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Pink Floyd – Dark Side Of The Moon (Immersion Edition)   Leave a comment

While I am a bigger-than-most fan of Pink Floyd, decades of critical listening has made me… critical. With that in mind, on with some jabber about this re-release of DSOTM:

I am not a big fan of the record (I rank it somewhere in the middle of the catalog), so I don’t own the SACD for comparison. However, of the dozen or so different releases of DSOTM I have heard, this latest remaster is easily the best I’ve heard.

The compelling bits that had me make the buy were an early mix of the album and other extra tracks, visual content, and the fact that a lot of it was going to be included on Blu-ray. To qualify this a bit more, I am a two-channel kind of guy, exclusively. So, my comments are only about the 2-channel LPCM tracks. The Blue-ray tracks are only 24/96. Hell, they could have done that on a DAD or DVD-A. Quite the waste of media format.

Highlights of the extra tracks include Richard Wright’s solo-piano demo of Us and Them, and sequences that later become finished tracks on DSOTM (sourced from a previously unreleased show at Brighton in 1972). The sound quality of the Brighton excerpts is fantastic.

The extra visual content includes the DSOTM related backing films from three different tours. As the tours are over the course of only a couple of years, the evolution makes for very interesting viewing.

And now for good news / bad news rap. The good news is the extra visual material includes two more tracks from the Brighton gig, apparently filmed for some sort of promotional. The bad news is, they did a straight transfer. While the poor film quality can be excused (probably shot on 16mm, at a live rock gig in the early ’70s), there is no excuse for the crappy audio. They used the audio track from the film, rather than the source used for the other Brighton tracks included. From there, they could have cleaned things up as needed, and re-synced.

As for the non-A/V things included, it is a mixed bag. The two books are great (and could have been made into a single volume), as is the inclusion of the art print. I could have done without the marbles (each is single color glass with an applique), drink mats, trading cards, replica backstage pass, ticket stub and what-not, and most certainly, the scarf. To keep the rant short, I’ll leave it at What. The. Fuck.

Then there is the bad packaging. Four of the six discs snap into trays attached to the bottom of the box, while the other two are individually sleeved. All the discs should have been sleeved (or put in a six-disc CD jewel box. Yes, they exist. I have several in use.).

The Close: I am glad I got the set, because I really like some of the extras, and having some of them on Blu-ray. The things that piss me off the most are the stupid do-dads that push the price up, and a major omission: How could anyone releasing a box set of DSOTM expect to be taken seriously when it DOES NOT INCLUDE the two posters and two stickers that originally came with the album (and were included for over a decade)?

I won’t hold my breath waiting for an invite from the marketing/production dept.

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