Ned Lagin – Seastones

16 Jun
A little something special for those who are into early experimental/electronic music

Release: DS87f

Source: SQ encoded CD

Process: SQ*Final

Format: DVD-A/V  MLP: 24/44  DTS: 24/48  DD: 24/48


11 Responses to “Ned Lagin – Seastones”

  1. NedBase October 4, 2018 at 16:17 #

    The new, two CD album of “Seastones” was released on March 8, 2018. This album is not a re-issue. It presents most but not all of the composition as originally composed but never released or heard before. For this release, “Seastones” was re-mixed and re-mastered in stereo. It includes most of the original 1970-1974 studio forms, those parts of Ned’s concurrent but unfinished composition “L” that are shared with “Seastones”, as well as some of the moment forms generated and incorporated into the composition from live performances that took place from 1973 to 1975. This two CD album contains 83 tracks (54 tracks on CD One and 29 tracks on CD Two) and altogether is 111 minutes long. The album is available through the Spiritcats store.

    • oxforddickie October 4, 2018 at 20:11 #

      In other words, it’s not Seastones as per the original quadraphonic version.

      • NedBase October 5, 2018 at 15:09 #

        That is correct.

        To get the ‘original quadraphonic version’ one would have to play the “Seastones” LP on a record player that can decode SQ-Quad, have that connected to a stereo system that play quad, etc.

        • oxforddickie October 5, 2018 at 20:43 #

          Or the CD version that I have.

          • NedBase October 6, 2018 at 18:09 #

            Is that the Rykodisc CD, or something that was made by playing the LP with SQ-Quad decoding?

  2. atq September 26, 2017 at 11:31 #

    I was hoping that being in quad would make this more interesting, but it didn’t! I’d rather listen to the Radiophonic Workshop than this. I’m sure at the time it was technically a great achievement, but it is very minimalistic. The quad mix is pretty good, but it’s just not got much to work on.

  3. Owen Smith August 4, 2015 at 17:21 #

    I pulled this out of my diminishing (only 8 discs now) legacy backlog stack since someone requested re-seed for it recently. Strange doesn’t begin to cover it, this is downright weird. Experimental as in “we’re experimenting with wether this is actually music or not”. As unlistenable as atonal classical music, just in a different way.

  4. OxfordDickie March 19, 2012 at 09:57 #

    As stated, the source was the SQ encoded CD release of this album. It was originally only available as a single inventory release, which means there was no seperate stereo and quad versions.

    The master therefore was SQ encoded, and any release using it will be.

    It was only CBS and EMI (in the early days) that went to the trouble of releasing the quad albums as seperate releases, all of the small labels did the right thing, and released albums as stereo/quad.

  5. Anonymous March 19, 2012 at 01:46 #


    But I did have one question – What does it mean when the source is stated as SQ encoded CD? When was such a CD released or is that a typo? Can you please elaborate on the exact source as that would help…

  6. Highlander June 19, 2011 at 19:29 #

    Thanks for this one OD, I appreciate you posting some of the more esoteric Quad releases! Speaking of which, I didn't post any Tangerine Dream comments, but thanks for those as well! It's great to great to hear those swimming 70's analog keyboards. Regarding Seastones, here's a little background excerpted from wiki: “The album was recorded in quadraphonic sound and featured guest performances by members of the Grateful Dead. Seastones was re-released in stereo on CD by Rykodisc in 1991. The CD version includes the original nine-section “Sea Stones” (42:34) from February 1975, and a live, previously unreleased, six-section version (31:05) from December 1975.”

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