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Best Surround Sound albums of 2004….according to your Grammy…

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Mahler’s “Symphony No. 4″ (SACD), Bonnie Raitt’s “Nick of Time” (DVD-A), and Ladysmith Black Mambazo’s “Raise Your Spirit Higher” (SACD) as surround sound recordings of 2004…The ceremony takes place on February the 13th, 2005. Unfortunately; I suspect this awarding will occur off camera and will only be mentioned on Grammy’s captioning ticker…!

Roxy Music
Super Audio CD Surround Sound
(Virgin CVIR 83871 SA)
Surround Sound Producer: Rhett Davies
Surround Sound Mix Engineer: Bob Clearmountain
Surround Sound Mastering Engineer: Bob Ludwig

Genius Loves Company
Ray Charles with Norah Jones, James Taylor, Diana Krall, Elton John, Natalie Cole, Bonnie Raitt, Willie Nelson, Michael McDonald, B.B. King, Gladys Knight, Johnny Mathis & Van Morrison

Super Audio CD Surround Sound
(Concord Records/Hear Music SACD-1033-6)
Surround Sound Producers: John Burk, Phil Ramone & Herbert Waltl
Surround Sound Mix Engineer: Al Schmitt
Surround Sound Mastering Engineers: Robert Hadley & Doug Sax

Mahler: Symphony No. 4
Michael Tilson Thomas, Conductor & the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra

Super Audio CD Surround Sound
(SFS Media 821936-0004-2)
Surround Sound Producer: Andreas Neubronner
Surround Sound Mix Engineer: Markus Heiland

Surround Sound Mastering Engineer: Markus Heiland

Nick Of Time
Bonnie Raitt

DVD Audio Surround Sound
(Capitol Records 99316)
Surround Sound Mix Engineer: Ed Cherney
Surround Sound Mastering Engineers: James Guthrie & Doug Sax

Raise Your Spirit Higher
Ladysmith Black Mambazo

Super Audio CD Surround Sound
(Heads Up HUSA-9083)
Surround Sound Producer: Martin Walters
Surround Sound Mix Engineer: Martin Walters
Surround Sound Mastering Engineer: Paul Blakemore

I myself am having a hard time understanding their criteria. I mean really; the only album on their list that I own is the Ray Charles. Next time I hope Grammy consults with some of us who are in the know….lol.

As a sidebar; I reported on the 3rd annual Surround Sound Music Awards in August. You can compare Grammy’s list with Surround Sound’s best of 2003 nominees and winners here….or rather there…?

Note: Amazon links for Bonnie Raitt and Ladysmith Black Mambazo are for the audio cds only. Keep checking back for new and used copies of these nominated albums…err dvd-audios….or sacd…what the?

Ron Wheeler
Surroundablog …your blogopedia of all things round and surround…

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  • music gifts

    Does having a surround sound disc, really make that much of a difference? Arnt they really expensive too???

  • Aaman

    Does anyone know whether an XBox will play SACDs or DVD-Audio correctly – with surround?

    I use my XBox as the center of my home theater and would like to not add another component for SACD/DVD-Audio