Two Rick Wakeman Special Editions

18 Dec

Universal are continuing with their support of the quadraphonic/surround market by re-releasing two of Rick Wakeman’s albums, complete with the original quadraphonic mixes. They are ‘Six Wives of Henry VIII’ and ‘Myths and Legends of King Arthur…’

They are being released as two disc sets, one being a DVD-A/V which will include the same streams as my releases allowing everyone to play them.

I’ve added some links to the section on the right and have repaired the two that were faulty.

Please support Universal in their on going support for the quad/surround market, if nobody buys them then they’ll stop releasing new titles.


34 Responses to “Two Rick Wakeman Special Editions”

  1. prefabfan September 4, 2015 at 15:31 #

    Ai have a mint, unplayed* copy of the original SQ version of 6 Wives. Is that of any use to you? *I actually played the first song, got bored and never listened again.

    • oxforddickie September 4, 2015 at 19:39 #

      Well i obviously have my copy, would you not be better off putting on E-Bay?

  2. Owen Smith February 6, 2015 at 18:31 #

    I’ve now listened to Six Wives, and I like it rather more than I did OD’s last release of it on the blog. Not sure why, the process is very similar (SQ/II based). Maybe the vinyl source really is better quality than the SQ CD of this title?

    I don’t know how anyone thought this was a Q8 transfer. It’s very clean (much more so than King Arthur), no tape hiss at all except the section that was recorded on a church pipe organ so that’s probably hiss from the recording session. There is very occasional vinyl surface noise evident at the start of a couple of tracks and in some very quiet sections, again how anyone mistook this for Q8 noise is unclear to me. Yes there are some pitch wobbles, but they’re pretty blatant and sound either like a deliberate effect or a master tape problem. These aren’t the subtle wobbles you get with Q8.

    • oxforddickie February 6, 2015 at 19:18 #

      The ‘wobbles’ are there on the stereo version as well and are a part of the recording. Are you saying it was thought to have been from a Q8 because of that? Obviously from someone whose never heard the album before i’d guess.

    • Owen Smith February 6, 2015 at 19:26 #

      A number of people thought the wobbles meant Q8 source. But that wasn’t how the rumour started, someone thought they’d been told by someone “in the know” (yeah right). It’s got vinyl surfac noise! How can it be a Q8 transfer, that’s the one artifact I’ve never heard on a Q8 transfer.

  3. lizardking430 February 1, 2015 at 22:27 #

    Congrats OD on getting your CD-4 rip of King Arthur officially officially released!!

    It will be interesting to see if Six Wives is from your SQ decode,….

    • oxforddickie February 1, 2015 at 22:50 #

      Well, thank You, i hope it sounds ok, it’s a shame the master has been lost. I was wondering how people would take it being a CD-4 transfer from my two LP’s.

    • Owen Smith February 1, 2015 at 23:09 #

      On QQ some who can already play CD-4s are a bit annoyed, but many accept that if the quad master is lost then CD-4 is the next best thing (given it wasn’t released on Q4). No-one has said it sounds bad yet, only that it isn’t as clear as the stero (hardly surprising since that’s probably a stereo master tape transfer).

      Any annoynce at it being CD-4 has been directed entirely at the record company for not clearly labelling it as such so that people can make their own minds up whether they want it. I have to say I agree with this view.

      I listened to the MLP this afternoon and it sounds great, pretty much as good as any CD-4 transfer I’ve heard (there are one or two by Malcolm Piper that are better but they’re from particularly flawless vinyl). The music is nice stuff, I like it, the quad mix makes sense (unlike the madness of Six Wives) and it was a very enoyable listen.

    • Owen Smith February 2, 2015 at 20:18 #

      Somone on QQ reports that Six Wives quad is a vinyl transfer as well as King Arthur. So it looks like they used your vinyl SQ decode. This is only one report though, there are several reports of King Arthur being vinyl.

      • oxforddickie February 2, 2015 at 22:39 #

        Really, thanks for that.

      • Owen Smith February 3, 2015 at 02:07 #

        There’s a claim now that Six Wives is sourced from Q8. I discounted the first report because it was a “someone told me”, but someone else that actually has it says they can hear wow and flutter in Anne Boleyn (which is the hymn, so it would show there). I may have to buy the damned thing just to be sure…

        • oxforddickie February 3, 2015 at 09:10 #

          I got the impression that a transfer from a Q8 would not be acceptable due to the quality constraints, but who knows. As you know i didn’t even get o copy of either release for my troubles!

        • Owen Smith February 3, 2015 at 10:35 #

          ArmyOfQuad said that the Q8 of Six Wives is a particularly good sounding one, he has the tape. It still seems unlikely to me.

        • Owen Smith February 4, 2015 at 00:37 #

          It seems the Q8 rumour for Six Wives was just that, a rumour and nothing more. It’s OD’s SQ vinyl decode that was used. Apparently Anne Boleyn had wobble in every version ever released, so that doesn’t indicate Q8. And once again, the power of an incorrect rumour is demonstrated.

  4. g335 December 26, 2014 at 16:46 #

    I’m with you OD on people supporting these surround sound releases and have purchased all of these over the past year myself. I sure hope the companies continue these releases, especially Steven Wilson’s progressive rock remixes. Thanks for alerting us, I wasn’t aware of these new Rick Wakeman titles. 🙂

    • oxforddickie December 26, 2014 at 17:48 #

      Well i’ll keep you all informed should any other Wakeman titles become available 😉

  5. joeerand December 19, 2014 at 18:52 #

    Thanks for this info, and your listing of commercial releases. Makes it easy to make a list for Santa.

  6. sacdtodvda December 19, 2014 at 08:51 #


  7. bigheadrascal December 19, 2014 at 00:06 #

    The “Official Quad/5.1 Releases” listing is a much welcomed and appreciated addition to the blog! Not sure how it is elsewhere, but here in the US it seems finding surround releases (even on Amazon) is akin to finding hair on a frog. Might I suggest adding Tears For Fears “Songs From The Big Chair” to that list? An elaborate and pricy boxed set which includes a 5.1 mix was issued a couple or so months back and earlier this month a more budget friendly 5.1 “Bluray only” version saw the light of day. I’m a huge Tears For Fears fan and would be disappointed to see them overlooked. “Everybody Loves A Happy Ending”, in my opinion, is literally begging to be mixed in surround…just saying.

    • sacdtodvda December 19, 2014 at 09:37 #

      Not being a Blu-ray man, OD may also have missed The Who – Quadrophenia, Bryan Adams – Reckless, Gentle Giant – The Power And The Glory (although that does have a DVD-A option) and Bob Marley – Legend, that last one being particularly good.

      • oxforddickie December 19, 2014 at 10:17 #

        That’s true, not a Blu-Ray owner and i do wonder how many members are. Will look at updating the list when time permits, has someone shortened the day?

      • Owen Smith December 19, 2014 at 13:04 #

        There is also Queen A Night At The Opera 5.1 out in Blu Ray HFPA, though you’re better off with the 2002 DVD-A if you have it since the Blu Ray suffers from loudness wars and minimal dynamic range.

        • beukenoot December 20, 2014 at 16:29 #

          True. But the 2.0 on BD is the best I ever heard from this album.

        • Owen Smith December 20, 2014 at 22:42 #

          Agreed, the stereo transfer on the HFPA is a thing of beauty. The disc is worth the price for this wonderful transfer of the original stereo master tape. I’ve never been able to hear magnetic saturation on master tapes before, but there it is.

  8. Owen Smith December 18, 2014 at 21:45 #

    I’ve pre-ordered King Arthur. I’m not so interested in Six Wives, having heard your decode the music itself doesn’t do anything for me. King Arthur I don’t think I’ve heard before.

    • Owen Smith December 19, 2014 at 01:15 #

      And these releases are sensibly priced, £14.99 for two discs isn’t bad. No “hundred quid for one album” Immersion Boxsets here.

      • sacdtodvda December 19, 2014 at 10:06 #

        Here in Aus I’m finding the cheapest source for most multichannel releases is WOWHD. Oddly, it’s consistently even cheaper to buy off the NZ version of that site. Usually no pre-order, but that’s not a problem.

      • Owen Smith December 19, 2014 at 13:06 #


      • Owen Smith December 19, 2014 at 13:11 #

        I thought WOWHD was an acronym for something like World Of ….. But I see it’s Wow HD and a quick google of wowhd resolves the issue. They’re a cut price online retailer.

  9. beukenoot December 18, 2014 at 19:54 #

    On (NL) search for rick wakeman 2015. There will be a vinyl record reissue as well. (germany) shows only 1 title at the moment and at cdon i could not find it yet.

    • oxforddickie December 18, 2014 at 19:59 #

      That’s why i include the Amazon links. From there you can go to an Amazon that covers your area.

      These releases are pretty new and have been put back once already so it’s no surprise that some are unaware of the releases yet.

    • Owen Smith December 19, 2014 at 19:54 #

      The trouble with vinyl these days is it’s typically twice the price of the CD. Over £30 for a single LP is quite common. Coupled with the poorer audio quality than CD as far as I’m concerned (not wishing to start that argument here) there’s no appeal for me. The large artwork is nice, but not double the price nice. Or triple the price since I’d buy the CD as well.

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