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GRATEFUL DEAD - AMERICAN BEAUTY
This is an album that has seen many printings. First on vinyl, then 8-track, cassette, and CD. Now here it is in DVD-Audio form. Originally released in 1970, this album has never sounded better. Right away the listener can tell the difference in sound. The acoustic guitars sound as if they were playing live right in front of you. The harmonies are more alive and not so cluttered together. Popular songs such as "Friend of the Devil," "Sugar Magnolia," and "Truckin'," sounds as if they have been re-recorded using today's recording standards.

The extras on the DVD aren't great. But you do get song lyrics, photos of the band playing live, and a couple of interviews by Bob Weir (guitarist) and Mickey Hart (percussionist). When a classic album sounds as good as this one does, who needs extras anyway. This truly is an "American Beauty."

QUEEN - A NIGHT AT THE OPERA
DST Entertainment did an amazing job at re-mixing this 1975 sonic masterpiece, especially with the surround sound mix. The most important song on the album, "Bohemian Rhapsody," is a true testament to why everyone should equip their home stereos right away with surround sound. You would never think that hearing "Mama mia, Mama mia" from all around you could sound so great. As great as that song is, the obscure yet impressive "The Prophet's Song" will blow you out of your chair, and if you're standing, you better lean on something quick. Hearing Freddie Mercury's voice surround you is both erie and so real, you would think there was 5 of them in the room with you.

There aren't really too many extras on this disc. Besides the lyrics, the most notable extra is the 5.1 surround sound mix of the "Bohemian Rhapsody" video. Amazing stuff! I recommend spending "A Night at the Opera" tonight.


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