Eric Claptons 461 Ocean Boulevard
Slowhand came back from relative obscurity to superstardom with
this 1974 album, and hes never looked back.
The most famous song was the hit single I Shot the Sheriff, but
theres plenty of good, bluesy rock here, and the 5.1 remix is tastefully
done. Its a case of putting instruments all around the room, a practice
that should be handled with restraint, and in this case that appears to be exactly
what was done.
But not all the time.
One persons preferred mix can be anothers mistake, and we dont
mind instruments spread around the room - but not Claptons! Hes
the star, and he should be front and center, yet we could swear we heard his
guitar emanating from different speakers, including the rears, on more than
one occasion, which gave us a feeling that Claptons head had been disconnected
from his body.
Maybe its a hangover from his heroin days
Okay, that isnt fair its a joke, so dont send any rude
e-mails. But we stand behind the need for his guitar and his voice to come from
the same general areas.
Anyway, the overall audio quality is very good. Remember, this disc was originally
recorded long before the days of digital, and most rock albums like
this arent recorded live, instead being a series of overdubs,
so you arent going to get a concert hall effect here. That said,
the sound quality is very good and while we may quibble about what instrument
comes from which speaker, thats why God made producers.
We stand by our whine about Claptons guitar coming from an area different
from his voice, however. And we miss the days when his guitar would wail a la
Layla, but what can you do?
And while it works, mostly, we question mixing instruments all around, because
there just aren't that many instruments being played at any one time, and spreading
them around spreads them too thin. On something lush like Queen's
A Night at the Opera you can get away with this, but here it detracts from
the overall experience.
Oh, well, the format's in its infancy and the techs will get better as they
do this more.
As with most dts high end audio discs like this, there are no extras. And make
sure you're listening via a digital output from whatever player you're using,
because otherwise you'll just get a horribly annoying noise. This, to us, is
a drawback to the dts format of music discs; you can play a DVD-Audio disc on
any DVD player including a DVD ROM drive and while you may not get the whole
sonic benefit of the high resolution audio, you can still at least hear it!
Such is not the case with the dts digital surround discs we've heard to date,
except for the ones they release in the DVD-A format.
2. Give Me Strength
3. Willie And The Hand Jive
4. Get Ready
5. I Shot The Sheriff
6. I Can't Hold Out
7. Please Be With Me
8. Let It Grow
9. Steady Rollin' Man
10. Mainline Florida
Genre: Classic Rock Label: DTS Entertainment 5.1 Producer: Tom Dowd 5.1 UPC:
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