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On Air DTS Surround Sound

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This DTS CD is an out of print collectible! It is a DTS Entertainment release. Catalog 71021-54414-2-9. There is a saw cut on the spine of the case. The bottom hinge is broken off the case. Digital Surround for DTS-capable 5.1 sound systems. This CD is in the DTS 5.1 format and requires a DTS decoder or preamp to play.
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  • DVD Audio (November 25, 1997)
  • Please Note: This is a DVD-Audio disc which is playable on most DVD players as well as all DVD-Audio players. Click here for additional information regarding compatibility.
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: DTS Surround Sound
  • Label: Digital Sound
  • ASIN: B000007R16
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (73 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #287,215 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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"On Air" rates as one of Alan Parsons finest works to date. This is an album of pure bliss for anyone who who calls themselves a melodic rock fan. It also stands as an excellent entry into the world of "concept albums", something that music fans like myself need more of! This time the concept is the history of flight, and Parsons pumps plenty of emotion into his subject matter with bold musical themes, and lyrical references to aviation, the Challenger space mission, and an especially intense (almost paranoid) ode to the fear of flying titled "Can't Look Down". Like previous Alan Parsons releases, "On Air" covers a wide variety of musical moods and styles, and this time you can expect much of the same. "Too Close To the Sun" has a dreamy atmospheric quality, with lyrics about the fall of Icarus. "Brother Up In Heaven" is a lush piano-based ballad, with a fine vocal from former ELO Part 2 singer Neil Lockwood, the song also makes nice use of a sparse orchestral arrangement. "Fall Free" is a rocker with a powerful chorus, and an equally powerful vocal performance by Steve Overland. Another guest vocalist, Eric Stewart of 10cc, adds greatly to "Blue Blue Sky", a gentle acoustic piece which is reprised at the end of the album. "Cloudbreak" is an exhilarating instrumental with great guitar licks from long-time Parsons cohort Ian Bainson, another instrumental, "Apollo", is a throbbing burst of synths and electronic percussion, interspersed with quotes about the Apollo Mission from John F. Kennedy. All in all, if you are a fan of Alan Parsons, or just quality melodic rock in general, then "On Air" should NOT be missed!Read more ›
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This is a tough album to rate. You think one thing with the stereo version and another with the DTS mix. For starters, the stereo version is less "Project-sounding" than Alan's first "solo" album, Try Anything Once. On the other hand, the theme is tight and very well done. People who pine away for the days of Woolfson's thematic contributions to the Project are apt to be dissapointed because the lyrical constructs are different. However, the thematic element contained in On Air is equal to most material from the Project days, it's simply different.
Musically, it's very understated and almost low-key to a fault in places. Until one listens to the DTS mix. Then you're suddenly thrown back 20 years to the entire premise of the Project and studio engineering as an extension of musical instruments. In this case, the DTS version allowed Alan to do so much more and you'll "hear" things that make you wish something like I Robot were mixed in DTS as well. No kidding, even the low key songs (So Far Away for example) are sparkling clear and take on an entire new complexion with surround sound. Alan crammed so much more into the DTS mix that you'll never go back to the stereo version again. The instrumental Apollo, in DTS, rivals anything instrumental from any other AP/P album. It will just blow you away.
And there are some rocking pieces on the album that are up there with the best of the Project or other post-Project work (Fall Free and Can't Look Down). And the end of the album, Blue Blue Sky II, is argueably the best ending to an AP/P album ever. And that puts it in some mighty impressive company.
So, if you have a DTS system (and they're awfully affordable now), get this album.
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Format: DVD Audio
Alan Parsons (note : No "Project") DTS release of the "On Air" CD was heralded as the first of many releases where the 5.1-channel DTS version would appear at the same time as the regular CD. That was not to be, but the results are still enjoyable.
All the songs on the CD are about flying in one manner or another. The songs include tributes to hot air balloons, powered flight, Apollo missions to the moon and the Space Shuttle. The album makes excellent use of the six channels. At times a little too much use of the six channels.
As with mid-60s stereo, much of the sound is mixed completely to one of the 5 main channels. A little more blending would have helped this DTS CD. However, it is interesting to hear a vocal pan around a room once or twice. To be fair, the "gimicky" use of the surround channels only occurs a few times.
It isn't hard to believe that the music on this DTS CD was created with 5.1-channel sound in mind. The music would sound much less "natural" in any stereo format. While maybe not quite a "must have", it is good enough to recommend for any DTS CD collection.
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I used to be a great fan of the Alan Parsons Project in the eighties, enjoying albums like 'Tales of Mystery and Imagination' and 'I, Robot'. But somewhere along the way I lost track of this great band. I rediscovered them as I was looking to enter the brave new world of DTS sound, and am I glad I did!
The music on this cd is dynamic and melodic. It is a concept album (a lost art) written on the theme of flight and aviation. And the music is enhanced even more by the use of DTS surround sound. The surround mix makes full use of the possibilities of DTS surround. If you are looking for a cd to introduce you to the pleasures of DTS surround sound, I highly reccomend this disc.
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