Archive | December, 2013

Alan Freeman’s Saturday Show ‘Xmas Eve Quad Special’

24 Dec

Alan Freeman Quad Christmas Eve Show DS330f front

Withdrawn due to pending new ‘Hydra’ decode


During the BBC’s experimental quadraphonic broadcasts during the second half of 1977, producer Tony Wilson took the bull by the horns and remixed some of the sessions recorded for the John Peel and Alan ‘Fluff’ Freeman radio shows for broadcast on Alan’s three-hour Saturday rock show. One thing about these quad mixes is that they were mostly artists that never had any commercial quad releases, which makes them even more interesting.

Alan’s show was held in such a high regard that Pink Floyd allowed the quad mix of ‘Wish You Were Here’ to be broadcast, complete without interruption, during one show.

Although the experiment ended during autumn of that year, due to Matrix H being scrapped, during his Christmas eve show Alan broadcast a one hour special highlighting a small selection of “Tony Wilson’s quadraphonic creations”. In reality it would have been easy to fill the whole three hours of his show, and it is sad to say this was the last time any of the quad mixes were broadcast.

This release has been decoded from a reel-to-reel recording of that show, which thankfully in the most part was in good enough quality to allow an ‘almost’ faultless decode.

Artists include: The Steve Gibbons Band, Racing Cars, Andy Fairweather Low, Colosseum II, The Stranglers, The Motors, Phil Manzanera & Lone Star

“Alright?…  Not ‘Arf”

Release: DS330f

Source: Matrix H Radio Recording

Process: H-77/II



Nativitas – Kansas City Chorale

21 Dec

Nativitas - Kansas City Chorale DS329f front

Release: DS329f

Source: UHJ CD

Process: UHJ/II


Janis Joplin – Pearl

18 Dec

Janis Joplin - Pearl  DS328f frontRelease: DS328f

Source: SQ LP

Process: SQ/II


Richard Rogers – Victory At Sea Vol.1

17 Dec

Victory At Sea - Rodgers - Bennett CB010 front

Victory At Sea Vol. 1 was the only volume of three that made it to quadraphonic release and only in the Q8 cartridge format. The score was a favorite of US President Richard Nixon, and part was played at his funeral. Enjoy.    CB

Release: CB010

Source: Q8


Ten Years After – A Space In Time

16 Dec

Ten Years After - A Space In Time  DS327f front

Release: DS327f

Source: SQ LP

Process: SQ/II


Celebration – BBC Welsh Chorus

15 Dec

Celebration - BBC Welsh Chorus DS326f front

Release: DS326f

Source: UHJ CD

Process: UHJ/II


Cowboy Junkies – Whites Off Earth Now!!

14 Dec

Cowboy Junkies - Whites Off Earth Now!!  DS235f front

Their first album, and the first of two where the band were recorded live in the studio using a single Calrec Ambisonic microphone straight into a digital stereo recorder.

Release: DS325f

Source: UHJ CD

Process: UHJ/II


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