I was able to get a copy of the 3-disc deluxe SACD version of Elton John's "Goodbye Yellow Brick Road" and I listened to the surround mix. It seems the last week or so is king for intense, aggressive surround mixes. Surround sound aficionados are going to love this. It is, dare I say, almost as fully aggressive as the Flaming Lips "Yoshimi" DVD-A mch mix. Guitars scream from the rear, in fact for most of the album the guitars come mainly from the rear speakers, along with double-tracked vocals, background vocals, main vocals (yes - main vocals), sound-effects - well everything seems to come from the rear speakers at one time or another during this 5.1 mix. At times effects, tambourines, saxophones, etc. swirl around the room. Vocals jump from speaker to speaker (listen to "Screw You" - a bonus track on the 2cond disc). An amazing, hair raising mix, is the bonus track - "Candle in the Wind (Acoustic)". The vocals are amazing! I sat mesmerized by the surround sound (which I fear many purists will not like) - I am a sucker for aggressive 5.1 mixes - so there. Oh - you want to know about the sonics. Well - here it is a mixed bag. Nothing bad, but the set errs on the side of crisp, clean and bright. At times too bright. At other times, everything sounds "just right". I doubt anyone will be disappointed by the sonics, but they won't be blown away. I was wishing, though, at times everything could have sounded a bit "warmer" overall. Remember, I speak only about the surround mix since I have only listened to disc 1 in stereo and that was through my Sennheiser 600 headphones. (Even then everything sounded crisp, and clear - but not as bright - which could be the way the headphones "color" the sound - not to say my speakers don't either.) "Goodbye Yellow Brick Road" is not my favorite Elton John album. I like "Madman Across the Water", "Honky Chateau", and "Tumbleweed Connection" much better - but I am glad to have this album on 5.1 SACD nonetheless.