Joe Walsh – The Smoker You Drink, The Player You Get

30 Jan

Joe Walsh - The Smoker You Drink DS289f front

Allmusic

Reissue: (D) New decode

Release: DS289ch

Source: QS LP

Process: ‘Chimera’

Format: DVD-A/V  MLP/DTS/DD

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8 Responses to “Joe Walsh – The Smoker You Drink, The Player You Get”

  1. moonstarstudios October 6, 2016 at 16:49 #

    This was the first time I’ve heard the album, so hearing it in Quad and so well decoded made for quite an enjoyable listen. I’m not familiar with the album enough to comment on specific tracks but will do so somewhere down the road. Kudos to OD for a job well done. 🙂

  2. John February 14, 2016 at 22:51 #

    A loved the discreteness of this one – Rocky Mountain Way has always been a brilliantly gimmicky song, so it plays well in quad too. Wondered a little about the overall presence of the music – but gave it a bit of volume welly and all was well.

  3. Matt Eastwood February 7, 2016 at 16:25 #

    Nice job, OD! Definitely an improvement over the already beautiful previous one. I love it, thanks for sharing!

  4. Owen Smith February 7, 2016 at 15:31 #

    I haven’t had time for a comparison but this is a great Chimera decode of a great album. Excellent music, good LP transfer, fun and full quad mix, there’s nothing not to like here. The first track is indeed the standout demo track with the talkbox solo.

  5. sacdtodvda January 31, 2016 at 08:21 #

    I had the opportunity to do a quick compare with the QS/II release – so quick in fact I could only compare the opening track. After that I had to listen to the rest of the album in all it’s Chimera-ing glory.

    I concur wholeheartedly with the previous two reviewers.

    Similar to Jeff Beck’s Blow By Blow, this mix makes the bold (by modern standards) of having not only the star of the show (Joe’s lead guitar) coming from the rear but the gimmick (the talk box solo) coming from there as well.

    With the QS/II version I could hear the lead guitar coming from the right rear but was asking myself was it bleeding into the right front? I don’t think it was, but there was the impression it could be. No such impression with Chimera – it was solidly placed right rear. As the Captain has indicated, the improvement in clarity of the talk box coming from left rear was palpable.

    Although the expectation might be that all the improvements in sound quality of an improved decode would take place in the rear placement I found the most significant improvement was actually in the fronts. Chimera has made the bass clearer, fuller, “rounder” even, if that is possible. On close examination for discreteness, the percussion on the QS/II version, particularly during the talk box section, sounded clipped to me – in Chimera it sounded like natural percussion.

    Whatever you introduced into the process to create Chimera has been a noticeable success.

    • oxforddickie January 31, 2016 at 09:53 #

      Many thanks to all who have taken the time to comparethis release, i appreciate it more than you know.

      The difference between ‘Sphinx’ and ‘Chimera’ is, to me, a very important addition that, having tried during the creation of ‘Phoenix’ and failed, is the addition of what i call thee heart of ‘Phoenix’. It needs to be understood that the two matrix systems are completely different in the way they work, and are not compattible in any sense except.

      I found a way of modifying that part to work on the same issue in QS that it was created to do in SQ. i’ll admit it is not quite as effective as the SQ version, but the results are still quite impressive and, in my view, pushes QS decoding very close to what is possible with SQ.

      Again, thanks to those who have so far posted reviews, please do keep them coming, whether good, bad or indifferent.

      OD

  6. captainbeyond55 January 30, 2016 at 22:14 #

    Wow! Of course we notice the the quad effect during the talkbox section in ‘Rocky Mountain Way’ but listen to the intro to ‘Bookends’ or the soundscape during ‘Happy Ways’. The separation to the four quadrants is clear and distinct. You can use the word discrete without stepping on your tongue. The Captain ears are deceived into perceived this is perhaps sourced from Q4 not matrix. Marvelous. I must admit a slight bias as this LP is a favorite. Both Thumbs up OD!

  7. quadsome January 30, 2016 at 20:28 #

    This was my first opportunity to hear “Chimera” and I came away very impressed! This Joe Walsh title track is a great one to demo and while the differences between the earlier decode are subtle, they are important. In addition to an overall improvement in fullness, I noticed a more discrete presence from both rear channels, in particular back right. The lead guitar work in Rocky Mountain Way really opens up with Chimera…hats off to you Oxford. Well done sir!

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