“Pictures…” has been in ELP’s repertoire since the band formed in 1970, and has been recorded live many times, the first, and probably the most famous, version being released in 1971, which made it into the Top 10 LP chart. But it wasn’t until 1993 that a studio version emerged, recorded and mixed in Dolby Surround for inclusion in the “Return of the Manticore” boxset, but was later added as a bonus track on the 1994 album “In The Hot Seat”
Although there was something of a fanfare when it was announced ‘Pictures…” would be in Dolby Surround, i feel the mix isn’t as good as it could have been given a little imagination.
This is the first release of a Dolby Surround encoded album decoded by the new DS/II process. Many would question the need for such a process as almost all home cinema set-ups include official Dolby Surround/Pro-logic decoders. Well basically, i feel they do a poor job in decoding, giving a poorly defined, low separation (3db between fronts and rear) decode. I just felt it could be better.
I’d like to thank Owen Smith for his invaluable help during the final listening tests section of the decode development process.
Source: Dolby Surround CD
Format: DVD-A/V MLP/DTS/DD