Don Sebesky – Giant Box

23 Jan

Don Sebesky - Giant Box DS186p front


Reissue: (D) New decode

Release: DS186p

Source: SQ CD

Process: ‘Phoenix’



3 Responses to “Don Sebesky – Giant Box”

  1. atq February 26, 2016 at 13:48 #

    Thanks for this. Very good separation. The vocals on Psalm 150 were a bit difficult to place, but that might be a result of the mix rather than the decode. (It felt like they were stereo in front with some bleed to the back, but it might have been that they were mixed to all four speakers.) Occasionally, some of the strings appear to move across the sound stage as the notes slide up or down, which feels more like a result of the matrix encoding rather than a subtle mixing decision. (E.g. from FL to SR in the first track.) But apart from those very minor possible problems, everything was locked firmly in position, including a lot of phantom centre front action. Sound quality as you’d expect from a CD source, so all in all a great release.

    I found a brief interview with producer Creed Taylor where he mentions this was recorded with quad in mind, and also explains the album title!

  2. Owen Smith January 24, 2016 at 16:59 #

    The previous release of this was in SQ*Final so Phoenix is quite an upgrade. The opening is menacing with those dark low strings, and Phoenix allows every instrument to come from where it should. This is a great classical / popular crossover album. Personally I like track 1 a lot more than the rest of the album, but the rest of it is still good. The quad mix is excellent, things occuring all around that suit the music very well. Highly recommended. The album cover and name give no clue what this is about by the way.

  3. Beechwoods (@Beechwoods_) January 24, 2016 at 09:45 #

    I love this album, thank you.

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