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Withdrawn due to pending new ‘Hydra’ decode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


Poco – Deliverin’

12 Dec

Poco - Deliverin'  DS323f front

The band at this time consisted of Jim Messina, Richie Furay, Rusty Young, Timothy B. Schmit & George Grantham and this, their third (and first live) album, ended up being Jim Messina’s swan song.

Release: DS323f

Source: SQ CD

Process: SQ/II


Alan Haven – Organ Spectacular

10 Dec

Alan Haven - Organ Spectacular DS322f front

Alan Haven released two albums on the PYE label (NSPL41031 & NSPL41040) and the compilation CD used contained 20 of the 24 tracks on those albums.

Release: DS322f

Source: QS CD

Process: QS/IIa


Harry Nilsson & John Lennon – Pussy Cats

9 Dec

Nilsson - Pussy Cats CB009 front

#9 #9 #9…     Here is an offering by Harry Nilsson & John Lennon produced during the ‘Lost Weekend’ sourced from a freshly unsealed Q8. As Sammy Davis would say Mucho Mungo Man. Enjoy.  CB

Release: CB009

Source: Q8


John Denver – Poems, Prayers & Promises

7 Dec

John Denver - Poems, Prayers and Promises CB008 frontFeebie with LINK

This 4th album from John Denver is considered to be his ‘breakout album’  and contains his signature song “Take Me Home, Country Roads”. It was only offered quadraphonicly on the Q8 cartridge. West Virginia here we come. Enjoy.    CB

Release: CB008

Source: Q8


King Crimson – KBFH 26/5/74

6 Dec

King Crimson - KBFH 26-5-74 DS321f front

This is four tracks from the KBFH with King Crimson at the Stanley Theatre Pittsburgh on April 29 1974, the second show, in the final tour of this classic  line-up  with John Wetton, David Cross, Bill Bruford and Robert Fripp. Luckily this broadcast, despite being relatively short, includes an amazing version of “Starless”.

The band finally became the beast it is probably most remembered for and where any previous vestiges of “fairy music prog rock” were lost as they became a loud, aggressive and unpredictable beast. So much so that they split up after this tour largely due the strains of playing this music. Around this time the band became adept at playing highly complex written pieces but also would do at least two complete improvisations. These were not based on any harmonic or thematic starting points and wouldn’t ever develop into some of the more excessive “avant-garde” free jazz type improvisation that was quite hip at the time. Beyond this they just played with a dangerous fury every night that is highly compelling even 40 years later.

This recording appeared on a bootleg CD 25 years ago called “American’s Lament”. I assume it was ripped directly off a KBFH transcription recording at the time because from its frequency analysis it seems Pre-FM. I had read that King Crimson was never broadcast on KBFH in quadraphonic sound, however in the latest King Crimson boxset “The Road To Red”, in the booklet a KBFH ad shows the original broadcast listed as being in quad. However as all or maybe most of the KBFH quad recordings were lost in a fire in 1982 this seemed unlikely to be quad encoded as this version was prepared for a broadcast in the mid ’80s judging by what the announcer states. Still I tried a quick a nasty decode and it did seem to be like KBFH quad hence why I forwarded it to OD to check it out more thoroughly.

The full version of this show exists in stereo now from DGMlive and is certainly worth a purchase.” Mark

Release: DS321f

Source: SQ CD

Process: SQ/II


Carl Orff – Carmina Burana

4 Dec

Carl Orff - Carmina Burana _ MTT  DS320f front

This is the version by Michael Tilson-Thomas with the Cleveland Orchestra & Chorus

Release: DS320f

Source: SQ CD

Process: SQ/II


Jeff Beck – Blow By Blow

2 Dec

Jeff Beck - Blow By Blow DS319 front

Release: DS319

Source: SACD


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