Brain Salad Surgery Extra tracks
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On CD #2, you have the outtakes--the first attempt at "When the Apple Blossoms Bloom in the Windmills of Your Mind, I'll Be Your Valentine" (which didn't see official release until Works, Vol. 2, in late 1977) and the completely unreleased-until-now title cut, "Brain Salad Surgery," which has elements of all the tracks that did appear on the album (save perhaps "Benny the Bouncer"). In addition, first mixes of "Toccata" and "Karn Evil 9: 3rd Impression," and new stereo mixes of all the tracks, plus an excerpt from the New Musical Express interview flexidisc of the time. Worthy additions all, for the completist fan.
And CD #3? A hybrid SACD of the album; this is the 5.1 Surround Sound mix used on Rhino's DVD-A release of 1999 (Rhino R9-75980), but it is improved notably.Read more ›
This edition contains a seven-page booklet with new sleevenotes but it's no big deal, certainly not as substantial as Shout's 24-page booklet. Shout got everything right with the packaging (with the exception of cropping the album cover too tight) but missed terribly on the remastered sound. Sony gets the remastered music right but goes the economy route on the packaging.
Sony recently purchased the band's back catalogue from Universal (footnote: Classic Rock presents Prog, issue 15, page 108) so everything has been remastered and repackaged on the Sony UK/Legacy label (including this release). According to that same article, Sony may release Tarkus & Pictures at an Exhibition on their Legacy label which will come with new 5.1 remixes, extensive sleevenotes and bonus materials. If that materializes, I've got to believe they would go all out as well, even more so, for Brain Salad Surgery. We'll have to wait and see.
The only other remaster of this title I might recommend is the 2004 edition on the Sanctuary UK label which I'm betting is very similar to this in terms of sound quality.Read more ›
There is video, but ironically, it is not accessilbe from a DVD-Video Player, rather you require a DVD-Audio player.
The irony is that the DVD-V player can access the Audio tracks, but not the Video, as the Video track is not in the conventional DVD-V format. A DVD-Audio player is required to see the Video!
I do not have a DVD-A player, but enjoyed the 5.1 mix of this classic album to the full!
My dog, who was in the room at the time, did not enjoy it quite as much! The precise and realistic placement of moog whistles flying around my sound room was too much for him and he kept turning to locate the source of the sounds! He far prefers plain stereo!
The bass on "Still.... You Turn Me On" has always been impressive (I have 2 CD versions [original and remaster]) but with the DD5.1 mix, it is more controlled and actually less overpowering.
I hope to add an Active Sub soon, but in the interim, directing bass at my LF, RF, LS and RS [all B&W 602 series 2] seems to be more than sufficient to create a real rumble.
Karn Evil 9 is just brilliant!
For comparison with a more traditional interpretation of Toccata (and Fugue in D Minor), get the Fantasia DVD:
but Keith Emerson's work is still superb.
Yes, I'd like to see the video too, but plan to wait and see if DVD-A as a format actually takes off before comitting to more equipment!
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The 2000 DVD-Audio release is THE definitive version period. The later 2cd /1 SACD release is essentially the same as the DVD-Audio. Both are OOP. Read morePublished 6 days ago by GITM
Everything was good. Best album ELP ever made. Nuff said. :) :)Published 1 month ago by Scott Maddux
The album itself is wonderful. That is, the songs on the CD are wonderful. The physical item is not what I thought I was getting at all. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Ryan Magness
wanted it on vinyl and luckily I was able to find one in pristine condition... meant to be listened to on fine stereo equipment. Turn the volume UP!Published 3 months ago by Erin L. Rowden
This album sounds horrible. The old album I have from 1977 sounds much better(except the clicks and pops). This album and I tried two sounds like three guys playing a tin canPublished 3 months ago by Bill K