Rich Mountain Tower – RMT

14 Apr

Rich Mountain Tower - Rich Mountain Tower DS244f front

The fourth, and final, EV-4 encoded album, was supplied by ‘Captain Beyond’ for use during the development of EV-4/II and has become a firm favourite

Release: DS244f

Source: EV-4 LP

Process: EV-4/II



16 Responses to “Rich Mountain Tower – RMT”

  1. Beechwoods (@Beechwoods_) March 21, 2015 at 16:46 #

    This is great! Never heard of RMT before, but they sound very reminiscent of late era Byrds in parts, which is a good thing by me. I’m not familiar with EV-4 but the decode sounds fantastic – just as I’ve come to expect from OD work! Thank you.

  2. Owen Smith April 22, 2013 at 18:58 #

    Beautiful music excellently played and sung by the group. Wonderful vocal harmonies in track 1 which are bang in tune even the high tenor parts. Great guitar playing all the way through and extremely well recorded, I can easily hear fingers touching strings. Great use of harmonica, not a phrase I’m likely to write often but it really works here.

    The quad mix is nice and active but not excessive. Plenty of rear left or rear right only sounds, which simply won’t have been reproduced like that with the original EV-4 decoder which they would have known. I wonder if the engineers had later quad developments in mind or were planning a Q4 release?

    • oxforddickie April 22, 2013 at 19:06 #

      There was a Q8 released of it, with at least one track having a completely different mix.

      When ‘Captain Beyond’ first contacted me, he send a rip of the Q8, but for technical reasons it wasn’t possible to use it, but as he had the LP as well, i decided to start the project to decode DY/EV-4

      • captainbeyond55 April 22, 2013 at 19:52 #

        Yes… Ovation released this in several formats: LP (EV-4) , Q4 & Q8 as well as a different mix on the sample album and the different mix OD spoke of on the Q8.

  3. arrow70 April 22, 2013 at 11:20 #

    Many thanks for this OD. I’ve got some serious downloading and listening to do!

  4. inquadwetrust April 15, 2013 at 15:30 #

    Another gem gets a new lease of life. I like this a lot – a decent quad mix that complements the lovely melodic country tinged music within. Stable sonics throughout with a lovely sense of presence to the pedal steel and acoustic guitars. Harmonies spread through the rears and the occasional harmonica floats up sounding bright and tight.

    OD – does the EV-4 matrix offer greater separation than QS/SQ? I’d be interested to know how another matrix format hit the market and what the reasoning was behind it.

    • oxforddickie April 15, 2013 at 15:54 #

      DY & EV-4 were not as complex as QS & SQ and suffered even more in their ability to give any worth while separation.

      Using the EV-4 decoder as an example (the best of the two), the resultant Front L/R separation was about 12db, with 90% of the rear information still active, and the Rear L/R separation was around 1 to 2 db, basically nothing, but it did give a graat apparent Front/Rear separation.

      That’s why, when the two more complex, but more flexible, systems arrived on the scene, they died a death.

      And please, no talk of EV’s desperate and futile attempt to become compatible with SQ with their MKII decoder.

      • inquadwetrust April 15, 2013 at 16:00 #

        So essentially what we’re hearing in your decode was nigh on impossible with the original decoders? All the more kudos to you for your detailed work on this method.

        Thanks for the detailed response. much appreciated.

        • oxforddickie April 15, 2013 at 16:06 #

          Yes, totally impossible. I’m still in shock i was ableto get it as good as it is. I’m just going into my nice white padded room for a while………….

  5. beukenoot April 14, 2013 at 20:32 #

    Is this band related with CCR ? I never heard about them but it is a nice good old sound, from past times when everything seemed more easy 😉

  6. quadro2013 April 14, 2013 at 18:02 #

    Thank you, O.D. and thanks to Captain Beyond, too!

    It’s so interesting music you share with us – i’m very curious about the quad-mix.

  7. captainbeyond55 April 14, 2013 at 18:01 #

    Truly today is a Holiday ….World EV-4 Day !!! This may be the 1st time these Electro-Voice encoded recordings have been heard correctly in 40 years. It has been a long road for you to get here but the results are more than worth it. This opens up the door to a vast catalog of encoded material including one of my favorite labels Ovation. Bonnie Koloc, Willie Dixon and others I hope will soon see the light of day again. Thank you OD for RMT and for all your time and efforts with the blog.

  8. Owen Smith April 14, 2013 at 14:18 #

    I hope by “fourth and final EV-4” you mean 4th and final of the ones used for development. It would be a shame if this is the last EV-4 decoded album you ever release.

    • oxforddickie April 14, 2013 at 14:21 #

      Yes, your right, these four were on the go for what seems an age, and it’s certainly not the last you’ll be seeing of DY/EV-4 releases 😉

  9. joeerand April 14, 2013 at 13:53 #

    Thanks for all these freebies, OD, and thanks to Captain Beyond!

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