Average White Band – Average White Band

1 Mar


Release: DS64

Source: CD-4 LP



24 Responses to “Average White Band – Average White Band”

  1. Doug August 7, 2016 at 05:58 #

    O.D. I believe I snagged this one off of your old site. I haven’t listened to it in a while. Stupendous. I can’t really add anymore praise of this release that hasn’t already been said. I know you’re the master of matrix systems. But the seperation and fidelity on this is great. Classics. Hopefully some of the wealthier members will send you more CD-4 LP’s to be transfered at some point. Also I really enjoy this older way you authored the DVD’s. No menu. You just put them in and they play right away. Others may like the menus better

    • Owen Smith August 7, 2016 at 17:57 #

      I just put the new ones in and they play straight away for me. Maybe that’s because I’m playing the DVD-A MLP?

      I have to say with the vagaries of DVD-Video players, I think it probably is a good idea to present a menu so people can choose DTS if they can play it. Getting the best stream to play automatically on all players isn’t possible from what I’ve read, some players do stupid things.

      • Doug August 9, 2016 at 08:09 #

        Owen thank you for your reply. I guess these old CD-4 transfers don’t have a menu. Not even a simple one is what I meant. Just a blank screen. Which is fine by me. I kind of prefer it that way. I know most people probably don’t though

        • oxforddickie August 9, 2016 at 08:13 #

          They’re very early releases, long before i added menus. if there are enough requests on the ‘reissue’ page then i’ll redo the disc with a menu.

    • Owen Smith August 7, 2016 at 17:59 #

      OD didn’t transfer this or any of the other CD-4s on this site at present. Apart from the captain’s recent CB releases, all the CD-4s were transferred by Malcolm Piper.

      • Doug August 9, 2016 at 08:11 #

        Owen I was not aware of that. Thank you for clearing that up

  2. John February 27, 2016 at 17:42 #

    Ha ha! My wife always loved Pick-Up-The-Pieces – so I played her this version. She loved it! The separation is fantastic – discrete, sharp, clear, and still integrated. Hearing those guitars so clearly across the rear speakers is wonderful And the Sax solos coming from the center rear speaker is so cool. Especially since there is no center rear speaker. Ha! And the voices coming from the front center speaker on the other songs is nice too. Except the center speaker isn’t being used either. So, beautiful spread of instruments – but also a collective sound field too. A great recording that helped me to enjoy an album that I haven’t listened to in years.

    • T Bradley February 27, 2016 at 20:36 #

      That description is an excellent example of why the 5 and the .1 are unnecessary for music and can actually tend to interfere with, smear, and otherwise damage or destroy the artists’ intended musical sound stage as opposed to being some type of enhancement to the original quad source like some people seem to think it is.
      Unless you’re listening with a basic home theater “cubes” surround setup, if you have real speakers you should turn off the LFE/sub settings along with the center channel and hope that whomever encoded any of the quad discs you’re trying to listen to didn’t try to up-mix them to 5.1 surround. CB and OD do it right, 4.0 quad of course. 🙂

      That being said, I thoroughly enjoyed this AWB offering.
      It is such a good example of how to utilize “those other two speakers” which some artists like AWB totally understood although some artists of the era did not.

      • Owen Smith February 28, 2016 at 02:23 #

        This is a 4.0 transfer like nearly everything else on this blog. John is talking about phanton centre front and centre rear, created by good imaging from the left and right speakers.

    • Owen Smith February 27, 2016 at 22:07 #

      Malcolm Piper did a superb job transferring this CD-4, it’s probably the best example from the blog’s small collection of CD-4 transfers of how good the format could sound on the rare occasions when it all worked perfectly. I’m not belittling the Captain’s recent CD-4 efforts by saying that, so much depends on how good the original vinyl pressing was. The fact that this is also a great album and a great quad mix just adds to the near perfection it represents.

  3. Owen Smith May 9, 2013 at 15:22 #

    This is a super clean CD-4 transfer, many thanks to Malcolm for the rip. The music is great, those 1970s wacka-dacka guitars reall bring back the era. Track 3 is the famous one and the only one I recall having heard before, but in quad it is a revalation making it so much easier to pick out the instruments. The imagining of the entire album is great, at times I could swear my Centre speaker is active the front image is so good (but checking it the Centre it is silent). Similarly there are times when voices are clearly rear cenntre, but I have no speaker there. Full use is made of all four speakers throughout, a great quad album.

  4. birdycat19 April 25, 2013 at 04:29 #

    Listening now. One of the best quad mixes I’ve ever heard. Lush and involving. Thanks again!

  5. OxfordDickie September 11, 2012 at 06:20 #

    It's still being seeded, so you should have no problem getting it

  6. Allan Greenwald September 10, 2012 at 23:31 #

    Will you be re-posting this one soon? Thanks.

  7. OxfordDickie June 20, 2012 at 13:55 #

    Available again

  8. Artem Wizard June 20, 2012 at 12:36 #

    No Files 😦

  9. OxfordDickie April 2, 2011 at 16:52 #

    Yep, a truly under rated band, i think the reason why people find it hard to believe they are “home Grown” is because of their sound.

  10. inquadwetrust April 2, 2011 at 16:34 #

    Just watched AWB doing “put it where you want it' on one of the Old Grey Whistle Test DVDs in glorious mono – that curious 70's BBC recording technique of a live vocal with the backing tracks on tape from the album to listening to this. Stunning bongo action – up there with the DVDA of the Doobie's 'the captain and me'. Instant party quad thrills – and no one ever believes they're from Scotland!

  11. Anonymous March 22, 2011 at 10:36 #

    OD & Malcolm ,

    what can I say , never thought I would ever see this in quad . absolutely incredible seperation . One of my favourite albums of all time. My compliments to you both.
    OD without guys like you we would all be in the dark , thx a million


  12. Vambo_Marble_Eye March 8, 2011 at 13:13 #

    Fantastic, can't wait to here this one. Thanks!

  13. Chris March 8, 2011 at 01:46 #

    Really nice! One of my favorites so far! Thanks.

  14. ManWhoCan March 8, 2011 at 00:55 #

    it sounds great!
    These guys are so much more that 'average'.
    Malcolm and O.D. Are stars!

  15. nooders March 3, 2011 at 17:41 #

    thanks OD!!

  16. Anonymous March 2, 2011 at 14:19 #

    Nice. Thank you.

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