Iguana – The Winds Of Alamar

29 May

Iguana - The Winds Of Alamar DS262f front

The group Iguana (Don Falk & Arthur Bod) from Maryland self produced their debut album titled “The Winds of Alamar” which was released on Quadratrak Records in 1975. Recorded at Quadraphonic Sound Studio in Nashville using the Sansui QS encoding system the effort revealed a six track record. In 1976 the United Artist label picked up the record adding two songs, dropping the quadraphonic effect and producing new art for the cover. Really bad cover art I might add. The stereo version is the common release with the quad record being somewhat hard to find. Their style is comparable to progressive rock fussed with west coast but I welcome your comments as well. Hope you enjoy. “Captain Beyond”

For those who know the original release of the album well, i have moved the decoded  QS  Channel Identification from the start to the end.

Release: DS262f

Source: QS LP

Process: QS/II

Format: DVD-A/V  MLP/DTS/DD

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18 Responses to “Iguana – The Winds Of Alamar”

  1. lhorton1 July 22, 2014 at 19:22 #

    I would agree with what has been said. This is a well-produced album. Does remind me of Poco/America. I like how the vocals sit beside you in the quad mix. And those vocals are brilliant!

  2. gjwAudio November 19, 2013 at 03:10 #

    CB and OD… thanks for putting this quirky record out !

    Just got a chance to audition some downloads I’ve had “in the can” for a while, and I had to say… VERY cool to listen to, now that the Seventies are so far behind – it’s another time trip.

    I JUST LOVE the extensive use of “guitar through the Leslie speaker” flavouring.

    In addition to the bands cited above, it reminds me of another obscure Canadian band: “A Foot In Cold Water” (local radio hit: “(Make Me Do) Anything You Want”). The guitar solos have the same melodic feel and soaring sonic character.

    And the blending of mellotron and real string sections is delicious.

    Very enjoyable.

  3. Owen Smith June 11, 2013 at 15:03 #

    I don’t what I was expecting, the cover art is a bit unrelated to the content. A great listen, nice 70s feelgood music and good use of quad. Definitely should be better known, I’d never heard of them.

  4. caloudes June 8, 2013 at 11:16 #

    Hello,

    thank you for this post.

    I try to get the torrent but the link on the picture seems dead…

    caloudes

  5. delarog June 1, 2013 at 20:28 #

    I had never heard of this band, but what a great record. Reminds me of bands like Poco, America, and their ilk. Pure music from back when people still said ilk :-). Excellent quad, thanks OD.

  6. inquadwetrust June 1, 2013 at 13:35 #

    Very nice fidelity on this one and again another act I wouldn’t have heard without the blog.

    I’d add comparisons to birdycat19’s spot on sound-a-like comparison with America as well, but with a little more pretension and ambition in their approach to the mix. I’d also draw in another cracker from this blog for comparison; the female duo Heaven and Earth.

    It’s gentle quad here but the it’s very pleasantly enveloping and nothing is lost, it swells beautifully and builds in some lovely strings that shimmer and cascade with an elegance that defies it’s self produced origins. The third track brings some sweet Nashville pop slide guitar with a suitably optimistic rolling piano line that counters the soaring Papa John Creach style violin. When you’ve settled in nicely they begin to assert themselves confidently with punchy bass lines and a thicker edge to the vocal that really swings.

    In all, a smashingly rare gem presented with ODs usual care and consideration to the material with the QS decode allowing the mix to really breathe. Today is the first day of British Summertime (an in joke the UK based members will understand!) and this album is providing a little quadraphonic sunshine on an otherwise cloudy day. Captain Beyond – my sincere thanks for the share, I really like your style.

    • oxforddickie June 1, 2013 at 13:52 #

      Thanks for the feedback, and both the captain and i are pleased it has gone down so well.

      BST, yep but the odd thing is that up here in normally rainy Lancashire, it’s a bright blue sky with an odd yellow thing in the sky. Wonders will never cease….. 😉

      • inquadwetrust June 1, 2013 at 14:01 #

        If anyone deserves the sunshine, it’s you!

        Have a great weekend.

    • Owen Smith June 1, 2013 at 13:56 #

      I think you mean today is the first official day of Summer in the UK. British Summer Time starts on the last Sunday in March.

    • Owen Smith June 1, 2013 at 13:57 #

      But yes there is indeed a strange yellow thing in the sky, very rare to see it on my Mum’s birthday.

  7. birdycat19 June 1, 2013 at 03:08 #

    Really enjoy this one. Definitely in the Loggins & Messina/Aztec Two-Step mid-70’s singer-songwriter thing. It does get a little strange towards the end (maybe that’s the prog influence you noted)–that lead singer is quite…unusual. Thanks for this title, I really enjoy discovering new (old) albums!

  8. g335 May 31, 2013 at 01:08 #

    This is new to me and I’m enjoying it also. Thanks for the surprises OD, appreciate your efforts!

  9. sfactor23 May 30, 2013 at 16:48 #

    very lovely album, and very nicely done OD – The separation in the channels is clearly defined and nicely balanced – a pleasurable listening experience! Thank You!

  10. captainbeyond55 May 30, 2013 at 14:54 #

    I had a moment this evening to listen fully four or five times to this title and finally had to stop before audio fatigue set in. Amazingly enjoyable listen! This is truly a different and improved experience. Not full blown crazy quad but a delicate enhancement of the soundscape. Sometimes less is more. For example the clarity to pinpoint the many layers of instruments as they build up during ‘Sailing Ships’ with faint acoustic passages set against the bass juxtaposing in an acoustic soup of equilibrium is revealed. The delicate opening to ‘Eulogy’ has more depth; the space is larger, floating, and dreamlike. The effects at the beginning and during ‘Night Talk’ are no longer buried in the mix but clearly moving in its own space. This rip has been improved by your QS/II process beyond what was ever expected. I salute you OD, your methods and knowledge which make this all possible. Thanks again for all your time and work. I truly appreciate it. Sure hope you enjoyed it too as well as your fellow bloggers might find it interesting.

    • oxforddickie May 30, 2013 at 15:12 #

      Yes, an enjoyable album that should not be hidden away. Hopefully now more can enjoy it.

  11. birdycat19 May 30, 2013 at 02:00 #

    Gotta say I’m enjoying this one—never heard of ’em before.

  12. lupineassassin May 29, 2013 at 16:56 #

    Another amazing post!

  13. bayards May 29, 2013 at 12:44 #

    My memory is on overload! Another one I had back then (and lost)…..I had my 1st Visa card to buy this direct from the States … many many thanks OD!

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