Archive | October, 2014

Liza Minnelli – The Singer

31 Oct

Liza Minnelli - The Singer DS435p front

Far too often i find myself in disagreement with the reviews on ‘All Music’, with many of them written by someone who either doesn’t like a particular artist/album or who is incapable of being objective.

Personally i feel that they didn’t take the easy way out and just turn out an album of copycat covers, but put some thought into the production of the songs giving them a slightly different spin. Also the mix certainly helps in making this an enjoyable, and repeatable, listen. Of course you may not agree…..

Album info and short review

Release: DS435p

Source: SQ LP

Process: ‘Phoenix’

Format: DVD-A/V  MLP/DTS/DD

Deodato – Prelude

29 Oct

Deodato - Prelude DS434p front

Album info

Release: DS434p

Source: SQ LP

Process: ‘Phoenix’

Format: DVD-A/V  MLP/DTS/DD

 

Johnnie Taylor – Eargasm

27 Oct

Johnnie Taylor - Eargasm DS427p front

At the time this was one of the quad albums i could never get a copy of, imports normally consisted of what was deemed more popular over here. Recently i managed to nab a reasonably priced copy on this side of the pond. The hunt continues for the other…….

Album info

Release: DS427p

Source: SQ LP

Process ‘Phoenix’

Format: DVD-A/V  MLP/DTS/DD

Boyce – The Eight Symphonies

25 Oct

Boyce - The Eight Symphonies DS433f front

Album info

Release: DS433f

Source: UHJ CD

Process: Ambi-UHJ

Format: DVD-A/V  MLP/DTS/DD

John Lee Hooker – Kabuki Wuki

24 Oct

John Lee Hooker - Kabuki Wuki DS432f front

Recorded live at the Kabuki Theatre, San Francisco

Release: DS432f

Source: QS CD

Process: QS/IIa

Format: DVD-A/V  MLP/DTS/DD

Cat Stevens – Foreigner

22 Oct

Cat Stevens - Foreigner DS431p front

Album info

Release: DS431p

Source: SQ LP

Process: ‘Phoenix’

Format: DVD-A/V  MLP/DTS/DD

B.B.King – Friends

20 Oct

B.B. King - Friends DS430f front

Album info

Release: DS430f

Source: QS LP

Process: QS/IIa

Format: DVD-A/V  MLP/DTS/DD

James Galway – Galway At The Movies

18 Oct

James Galway - Galway At The Movies DS429f frontFreebie

Album info

Release: DS429f

Source: Dolby Surround CD

Process: DS/IV

Format: DVD-A/V  MLP/DTS/DD

Another BBC Surround Broadcast on Saturday

17 Oct

The BBC are broadcasting another play in Surround on Radio 4 on Saturday 18th October (tomorrow) at 14:30 UK time. Again it would be nice to have it recorded. A special thanks to ‘Em’ for the heads up on this, and yes i’ve been caught napping whilst on duty  LOL

Also this is a special mention to those who have already recorded the Proms and the Play already. I haven’t forgotten you, i’m just taking a much needed break since ‘Phoenix’, but i will get back to you.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/radio4/posts/Saturday-Drama-Under-Milk-Wood-in-Surround-Sound

Paul McCartney & Wings – Venus And Mars

15 Oct

Paul McCartney And Wings - Venus And Mars CB031 frontLink

 

Offered here is the follow up to ‘Band On The Run’. Again this title was originally only release in quad form on the Q8 format. Much later there was a CD release using the DTS format. As mentioned by blog members the running order of songs is different than the LP release. Enjoy CB

Album info

Release: CB031

Source: Q8

Format: DVD-A/V  MLP/DTS/DD

Barbra Streisand – Stoney End

14 Oct

Barbra Streisand - Stoney End DS426p

Album info

Release: DS426p

Source: SQ LP

Process: Phoenix

Format: DVD-A/V  MLP/DTS/DD

 

Paul McCartney & Wings – Band On The Run

11 Oct

Paul McCartney & Wings - Band On The Run CB030 frontLink

This is the 2nd in a series from Captain Beyond of solo Beatles titles released on Q8. This particular title, considered by some to be the high point of Sir Paul’s career, was only offered in quadraphonic mix on Q8 cartridge.

‘Helen Wheels’ was originally only available on the US release. This Q8 graciously provided by ‘rockyofpittsburgh’. Enjoy CB

Album info

Release: CB030

Source: Q8

Format: DVD-A/V  MLP/DTS/DD

Buddy Rich – Live On King Street, San Francisco

10 Oct

This reissue is dedicated to fellow quadraphile and laserdisc user  ‘Disclord’ who passed away recently. The Laserdisc version of this album was one of his favorites even though the SQ soundtrack caused the Tate decoder to pump quite badly, hence the original SQ*Final release. It’s a real shame he never got to hear it as decoded by ‘Phoenix’.

Released in 1985, this is believed to be the last official SQ encoded album to be released. The album consists of two sets, ‘The Channel One Set’ and ‘The West Side Story Set’

Reissue: New Decode

Release: DS131p

Source: SQ CD

Process: SQ/Phoenix

Format: DVDA-V  MLP/DTS/DD

Mike Oldfield – Exposed

9 Oct

 

Album info

Reissue: New ‘Phoenix’ Decode

Release: DS1p

Source: SQ  HDCD (Decoded)

Process: ‘Phoenix’

Format: DVD-A/V  MLP/DTS/DD

Chicago – VI

8 Oct

Chicago - VI DS425p front

Withdrawn due to pending reissue

Album info

Release: DS425p

Source: SQ LP

Process: ‘Phoenix’

Format: DVD-A/V  MLP/DTS/DD

John Keating – Space Experience

6 Oct

Reissue:New decode

Release: DS58p

Source: SQ CD

Process: SQ/Phoenix

Format: DVD-A/V  MLP/DTS/DD

Space Experience Not Such A Great Experience

6 Oct

I’m sorry guys, and i hold myself 100% to blame, but the new version of Space Experience is not as good as it should be.  I foolishly thought i could remember the complete process so did the decode from memory and without the safety sheet at hand which resulted in the same mistake happening when i did the test files for Owen.

I promise from now on to go from the sheet with every SQ decode. A new better sounding version will be up later today, i really sorry about this.   😦

I forgot to add that i have ‘beukenoot’ to thank for his comment about it being quieter, it bothered me for hours until i realized what i’d done (or not done)

So what’s happened to the SQ releases?

2 Oct

Good question, and a very good reason for another of my long-winded dire-tripe’s…..

After working on what became DS/IV (for Dolby Surround) i decided to utilizes the new process for it’s big brother SQ. Although SQ/III was perfectly ok, as i stated there could only be an SQ/IV if an improved way of performing the logic/expansion function, and as the new process worked so well for Dolby Surround it was obvious to try it on SQ.

So work started but it soon became obvious that there were some serious issues that had to be overcome and the problem lay in the lack of powerful enough tools to perform the process without causing any damage to the wanted information. So after a great deal of work SQ/IV was shelved indefinitely. Not one to give up on a good idea, the next day i started work on a hybrid process using SQ/III and IV which started to show good results.

Finally, after the usual testing and re-testing (thanks Owen for help in the final test) what i ended up with was a process that actually performed almost as well as IV but without any of the issues. In fact the differences are quite small and not even worth mentioning as i suspect nobody would be able to tell the two apart (if IV was possible) performance wise.

So out of the ashes of failure springs new life, and it’s called ‘SQ/Phoenix‘.

So what’s the difference? The only area of SQ that has remained a problem since it’s inception is the front channels. They still contain all of the rear channel information. Although i had made some inroads into reducing this throughout the II & III series there was still enough left over to reduce the Front to Rear separation and blur images. It is also the one major thing that stops SQ being considered as ‘discrete’. Until now.

Comparing Phoenix with CD-4 i believe it is fair say say this is the first time that discrete SQ decoding is possible. A brave statement i know, and one i do not make lightly, those who know me know i’ve never used that word publicly to describe any of the matrix decoding process’s. And to those who love to try and take me down, and yes i know this will get to you, best take your best shot, i’m ready for you!!!

So tomorrow will be the first release using ‘Phoenix’, so it would be nice to have some feedback, positive or negative. Oh and you may find at first that there’s something wrong. just remember all there coming from the fronts now is just the fronts, the rears are behind you.

Oh and please don’t ask about re-issues (although over time it will happen), this has been a long hard slog, i need some rest and also need to get to releasing new material…….

 

 

Michael Stearns – Chronos (O.S.T)

1 Oct

Michael Stearns - Chronos DS423f front

Like the original CD, this album plays as one seamless track.

Album info

Release: DS423f

Source: UHJ CD

Process: UHJ/II

Format: DVD-A/V  MLP/DTS/DD

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