The Recording Academy announced this year's nominations for Best Surround Sound Album today. My 2 cents....its a tie between "Morph the Cat" and "Valid Path". "Morph" was presented in High Resolution which resulted in an edge over "Valid" in terms of clarity. However; "Valid" had a more ingenious mix of transitions and cross-channel fades and sweeps. Alan Parsons versus Elliot Scheiner...now that's a battle royale. Let's just give it to both of them.
Oh...and for any of you Weird Al Yankovic fans that may check in occassionally to make sure I'm not bad mouthing your boy...forget about it...Al doesn't have a chance in hell....
Best Surround Sound Album
(For vocal or instrumental albums. Albums only.)
- Immortal Nystedt
Morten Lindberg & Hans Peter L'Orange, surround mix engineers; Morten Lindberg, surround mastering engineer; Morten Lindberg, surround producer (Ensemble 96 Conducted By Øystein Fevang)
- Long Walk To Freedom
Martin Walters, surround mix engineer; Martin Walters, surround mastering engineer; Martin Walters, surround producer (Ladysmith Black Mambazo)
[Heads Up International]
- Morph The Cat
Elliot Scheiner, surround mix engineer; Darcy Proper, surround mastering engineer; Donald Fagen, surround producer (Donald Fagen)
- Straight Outta Lynwood
Tony Papa, surround mix engineer; Bernie Grundman, surround mastering engineer; Al Yankovic, surround producer ("Weird Al" Yankovic)
[Volcano/Zomba Label Group]
- A Valid Path
P.J. Olsson & Alan Parsons, surround mix engineers; Bob Michaels, surround mastering engineer; Alan Parsons, surround producer (Alan Parsons)