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Tony Mottola – Tony and Strings

20 Mar

I can imagine there are quite a few who are thinking “Why’s he releasing yet another Tony Mottola album?”

Well the simple answer should be”Well it’s Quad”, but actually here in the UK we are suffering from the left overs of the snow storm that hit the USA, and it’s raining, AGAIN!

I was playing this album and thought “why should i keep this to myself, it so fit’s the mood of the day”. So here it is, something on the gentle side for those certain occasions………

Release: DS99d

Source: EV-4 LP

Process: ‘Dryad’

Format: DVD-A/V  MLP/DTS/DD

 

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Phil Bodner – The Brass Ring

9 Mar

Bio/Discography

Reissue: (D) New decode

Release: DS525d

Source: EV-4 LP

Process: ‘Dryad’

Format: DVD-A/V  MLP/DTS/DD

Urbie Green – 21 Trombones

9 Mar

The track ‘The Green Bee’  was originally written by Tommy Newsom as a possible theme for the ‘Green Hornet’ TV series, but the producers went with Billy May’s theme. This was the first time Newsom’s version had been made available publicly.

Reissue: (D) New decode

Release: DS521d

Source: EV-4 LP

Process: ‘Dryad’

Format: DVD-A/V  MLP/DTS/DD

The Best Of Tony Mottola

3 Feb

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This album collects tracks from Tony’s pre-quad albums that were specially remixed for this release.

One point i must make is with regards the first track. The guitar is mixed low in relationship to the rest of the instruments. In fact it sounds like the effects track alone, without the main guitar track being switched in. Possibly a rush job and somehow went un-missed?

Release: DS69d

Source: EV-4 LP

Process: ‘Dryad’

Format: DVD-A/V  MLP/DTS/DD

Supersonic Quadraphonic Sound Spectacular

5 Jan

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Link

This is one of the most interesting quad compilation albums i’ve come across, put out by Australian label ‘Interfusion’ using remixed tracks from some of its artists. The odd thing is that this seems to be the only quad album they put out, not one of the artists contained on here had their respective albums appears to have been released in quad.

There are a few gems on here, one being the track “One Fine Morning” by the band ‘Lighthouse’ which was a hit in the USA  and the quad remix would appear to be only available on this compilation. Unfortunately the pressing is not of the highest quality, i apologise as there are some artefacts here and there.

I would appreciate some feedback regarding the perceived improvements (or not)

Reissue: New decode

Release: DS534d

Source: EV-4 LP

Process: ‘Dryad’

Format: DVD-A/V  MLP/DTS/DD

Enoch Light – 4 Channel Stereo

31 Dec

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Link

I’ve been holding this back for some little while now but as the minutes tick away towards the end of 2016 i felt i needed to get this out so i can reissue some of the previously released EV-4 albums that are filling my release HDD.

This is the first EV-4 album to be released having been decoded by the latest of my ‘Mythical’ processes to incorporate the principles of H.O.P. (Heart Of Phoenix).

Due to the basic nature of the EV-4 matrix, and after a couple of attempts previously, i didn’t believe it was possible to incorporate H.O.P. into the decoding process, but yet another flash of inspiration a month or so ago finally led to the creation of ‘Dryad’.

The improvements are much in line with the other process’, although obviously not as effective. There is a small increase in separation with a more stable image, an improvement in low-level detail and, in general, a cleaner sounding decode.

I would appreciate some feedback as to whether the improvements are audible, especially when some of the tracks were used in AOQ’s recent EV-4 ‘shoot-out’ (you did partisipate, didn’t you?) so comparisons can be easily done.

p.s. This is a new transfer done especially for this release.

Release: DS17d

Source: EV-4 LP

Process: ‘Dryad’

Format: DVD-A/V  MLP/DTS/DD

 

 

Beaver & Krause – In A Wild Sanctuary

1 Jul

Beaver & Krause - In A Wild Sanctuary DS500c front

I’ve had this sitting around for so long… it’s good to finally get it out there. Previously unlisted as being a quad release, this may not be everyone’s ‘cup-of-tea’ but it’s an interesting mixture of experimental ideas (at least for the early 1970’s). So give it a try…

Allmusic

Release: DS500c

Source: EV-4 CD

Process: ‘Centaur’

Format: DVD-A/V  MLP/DTS/DD

Ron Steele – Chicago Guitar

5 Dec

Ron Steele - Chicago Guitar DS449c front

This release marks the introduction of a new EV-4 decoding process named “Centaur”. The improvements are increased detail, separation & image positioning/stability.’

Release: DS449c

Source: EV-4 LP

Process: EV-4/Centaur

Format: DVD-A/V  MLP/DTS/DD

Bonnie Koloc – After All This Time

9 Jun

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Album info & Artist info

Release: DS391f

Source: EV-4 LP

Process: EV-4/II

Format: DVD-A/V  MLP/DTS/DD

Enoch Light And The Brass Menagerie, Vol.2

26 May

ENOCH LIGHT AND THE BRASS MENAGERIE VOLUME 2 DS385f front

Album info

Release: DS385f

Source: EV-4 LP

Process: EV-4/II

Format: DVD-A/V  MLP/DTS/DD

The Bob Crewe Generation – Let Me Touch You

14 Jan

The Bob Crewe Generation - Let Me Touch You DS336f front

Another rarity from the early days of quad, this time from 1970

Release: DS336f

Source: EV-4 LP

Process: EV-4/II

Format: DVD-A/V  MLP/DTS/DD

Keith Droste – Big Band Moog

3 Jul

Keith Droste - Big Band Moog DS271f front

Release: DS271f

Source: EV-4 LP

Process: EV-4/II

Format: DVD-A/V  MLP/DTS/DD

Beaver & Krause – All Good Men

13 Jun

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The follow up to ‘Gandharva’, and the duo’s final album

Release: DS268f

Source: EV-4 CD

Process: EV-4/II

Format: DVD-A/V  MLP/DTS/DD

Beaver & Krause – Gandharva

12 Jun

Beaver & Krause - Gandharva DS267f sm

Gandharva is a Sanskrit word, which, roughly translated, means “the celestial musicians”, and it’s also a score for a non-existant film.

For a short article on the recording of what turned out to be side two (tracks 6 – 10) of the album, click the link

Release: DS267f

Source: EV-4 CD

Process: EV-4/II

Format: DVD-A/V  MLP/DTS/DD

Hollins And Starr – Sidewalks Talking

14 May

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A release from the early days from Ovation

Release: DS257f

Source: EV-4 CD

Process: EV-4/II

Format: DVD-A/V  MLP/DTS/DD

Rich Mountain Tower – RMT

14 Apr

Rich Mountain Tower - Rich Mountain Tower DS244f front

The fourth, and final, EV-4 encoded album, was supplied by ‘Captain Beyond’ for use during the development of EV-4/II and has become a firm favourite

Release: DS244f

Source: EV-4 LP

Process: EV-4/II

Format: DVD-A/V  MLP/DTS/DD

Dick Schory – Movin’ On

13 Apr

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Many thanks to  ‘Romanotrax’ for supplying a rip of this album for testing during the development of the EV-4/II process.

Release: DS247f

Source: EV-4 LP

Process: EV-4/II

Format: DVD-A/V  MLP/DTS/DD

Ovation Quadraphonic Sampler

12 Apr

Ovation Quadraphonic Sampler DS246f front

Instead of doing what most labels would do, use the mixes from released albums, they remixed tracks in an attempt to overcome the limitations of the EV-4 decoder. This makes the tracks on this album very different from those on their respective albums, especially the ‘Rich Mountain Tower’ track.

More importantly, the tracks on this album should not be taken as representative as on those albums.

Artists include: Dick Schory, Hollins & Starr, Paul Horn, Joe Morello, Rich Mountain Tower, Don Tweedy, Ron Steele, Laura, Bobby Christian.

Release: DS246f

Source: EV-4 LP

Process: EV-4/II

Format: DVD-A/V  MLP/DTS/DD

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