Archive | August, 2015

San Fernando Brass – The New Brass Sound Of The Hits

29 Aug

San Fernando Brass - The New Brass Sound Of The Hits DS516p frontLink

Hands up those of you with a collection of quad albums and have this as part of the collection. Here in the UK this was one of a small number of quad titles easily available from the Tandy shops (part of the USA ‘Realistic’ group) brought in, no doubt, to demonstrate the quad equipment available at the time.

Release: DS516p

Source: SQ LP

Process: ‘Phoenix’

Format: DVD-A/V  MLP/DTS/DD

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Alice Coltrane & Carlos Santana – Illuminations

26 Aug

Alice Coltrane-Carlos Santana - Illuminations DS514p front

Back the 1970’s it was pretty hard going being a fan of Saantana’s as you never knew what style the next album would in, and this release is a perfect example of that. I’d heard some negative remarks regarding it so never bought it, there was always something i could could rely on coming out to empty my pockets.. And it wasn’t until i started work on this release that i finally got to hear it. (my views on music are no longer anywhere as limited by the way).

And to think i’ve spent all these years missing out on an album that will now get many, many plays.

First off, i agree it’s not what you’d expect from Santana, but that doesn’t make it bad. I think in general we are a little more accepting of artists experimenting nowadays, but whether a record label would have let him get away with some of his swings today is debatable.

If your a hard and fast fan of the harder side of Santana then this may not be for you, but if you liked some of Alice Coltrane’s solo work and reworkings of her late husbands work, especially with the orchestra, then this might just suit you down to the ground.

Anyway, there’s just not enough harp on albums, so this gets a thumbs up just for that.

Allmusic Overview & User Review

Release: DS514p

Source: SQ LP

Process: ‘Phoenix’

Format: DVD-A/V  MLP/DTS DD

Gunther Schuller – Footlifters

21 Aug

Gunther Schuller - Footlifters DS513p front

One of a number of albums released to celebrate the American Bi-Centennial in 1976

Release: DS513p

Source: SQ LP

Process: ‘Phoenix’

Format: DVD-A/V  MLP/DTS/DD

John Keating – Space Experience 2

19 Aug

John Keating - Space Experience 2 DS512p front

It must have been hard to follow up to the original Space Experience, but some three years later Space Experience 2 hit the streets, not that most people would have known about it. The original albums sales must have been due to the quad version, but the follow up saw it only being released, or so it seemed at the time.

For some odd reason the quad version was only released in Spain. Thus it has become a little harder to get a copy at a reasonable price.

As with ‘Hits In Hi-F1‘, the three year gap between this and the original saw an improvement in synths and the obvious change in musical direction, plus there was no longer any need to produce a demonstration album so mix wise it’s more controlled. But there are the welcome return of some of the sounds from the original and at the end there’s just the slightest whiff of Oxygene in the air.

Release: DS512p

Source: SQ LP

Process: ‘Phoenix’

Format: DVD-A/V  MLP/DTS/DD

Chicago – KBFH In Concert

16 Aug

Chicago - KBFH DS506p front

This turned into something of a labour of love. Although it  was a transfer from a KBFH pre-fm tape, it had been heavy handedly ‘remastered by a member of the ‘Bom-tizz’ brigade’ making it painful to listen too (for me anyway) as well as causing some corruption to the encoding.

I’ve done the best i can with it,  hope you enjoy it.

Release: DS506p

Source: SQ Pre-FM

Process: ‘Phoenix’

Format: DVD-A/V  MLP/DTS/DD

Isaac Hayes – Joy

13 Aug

Isaac Hayes - Joy DS510p front

Allmusic

Release: DS510p

Source: SQ LP

Process: ‘Phoenix’

Format: DVD-A/V  MLP/DTS/DD

Leonard Bernstein – Mass: A Theatre Piece for Singers, Players and Dancers

5 Aug

Leonard Bernstien - Mass DS508p front

Another mix that utilises the full potential of the quad stage, again if there were only more this adventurous.

Allmusic

Release: DS508p

Source: SQ LP

Process: ‘Phoenix’

Format: DVD-A/V  MLP/DTS/DD

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