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Reviews » Audio Reviews » The Fixx - 1011 Woodland
The Fixx - 1011 Woodland
5.1 Entertainment // DVD Audio // January 28, 2003
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Review by Buzz Burgess | posted April 1, 2003 | E-mail the Author
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PLEASE NOTE: This is a DVD-Audio disc which is playable on most DVD players as well as all DVD-Audio players. A DVD-Audio player will make all sound options on this disc available for listening.

A Look at DVD-Audio
Great sonics, six-channel capability, and added features to your favorite music albums.

First, there were albums on vinyl, then we had CDs, and now there's something called DVD-Audio. What's the difference? A lot! DVD-A is the latest way to hear multichannel, audiophile-quality albums in your home, using your DVD or DVD-Audio player. A DVD-A can hold up to seven times the data of a normal CD, which results in added features and better sound. Also, with its sampling rate higher than that of average CDs (up to 192 kHz, whereas most CDs get 44.1 kHz), you may hear a lot of details in music on a DVD-A that you'd never discover on an average CD. And, since nearly all DVD-As are engineered for multichannel/surround-sound listening (using five or six speakers), with the right equipment, you'll be able to hear your favorite music in breathtaking surround sound.

Equipment Needed
First off, DVD-Audios will not play on normal CD players. You'll need a DVD-Audio player in order to fully capture the capabilities of these discs. A receiver with 5.1 analog inputs and five speakers (left, center, right, left surround, right surround, and a subwoofer) should also be used to capture the surround-sound capabilities of DVD-As. While pure DVD-As will not play on standard DVD players, most releases (including all the titles produced by Warner, Atlantic, and Elektra) contain a Dolby Digital surround-sound mix, making them playable on any DVD player. Though these discs are primarily audio-only, you'll be best off using them in conjunction with your TV, so you can watch the additional onscreen features (see below) and navigate the menus with ease. It's all a little complicated, but music-loving home theater enthusiasts won't be disappointed!

Improved Sound
Thanks to a higher sampling rate than that of both standard DVDs and CDs, DVD-As have an incredibly detailed sound. And, when played through a proper home-theater setup with five or six channels (speakers), you'll get to hear your favorite music in a whole new light--in surround sound. Depending on the remastering, the effect of surround sound on your favorite album can be subtle or dramatic, but generally speaking, every DVD-Audio sounds better than its standard CD counterpart.

Additional Onscreen Features
The added onscreen features available on DVD-Audios vary from title to title. DVD-As often have extra unreleased tracks, photo slide shows of the artist performing, song lyrics, music videos, and interviews. But don't expect to get footage of a full concert or videos for every track; DVD-As devote the bulk of their space to high-quality audio-only music.

The DVD
Produced by THE FIXX
Recorded March 1-7, 1998 at Woodland Studios in Nashville.
Mixed by Martin Rex at Strongroom Studios in London.
Live recordings selected from Elemental Tour of America Summer 1998.
Full Screen.
24 bit/96 kHz - DVD-Audio.
24 bit/48 kHz Dolby Digital 5.1 options.

The Fixx, originally based in London, were first introduced to a mass audience in 1982, with their debut album, "Shuttered Room". With its tight sounds and dark overtones, it stood in stark contrast to most of the other New Wave albums of the time, having a big sound backed up with credible stage performances. Not long after, in 1983, "Reach the Beach" was released and immediately took off in the U.S., led by its catchy single, "One Thing Leads to Another," and later "Saved by Zero". "Phantoms" was released in 1984, and still seems to be the favorite of the band and many of its fans. "Walkabout" followed in 1986 and was perhaps the most spiritual of Fixx albums. "React" was released in 1987 and was the band's last work with MCA, moving on to RCA in 1988 with "Calm Animals". A weak effort, "Ink" in 1991 followed and the band hit a slump until 1998 when "Elemental" was released. Much different that prior works, the band showed it had leaned down and moved more toward the acoustic, working on mastering the essentials that make the band what it is.

In 1999, "1011 Woodland", named for the studio in which it was recorded was released containing a re-recording of many of the band's favorite songs. The songs are stripped down even further than how they appear on "Elemental" but are worked with more effort so that songs such as "Precious Stone" and "Still Around," really shine over previous versions.

The Video
What little that exists is clean and clear without artifacts. The format of DVD-A hasn't to this point, included a lot of video on these offerings. The same is true in this case and is really an enhanced CD with a still shot during each one of the songs. There are, however, two video clips of sections left on the cutting room floor and portions of their "Elemental" tour of 1998.

The Sound
The album is packed with acoustic remixes of their prior works and the DVD-A format really makes the music shine. Some of the better mixes are "Woman on a Train", "Cameras in Paris", "Driven Out", "One Jungle" (nice acoustic guitar), "Stand Or Fall" (with a different ending than the original studio track), "Saved By Zero" (laid back version with a nice solo) and "Still Around".

The Menu
Playlist
1. Driven Out
2. Stand or Fall
3. Woman on a Train
4. Outside
5. Secret Separation
6. Cameras in Paris
7. Wish
8. One Jungle
9. I Will
10. Saved By Zero
11. Lost Planes
12. Precious Stone
13. Still Around
14. Two Different Views

Videos
Tour Footage
The Cutting Room Floor

Artist Commentary
Commentary for every song offered. A different still pic is displayed with the song playing in the background. Band members talk about each song, how it came to pass, what it meant to them along with which album it debuted on.

Photo Gallery
12 color pics of various action shots on stage.

About DVD-Audio
A couple paragraphs defining what DVD-Audio is.

Speaker Setup
Female voice runs through a system check with visuals on screen showing the proper position and function of each speaker.

Credits

Summary
The Fixx brought a fresh sound and unique style to the 80s Pop scene and achieved enormous radio success with three #1 hits. Over a decade later, fans continue their loyalty to the many great hit songs produced by this great band. And the band has honored their requests for more with a memorable collection of new recordings and greatest moments to their illustrious career. "1011 Woodland" features new arrangements, unplugged versions, great live renditions and loads of bonus material.

This DVD-Audio is more for the FIXX fans than the casual listener who would most likely prefer the original versions.

Order "The Fixx - 1011 Woodland" now!
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