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Reviews » Audio Reviews » Toot's And The Maytals - In the Dark
Toot's And The Maytals - In the Dark
Other // DVD Audio // June 18, 2002
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Review by Aaron Beierle | posted June 25, 2002 | E-mail the Author
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The Music:

1. Got To Be There
2. In The Dark
3. Having A Party
4. Time Tough
5. I See You
6. Take A Look In The Mirror
7. Take Me Home Country Roads
8. Fever
9. Love Gonna Walk Out On Me
10. Revolution
11. 54-36
12. Sailing On



The DVD

SOUND: Silverline presents "In The Dark" in 24bit/96khz DVD-Audio 5.1 and Dolby Digital 5.1. The DVD-Audio option is only for players that are DVD-A capable, while DVD-Video players can offer the Dolby Digital version of the album. The album itself, while not offering the most exceptional recording quality, is a must-have for any casual or serious fans of the reggae genre. It's also a great album to have in the Summer. Personally, reggae is a favorite genre of music and especially some of the earlier bands, whose music provides uplifting beats/instrumentals and music that often delivers a message.

The 5.1 mixes for some of the Silverline releases of older (this album was recorded in 1976, for example) titles that I've heard generally stick to a similar design - vocals and instrumentals clearly and distinctly heard from the front speakers and reinforcement of the instrumentals from the surrounds. The songs hardly, if ever, seemed to stray from this set-up during the album. Although more discrete surround activity probably wouldn't have hurt this presentation if done appropriately, this simpler approach works perfectly well, enveloping the viewer simply and keeping the attention forward.

As noted before, audio quality is not going to impress, but certainly isn't bad, either. The original recording sounds rather basic and the elements don't boast the kind of quality one might expect from modern recordings. Instrumentals can sound a bit flat and, while vocals aren't crisp, the passion and heart behind the singing comes through loud and clear.

Extras: brief liner notes, credits and "speaker setup" area.

Final Thoughts: Silverline's DVD-Audio release of "In The Dark" should delight fans who are looking for an improved way to experience this terrific album. While it doesn't provide "reference quality" audio, I can easily recommend this album full of catchy, energetic and soulful tunes.
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