2005 Surround Sound Grammy Nominees Announced

The Best Surround Sound Album of the Year nominees were announced earlier today as part of the 2005 Grammy Awards. The nominees feature 4 Surround Sound Super Audio CDs and 1 DVD Audio production released during the past year by Virgin Records, Concord Records & Hear Music, SFS Media, Capitol Records and Heads Up.

The Nominees Are…
Musically the nominated Surround Sound albums cover a wide musical spectrum with performances by Roxy Music, Ray Charles & Friends, Ladysmith Black Mambazo, the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra and Bonnie Raitt. Here is the list of nominees and the technical artists behind each 5.1 Surround Sound mix:

Roxy Music
Super Audio CD Surround Sound

(Virgin CVIR 83871 SA)
Surround Sound Producer: Rhett Davies
Surround Sound Mix Engineer: Bob Clearmountain
Surround Sound Mastering Engineer: Bob Ludwig

Genius Loves Company
Ray Charles with Norah Jones, James Taylor, Diana Krall, Elton John, Natalie Cole, Bonnie Raitt, Willie Nelson, Michael McDonald, B.B. King, Gladys Knight, Johnny Mathis & Van Morrison
Super Audio CD Surround Sound

(Concord Records/Hear Music SACD-1033-6)
Surround Sound Producers: John Burk, Phil Ramone & Herbert Waltl
Surround Sound Mix Engineer: Al Schmitt
Surround Sound Mastering Engineers: Robert Hadley & Doug Sax

Mahler: Symphony No. 4
Michael Tilson Thomas, Conductor & the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra
Super Audio CD Surround Sound

(SFS Media 821936-0004-2)
Surround Sound Producer: Andreas Neubronner
Surround Sound Mix Engineer: Markus Heiland
Surround Sound Mastering Engineer: Markus Heiland

Nick Of Time
Bonnie Raitt
DVD Audio Surround Sound

(Capitol Records 99316)
Surround Sound Mix Engineer: Ed Cherney
Surround Sound Mastering Engineers: James Guthrie & Doug Sax

Raise Your Spirit Higher
Ladysmith Black Mambazo
Super Audio CD Surround Sound

(Heads Up HUSA-9083)
Surround Sound Producer: Martin Walters
Surround Sound Mix Engineer: Martin Walters
Surround Sound Mastering Engineer: Paul Blakemore

And The Winner Is…
Surround Sound fans will want to be sure and tune into the Grammy Awards telecast on February 13th, 2005 to see which of these five Surround Sound albums takes the first ever Surround Sound Album Grammy. In the meantime, you’ll want to look for and have a listen to the nominees. There’s definitely some good music to hear among these high resolution audio nominees !