David Elias - Crossing


Sketti Sandwich Productions


Folk Rock

Product No.:
CSSP 1661 SA

Hybrid Multichannel SACD

Hybrid Multichannel SACD

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The debut SACD by David Elias, titled The Window, has become a surprise hit in the Acoustic Sounds catalog. Surprise, that is, because it was an independent release by an independent artist on an independent label. There was no major label promotion machine in effect here. But word spread quickly, grass-roots style, that this was a disc of serious sonic and musical merit.

And now we've got Elias' follow-up to tout. Crossing was recorded almost entirely "live" in the studio, with few, if any, edits. There was minimal micing and the musicians were seated in a circle to capture the ambient characteristics of the room. Like The Window, Crossing was recorded directly to DSD using a Sonoma eight-track recorder from Super Audio Center. This is subtle acoustic music recorded with exceptional detail paid to high fidelity.

“In addition, I award David Elias a 2005 Brutus Award for the brilliant work that he’s done with DSD in 2003 and 2005 on his exceptional recordings, The Window and The Crossing. If you haven’t treated yourself to these two exceptional recordings, you’re missing what DSD can do with well recorded sources. Not only that, but David writes terrific music!…Gus Skinas of the Super Audio Center is given a 2005 Brutus for the superlative engineering that he has done in DSD on a number of projects. Gus combines remarkable production values with a clear sense of the importance of DSD as a format. Gus deserves recognition as an audio engineer who really gets it – congratulations, Gus!” – David W. Robinson, Positive Feedback Online, Issue 22

David Elias ~ Acoustic Guitar, Vocal and Harmonica
Sally Van Meter ~ Weissenborn Guitar: #1, 2, 5, 9; Dobro: 3,7
Matt Flinner ~ Mandolin: #1, 2, 3, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11
Eric Thorin ~ Upright Bass: #1, 2, 3, 5, 6, 7, 9, 10
Eric Moon ~ Keyboards: #7; Accordion: #10
Marc Dalio ~ Drums: #1, 2, 3, 5, 7, 9, 10
Chris Kee ~ Upright Bass: #4, 8, 11, 12
David Phillips ~ Pedal Steel: #4, 12
John Havard ~ Electric Guitar: #4
Peter Tucker ~ Drums: #4, 12
Reid Dennis ~ Percussion: #6
Erin Humphrey ~ Organ: #9

1. Crossing (Lonely Bells)
2. Mend My Mind
3. Close My Eyes
4. Morning Light / Western Town
5. Rodeo On A Ridge
6. Red Tail Guide
7. Heaven's Destiny
8. One More Savior
9. Above The Creek
10. The Riddle Song
11. Changing Down
12. If I Had My Way

Customer Reviews (4.75 Stars) 4 person(s) rated this product.

As Good as The Window

posted on 09/28/2008
5 Stars
Reviewer: Darrel and Sally Odgers
We purchased this album after stumbling on The Window by chance and enjoying it very much. This one is just as good. Since this is a simple recording with few instruments, we feel the stereo layer is the better. Both are entertaining, though. We will not hesitate to purchase any other SACDs by this artist.

Additional notes made in September follow. This SACD would not be taxing on any system. Even owners of throwaway hifi would enjoy it. It does also make a super show-off disc if you are inclined to show off the format or your system. While we do prefer the stereo SACD layer, the multichannel layer is very nice also.

We have no real track preference. All are enjoyable. It's one of a very few discs where we have two copies just in case of loss or damage. On this note, we intend to get a back-up copy of The Window if and when it comes back into stock.

Excellent Recording

posted on 05/03/2007
4 Stars
Vocals are a bit closely miked, but overall this is a very nice recording. The kind of disc that grows on you.

Great Music Xing Ahead!

posted on 06/29/2005
5 Stars
Reviewer: That Don Guy
David Elias has released his latest Hybrid SACD, Crossing, and if you’re a fan of acoustic folk then I highly recommend you check this guy out. If you have not heard of him, that is not surprising, as he is as about as independent as they come. He is his own writer, arranger, label and producer. Besides his web site and his live gigs the only place his stuff is available is here and one other place, as far as I know.

Audibly, the disc is superb. I know this will sound a bit over used, however, this is an audiophile quality presentation. His previous release, The Window, is of the same high quality and that too I’d highly recommend. You can read about the technicals behind the recording at his web site, however, from a listener’s perspective the music is genuine and done well. Again, if this is a style of music that appeals to you, and you haven’t listened to this artist yet, I strongly urge you to get your ears around this!

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