The Grass Roots – Their 16 Greatest Hits

6 Mar

The Grass Roots - Their 16 Greatest Hits CB015 frontLink

 The Grass Roots were created to fulfill a need for a working band after a hit record had been produced in the studio. They were the record company’s idea of what a southern California folk rock band should sound like. The Grass Roots had many big hits on AM radio with ‘Temptation Eyes’ being burned into memory. The Captain particular enjoyed track 4 ‘Let’s Live For Today’ and track 15 ‘Feelings’. This is the 2nd release in a collaborative effort between OD & CB with the Command Quadraphonic label. I really like the Command label series and hope you do too. Enjoy   CB

Release: CB015

Source: QS LP

Process: QS/IIa

Format: DVD-A/V  MLP/DTS/DD

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16 Responses to “The Grass Roots – Their 16 Greatest Hits”

  1. qrx9001 July 2, 2014 at 16:06 #

    The mix on this release is odd because the lead vocal seems to be in a fog from the right channel instead of being centered as one would expect from listening to the stereo versions of the same songs. I have not heard the quad 8-track so I can’t comment on that mix. On the other hand, the separation sounded good to me–but there is more clarity from the rear channels than from the front channels, just the reverse of many other quad mixes. Maybe ABC was just very sloppy.

  2. gleeksmirt7 May 11, 2014 at 05:52 #

    The rear channels sound VERY, VERY out of phase and the channel separation is nowhere near what the quad 8-track was. Sorry to be so critical but this is the worst sounding thing I’ve ever downloaded on here.

    • oxforddickie May 13, 2014 at 19:28 #

      It is believed that the mixes for the LP and Q8 were different, with the mix for the LP quite possibly being a rejected version. Another thing is that for some reason, ABC QS mixes never seem to be as clean as other labels.

  3. Owen Smith March 11, 2014 at 22:47 #

    Not really my thing, but I also enjoyed track 4 just like the Captain. Background music for me, but pleasant enough in that role.

  4. admsh March 7, 2014 at 22:32 #

    Really a pleasant surprise, thank you OD and CB. It’s a great collection, and even though nothing comes close to “live for today”, it’s an enjoyable listen through and through.

    Really interesting how the quad mix is actually less adventurous than the stereo mix, especially on “live for today” — in the stereo mix the vocals shift left and right, and in the quad mix they stay in place. Still I’ll take the quad mix of course, and this decode is absolutely wonderful. Thank you both!

  5. lonky53 March 7, 2014 at 19:32 #

    I’m a big fan of Things I should Have Said as well as some other Grassroots hits.
    I enjoyed their frequent use of horns and just how clean this conversion is. Thanks to you both.

  6. sacdtodvda March 7, 2014 at 08:31 #

    Thanks so much for this QS conversion. It should knock the socks off conversions of the two Q8 releases – although apparently one of the Q8 releases does have the advantage of alternative mixes and/or takes.

    Of course, alternative versions don’t mean much when you don’t know the originals – I’m only really aware of Midnight Confessions in my part of the world.

    • oxforddickie March 7, 2014 at 09:28 #

      It would be nice to have a comparison between the decode and the Q8 version of the same mixes, purely out of interest.

      • quadsome March 9, 2014 at 16:22 #

        As a comparison, I did a great conversion from a flawless Q8 of the GRT “C 7023-50107” improved quad mix. (I believe the first Q8 version had no letter “C” but had an “H” at the end.) It is much crisper than this vinyl decode but to your question, the mix is much, much more discrete across the board…most notably on Midnight Confessions and Let’s Live For Today. Lead vocals much louder on Things I Should Have Said…wish this wasn’t the case as I always prefer a clean vinyl decode over Q8, but unfortunately this time that didn’t happen unlike the Four Tops, Steely Dan, Joe Walsh examples on ABC Command Quadraphonic which were true to the discrete mix across the board.

        • oxforddickie March 9, 2014 at 18:52 #

          Many thanks for going to the trouble in comparing them, and the differences are interesting. I remember AOQ suggesting that the LP was done with yet another mix, which would make three different quad mixes!. Guess it’s one of those things we’ll never really know about.

      • Owen Smith March 9, 2014 at 18:48 #

        Perhaps you can get your Q8 conversion to Captain Beyond for him to release as part of the CB series?

  7. startrek1701 March 7, 2014 at 08:09 #

    Is this the same as the “Greatest Hits” that I saw on MCA?

    • sacdtodvda March 7, 2014 at 09:56 #

      The MCA album is a straight re-release of the Dunhill album with a different label..

  8. zaphod2359 March 7, 2014 at 00:24 #

    An unexpected pleasure!Takes me back to seventh grade.Thanks!

  9. tarkus2013 March 6, 2014 at 20:34 #

    I saw them in concert at a college in Georgia. They were as good as their records and had a kick-ass brass section to boot. In fact, the brass came on first and played a whole bunch of Chicago songs. I’ve always enjoyed them and never expected to see them show up here! I’d wait a million years, walk a million miles 🙂

    • ultimatetrouble March 7, 2014 at 17:00 #

      I saw them on a PBS special a few years ago. They played two songs and for being in there sixties Rob Grill and Creed Braxton really rocked it out, I had it on a DVR for a few years then the DVR died. It was all HD surround sound so I was really bummed when the thing died. I did get a copy on DVD but not as good as the recording I had. Thanks a million Captain and OD for this wonderful release. I know the quad will be better than what I had on the DVR.

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