The World Rejoices – A Festival of Carols

8 Dec



A special thank you goes out to ‘MoonStarStudios’ (Simon. A) for having this LP sent from the USA so a complete version of this album can be made available here. The extra tracks from the previous release are obviously missing, but to be honest, they aren’t missed. The album now sounds complete.

Reissue: New source and decode

Release: DS119ch LP

Source: QS LP

Process: ‘Chimera’



12 Responses to “The World Rejoices – A Festival of Carols”

  1. atq December 13, 2016 at 19:50 #

    Fantastic sound quality. Sometimes the vocals sound a little muffled to me, but I’m sure that’s the original recording, not the reproduction. Great separation, too, though, again, limited by the source: there’s a lot of action from all the speakers but it is, presumably, basically a live recording so it’s more about ambience and an expanded soundstage than a “four to the wall”. (But it’s much closer to ‘proper’ quad than the usual live ambience approach.)

    Thanks to OD and Simon A. It was worth that trip across the sea.

  2. gjwAudio December 9, 2016 at 18:30 #

    Thank You OD (and if it’s not too soon – Merry Christmas to you !)

    “Some day” I’ll be interested to give this a proper comparison with DS119f-2. For the time being – under the present 2.1 conditions – I can say you’ve got a wonderfully clean transfer from your TT-rig. How would YOU compare the CD vs LP sources ?

    On another note, has anyone else noticed the bottom line of text on the back cover (Release Decoded From QS CD Using “Chimera’) ? Heh-heh… it’s always something 🙂

    Cheers to you all.

    • oxforddickie December 9, 2016 at 19:03 #

      How would i compare them? I’ve always tried to stay clean of giving my personal views on releases but with this i will say that listening to this LP transfer is more enjoyable. Now i must state that i’ve never been kean on the second albums material, which might have coloured my view of the release, but i can easily say that i’ve played this ‘complete LP’ release so many times whilst in the living room, which i’d never have done with the CD version.

      So, keeping in mind my previous reservations, this new release appears to have more stability about it, i sense more of a feel of where it was recorded, which gives it a touch of life.

      I realise those comments could start something along the lines of “Which really is better: LP or CD”.

      As Owen is well aware of, there have been some changes here in the Turntable department that may well be responcible for the extra layer of detail that i’ve sensed on every transfer done on it. This could get very deep!

    • Owen Smith December 10, 2016 at 00:52 #

      Or the previous CD could simply have been transferred from inferior copies of the master tapes, or could have been badly EQ’d or otherwise mis-handled when mastering for CD. It’s very hard to make an LP vs. CD comparison unless you know for sure they were generated from the same masters and treated the same. It’s hard for those outside the industry to gain such detailed knowledge, and even inside the industry they often don’t care enough to keep such information. Plus ultimately CD and LP have to part ways and go down different manufacturing processes, so it becomes technically dubious to ever say “they’re from the same master” because ultimately one is cut on a lathe from an analogue audio signal and the other has a digital stamping master created from a digital file.

  3. rockysquirrel December 9, 2016 at 15:38 #

    My wife has a CD version made in Japan but released through VOX in the US. It has the same track listing as your previous two versions, but the album title is “A Ceremony of Carols.” I have no way of knowing if it is matrix-encoded, but the liner notes have that it is from an original analog recording.

    • oxforddickie December 9, 2016 at 17:46 #

      Interes9ting. “A Ceremony Of Carols” is the title of the second album they included tracks from and the encoding should still be intact unless they killed it by using too much eq to try and ‘brighten it up’

  4. rockysquirrel December 9, 2016 at 08:12 #

    Ok, so it looks like the track “A Ceremony of Carols”, which was 22:38, is missing from this release? In its place is “nu ar det Jul igen, Greensleeves, Wassail Song, Little Fantasia On English Carols, and The Twelve Days of Christmas.” I am confused.

    • oxforddickie December 9, 2016 at 08:38 #

      Your correct, the album is now the full album as originally released by Vox in 1977. The original release was a compilation album using tracks from two Vox albums but ommitting tracks from each original album.

  5. Owen Smith December 8, 2016 at 14:31 #

    The previous version of this release was also decoded with Chimera. So what benefit does this version provide? The talk of “complete version” implies to me the previous one was from a source with some tracks missing (as well as having extra tracks). But I could be wrong.

    • oxforddickie December 8, 2016 at 17:41 #

      Indeed, the CD release was a compilation of two Vox albums, this being, in my view, the stronger of the two. What was ommited from this album was the last track and listening to it complete for the first time was a joy as i always felt the other album used on the CD weighed the hole thing down too much.

      What of the other album? Well if and when a vinyl copy is obtained then it’ll be released, but for this year it’s too late i’m afraid.

      I just hope you guys find the trouble and expense ‘MoonStarStudios’ went to to make this reissue possible of worth.

  6. lupineassassin December 8, 2016 at 01:08 #

    Thank you! 🙂

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