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Richard Zimmerman – The Complete Works Of Scott Joplin

22 Feb

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Originally released as a 5LP box-set

Allmusic

Reissue: (D) New decode

Release: DS473ch

Source: 5 x QS CD

Process: ‘Chimera’

Release: 3 x DVD-A/V  MLP/DTS/DD

Michael White – The Land Of Spirit And Light

21 Jan

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Allmusic

Release: DS51ch

Source: QS CD

Process: ‘Chimera’

Format: DVD-A/V  MLP/DTS/DD

Army Of Stars – The Angels Sing

15 Dec

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Link

This was released in 1973 on the Salvation Army’s own label, and although there were releases of Christmas albums in previous years, i believe this was the first, of a few, that was released in quad.

Mike (Manix) Connors, Evelyn Petros, Douglas Lawrence, Gwen Jones, John Stuart, Rex Koury, ‘Army of Stars’ Orchestra, Azusa Pacific College Choir – Earle Anderson (Director)

Reissue: New decode

Release: DS122ch

Source: QS LP

Process: ‘Chimera’

Format: DVD-A/V  MLP/DTS/DD

Steely Dan – Pretzel Logic

13 Dec

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Allmusic

Reissue: (D) New source & decode

Release: DS37ch

Source: QS LP

Process: ‘Chimera’

Format: DVD-A/V  MLP/DTS/DD

The Harry Roche Constellation – Spiral / Sometimes

10 Dec

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Reissue: (D) New Decode

Release: DS38ch

Source: QS CD

Process: ‘Chimera’

Format: DVD-A/V  MLP/DTS/DD

John Lee Hooker – Never Get Out Of These Blues Alive

10 Dec

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Allmusic

Reissue: (D) New decode

Release: DS489ch

Source: QS CD

Process: ‘Chimera’

Format: DVD-A/V  MLP/DTS/DD

The World Rejoices – A Festival of Carols

8 Dec

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Link

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’

Format: DVD-A/V  MLP/DTS/DD

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

Steely Dan – Countdown To Ecstacy

31 Oct

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Allmusic

Reissue: (D) New Source & Decode

Release: DS253ch

Source: QS LP

Process: ‘Chimera’

Format: DVD-A/V  MLP/DTS/DD

Paul Anka – The Painter

18 Oct

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Allmusic

Reissue: (D) New source and decode

Release: DS48ch

Source: QS LP

Process: ‘Chimera’

Format: DVD-A/V  MLP/DTS/DD

 

Synthesonic Sounds – Ye Olde Moog

16 Oct

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Better known as Mr Womble, Mike Batt recorded two ‘synth’ albums for Pye under the name of Synthesonic Sounds. Unlike most ‘synth’ albums released in the early 70’s, this uses a small band and string ensemble backing synthesizer lead and effects.

This album is, in my view, very enjoyable and isn’t one of those you tire of listening too. I must say though it is a very ‘English’ sounding album, consisting mainly of old English tunes like, “English Country Garden”, “Scarborough Fair”, “Greensleeves” and “Danny Boy” mixed in with tunes of the period like “House Of The Rising Sun” and “Morning Has Broken”

This could have been a monumental disaster of an album were it not for Mike Batt, as he arranged, conducted and produced it.

Release: DS593ch

Source: QS LP

Process: ‘Chimera’

Format: DVD-A/V  MLP/DTS/DD

 

Lou Reizner & The London Symphony Orchestra – Tommy

12 Oct

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This is Lou Reizner’s star studded production of The Who’s opus “Tommy”. with performances from: Pete Townsend, Sandy Denny, Graham Bell, Steve Winwood, Maggie Bell, Richie Havens, Merry Clayton, Roger Daltry, John Entwistle, Ringo Starr, Rod Stewart, Richard Harris and The London Symphony Orchestra

Allmusic

Reissue: (D) New source and decode

Release: DS45ch

Source: QS LP

Process: ‘Chimera’

Format: DVD-A/V  MLP/DTS/DD

Sounds Orchestral – Clouds

21 Aug

Sounds Orchestral - Clouds DS584ch front

Release: DS584ch

Source: QS CD

Process: ‘Chimera’

Format: DVD-A/V  MLP/DTS/DD

Michael White – Pneuma

18 Aug

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Amazing work from violinist Michael White – one of a few that he cut for the Impulse label in the early 70s, all of which helped to completely redefine the use of his instrument in jazz!

Throw away any sleepy connotations you may have about the violin, because in White’s hands it’s an instrument of soul and spirit – one used to unlock cosmic tones that glide effortlessly next to the session’s earthy blend of piano, bass, and percussion! White shapes his sounds beautifully for the session – breaking the violin free of any staid European-bound traditions – and using the instrument as a key part of the new tradition of African American expression explored by Leroy Jenkins, Billy Bang, and others.

Side one features the extended “Pneuma” suite – a long, exploratory track that sounds a bit like some of Leroy Jenkins work at the time – and side two tightens things up with some shorter, groovier numbers that often also feature vocals!

Allmusic

Release: DS582ch

Source: QS CD

Process: ‘Chimera’

Format: DVD-A/V  MLP/DTS/DD

A Taste Of Chimera

30 Apr

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Free Download

 

Following on from the EV-4 test/comparison set released last year is this QS test/comparison set consisting of a DVD-A/V containing ‘Chimera’ decoded tracks and a CD that was created using the same file that was used to produce the decode. All of the tracks on this set were sourced from QS encoded CD’s.

The tracks used were not chosen as demo quality tracks but completely at random from a pile of disc’s i had close at hand at that time. Just by chance there is one track, the last one, that has any form of gimmick in its mix.

So, what’s the idea for this release? Well firstly it’s a demonstration of ‘Chimera’, and secondly it allows people to compare their decoding methods, be it hardware or software, with ‘Chimera’.

It would be nice to have some feedback here of either the decode or of any comparisons with other methods of QS decoding you may have made.

Release: QS-Test1

Source: QS CD

Process: ‘Chimera’

Format: 1 x DVD-A/V  MLP/DTS/DD  &  1 x CD

Keith Jarrett – Death And The Flower

16 Apr

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Album info

Reissue: (D) New source & decode

Release: DS382ch

Source: QS 24/96

Process: ‘Chimera’

Format: DVD-A/V  MLP/DTS/DD

Original Cast Recording: Dude (The Highway Life)

26 Mar

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After the surprise success of ‘Hair’, MacDermot & Ragni set about their next ‘country tinged’ project which unfortunately failed to emulate the formers success. Although it’s failure is mainly down to the complex and barely understandable storyline, there is little doubt that the music deserves its place in musical history.

Album info & Where did they go wrong

Reissue: (D) New decode

Release: DS428ch

Source: QS CD

Process: QS/IIa

Format: DVD-A/V  MLP/DTS/DD

Gato Barbieri – Chapter One: Latin America

26 Mar

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Album info

Reissue: (D) New decode

Release: DS420ch

Source: QS CD

Process: ‘Chimera’

Format: DVD-A/V  MLP/DTS/DD

Robert Farnon – Sketches Of Frank Sinatra & Tony Bennett

26 Mar

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Reissue: New decode

Release: DS84ch

Source: QS CD

Process: ‘Chimera’

Format: DVD-A/V  MLP/DTS/DD

Gene Russell – Talk To My Lady

26 Mar

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Gene Russell was the  founder of the ‘Black Jazz‘ label, and as well as playing on other artists releases he also released a couple of his own. Here he’s at his funky best on electric and acoustic piano – and the group is a nicely expanded unit that includes some extra percussion, plus guitar by Calvin keys, both of which add a tight kick to Gene’s work on Fender Rhodes! All the added percussion gives the record a quality that’s quite different than the usual 70s piano outing, especially trio-based sessions.

Album info

Reissue: (D) New decode

Release: DS175ch

Source: QS  CD

Process: ‘Chimera’

Format: DVD-A/V  MLP/DTS/DD

John Coltrane – Infinity

26 Mar

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Allmusic

Reissue: New decode

Release: DS163ch

Source: QS CD

Process: ‘Chimera’

Format: DVD-A/V  MLP/DTS/DD

The Alan Tew Orchestra – To The One I Love

26 Mar

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Reissue: New decode

Release: DS357ch

Source: QS CD

Process: ‘Chimera’

Format: DVD-A/V  MLP/DTS/DD

Keith Jarrett – Fort Yawuh

19 Mar

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Allmusic

Reissue: (D) New source & decode

Release: DS168ch

Original Release: Impulse AS 9240

Source: 24/96k

Process: ‘Chimera’

Format: DVD-A/V  MLP/DTS/DD

 

Walter Bishop, Jr’s 4th Cycle – Keeper Of My Soul

19 Mar

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Release: DS572ch

Original release: Black Jazz BJQD-14

Source: QS CD

Process: ‘Chimera’

Format: DVD-A/V  MLP/DTS/DD

Jim Croce – You Don’t Mess Around With Jim

22 Feb

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Allmusic

Release: DS558ch

Original Release: CQD-4006

Source: QS LP

Process: ‘Chimera’

Format: DVD-A/V  MLP/DTS/DD

Fireballet – Night On Bald Mountain

13 Feb

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Allmusic

Reissue: (D) New decode

Release: DS188ch

Source: QS CD

Process: ‘Chimera’

Format: DVD-A/V  MLP/DTS/DD

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

30 Jan

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Allmusic

Reissue: (D) New decode

Release: DS289ch

Source: QS LP

Process: ‘Chimera’

Format: DVD-A/V  MLP/DTS/DD

Joan Baez – Come From The Shadows

30 Dec

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Reissue: (D) New decode

Release: DS371ch

Source: QS LP

Process: ‘Chimera’

Format: DVD-A/V  MLP/DTS/DD

The Norrie Paramor Orchestra – Temptation

20 Dec

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Sorry for the issue with this a couple of days ago, had to rebuild the ISO.

Reissue: New decode

Release: DS193ch

Source: QS CD

Process: ‘Chimera’

Format: DVD-A/V  MLP/DTS/DD

Christmas With Robert Shaw And The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra

7 Dec

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Reissue: New Decode

Release: DS118ch

Source: QS CD

Process: ‘Chimera’

Format: DVD-A/V  MLP/DTS/DD

John Lee Hooker – Free Beer And Chicken

1 Dec

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This album does sound like a collection of recordings pieced together to form an album, but for me it’s the inclusion of flute, violin and even a mono synth, that lifts this into the interesting category.

Allmusic

Release: DS536ch

Source: QS CD

Process: ‘Chimera’

Format: DVD-A/V  MLP/DTS/DD

The Button Down Brass – Girl Talk

20 Nov

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This is a compilation album consisting of tracks from the bands Pye 4D releases.

Allmusic

Reissue: New Decode

Release: DS456ch

Source: QS CD

Process: ‘Chimera’

Format: DVD-A/V  MLP/DTS/DD

Dan Hicks And His Hot Licks – Striking It Rich

20 Nov

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Allmusic

Reissue: New Decode

Release: DS16ch

Source: QS CD

Process: ‘Chimera’

Format: DVD-A/V  MLP/DTS/DD

B.B.King – The Best Of

20 Nov

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Allmusic

Reissue: New decode

Release: DS65ch

Source: QS CD

Process: ‘Chimera’

Format: DVD-A/V  MLP/DTS/DD

Synergy – Electronic Realizations For Rock Orchestra

11 Nov

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Decoded using the remastered 24/96 version of the original USA release mastered by Larry Fast available from HD Tracks. This does not contain the stereo track ‘Classical Gas’ as it was only added to the original UK release in 1976, some months after it’s USA release.

Allmusic

Reissue: New Decode

Release: DS19ch

Source: QS 24/96 master

Process: ‘Chimera’

Format: DVD-A/V  MLP / DTS / DD

Keith Jarrett – Treasure Island

9 Nov

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Allmusic

Reissue: New decode

Release: DS26ch

Source: QS CD

Process: ‘Chimera’

Format: DVD-/V  MLP/DTS/DD

David Snell – Harp Transplant

7 Nov

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You may not of heard of him but there’s a good chance you’ve heard him play before as this list shows.

Reissue: (D) New Decode

Release: DS464ch

Source: QS CD

Process: ‘Chimera’

Format: DVD-A/V  MLP/DTS/DD

 

Archie Shepp – Attica Blues

6 Oct

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Release: DS523s

Source: QS CD

Process: ‘Sphinx’

Format: DVD-A/V  MLP/DTS/DD

The Longines Symphonette Society – Ladies Choice

10 Jul

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The LSS, along with a group of session musicians and chorus, take some of the hits of Melanie, Carole King & Laura Nyro down easy listening avenue.

A requested release

Release: DS501s

Source: QS LP

Process: ‘Sphinx’

Format: DVD-A/V MLP/DTS/DD

Pharoah Sanders – Live At The East

1 Jun

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Allmusic

Release: DS485s

Source: QS CD

Process: ‘Sphinx’

Format: DVD-A/V  MLP/DTS/DD

B.B.King – L.A. Midnight

19 May

B.B.King - L.A. Midnight DS484s front

This album was also released in Japan using the short lived QM matrix system.

Allmusic

Release: DS484s

Source: QS CD

Process: ‘Sphinx’

Format: DVD-A/V  MLP/DTS/DD

Vic Lewis & The R.P.O. – My Friends The Bandleaders

4 Mar

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Release: DS465s

Source: QS CD

Process: ‘Sphinx’

Format: DVD-A/V  MLP/DTS/DD

Sun Ra – Space Is The Place

4 Feb

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Allmusic

Reissue: New decode

Release: DS12s

Source: QS CD

Process: QS/Sphinx

Format: DVD-A/V – MLP/DTS/DD

Calvin Keys – Proceed With Caution

26 Jan

Allmusic

Reissue: New Decode

Release: DS198s

Source: QS CD

Process: QS/Sphinx

Format: DVD-A/V  MLP/DTS/DD

Doug Carn – Adam’s Apple

23 Jan

Doug Carn’s fourth and final album for Black Jazz ‘Adams Apple’ from 1974 is a much funkier and upbeat record. It still retains the deep spiritual jazz theme but is expressed more joyously with ‘Chant’, ‘Higher Ground’ and ‘Sweet Season’ being the most uptempo tracks. His organ playing is more evident throughout especially on the instrumental ‘The Messenger’.

There is an early Earth Wind and Fire influence (he played with them) and a frantic cover of ‘Mighty Mighty’. ‘Western Sunrise’ is a beautiful track to close the set on. Joyce Greene and John Conner replace Jean as the vocalist, and the band includes Ronnie Laws, Calvin Keys and Big Black.

Reissue: New Decode

Release: DS145s

Source: QS CD

Process: QS/Sphinx

Format: DVD-A/V  MLP/DTS/DD

 

Brownie McGhee, Sonny Terry with Earl Hooker – I Couldn’t Believe My Eyes

12 Jan

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A requested release

Recorded in 1968 but not remixed/released until 1973.

Allmusic

Release: DS457s

Source: QS CD

Process: QS/Sphinx

Format: DVD-A/V  MLP/DTS/DD

Three Dog Night – Hard Labor

19 Dec

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I’ve included both the banned & release versions of the cover art.

Allmuic  Wikipedia

Release: DS455s

Source: QS LP

Process: ‘Sphinx’

Format: DVD-A/V  MLP/DTS/DD

Ray Charles – Genius Live In Concert

13 Dec

Originally released in the 1960’s the album was re-released in quad in the 1970’s.

This new decode has shown that instead of being re-mixed the album is an up-mix from the original master. But don’t let that put you off, it’s an interesting and enjoyable concert.

Reissue: New source & decode

Release: DS97s

Source: QS LP

Process: QS/Sphinx

Format: DVD-A/V   MLP/DTS/DD

The Royal Doulton Band – Clayhanger

21 Nov

The Royal Doulton Band - Clayhanger DS443f front

Who?

Release: DS443f

Source: QS LP

Process: QS/IIa

Format: DVD-A/V  MLP/DTS/DD

Acker Bilk & Strings – Feelings Vol.1

8 Nov

Acker Bilk died on the 2nd November 2014 aged 85.

He was best known as one of the giants of the UK Trad-Jazz scene, and in the 70’s recorded a number of albums with an orchestra for the PYE 4D label.

This release contains tracks taken from a 4 CD box set that is mostly made up of tracks from his records for that label. It contains a re-recording of his 60’s hit ‘Stranger On The Shore’ and his 70’s hit ‘Aria’ which is probably the only time a quadraphonic single entered the UK singles chart.

The tracks are from the following albums: NSPL 41022, 41306, 41046, 41052, 41055, NSPLX 41056 & QUAD 1016

Album info

Reissue: Expanded & New Decode

Release: DS149f-2

Source: QS  CD

Process: QS/IIa

Format: DVD-A/V  MLP:/DTS:/DD

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