Archive | November, 2016

Johnny Hammond – Higher Ground

30 Nov

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Allmusic

Reissue: (D) New decode

Release: DS128p

Source: SQ LP

Process: ‘Phoenix’

Format: DVD-A/V  MLP/DTS/DD

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John Klemmer – Waterfalls

28 Nov

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Allmusic

Reissue: (D) New decode

Release: DS139ch

Source: QS CD

Process: ‘Chimera’

Format: DVD-A/V  MLP/DTS/DD

David Bedford – Instructions For Angels

28 Nov

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This album is better known as the only mainstream album released in the UK in ‘BBC Matrix H’, although it was meant to be the first of a series of Quad albums to be released by Virgin, but the BBC’s decision to replace ‘H’ with the incompatible ‘HJ’ in the autumn of 1977 meant the project was brought to a sudden end. Thankfully it was released in SQ in France, which is the source for this release

For the Mike Oldfield fans out there, he appears on one of the tracks. David died on the 1st of October 2011, a great loss to the musical community.

I’d been putting off this reissue for a long time, originally planning to put it out as a dual disc, SQ and Matrix H, but after rethinking it out i saw little point in doing so as the decode performance on the SQ version out-stripped the Matrix H decode in every respect.

Reissue: (D) New decode

Release: DS110p

Source: SQ LP

Process: ‘Phoenix’

Format: DVD-A/V  MLP/DTS/DD

 

 

An Historical Review

27 Nov

As the blog approaches yet another centenary, I find myself looking back over not only the last hundred releases but the blogs output in general.

Recently I was asked by a couple of people if there was a listing of all of the releases as trawling through the either bog can be rather tedious. A list was started back around the time of the 300th release, but for a variety of reasons was never completed.

After much deliberation I feel that there does need to be a listing of both blogs output. After all, who can remember every title put out? I realised I certainly can’t. Add to that, something reminded me of a conversation I had quite some time ago (about the time of the birth of ‘Phoenix’) with Owen regarding whether my work was written down.

Actually, now as then, nothing is written down, I work from memory. Quite possibly not the best idea, but it’s the way I’ve always worked, but recently It’s become obvious the old memory isn’t as good as it once was, so perhaps it was time to finally give in and put to virtual paper how the ‘Mythical’ process’s work.

Well, that was the theory.

What actually happened was the first chapter (well four pages) on the basic theory of how, and why, there is actually only one way to decode SQ, by showing the decode equation (which I believe has never been made available anywhere before) along with a mathematical breakdown of how/why it works.

That was written a week ago. There’s nothing included with regards to any decoding process, just the raw technical information needed to allow an accurate method of decoding SQ to be based upon.

Although only a first draft, I realised that it was the start of a possible small E-Book on the basic needs of how these antique matrix systems need to be approached for decoding. It’s going to be a long-term project, if and when it gets completed, and will contain some of the work into how and why hardware and software decoding has to be approached slightly differently.

Back to the list of titles released, once started it became obvious there are holes where titles have been withdrawn for a variety of, long forgotten, reasons and for the sake of completeness, need filling with active releases.

So from now any new releases will be used to fill these holes until the blogs output is ‘complete’, so the 600th release will be a little way off.

To end I’d like to thank those (both in the past and present) for their much-needed support in respect of keeping the blogs viable. The (D) reissues will continue until every title is of the best decode possible.

 

David Essex – Rock On

23 Nov

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Allmusic

Reissue: (D) New Decode

Release: DS181p

Source: SQ LP

Process: ‘Phoenix’

Format: DVD-A/V  MLP/DTS/DD

B.T.Express – Energy To Burn

18 Nov

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One of the slightly rarer late 70’s releases by Columbia

Allmusic

Release: DS597p

Source: SQ LP

Process: ‘Phoenix’

Format: DVD-A/V  MLP/DTS/DD

The Firesign Theatre – I Think We’re All Bozos On This Bus

15 Nov

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This final decode shows that the mixers ignored the recomendations regarding where not to place sounds when mixing for SQ. They appear everywhere including the big no-no, centre rear, which is as rock solid as the centre front sounds.

Allmusic

Reissue: (D) New Decode

Release: DS25p

Source: SQ LP

Process: ‘Phoenix’

Format: DVD-A/V  MLP/DTS/DD

MFSB – Love Is The Message

13 Nov

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Allmusic

Release: DS113p

Source: SQ LP

Process: ‘Phoenix’

Format: DVD-A/V  MLP/DTS/DD

Deodato 2

11 Nov

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Allmusic

Release: DS596p

Source: SQ LP

Process: ‘Phoenix’

Format: DVD-A/V  MLP/DTS/DD

Andy Williams – Love Theme From ‘The Godfather’

11 Nov

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This album is one of my all time favourites, and it’s quite a surprise to me that it’s taken so long for me to get around to doing a ‘Phoenix’ decode of. Personally, it captures a period in time when anything still seemed possible and life had yet to become oppressive under the weight of what was yet to come, and from which this country has never recovered from.

Reissue: (D) New Decode

Release: DS284p

Source: SQ LP

Process: ‘Phoenix’

Format: DVD-A/V  MLP/DTS/DD

Santana – Greatest Hits

8 Nov

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Allmusic

Reissue: (D) New decode

Release: DS287p

Source: SQ LP

Process: ‘Phoenix’

Format: DVD-A/V  MLP/DTS/DD

Neil Diamond – Serenade

4 Nov

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Allmusic

Reissue: (D) New Source (UK SQ Release) and Decode

Release: DS15p

Source: SQ LP

Process: ‘Phoenix’

Format: DVD-A/V  MLP/DTS/DD

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