Arun Satyanarayana | Fremont, CA, USA | 12/24/2008
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Review's not about the album itself but the mastering quality. This is
a DTS 5.1 mastered disc and NOT DVD-Audio. Would do everyone good if Amazon knew the difference.
However, the improved quality from a CD mastering is obvious. Not sure if this is just due to re-mastering for DTS or the sampling itself. If you the right audio setup (I have an HTPC with M-Audio Revo 7.1, Rotel pre-amp and amp out to Sonus Faber Concertos and Solo for the front and B&W for the rears), the quality shows through obviously. Imaging is not the best, but, I can live with that just to hear the nuances that you'd appreciate in this kind of music."
Great DTS release - Get it while you can
B. maskell | Georgia | 08/28/2010
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This review is strictly for the DTS release, that is amazingly still available on Amazon at the time of this writing. The mix is top-notch. It would have been best in DVD-Audio format (this is not a DVD-Audio release, even though the Amazon details state that it is), but the semi-hi resolution of DTS is better than nothing. There are guitars all over the place, though the playing is subtle compared to "Derek and the Dominos In Concert" (like what isn't compared to the playing there), but hey, this is a great Clapton solo release. What's even better is that every song is good, some great, and practically none of them are ever played on the radio. With the DTS release, it sounds like you were sitting in the center of the recording studio when the band was laying down the master takes. Keyboards are in the rear speakers, but occasionally in the front right ("Better make it through the day", which is stunning in this format with a beautifully understated guitar solo). Clapton's vocals front and center and the backup vocals sound 360 degrees around the listener. Percussion sounds coming from all over the place ("Pretty Blue Eyes").
It's a shame that there are so few DTS/DVD-Audio/SACD releases still available at reasonable prices. If you have even the slightest interest in an underated Clapton release or an interest in owning a great DTS release, or both, then throw down your $25 (amazon market place seller) and enjoy! I cannot imagine this being in print for too much longer."