2004 Surround Music Award Nominees

August 1, in DVD-Audio News

The 2004 Surround Music Award nominees can be exclusively revealed by High Fidelity Review today. Held at a one-of-a-kind ceremony, the awards are designed to honour those titles that best exemplify their particular genre of multi-channel audio and delivery.

Previous winners include Queen, James Taylor, The Who, Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd, and Alison Krauss. The SMAs are also becoming known for the dramatic live performances that take place each year, including Graham Nash and David Crosby at the inaugural event, and Dweezil Zappa last year. This year, the SMAs will be held on Tuesday, August 31st at The Highlands nightclub in the Renaissance Hollywood Hotel, where Herbie Hancock will be on hand to receive the Surround Pioneer Award, sponsored by the CEA.

The nominated titles are as follows:

Best Additional Features

  • There and Back Again‘ The Grant Geissman Quintet [AIX Records]
  • Span‘ Bad Haggis featuring Ruben Blades [AIX Records]
  • Grateful Dead – The Closing of Winterland‘ Grateful Dead [Monterey Media]
  • Four Flicks‘ The Rolling Stones [TGA DVD]
  • Tommy‘ The Who [Universal/MCA/MCA Records]

Best Broadcast Multichannel Live Performance

  • KAYOU Concert‘ Masashi Akikawa, Miyuki Kawanaka, Sayuri Ishikawa [NHK]
  • C’Mon America‘ Sheryl Crow [Universal/A&M]
  • Concert for George‘ Various [Warner Bros.]

Best Concert Video

  • SHOW: A Night in the Life of Matchbox Twenty‘ Matchbox Twenty [Coming Home Studios/SRS]
  • Loose in L.A.‘ The Pretenders [Eagle Rock Entertainment]
  • 70th Birthday: Live at Liverpool‘ John Mayall [Eagle Rock Entertainment]
  • Grateful Dead – The Closing of Winterland‘ Grateful Dead [Monterey Media]
  • Four Flicks‘ The Rolling Stones [TGA DVD]

Best High-Resolution Stereo-Only Program

  • Yo Miles! Sky Garden‘ Henry Kaiser & Wadada Leo Smith [Cuneiform]
  • Scar‘ Joe Henry [Hi-Res Music]
  • Catch All‘ SWAG [Hi-Res Music]

Best Made for Surround Title

  • I Get Surround‘ The Surf City Allstars featuring Dean Torrence [AIX Records]
  • XXL‘ Gordon Goodwin’s Big Phat Band [Silverline Records]
  • Brain‘ Hiromi [Telarc]
  • Four Flicks‘ The Rolling Stones [TGA DVD]
  • October‘ Larry Chernicoff [Windy Planet Music]

Best Menu Design

  • Baby Snakes‘ Frank Zappa [Eagle Rock Entertainment]
  • Cyclorama‘ Styx [Silverline Records]
  • Only You-The Concert‘ Harry Connick Jr. [Sony Music/Conn-X Productions]
  • Four Flicks‘ The Rolling Stones [TGA DVD]
  • Sea Change‘ Beck [Universal/IGA/Geffen]

Best Mix: Non-Orchestral

  • Live In Japan‘ George Harrison [Capitol Records]
  • In Absentia‘ Porcupine Tree [DTS Entertainment]
  • Normality Killed the Cat‘ Brimstone Butterfly [Inzect Music]
  • XXL‘ Gordon Goodwin’s Big Phat Band [Silverline Records]
  • Dancin’ in the Dark‘ Tierney Sutton [Telarc]

Best Mix: Orchestral

  • Scott Hamilton with Strings‘ Scott Hamilton [Concord]
  • JS Bach St. John Passion‘ Trinity Cathedral Choir and Baroque Orchestra [DTS Entertainment]
  • Prokofiev: Romeo & Juliet‘ Paaro Jarvi/Cincinatti Symphony Orchestra [Telarc]
  • Mahler: Symphony No. 2‘ Kaplan/Vienna Philharmonic [Universal/Classics/DGG]
  • Bartok: Bluebeard’s Castle‘ BFO Ivan Fischer [Universal/Classics/Philips]

Best Multichannel Re-Issue

  • Stankonia‘ Outkast [BMG/5.1 Production Services]
  • Live In Japan‘ George Harrison [Capitol Records]
  • The Shape of Punk to Come‘ Refused [Epitaph]
  • Gaucho‘ Steely Dan [Universal/MCA]
  • Goodbye Yellow Brick Road‘ Elton John [Universal/UME/Chronicles]

Best Standard Resolution Title

  • Seventy-Two & Sunny‘ Uncle Kracker [Lava Records/SRS]
  • Only You-The Concert‘ Harry Connick Jr. [Sony Music/Conn-X Productions]
  • Concert for George‘ Various [Warner Bros.]

Most Adventurous Mix

  • In Absentia‘ Porcupine Tree [DTS Entertainment]
  • Fire and a Prayer‘ Studio Voodoo [DTS Entertainment]
  • Guitar Heroes‘ Los Angeles Guitar Quartet-LARQ [Telarc]
  • Sea Change‘ Beck [Universal/IGA/Geffen]
  • Goodbye Yellow Brick Road‘ Elton John [Universal/UME/Chronicles]

Horizon Award

  • XXL‘ Gordon Goodwin’s Big Phat Band [Silverline Records]
  • Bring Me Down‘ Pillar [Flicker Records]
  • Normality Killed the Cat‘ Brimstone Butterfly [Inzect Music]
  • Span‘ Bad Haggis featuring Ruben Blades [AIX Records]
  • Brain‘ Hiromi [Telarc]
  • Fire and a Prayer‘ Studio Voodoo [DTS Entertainment]
  • The Legend of Gugin‘ Shan Kill (Gugin) [First Impression Music, Inc.]
  • Uninvisible‘ Medeski Martin and Wood [DTS Entertainment]

High Fidelity Review People’s Choice Award

  • Beethoven: The Nine Symphonies‘ Berlin Philharmonic (Abbado) [Deutsche Grammophon]
  • Yoshimi Battles The Pink Robots‘ Flaming Lips [Warner Music Group]
  • Goodbye Yellow Brick Road‘ Elton John [Island Records]
  • The Girl in the Other Room‘ Diana Krall [Verve]
  • Vivaldi: La Stravaganza – 12 Violin Concertos‘ Rachel Podger [Channel Classics]
  • Mahler: Symphony No.4‘ San Francisco Symphony Orchestra (Tilson Thomas) [Delos]
  • IV‘ Seal [Warner Bros. Music]
  • Tommy‘ The Who [Geffen]

The High Fidelity Review People’s Choice award gives readers the chance to select their favourite surround title of 2003/4. Voting has now ended, but remember to check back on the day of the awards for the announcement of the winners!

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