Transferred from the original 2 track analog master tapes provided by Alan Parsons this title, recorded at Abbey Road Studios, offers a sonic treat which is characteristic of Parson's work both as an engineer and as a m... more »usician. Songs such as the title track, "Children of the Moon", "Psychobable" and "Step by Step" among others ring out with a never before heard clarity showing Parsons as the master of sound he has always been. This is a work of art and will push a modern stereo system to its limits trying to reproduce all that was originally laid down on each track. A sonic and musical tour de force!« less
"This is the best sounding version you can get of this record. And it's their best work. Better than "I Robot". So, if you have a DVD-Audio player by this! Highly recommended!!!"
An Orwellian Look Into The Future?
Parrish A. Highley | Somewhere I've Never Travelled | 08/26/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Released just two years prior to George Orwell's fateful 1984, themes of surveillance and intrusion pervade the hit single Eye In The Sky. But do those themes really extend into the rest of the album? It would be a little difficult to make the argument that they do. Because even Alan Parsons was not immune to the corrosive effects of an unenlightened, I daresay vacuous, music press of the time, he decided to steer his songwriting partner Eric Woolfson away from the conceptual approach both had taken with each of their previous releases.
But what was sacrificed in the form of conceptual cohesion was more than compensated for with Woolfson's songcraft, Andrew Powell's orchestral arrangements, and a myriad of outstanding vocal performances. Arguably the best example of all three coming together in a single song would be the album's closing epic Old And Wise which was inspired by the tragic news of a good friend's diagnosis of an incurable form of cancer. Other standout tracks include Sirius, Children Of The Moon, and Psychobabble, but my personal favorite has always been the introvert's anthem Silence And I which has the distinction of having the single largest orchestral accompaniment, ninety pieces in all, that Andrew Powell ever composed for any Project song.
While I do prefer the sonic performance, particularly the dynamic range, of this High Definition Audio Disc (HDAD) release by Classic Records, the more recent remaster of Eye in the Sky has some of the most intriguing bonus material of all of The Project remasters. Even if you are an audiophile of discriminating tastes and standards, I would still whole-heartedly recommend listening to bonus tracks from the recent SONY remaster, especially Eye Pieces (Classical Naked Eye). Unfortunately, not every piece of music that deserves a high definition format has yet to receive it, but it is fitting that this, I Robot, and The Turn of a Friendly Card have at long last made it into a proper high definition format."
Real DVD-audio disk
Boris | Sofia, Bulgaria | 11/30/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Amazing album and "mastertape" sound. In fact I was surprised that this is HDAD (Hybrrid DVD Audio Disk)with 2 sides- one (24bit/96 kHz) for every kind of dvd-player or computer and other one (24bit/192 kHz) for dvd-audio players. The standart CDs are(16bit/44.1 kHz). So if you have dvd-audio player(check the manual) and some approprite receiver you'll fill the magic of the "mastertape" sound !!!"
C. Rogers | Dunedin, New Zealand | 09/08/2008
(4 out of 5 stars)
"The beauty of this disk lies in the warmth and clarity that is provided by the format. It almost sounds like Vinyl, well almost.
My only complaint would be that at times I swear the tape speeds up and slows down. But this is only evident during 1 song."
It is not a standard DVD Audio
TRAJANOV Marina | 10/18/2009
(1 out of 5 stars)
"HDAD disks by Arista records do not play at DVD Audio side at my Harman Kardon DVD Audio 47 player. I did not have any problems with DVD Audio disks from other vendors."