Isaac Hayes – Shaft

15 Jun

Release: DS183f

Source: SQ CD

Process: SQ*Final



17 Responses to “Isaac Hayes – Shaft”

  1. Doug January 5, 2016 at 07:16 #

    I have to respectfully disagree with the other commenters. O.D., there’s no question you do some of the finest work in the quad community. This decode just sounds a little too “phasey” for me. The Machine Head decode was excellent.

    I’ve always loved this movie and soundtrack, and I don’t think I’ve ever been satisfied with the EQ. Too much treble applied too the high hats on all CD masterings. I’m skeptical if using a 44.1 source is worth it. Looking forward to your 24 bit decode

    • oxforddickie January 5, 2016 at 09:19 #

      Now, you bring up an interesting point with regards by pointing to the remaster of the UHJ Alan Parsons album. Itsome of these CD remasters, but not wishing to write a massive article i’ll try and keep it short. Perfect example of a dreadful remaster is the Alan Parsons UHJ album ‘Stereotomy’. To be avoided at all costs as it has been remastered with no consideration to the encoding at all, and hence is useless for decoding purposes.

      But not only that, it damages the stereo stage as well, which means it’s actually an inferior release compared to the original, and not, as they advertise, an improved one.

      Another is the Matrix H ‘Norrie Paramor’ album, and i have an SQ classical CD (it was a single inventory release) that is, to put it bluntly, a bloody mess. Oh, and that goes for a couple of the Pye QS releases also.

      With wht i’ve learnt by working on the decoding process’s and hunting down some titles, over the last six months or so, i’ve become extremely suspicious and at times a decode can sit on the hard-drive for weeks before being put out, or being scrapped until a new source can be obtained.

      To get to the point, this album is on my suspicious list.

      • Doug January 5, 2016 at 21:37 #

        Thanks for the heads up! I will definitely steer clear of the “Stereotomy” remaster

    • Owen Smith January 5, 2016 at 09:28 #

      This is also a much older decode process SQ*Final compared to the Machine Head, which was decoded with Phoenix. SQ*Final can produce acceptable results, but you can’t expect the level of separation produced by Phoenix.

      • oxforddickie January 5, 2016 at 09:56 #

        True, and it wasn’t the wisest of ideas to call that series ‘Final’, was it. It was good, for its day, but looking back on it there were so many issues not dealt with. BUT, it was the first series that i was really proud of (i disown anything pre-Final).

      • Owen Smith January 5, 2016 at 13:03 #

        I called a new hard disc on a Unix system /big several jobs back, between 1995 and 2000. It was 9GB in size. It only take a couple of years before /big was the smallest drive we had.

      • Doug January 5, 2016 at 21:41 #

        That’s a very good point. I should have considered that more when making my initial comments

        • oxforddickie January 5, 2016 at 21:56 #

          It’s not somethingthing you’d think of, we all expect these remasters to have been done with a great deal of care and a need to put out an accurate acopy of the master as possible. That is obviously not the case.

          A couple of months ago i received a test disc of a quad album that is being re-issued in the spring, and it was unbelievably bad. In fact i couldn’t listen to it all the way through, it had been eq’d and compressed to death. Any respect i had for those involved in this series of releases was badly dented by their previous efforts but this destroyed anything that was left.

          I recently received the test of the LP release, and although they’ve toned it down, it sounds horrible. I’ve washed my hands of the project if this is waht ‘those who know better’ think is what we want and are willing to pay top dollar for it.

          So, we are wrong to expect that any new releases of old material is going to be a guarenteed sonic improvement.

  2. Owen Smith January 26, 2014 at 20:11 #

    Great theme tune, decodes really nicely, was looking forward to this and it didn’t disappoint. I love the wacka-dacka guitar in the opening track, and there’s some great brass sounds in it too. Quite a complex mix, I’m listening a second time to track 1 and already hearing things I didn’t notice the first time (particularly the piano).

    The middle has some tracks which are a bit filler, but that’s something you can level at a lot of albums. There’s never any doubt that this is music of the 1970s though, and since I was born in 1966 the 1970s are the background to my childhood (along with the 80s).

  3. José Miguel Carnicer June 20, 2012 at 05:42 #

    Simply grateful for your works. Thanks and salutatios from Spain

  4. The Knight Assasin June 18, 2012 at 11:01 #

    Whilst I am really waiting for the day that some of those Venetian multichoir discs will come along, stuff like this is truly demonstrating the ART that is OD!

    Beyond this desire for Gabrieli et al, decoded Jaws and Bruckner… is there nothing OD cannot improve.

    Yeah, I could get a Fosgate Tate 101a, but that would be to deprive the Master of his Craft.

    As for the tossers (whose bad behaviour seems to be in quad (x4) I am disappointed as much as shocked.

    Keep up the good work… in this Jubilee Year an OBE (Others Bloody Effort) for sharing the gifts of Romantrax et al (sorry that is lost now) and an MBE (My Bloody Effort) for OD!

  5. ToadHallFan June 17, 2012 at 01:33 #

    Very nice. Outstanding sound quality and separation.


  6. ToadHallFan June 16, 2012 at 21:01 #

    Very nice. Outstanding sound quality and separation.


  7. Frank June 16, 2012 at 20:46 #

    I always loved how this soundtrack decodes. Excellent separation, and very interesting quad mix.

  8. teamster June 16, 2012 at 04:55 #

    Thank you for this!

  9. Pygmy Beat June 15, 2012 at 23:31 #

    Thanks OD. This should be fun.

  10. duilawyr June 15, 2012 at 23:21 #

    sorry about your current stalker. I had one at work, very unpleasant:
    “Hey, MISTERDUI, you ever su** a man's d**K?”
    Very scary, had new bullet-proof door installed in my bedroom ($800).
    Funny ending-a client, female, told me it had to be he husband, he does that.
    We go to court, she charged with endangering 3 children under 14 (DUI crashed car with her 3 kids in it). Facing 8 years prison.
    Hubby there! I go over and ask him something, he mumbles, won't answer. I ask where is he parked, he answers…
    “GOTCHA!!” I yelled.
    I recognized the voice. Told DA, “when he gets on the stand I am going to take out my police report and ask the judge to arrest him for obscene calls. Judge drops jaw “I don't know if I can do that!”
    Call the police downstairs they will come up and take him right off the stand to the jail..”
    He never shows up after lunch.
    Therefore, no proof of children's ages. All she got was third DUI, 90 days in rehab.
    Hee Hee Hee. Never heard from him or her.

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