You have to really love a certain album/tape/CD a lot to buy it four times over the years, right? That's what I keep telling myself. For all the complaining I do about the music industry, I swear that they still have me right where they want me sometimes.
I've written here a couple times about how the band Genesis was my first real music love. Well, two of their albums, A Trick Of The Tail and Wind & Wuthering have always been tops of the tops with me. I just bought both of them for the fourth time this past week. I bought them the first time as cassette tapes in the late 1980's, and then again as the original Atco/Atlantic CD masters a few years later. The band-authorized Definitive Edition Remasters came out in the late 90's -- finally bringing better sonics and complete liner notes. Then the band completed a series of advanced 5.1 surround sound re-mixes in Super Audio CD and DVD in both Dolby Digital and DTS in the last couple years. It's been a confusing series of releases, each with two discs, one being a DVD (in either NTSC or PAL video formats) and the other being a CD or a SACD. I wanted a SACD/NTSC combo... and I didn't find out they were available until late last month.
(Let me pause for a moment, dear reader. I am sometimes too much of a geek even for my own taste. Ok. Break is over.)
Am I pleased with my purchase? Most definitely yes. I spend a lot of time listening to music with headphones, and probably not enough with the home theater system in our living room. These discs were an excellent excuse to turn the little "SACD" light on in my CD/DVD player and listen in full 5.1 surround sound. The sonics are clear and the track separation is amazing.
Now I'm only left with one question: how many more albums will I have to buy for a fourth time?
on 2008-10-18 at 9:57 p.m.
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