The Beach Boys – Sunflower

26 Apr

The Beach Boys - Sunflower DS376f front

Click for info on album

Release: DS376f

Source: DY CD

Process: DY/II

Format: DVD-A/V  MLP/DTS/DD

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15 Responses to “The Beach Boys – Sunflower”

  1. rayshackleford June 16, 2014 at 02:31 #

    This is another DY encoded treasure that would have never seen the light of day again without the work OD does here. Amazing sound quality from 40 odd years ago. Sometimes I think the record companies don’t want these recordings coming out so people can’t gauge the progress they AREN’T making.

  2. Owen Smith May 5, 2014 at 12:14 #

    Another great DY decode, plenty of surround here with good use of the rears. A full sound, the DY and EV-4 decodes always seem to be fuller in sound than the other matrix types. Odd. Not music I’m familiar with, but pleasant enough though not something I’m likely to return to.

  3. capt2muchclutter April 28, 2014 at 03:49 #

    Thank you. Apparently the CD has somewhat less bass than the LP but the decode is wonderful. 🙂

    • oxforddickie April 28, 2014 at 08:36 #

      The CD used was the 24-bit remastered version. It’s hard to say without a copy of an album if there is any difference between the two.

      • capt2muchclutter April 30, 2014 at 16:19 #

        On further listening, it’s all there, there is just so much more clarity in the high end due to separation. This is really wonderful, I’m hearing new things in an album I’ve listened to a lot.

  4. sacdtodvda April 27, 2014 at 13:19 #

    I had only just read about the whole album being DY and not just the 2 tracks, and (ta-dah!), there it was on the blog. Looks like you were ahead of the game once again, OD.

    You will really have to pull one out of the bag for DS400 now.

    • oxforddickie April 27, 2014 at 17:13 #

      Tell me about it, am scratching my head on exactly what to do. Could always miss out DS400 completely i suppose.

  5. lonky53 April 26, 2014 at 21:22 #

    Thank you so much for this gift. Hearing Cool Cool Water in quad is like going to church.

  6. jaypfunk April 26, 2014 at 13:14 #

    Hey OD… what’s your opinion about this?? Thanks.

    Note: According to Wikipedia and other sources only two tracks on Sunflower are quad encoded (“Got to Know the Woman” & “Cool, Cool Water”). The source for this belief is apparently a 1970 Rolling Stone article written during the recording of the album. However according to numerous posts on the Smiley Smile forum including posts made by sound engineer Stephen W. Desper himself, this is wrong. The entire album is “matrix encoded”. Stephen W. Desper has even been selling a 3D spatializer hardware device to be used with Surf’s Up and (all of) Sunflower that converts the matrix encoding into some kind of virtual surround for playback on regular stereo systems.

    • oxforddickie April 26, 2014 at 13:41 #

      Ha ha, i’m sure you know my opinion as i’m guessing you’ve seen my comments.

      But as to the album being fully DY encoded, it is. This was originally going to be DS400f, but for obvious reasons i felt it needed to be released now. Of the three albums i much prefer this one, even down to the mix. I hope you all enjoy the early present…..

      • joeerand April 27, 2014 at 06:33 #

        Thanks for the gift. It would have been a great choice for ds400f, but I’m happy to have it now. This is my favorite period of the Beach Boys, with some really imaginative harmonies.

        • oxforddickie April 27, 2014 at 08:59 #

          Yes, leaves me with a whole though………..

          • twrock May 2, 2014 at 14:28 #

            This sounds great. Better than hearing the original lp played through the RM setting on my retired QX949. The Holland lp sounded very good on my old quad setup. Would this be a possibility?

            • oxforddickie May 2, 2014 at 14:39 #

              As i’ve said many times, DY is not compatible with QS, so what you hear through a QS decoder is just fake surround, as you would get with any stereo album. Only three albums appear to have been DY encoded.

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