Rick Wakeman – Journey To The Centre Of The Earth

5 Apr

On May 6th Universal will be releasing a box set of what is easily Rick Wakeman’s most popular album. What is included is what many fans will be wanting, the original quadraphonic mix that has been sourced from the master tapes (how do i know? i have it here).

But that’s not all, Universal appear to have listened and the transfer sounds like a flat transfer with NO COMPRESSION!!! YES!!!!!

To be doubly sure i checked and it’s completely un-molested.

I plan to do a more detailed review when the set is released.

 

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12 Responses to “Rick Wakeman – Journey To The Centre Of The Earth”

  1. manofamillionchords April 8, 2016 at 02:20 #

    Related Rick Wakeman News: He is presently re-recording The Myths & Legends . . . King Arthur. No word as of yet if this will be released in multi-channel or not.

  2. kilg0retr0ut April 6, 2016 at 20:30 #

    This is very good news indeed. Will the quad mix be lossy or lossless?

    • oxforddickie April 6, 2016 at 20:32 #

      The disc i was sent contains MLP and DTS streams for the quad mix.

      • kilg0retr0ut April 6, 2016 at 20:36 #

        Excellent! And thank you so much for supporting the effort against the loudness war!

  3. zaphod2359 April 6, 2016 at 00:40 #

    This is simply awesome.And thanks for influencing them to do the right thing!

  4. Owen Smith April 5, 2016 at 23:18 #

    So you did contribute to this release after all. It was almost certainly your complaint that made them rethink the compression for the quad release.

    The issue now is I have to buy the entire expensive box set, whereas all I really want is the quad on a single DVD-A/V.

    • oxforddickie April 5, 2016 at 23:25 #

      Well, as you know i received a blu-ray of what they were considering putting out, which i was actually unable to listen through all the way due to the dreadfull eqing and compression. I complained and…..

      One thing i forgot to add. I believe there is going to be a version with an LP of the original album. The test pressing i received was pressed on 180g virgin vinyl.

  5. birdycat19 April 5, 2016 at 23:14 #

    NOW WE’RE G-D TALKING!

    • oxforddickie April 5, 2016 at 23:20 #

      If you are considering the purchase of the boxset then unless all you want is the quad mix i would consider holding off jumping in and pre-ordering it.

      I daren’t say anymore at this stage…

      • birdycat19 April 9, 2016 at 03:09 #

        [says “shhh” then does a thumbs up}

        • Highlander April 10, 2016 at 15:57 #

          That’s good to know…two thumbs up! 🙂 And thanks for the heads up on this upcoming release OD, appreciate it.

          • oxforddickie April 10, 2016 at 16:26 #

            In my personal view all is not rosy with this release.

            I’ve advised them of my concerns but so far i’ve heard nothing from Universal as to whether anything is being done to rectify any of them.

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