Archive | November, 2015

Omega – III

28 Nov

Omega - III DS62p front

The English language follow-up to “200 Years After The Last War” sees the band returning to shorter songs and a more rock based sound

Reissue(D) New decode

Release: DS62p

Source: SQ CD

Process: ‘Phoenix’

Format: DVD-A/V  MLP/DTS/DD

 

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Ringo Starr – Goodnight Vienna

26 Nov

Ringo Starr - Goodnight Vienna CB032 front

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“Klaatu barada nikto!” What an album cover. Ringo’s head pasted onto Michael Rennie’s body and Gort standing in the foreground from the 1951 movie “The Day the Earth Stood Still”. This was Ringo’s fourth studio album and I think worth the admission just for Hoyt Axton’s ‘No No Song’ and the cover of The Platters “Only You (And You Alone)’. Ringo had lots of help on this release including John Lennon, Elton John, Harry Nilsson, Billy Preston, Klaus Voorman, Nicky Hopkins, Gary Wright and many others.

A most interesting promotional commercial was produced for this album. It features the Capitol Records building at Hollywood and Vine as well as a flying saucer with Lennon doing the voice over. Watch it here. Enjoy CB

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Release: CB032

Source: Q8

Format: DVD-A/V  MLP/DTS/DD

Wallenstein – Stories, Songs & Symphonies

24 Nov

Wallenstein - Stories, Songs & Symphonies DS535p front

Release: DS535p

Source: SQ CD

Process: ‘Phoenix’

Format: DVD-A/V  MLP/DTS/DD

The Button Down Brass – Girl Talk

20 Nov

The Button Down Brass - Girl Talk DS456s front

This is a compilation album consisting of tracks from the bands Pye 4D releases.

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Reissue: New Decode

Release: DS456ch

Source: QS CD

Process: ‘Chimera’

Format: DVD-A/V  MLP/DTS/DD

Dan Hicks And His Hot Licks – Striking It Rich

20 Nov

Dan Hicks And His Hot Licks - Stricking It Rich DS16s front

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Reissue: New Decode

Release: DS16ch

Source: QS CD

Process: ‘Chimera’

Format: DVD-A/V  MLP/DTS/DD

B.B.King – The Best Of

20 Nov

B.B.King - The Best Of DS65ch front

Allmusic

Reissue: New decode

Release: DS65ch

Source: QS CD

Process: ‘Chimera’

Format: DVD-A/V  MLP/DTS/DD

Henry Mancini – Mancini Country

19 Nov

Henry Mancini - Mancini Country CB058 front

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This Q8 provided by our host OD is offered for your pleasure. Told you I would get to it one day. Here we have Hank doing some country standards as only Mancini can. I really enjoyed this one and hope you folks do too. CB

Release: CB058

Source: Q8

Format: DVD-A/V  MLP/DTS/DD

Electric Light Orchestra – (First Album)

16 Nov

ELO - ELO DS39p front

With Jeff Lynne returning to the stage with another version of ELO it seems only fitting to reissue the first album, along with two bonus tracks from the second album, ELO – II. The tracks are ‘In Old England Town’ & ‘From The Sun To The World’

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Reissue: (D) New decode

Release: DS39p

Source: SQ CD

Process: ‘Phoenix’

Format: DVD-A/V  MLP/DTS/DD

Weather Report – Tale Spinnin’

16 Nov

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Reissue: (D) New decode

Release: DS179p

Source: SQ CD

Process: ‘Phoenix’

Format: DVD-A/V  MLP/DTS/DD

Syl Johnson – Back For A Taste Of Your Love

14 Nov

Syl Johnson - Back For A Taste Of Your Love CB057 front

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This Q8 was provided by ‘lupineassassin’ for the enjoyment of all blog members. This tape was factory sealed upon delivery however there was some binding of the tape on the reel hub. Therefore this CB release comes with a disclaimer. ‘The archival material contained herein does exhibit some audio flaws inherent in the source material.’

My thinking on this is as follows. This is an archive of quadraphonic recordings. Until a more perfect example is made available this is as good as it gets for now. If and when an improved Q8 or Q4 of this title is in hand we can enjoy what we have here. If the flaw is intolerable to your ear well toss the disc out. It is no real loss other than time, bandwidth and a blank disc. After all in life nothing is perfect now is it. Enjoy CB

Release: CB057

Source: Q8

Format: DVD-A/V  MLP/DTS/DD

Kalil Gibran – The Prophet

12 Nov

Kahlil Gibran - The Prophet CB056 front

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Requested by ‘Beechwoods’ and graciously purchased and provided by ‘rockysquirrel’ we have a most unique CD-4 release. Richard Harris doing a spoken word ‘dramatic interpretation’ of The Prophet by Kahlil Gibran. I feel the musical score and Harris’s reading bring Gibran’s incredible metaphors to life. Your own enlightenment may vary. Enjoy CB

Release: CB056

Source: CD-4 LP

Format: DVD-A/V  MLP/DTS/DD

Synergy – Electronic Realizations For Rock Orchestra

11 Nov

Synergy - Electronic Realizations for Rock Orchestra DS19ch front

Decoded using the remastered 24/96 version of the original USA release mastered by Larry Fast available from HD Tracks. This does not contain the stereo track ‘Classical Gas’ as it was only added to the original UK release in 1976, some months after it’s USA release.

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Reissue: New Decode

Release: DS19ch

Source: QS 24/96 master

Process: ‘Chimera’

Format: DVD-A/V  MLP / DTS / DD

Keith Jarrett – Treasure Island

9 Nov

Keith Jarrett - Treasure Island DS26s front

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Reissue: New decode

Release: DS26ch

Source: QS CD

Process: ‘Chimera’

Format: DVD-/V  MLP/DTS/DD

David Snell – Harp Transplant

7 Nov

David Snell - Harp Transplant DS464s front

You may not of heard of him but there’s a good chance you’ve heard him play before as this list shows.

Reissue: (D) New Decode

Release: DS464ch

Source: QS CD

Process: ‘Chimera’

Format: DVD-A/V  MLP/DTS/DD

 

Chimera?

6 Nov

A funny thing happened on my way home from the doctors……..

Well actually only part of that is true, it certainly wasn’t funny!. After one of the most gruelling visits to my doctors in ages, i felt as though my head was going to explode (a feeling i’m sure many of you know) which seems to have let loose an idea that was obviously being worked upon in the mysterious  depths of the little grey cells.

A little over a year ago i released the first SQ decoding using ‘Phoenix’, a process that i can honestly say i’m proud of. At the time, attempts to use the heart of the process, which, if you remember, was taken from the shelved ‘IV’ process, on any of the other matrix systems failed due to the fact that SQ was/is a one off, nothing like any of the other systems.

And so for a year now i’ve been happy with where we were, and have been happy listening to the new and re-issued releases without feeling anything was wrong. Until Tuesday this week.

The idea that suddenly came to me was that it may be possible to alter the section borrowed from ‘IV’ enough to allow it to work on different areas of a matrix. Cutting it short now, within an hour of starting work on it i had managed to prove the idea worked well enough to integrate it into the decode process for QS.

By 1.30am the following morning i had all but completed the new process, and a test decode of a track from a previous release showed it worked without any serious issues. Worked continued to iron out an few niggles and by early evening on Wednesday ‘Chimera’ (ch) was born. Where did the name come from? Well, Owen came up with that during one of of our email chats during one of the many tea breaks, thanks Owen.

Although i’ve only completed one album decode using it, having listened to it at least a dozen times now i’m confident enough to release it for you all to pick it to pieces, hopefully comparing it to the original release.

And what of ‘Phoenix’? Well, Owen mentioned that it’s coming up to its first birthday, which unfortunately it won’t be seeing. I never thought any of the process’s would be replaced by myself as i really felt happy with how things ended up. But i do honestly believe now that this is as good as SQ & QS decoding can get, at least from my beleaguered brain and the equipment i have to hand., and i foresee no further upgrades to them in the future, that is unless you spot something wrong that is)

Hopefully i’ll release it tomorrow, so tune up your ears guys………

Manuel Gottsching – Inventions For Electric Guitar

2 Nov

Manuel Gottsching - Inventions for Electric Guitar DS533p front

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Release: DS533p

Source: SQ CD

Process: ‘Phoenix’

Format: DVD-A/V  MLP/DTS/DD

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