Archive | July, 2015

Poco – Crazy Eyes

31 Jul

Poco - Crazy Eyes DS507p front

Allmusic

Release: DS507p

Source: SQ LP

Process: ‘Phoenix’

Format: DVD-A/V  MLP/DTS/DD

Blue Oyster Cult – Tyranny & Mutation

28 Jul

Blue Oyster Cult - Tyranny & Mutation DS46p front

Allmusic

Release: DS46p

Source: SQ LP

Process: ‘Phoenix’

Process: DVD-A/V  MLP/DTS/DD

WordPress & Piracy

27 Jul

One of the problems of running a blog like this is the possibility of it being targeted on the grounds of piracy, even though 99% of this material will ever be available for purchase legitimately. Of course, in many respects this blog can be seen as a way of saving these recordings and making them available to play on today’s (and tomorrow’s) equipment long after the Quadraphonic experiment had stopped.

This posting is of some interest to me so i thought i’d share it with you all, so you know why if the blog suddenly disappear.

The Doobie Brothers – Toulouse Street

25 Jul

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Toulouse Street is the second album from the Doobie Brothers. Their self-titled first release failed to chart. Toulouse Street is the name of a street in the French quarter of New Orleans. The cover and inside centrefold photos were taken at a former brothel on Toulouse Street. Perhaps the working title was Well Placed Hat but there is no proof of that. 🙂

This release was sourced from a CD-4 record and is the Captains first offering from that format. If any of you have a CD-4 set-up then you realize how touchy CD-4 can be. It is by no means a plug and play solution. This is the surprise I mentioned earlier and I do hope it is acceptable to the quad community here. If successful this would open the door to many more titles that could find a home here on this blog. As always enjoy. CB

Allmusic

Release: CB051

Source: CD-4

Format: DVD-A/V  MLP/DTS/DD

Jimmy Smith – Paid in Full

21 Jul

Jimmy Smith - Paid In Full DS505p front

“By 1974, not only was the face of jazz changing distinctly from whatever it was before, but the Hammond B-3 was distinctively falling out of favour among jazz listeners. It was no longer cool to play this 500-pound elephant when a variety of new, comparatively lightweight (and easier to travel) electronic keyboard sounds – from the RMI Rocksichord and Moog Synthesizer to the Farifisa organ and the Fender Rhodes – made the Hammond B-3 organ sound like your grandfather’s kind of music. Many jazz organ players made the switch to the electronic keyboards. Or they just stopped playing altogether and faded away into obscurity.

With the market shifts and lack of label interest in organ music, Jimmy Smith and his wife/manager, Lola, launched their own label, Mojo, and released a whopping two albums during 1974-75, truly the darkest days of Hammond jazz. The first of these albums, Paid In Full, is a 1974 studio session with the great Ray Crawford on guitar, Larry Gales on bass, Donald Dean on drums and Buck Clarke on percussion”.

Release: DS505p

Source: SQ CD

Process: ‘Phoenix’

Format: DVD-A/V  MLP/DTS/DD

The Ventures – Hawaii Five-O

18 Jul

The Ventures - Hawaii Five-O CB050 frontLink

The 50th release from the Captain pays tribute to one of my favourite instrumental groups The Ventures. This album was originally released in 1969 on Liberty Records. It reached #11 on the Billboard Top LP chart and the title track reached #4 on the Billboard Pop Singles chart. The conversion offer here was sourced from a quadrasonic Q8.

I wish to extend a hardy thank you to our host OD for his unending help and support which makes this all possible. I also wish to thank you the members of this group of quad enthusiast. Without your support and interest this whole endeavour would be pointless. The Captain has many titles yet to convert and offer here for your enjoyment. Also have a surprise release planned which if acceptable by the community will open the door to many more titles that could find a home here. The future is so bright I got to wear shades. Enjoy CB

Release: CB050

Source: Q8

Format: DVD-A/V  MLP/DTS/DD

The BBC Proms 2015 in Quad

17 Jul

Yet again the BBC will be broadcasting ‘experimental’ quadraphonic broadcasts from this years proms here in the UK. It looks as though nothing has changed, you still need to use ‘Chrome’ as before. Hopefully there won’t be as many technical issues this time round,and the sound quality improves, some of last years broadcasts weren’t exactly a good advert for the experiment.

More info here

The Cosmic Jokers – The Cosmic Jokers

14 Jul

The Cosmic Jokers - The Cosmic Jokers DS503p front

Another of those European quad albums that were mixed for effect and feel, although it has its moments where your left with no doubt it’s a true quad mix. I suspect the effect would be greatly minimised if decoded by any other means.

The Cosmic Jokers are: Dieter Dierks, Jurgen Dollase, Manuel Gottsching, Harald Grobkopt & Klaus Schulze

Allmusic

Release: DS503p

Source: SQ CD

Process: ‘Phoenix’

Format: DVD-A/V  MLP/DTS/DD

The Longines Symphonette Society – Ladies Choice

10 Jul

Longines Symphonette Society - Ladies Choice DS501s front

The LSS, along with a group of session musicians and chorus, take some of the hits of Melanie, Carole King & Laura Nyro down easy listening avenue.

A requested release

Release: DS501s

Source: QS LP

Process: ‘Sphinx’

Format: DVD-A/V MLP/DTS/DD

Miguel Gallardo – Autorretrato

7 Jul

Miguel Gallardo - Autorretrato DS116p front

This ‘single inventory release’ album was released in Spain on the EMI/Harvest label in 1975 and limited numbers finally arrived in the UK in 1977, which is when i purchased it. My copy has been well played, and as it wasn’t the best of pressings to start with, i have been holding off releasing it.

I recently found out that it had a limited release on CD in 1994, which has (like the LP) become quite rare, but i’ve managed to track down a copy, which was the source used for this release.

For those who are ‘sensitive’ to Non-English language albums, i’d best warn you this is in Spanish. But if you let that get in the way, you’ll be missing out on some great songs, even though the album clocks in at a shade under 27 minutes!

This latest (and last) decode of this album finally shows the mix better than any before. I always felt it wasn’t as good as it could possibly be, but now i feel ‘Phoenix’ has shown it as it should be heard. It may not be everyone’s taste but it’s one i’ve always enjoyed since buying the album.

Reissue: New decode

Release:DS116p

Source: SQ CD

Process: ‘Phoenix’

Format: DVD-A/V  MLP/DTS/DD

I Nomadi – Interpretano Guccini

6 Jul

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‘The Nomads’ were (and still are) a very popular Italian band, and “the nomads interpret guccini”, their fourth album and their first for EMI, was recorded and mixed in Abbey Road studios.

Reissue: New Decode

Release: DS196p

Source: SQ CD

Process: ‘Phoenix’

Format: DVD-A/V  MLP/DTS/DD

Seals & Crofts – Summer Breeze

5 Jul

Seals & Crofts - Summer Breeze CB049 front 2Link

This is the 4th album from Seals & Crofts and is considered their major commercial breakthrough. The title track ‘Summer Breeze’ and ‘Hummingbird’ were released as singles and both charted. I enjoyed the track ‘Yellow Dirt’ for no particular reason. Please note the track order on this tape is different than the LP. This Q8 conversion was made possible by the generosity of member ‘rockysquirrrel’. Enjoy CB

Allmusic

Release: CB049

Source: Q8

Format: DVD-A/V  MLP/DTS/DD

John Keating Incorporated – Hits In Hi-Fi 1

4 Jul

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Those purchasing this album on it’s release were most probably deeply disappointed. Gone was the brash use of synthesizers and an even brasher mix that pulled out almost every trick in the book to impress. Instead what they got was a more mature, smoother album with a mix that befits it’s status.

Looking back on it, and having listened to it a number of times, it’s problem is that nothing could compete with ‘Space Experience‘ and it deserves be listened to without comparison.

Reissue: New Decode

Release: DS111p

Source: SQ LP

Process: ‘Phoenix’

Format: DVD-A/V  MLP/DTS/DD

Halfway to “A Millennium Of Quad”

4 Jul

If you find it hard to believe that the blog has reached 500 releases, and as already noted that doesn’t include re-issues, how do you think i feel. One think i’ve done to celebrate is to take time out to do a small number of re-issues that i wanted done, in fact i’m listening to one just finished as i type. They probably aren’t everyone’s top choices but……

Splitting off the Classical releases to their own blog has, in my mind at least, but successful. It’s allowed me to concentrate on my love of Classical music more. It’s membership is quite low compared to this one but then i appreciate it’s not everyone’s ‘cup of tea’ (must stop using that).

It’s a short dire-tripe this time, have to go to do my charity work, so again many thanks to those that have worked in the background, Owen Smith, Captain Beyond (rapidly reaching his  50th release), SACD2DVDA and many others, including YOU!

One little piece of news. Owen advised me of the British Library’s attempt to list those responsible for archiving audio, in the UK, from the past and the blog has been provisionally accepted. I’ve yet to hear any more but to be even considered is something, so thanks for the suggestion Owen.

And a Happy 4th July to our American cousins… hey hold on, didn’t we loose that fight?…….  😉

Mandingo – The Primeval Rhythm of Life

3 Jul

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Reissue: New decode

Release: DS156p

Source: SQ CD

Process: ‘Phoenix’

Format: DVD-A/V  MLP/DTS/DD

Beaver & Krause – In A Wild Sanctuary

1 Jul

Beaver & Krause - In A Wild Sanctuary DS500c front

I’ve had this sitting around for so long… it’s good to finally get it out there. Previously unlisted as being a quad release, this may not be everyone’s ‘cup-of-tea’ but it’s an interesting mixture of experimental ideas (at least for the early 1970’s). So give it a try…

Allmusic

Release: DS500c

Source: EV-4 CD

Process: ‘Centaur’

Format: DVD-A/V  MLP/DTS/DD

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