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



12 Responses to “Buddy Rich – Live On King Street, San Francisco”

  1. Owen Smith October 25, 2014 at 15:18 #

    Jazz isn’t my thing, but I like much of this. It’s definitely a small venue this was recorded in, the very start of the disc probably shows that off best with audience noise. Quad wise this is a fairly unadventurous mix, the rears have only audience noise and live ambience in them. Having said that it is very effective, and the Phoenix process brings them out well with a clear presentation. I don’t really see this as a quad demo disc though, for all that has been made of the special mixing and mastering process used for it.

  2. Owen Smith October 10, 2014 at 20:39 #

    I found some stuff Disclord (Ty Chamberlain) created online. First a load of documents he uploaded:


    There is also a link to his web page, but it looks like it’s empty now. I’ll post the link anyway in case it’s a transient fault:


    • Owen Smith October 11, 2014 at 00:51 #

      Of course the various Web archives (Way Back Machine etc.) could be used to get to Disclord’s Laservision site.

  3. Owen Smith October 10, 2014 at 13:57 #

    I enjoyed reading a lot of Disclord’s comments both on OD’s blogs and on QQ. He always brought information and entertainment to any debate. I particularly recall his information about the CD-4 mastering of Earthquake, where to capture the rumble JVC had to turn the low cut filters off and feed the infrasonic rumble generator hardware directly into the disc master cutting lathe. See DS103 for a great Malcolm Piper CD-4 transfer of it, and Disclord’s original comments on it (but note he wrote more about this on QQ). I am seeding DS103.

  4. tarkus2013 October 10, 2014 at 12:18 #

    Touching to read Disclord’s comments from 2012. This was a great release, and I am looking forward to hearing it with your new release. Thank you.

  5. Owen Smith July 29, 2013 at 16:55 #

    I don’t normally like jazz but this is pretty good. Being a live recording the quad captures the audience and the acoustic of the hall or what little there is of it. It definitely decodes very well and sounds very clear, shows what SQ can do when mastered for the Tate exclusively.

  6. Disclord January 9, 2012 at 18:39 #

    Gary Reber's DVD version used the Fosgate 101A to decode the SQ encoded tracks and then they were encoded to DTS and DD. So OD's decode is more accurate than Gary Reber's DVD release. Plus, Reber's Fosgate decoder wasn't working all that well – both of my Fosgate's decode the tracks better than those on Reber's DVD. It's a shame no discrete master mix was ever made of this – only 2 channel SQ.

  7. Highlander January 9, 2012 at 03:14 #

    Another unexpected gem! I recognized the bass player's name on this. He's also recorded and performed with famed guitarist Allan Holdsworth, beginning about 10 years ago. Looking forward to hearing this one. Thanks OD, appreciate the work.

  8. ToadHallFan January 8, 2012 at 17:44 #

    This is a good mix, more experimental than I expected. Is it my ears, or is this in the “diamond” format? If I face LF, everything falls into place, and quite well.

  9. Stephen January 8, 2012 at 10:05 #

    Thanks for this! BTW, these sets were also released on DVD with the 4.0 in DTS and DD. They are now out of print, but seem to be available in re-release with the 4.0 in DD and a 5.1 in DTS (see Amazon). Well worth the viewing. Maybe one day someone will sync OD's fine decode with the DVD footage…

    p.s. Maybe one day I'll finally rip the David Bowie Serious Moonlight audio for a lossless decode and re-sync it…

  10. OxfordDickie January 7, 2012 at 07:29 #

    many thanks for your comments, much appreciated.

    We've had many a chat regarding this album since you brought it to my attention, it seems so long ago, and it was the final test for the new process, am glad it has worked out ok

  11. Disclord January 6, 2012 at 22:56 #

    People, grab this while you can. Not only was it the very last commercial SQ recording made, but is was from Mobile Fidelity and was a very complex SQ encode, to be decoded specifically by the Fosgate Tate II 101A (and not by the earlier Full-Logic wave-matching SQ decoders), and thus, provided OD no end of troubles for the PC script decoding to make it match the results obtained with the Fosgate decode. But OD stuck with it and has has ended up with a result done so well that I'd swear it was from a discrete 4-track original. I won't be listening to this album through the Fosgate Tate anymore now that this PC decoded version is available. And not only is it a great decode, but it's great music too. As icing on the cake, OD tweaked the sound, taming the awful harshness of the early Sony PCM F1 converters that were used to master the recording to U-Matic tape. This was a straight-to-SQ-to-digital recording, there being no intermediate multi-track or quad master being made, and as such, is as pure an SQ recording as you can get. A customized 16-channel precision CBS SQ Position Encoder was used and the encoding was monitored while mixing via the Fosgate Tate II, so any decoding artifacts could be dealt with during recording – as one of the Blog's last releases, it's a superb sign-off.

    Thanks OD, for all your hard work on this and the other releases. You've accomplished the seemingly impossible.

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