35th Anniversary Edition
The Most Anticipated SACD Release Since The Dark Side Of The Moon!
Easily The Biggest SACD Title In The Analogue Productions Catalog!
Wish You Were Here is a multitrack masterpiece. Now, to have it mixed for 5.1 surround sound and stereo from the original analog master tapes by Pink Floyd’s Producer/Engineer James Guthrie is, well, pretty damn exciting.
Is this the biggest SACD reissue in the history of the format? Time will tell, but don’t bet against it.
Wish You Were Here(?) Now you can be. Total lifelike recreation of a chart-topping, pioneering, way-ahead-of-its-time blockbuster.
You talk about a title made for multichannel SACD! It’s as if they knew 35 years ago that this format would be available. Finally, technology caught up with Pink Floyd. And oh how lucky we all are to still be around to hear this legendary studio recording in its full potential.
Pink Floyd chose Acoustic Sounds and Analogue Productions to handle the exclusive distribution of this monumental SACD and we are honored and thrilled to be a part of EMI’s huge Why Pink Floyd…? campaign that includes remastered CDs, Blu-rays, DVDs, LPs, memorabilia box sets and this, the first-ever multichannel presentation of Wish You Were Here. The SACD also of course includes a stunning stereo mix. And as this is a hybrid disc, the record is of course also playable on a standard CD player.
On its release in 1975 Wish You Were Here topped the album charts in both the UK and the U.S. Reflecting the band’s thoughts of the time on the music business and exploring themes of absence, Wish You Were Herecontains the classic cut “Shine On You Crazy Diamond,” a tribute to founding band member Syd Barrett.
In fact, Barrett, who’d long been absent from the lives of Pink Floyd’s band members, stopped by the Wish You Were Here recording sessions at London’s Abbey Road Studios unannounced. The reunion – with Barrett reportedly appearing in poor mental condition – is said to have been an emotionally stirring event for the band, and apparently that encounter would be the last any of the band members were ever to see of Barrett, who died in 2006.
As they did with their previous release, Dark Side of the Moon, Pink Floyd made great use of studio effects for this, their ninth album overall. The record’s winding soundscapes are perfect for the canvas of multichannel SACD. Spacious and airy, the record breathes like a living being.
Wish You Were Here was selected by Rolling Stone as No. 209 on their list of “The 500 Greatest Albums of All Time”. And that’s before they heard it like this!
5.1 surround mix by James Guthrie
Assistant engineer Joel Plante
Mastered by James Guthrie and Joel Plante
Mixed and mastered at das boot recording
DSD authoring for SACD by Gus Skinas
“The Analogue Productions SACD of Wish You Were Here offers a premium quality compact package and the rapturous sound quality of high resolution audio…For Pink Floyd Fans, Wish You Were Here represents the perfect synergy of sonic perfection, lyrical emotion and instrumental proficiency. Deservedly so, Wish You Were Here now joins Dark Side Of The Moon on the Super Audio CD format, offering Pink Floyd fans the quintessential audiophile listening experience. Highly recommended!” – Paul Powell Jr., Brain Damage, December 2011
“…I was simply struck with the new-found ability to listen to what is essentially the master tape, without any flaws or compromises in the tranlation from storage medium to sonic image. In other words, I was hearing the choices that the musicians and engineers had made during the recording process, fully un-obscured. Wow!” – Ken Langford, Brain Damage, December 2011
“…There really aren’t words for how spectacular, and how musically right, Guthrie’s remix was and the quality imbued in every bit of this production…I have been hearing this music since the day it arrived in my local record store 35 years ago and never imagined anything like this. Guthrie’s expert, musically impeccable multichannel remix added depth and clarity to the superb original, and how he got Richard Wright’s ARP string to orbit the room several feet above my heard has to be the result of some sort of voodoo…Mind-boggling.” – Paul Bolin, The Audio Beat, November 3, 2011
“…If ever an album was made for surround replay, Wish You Were Here was it. Originally conceived with a Quad mix in mind, the massive scale and bandwidth demands of the album reinforce the benefits of the multichannel format. If ever a record should have been labeled ‘PLAY LOUD,’ this was it, and five channels of amplification, five speakers and the underpinning of a serious subwoofer might not be essential, but they certainly add to the effect. Regular Floyd producer Guthrie has created a tasteful and effective 5.1 mix that actually succeeds in adding to the music, the special embellishments and immersive quality simply extending the sense and impact of the event…I can assure you that you’ll not be disappointed…For once we have a reissue that stands up to the hype.” Music = 5/5, Sound = 4.5/5 – Roy Gregory, The Audio Beat, November 2011
“…The music may be almost 40 years old, but it sounded fresh because of the mix, which used the center and rear channels very effectively, creating a true soundscape that was startling at points – especially immediately before the lyrics began to ‘Shine On You Crazy Diamond’ – and mindblowing at others. This demo was a potent reminder of how innovative and expertly constructed this music was – and that David Gilmour’s greatness cannot be overestimated. Only such a promising demo could pack a room with press during the opening minutes of the show.” – Mark Mickelson, The Audio Beat, October 2011
“…We listened to the entire album, straight through, and without interruptions. At the end of the demonstration, it was one wrung-out audience…it was like we had been at a concert! Couldn’t be better. Clearly Chad Kassem’s top-notch production values were in play… Chad’s work sets a global standard for excellence in fine audio that everyone in the music business should emulate. Many talk about doing great work; Chad just goes out there and gets it done… and has for years. If this project is an indicator of things to come, I hope that we see the complete Pink Floyd catalog issued by Analogue Productions.” – David W. Robinson, Postive Feedback, Issue 58, November/December 2011