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’



8 Responses to “San Fernando Brass – The New Brass Sound Of The Hits”

  1. SteveTuznik September 12, 2015 at 02:01 #

    Wow are the sonics here wonderful or what? This is the kind of music I would probably never play in stereo or anywhere but my quadraphonic system. But the amazing separation and quality of sound will make this fun to play occasionally in the background or as a demo of sweet quad. Thanks!

  2. captainbeyond55 August 30, 2015 at 19:15 #

    This is a fantastic title and as mentioned would make a great quad demo album. This was also offered via Capitol on their SM (special markets) label. Capitol QL-6789 (SQ). Radio Shack offered several of these SM titles from Capitol as well. The separation on this matrix release is without a doubt amazing. So much activity in the rears that is just cemented there. I have just finished a side by side comparison with the LP record passing through a Tate. I give OD a big thumbs up as this new decode sounds clearer and more precise. No smudging of sounds or confusion that a decoder sometimes outputs. ‘Phoenix’ is spreading it’s wings and soaring high. One last thing. I sure miss the Radio Shack. Would hang out there and dream back in the late 60’s and early 70’s. Modern stores had become just another cell phone outlet. Almost all stores are now closed down.

    • oxforddickie August 30, 2015 at 19:27 #

      Thanks for that Captain, have a few more of these Capitol ‘SM’ releases, will see how well they stand up to this. Shame Capitol never did any proper releases.

      I agree, Tandy is also missed, although there are a small number still hanging on in there, they are but a very pale shadow of what they once were.

    • Owen Smith August 30, 2015 at 22:42 #

      In the UK we now have Maplin shops filling the niche that Tandy (as Radio Shack was known in th UK) previously filled. I’m generally quite impressed with Maplin, I don’t know any other high street shop I can walk into and buy one resistor.

      • oxforddickie August 30, 2015 at 22:49 #

        That is very true, i do use them for the odd components i need. Even they are a shadow of what they were, the range of semiconductors , etc was superb, built many effect units back in the day when i built synthesisers and played in the band.

        Ah, those were the days….

  3. bigheadrascal August 30, 2015 at 10:09 #

    I’ll refrain from using my “D” word and just say “Phoenix rocks!”. Artistically I’ll just say “Mr. Humphries are you free?” But I’d bet that if proper decoding technology existed to use this album for SQ demonstrations way back when, quad would never have floundered.

    • oxforddickie August 30, 2015 at 10:20 #

      I’m totally with you, i was somewhat surprised at how this album was mixed, it would have made a great demonstration if the decoders had been up to something like the Tate in the first year or two of quad.

  4. lenikus August 30, 2015 at 02:12 #

    Thank you for sharing this one with everybody!

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