 recever and a sony 3D blue ray player that plays sacds and wow hold on your are going for a ride they did a nice job with this very very happy now we need animals and the wall this is a must get if you liked dark side of the moon sacd your going to love this
Perfect dynamic sound
posted on 02/13/2012 5 Stars Reviewer: Eirik
This is amesing on my Oppo 95bdp player
posted on 01/30/2012 5 Stars
Estuve esperando con ansias este album en SuperAudio CD, realmente tiene un sonido espectacular, bueno ademas es Wish You were here, por lo que ya esta garantizado el viaje.
Acoustic Sounds, Gracias!
posted on 01/29/2012 5 Stars
The sound is crystal clear, one of my best SACD's.
posted on 01/20/2012 5 Stars Reviewer: Bill Smith
Could this be any more fun?
Hearing Wish You Were Here it in high resolution 5.1 left me laughing with delight as each track played. It was a total journey of discovery to hear these great songs delivered in such a new way! How exciting to listen through it, trying to anticipate the new mixes, and enjoying the sense of wonder at how it was reassembled. I grew up with this record and to hear it blossom to a whole new level was nothing short of thrilling.
Pink Floyd Wish You Were Here.
posted on 01/13/2012 5 Stars Reviewer: Steve
Absolutely incredible sound, you are surrounded by pure Pink Floyd music where every detail in the music is revealed in the highest quality. I have just one question, when is The Wall coming in SACD?
An SACD Pink Floyd Christmas concert. (In my listening room!)
posted on 01/12/2012 5 Stars Reviewer: Jon T. Gale
Just finished a wonderful Christmas day playing of the new SACD Pink Floyd WYWH multi-channel release. While we all know the music, here are some first impression thoughts on the sonics.
A wholesale reduction of upper midrange glare and grain. Vocals and lead guitar seem much more relaxed. Much more detail in the sax solo in SOYCD!
Very good low end weight in WTTM and Have a Cigar. Overall I would wish for a bit more midbass weight, but this is largely due to the age of tapes and era of recording I surmise.
Multi-channel steering is spot on perfect in my opinion! While some may be a bit underwhelmed, I find the surround use tasteful and very fitting. Strong steering in the effects, subtle use in the music. Just perfect! This disc seems to simultaneously expand the room dimensions while feeling very intimate and encompassing. To all involved in this SACD project, Thank you so much!
*Four channel,full range,front and rear, transmission line sub used w/front,2nd .1 -xo35hz
posted on 01/12/2012 5 Stars Reviewer: Clint
This is not only the best music I've heard in a while but it is the best sound I have ever heard in my life. The clarity and the depth of the recording is astounding. Shook the house down with this one.
posted on 12/22/2011 5 Stars Reviewer: Randy Mack
PCM 176 from Sony bdp-270 to Sony str-dh800 = Audio Bliss
awesome redbook 2 ch sound
posted on 12/19/2011 5 Stars
listened back to back dark side of the moon and wish u were here on my reference kef 207 sound system. it's awesome. sacd player came in the mail today and will listen to both albums in mc on christmas eve. review pending
posted on 12/14/2011 5 Stars
I got chills
posted on 12/13/2011 5 Stars
Been to many places. Heard a lot of music on various systems and formats. Ain't never heard nothing like this-
A stellar release for such a legendary album!
posted on 12/11/2011 5 Stars Reviewer: Adrian B.
I first purchased this album way back in September, 1975 (when it became available), just a few short months after seeing Pink Floyd perform The Dark Side of the Moon just outside of my native Toronto, Canada (Hamilton). It was during this concert, and, as a prelude to the opening sounds of "Speak to Me" being panned around the outdoor stadium via Pink Floyd's surround sound system, the captive audience was treated to a few songs from this very same album - namely, Wish You Were Here. Even though my original record of this timeless masterpiece survived well into the 90's, I always felt I should replace it with an updated CD version. It wasn't until recently, while perusing the latest offerings of Acoustic Sounds, that I came across this recently released Analogue Productions SACD. In keeping with the myriad of favorable reviews found here, the sound is nothing short of incredible! This is definitely noticeable through my Rowland and Wilson two channel system.
The one word: AWESOME
posted on 12/07/2011 5 Stars Reviewer: Rocketman
This disc is the proof that SACD multichannel shouldn't have been ditched by the majors !.
Acoustic Sounds and EMI: more please !
Wish You Were Here
posted on 12/04/2011 5 Stars
awesome, it felt & sounded like i bought an lp
posted on 12/03/2011 5 Stars Reviewer: bronxer
Absolutely fabulous!! My big fear for this SACD was the age of the master recording. In DSOM you can tell its an old master. As awesome as the music is, the highs are a little tinny and a little sloppy in the deep end. On this SACD, WYWH, it sounds like it was recorded this year. I'm currently listening to Welcome To The Machine and - goosebumps!! It's that good! I couldn't be happier, unless The Wall and Animals were in the works as well.
posted on 11/30/2011 5 Stars Reviewer: brian
I've only been able to enjoy the stereo layer of this SACD so far and I could not be happier with it. Very loud was my first thought, but the dynamics settled in nicely and this version gave these well known songs a greater floor than I'd ever experienced them on before.
Reveals Subtlety of Multi-Track Master
posted on 11/26/2011 5 Stars Reviewer: G N Davies
Excellent as DSOM multi-channel SACD is, I think the multi-channel SACD mix of WYWH is even better. Perhaps because there are fewer non-instrumental sound effects on the album (?) it features (to my ears) a more-subtle utilisation of multi-tracked instruments across the entire soundstage.
As with DSOM, excellent dynamic range. The SACD (stereo and multi-channel mixes) revealed detail previously unheard in relatively quiet sections (in particular Rick Wright's delicate 'fizzing' synths on Shine On Parts I, VI, IX).
Keyboard/synthesizer parts are well separated from guitar parts throughout. Multi-channel enables more 'space' for the listener to pick out multi-tracks that were mixed lower in previous stereo remaster CDs (such as the multi-tracked acoustic guitars on WYWH title track, now clearly visible in the rear left and right channels).
Buy it. It's That Good!
posted on 11/23/2011 5 Stars Reviewer: Chris
This was definately worth the wait. It's clean 5.1 in every aspect. Hopefully the Wall will be next.
posted on 11/23/2011 5 Stars Reviewer: Steve
Gave me goose bumps and cascading memories of 70's listening sessions.
posted on 11/22/2011 5 Stars
This sounds better than ever in SACD. Get it NOW!!
posted on 11/22/2011 5 Stars
I agree with all of the previous reviewers. This is certainly a contender for one of the top 3 sacds. Would I call this the holy grail of multi-channel sacds? Close, but I've been waiting for Pink Floyd's "Meddle", Steely Dan's "Aja", Beatles catalog from "Revolver" to "Abbey Road" since the beginning of surround sound audio.
Must have version
posted on 11/21/2011 5 Stars
The SACD sound superb in both multichannel and stereo. Its and excellent mastering all the way around. This is one SACD that you will never regret buying.
Stereo Mix sounds no better than regular CD!
posted on 12/02/2011 2 Stars
I've just finished listing to Wish You Were Here on SACD in Stereo and cannot hear any difference between the SACD or the regular stereo CD which I find very disappointing. I'm not a fan of surround, (multichannel), sound. I'm a music lover and a die-hard stereo sound enthusiast so I will have to visit a local hifi salon in order to hear the 5.1 mix everybody else is raving about. But until that happens I am sticking to old vinyl records. My Sony 1/2 speed mastered vinyl record is still superior sounding to this SACD.
Great surround mix!
posted on 11/17/2011 5 Stars Reviewer: Steve
As all of the others have stated...it is a superb surround mix and a very warm "analog type" sound! The only thing I do not like,(and this is not a problem with this release, but with WYWH)is the damn thing just seems too short! It's over before you know it! Perhaps because it is just 5 tracks...could be an illusion. Back in the day this was released, my favorite group(Genesis with P.Gabriel)had been putting out single LPs that were over 90 minutes long! Most folks want "The Wall" to be next...not me...I want Ummagumma and Meddle!
posted on 11/17/2011 5 Stars Reviewer: Kathleen
If you thought Dark Side of the Moon was a great SACD just wait until you listen to Wish you were here. The sound is crisp, clean. It is a concert in your livingroom!
WOW!... After thousands of listens...
posted on 11/15/2011 5 Stars
...since this was first released, the creative use of surround and the resolution defies anything you can imagine. You WILL heard things you did not know were there, Gilmore's guitar intonation was not this obvious to the listener until now. I have sold hi end audio for 15+ yrs and built a system myself and this SACD makes all that effort and $$$ worth every hour, every penny. Never skimp on the rear spkrs. No lie my friends, after the first listen, I just sat there, in silence... saying to myself, "I just heard that" "I really did, it wasnt a dream" " "they wrote that 36 yrs ago and can still blow my mind"... Just like a Rush concert as I leave the venue... "wow... I just saw that, I really did, it wasnt a dream", Rush kicking ass... again... after the 22nd show...
a must buy!
posted on 11/14/2011 5 Stars
Overall, the music on the disc was very good. I would still say DSotM is better, perhaps because its composition lends itself well to surround (e.g. On the Run, Money and Us and Them). I'll briefly comment by track:
Track 1 - the track turned out what I had expected to hear it in surround. Very good.
Track 2 - the best track in terms of immersion, hands down. It's like listening to it for the very first time.
Track 3 - probably the weakest track on the disc. Not sure what more could have been done.
Track 4 - better than Track 3. There is good separation in the mixing.
Track 5 - Very well done and ranks right under Welcome to the Machine. Had a very cresendo-ish feel to it in the middle.
If you're a PF fan and already invested in this format, it's a no-brainer to buy this.
36 years later technology has finally caught up with Pink Floyd!
posted on 11/13/2011 5 Stars Reviewer: Ross F
This 5.1 surround mix by James Guthrie is nothing short of perfect! From the low end instruments such as the tympani to the high end chimes, there is now so much more to hear on this release. The center channel blends well with all others and the overall soundstage is fantastic. I have been a collector and lover of vinyl for years, but it's these superb surround sound mixes that make me hope for the entire Pink Floyd collection to be released in this format, as well as many other classic albums that would be great to hear in surround sound.
posted on 11/13/2011 5 Stars Reviewer: Steven Sadowski
Like the others who have reviewed this SACD masterpiece,I agree 100%,this is a flawless work. The 5.1 SACD mix is so well balanced and clear it is like hearing this recording for the first time. Since I bought the original album some 35 years ago, that says alot. Buy it now before it goes out of print. I can only dream what Animals or even Meddle would sound like. 5 stars to acoustic sounds for carrying SACD and DVD audio as well cause no one else is.thanks!!!!
posted on 11/12/2011 5 Stars Reviewer: Paul
I can still remember the first time I saw Pink Floyd....at the old Santa Monica Civic auditorium, it held 2200 seats and it wasn't a sell out...I saw them probably 7 to 8 times after that so saying I turned into a big fan is probably an understatement.....Do you remember how amazed you were the first time you heard Dark Side of the Moon on SACD? It was like there is nothing else out there like it...let me tell you, the difference between DSOTM on SACD and WYWH on SACD is like comparing DSOTM (SACD) with a 60's vinal record....I listened to it and there was no hesitation, I just hit the replay button and listened to it again (remember doing that in the 60's when Sgt Pepper came out)? I am not going to get into a disk review as you all know the album by now..I will just say go buy the SACD and be prepared to not have anything else in your collection come close to the recording/mixing quality......as I patiently wait for the rest of the catalog in SACD....
posted on 11/12/2011 5 Stars Reviewer: Jim
The mixing of this SACD is truly masterful. It makes WYWH sound fresh without losing any of it's originality. The 5.1 mixing ranks up there with Beck's Sea Change as a SACD that just blows you away.
posted on 11/12/2011 5 Stars Reviewer: Kevin Flory
The 5.1 mix is just unbelievable. You know immediately you are hearing it they way it was meant to be heard.
Running over the same old ground, what have we found?
posted on 11/17/2011 5 Stars Reviewer: Blu Falcon
This multichannel mix on this release can be both subtle and aggressive at times, but the balance is just right and not overbearing to either extreme. Some of the more interesting moments occur during Welcome to the Machine where the sound effects in the song's intro really come to life in a way I've never experienced. Simply phenomenal surround effects! The transition between Have a Cigar and Wish You Were here is equally compelling. If possible, I recommend playing this above standard listening levels in order to become completely immersed in the sound and get the most out of the surround effects. The music is not harsh or strident in the least, but rather a nice organic sound with plenty of depth and a well extended low end. The music just seems to come to life like never before and I can't imagine a better way to experience this album. You get an incredible MC mix, 2 ch stero mix, and a first class redbook layer. This release is a winner on all levels. Better grab it while you can.
You Are There
posted on 11/10/2011 5 Stars Reviewer: Mark Wita
This SACD 5.1 mix is the way audio should be distributed. I listened to the 4.0 on the blu-ray and that was great. Held off on the 5.1 until the SACD arrived a couple days later. Hopefully the Wall will see a 5.1 SACD release.
Long live SACD, DVD-A and Blu-ray audio formats!
Wish You Were...buying this CD!
posted on 11/10/2011 5 Stars Reviewer: M.P. Klausen
Just finished listening and I have to say that I am edging on "Wish You Were Here" as being THE surround mix when comparing to "Dark Side of The Moon". Don't get me wrong. I love DSOTM, but the use of the 5.1 mix on this album is nothing short of brilliant. And I love how the center channel is utilized. Not "over used" as some DVD audio/SACD discs I own, but enough to deepen the soundstage. If you were on the fence about purchasing this album, suck it up and make the investment. You will listen over, and over...and the original artwork post cards included are a nice touch too. My ONLY complaint is that the CD box is SLIGHTLY larger (taller) than a DVD audio box....like I need another weird-sized CD case to accommodate in my already overgrown collection! Other wise, superb. I hope "The Wall" is next for a 5.1 make over!
Brilliant Production - a Must Own!
posted on 11/10/2011 5 Stars Reviewer: Daniel
In a word...brilliant! This SACD has a very analog sound to it. It reminds me of the SHM-SACDs, but even better because of the multi-channel. Surround spacing is excellent. The surround elements are well-placed. The packaging (digi-book style w/ post cards) is of a very nice quality. Worth every penny!
Worth waiting for
posted on 11/09/2011 5 Stars
This is a very very good example of what SACD is capable of. I've never heard WYWH sound so good and immersive although its always been one of my favorites. Even the wife sat thru the entire playing and didn't speak but maybe two words the whole time. That alone speaks volumes!
As good as it gets. A super SACD!
posted on 11/09/2011 5 Stars Reviewer: Ron from Austin, Texas
My copy just arrived from Acoustic Sounds and couldn't wait to play it. A masterpiece! As the previous reviewer said, it sounds like it was recorded yesterday. I have always enjoyed this Pink Floyd title. I've had several variations of the CD and it was just OK compared to the LP version. Now we're playing in a different ballgame. I'm hearing things I've never heard before which is also a testament to the SACD format. Wow! This one hits it out of the ballpark.
My review of the SACD premiere at RMAF
posted on 11/08/2011 5 Stars Reviewer: Julie
What are you waiting for? BUY IT!
All you hope it might be
posted on 10/15/2011 5 Stars
I heard this disc yesterday at an Audiofest demo in Denver and spent time talking with the engineers involved. You already know the music, but until now, you and I have been missing a lot, buried in the mix. This is an outstanding remaster and 5.1 mix, exactly what this 1975 release has needed. It sounds as tho it was recorded last month. And there is talk that "The Wall" will be next. Floyd fans are in for a treat.