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Reviews » Audio Reviews » Take 6 - doo be doo wep bop!
Take 6 - doo be doo wep bop!
Warner Bros. // DVD Audio
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Review by Aaron Beierle | posted July 10, 2001 | E-mail the Author
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The Music:

1. Gold Mine
2. Spread Love
3. If We Never Needed the Lord Before (We Sure Do Need Him Now0)
4. A Quiet Place
5. Mary
6. David and Gollath
7. Get Away Jordan
8. He Never Sleeps
9. Milky White Way
10. Let the Words
11. I L-O-V-E U *
12. So Cool *

* - These two songs were not included on the original CD release of the album.


The DVD

SOUND: "Do Be Doo Wop Bop!" is presented in both Advanced Resolution DVD-Audio 96khz 5.1 and 2.0 as well as Dolby Digital 5.1 for those who do not have DVD-Audio capable players. Like the rest of the Warner Music titles, neither camp can enter into the other side - DVD-Audio players can not play the Dolby Digital 5.1 presentation and vice-versa. Originally a digital recording (as stated on the front cover), audio quality of of the 5.1 DVD-Audio presentation is splendid. But, before discussing the quality and presentation, I'll discuss what kind of music the group performs - Take 6 is a vocal group similar to "Boyz II Men" and "Do Be Doo Wop Bop!" is an album full of their richly sung tunes.

The surround-sound presentation of the album is tastefully done and certainly could have taken the possibilities of presenting the group's voices a bit too far (although maybe, at the same time, could have taken it a little bit further than it did) when it came to positioning the singers around the room. Somewhat similarly to Aaron Neville's "Devotion" DVD-Audio presentation (which I will hopefully fit into my schedule sometime in the future to completely review) the vocals come through quite nicely around the viewer. Although there are times when the vocals come through "as one" from all speakers, there are some instances where certain vocals are specifically placed in the front, or come through in the surrounds. Neville's album took a slightly more distinct and creative route, with Neville's voice nicely anchored in the front speakers, and the chorus would suddenly come to life in the surrounds when their part came in. Still, even when all of the speakers projected the voices as one, it was quite an enjoyable experience as the group has terrific vocal talent.

Although I could have used a little more surround-specific use throughout the album, the sound quality itself was certainly up to what I would expect from the DVD-Audio format. As 99% of this album is made up of the vocals of the singers, the voices came through with a remarkably natural and full sound that I highly doubt could have been reached on any other format.

Extras: Discography, credits, text notes.

Final Thoughts: For fans of gospel, this is a terrific album. In terms of DVD-Audio, it's not going to stand as one of the more remarkable presentations in terms of surround use, but it does certainly present the sort of exceptionally rich sounding audio quality that the format can provide.
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