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Holly Cole Trio – Girl Talk

21 May

Allmusic

Release: DS150u2q

Source: Ambisonic/UHJ CD

Process: U2Q

Format: DVD-A/V  MLP/DTS/DD

 

Nektar – Down to Earth

21 Apr

Allmusic

Reissue: (D) New decode

Release: DS141p+

Source: SQ CD

Process: ‘Phoenix+’

Format: DVD-A/V  MLP/DTS/DD

Ash Ra Tempel – Starring Rosi

20 Apr

Allmusic

Reissue: (D) New decode

Release: DS153p+

Source: SQ CD

Process: ‘Phoenix+’

Format: DVD-A/V  MLP/DTS/DD

 

The Isley Brothers – Go For Your Guns

20 Mar

This album was released towards the end of CBS’s quadraphonic period and is pretty hard to find.

Allmusic

Release: DS82p

Source: SQ LP

Process: ‘Phoenix’

Format: DVD-A/V  MLP/DTS/DD

 

 

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

 

Johnny Cash at San Quentin

20 Mar

Recorded in 1969 and contains his surprise, novelty hit single ‘A Boy Named Sue’

Release: DS100p

Source: SQ LP

Process: ‘Phoenix’

Format: DVD-A/V  MLP/DTS/DD

Barbra Streisand – Live Concert At The Forum

16 Mar

Much has been written about the mix on this album, which i’m finding hard to understand. With this decode i find that it’s a fair representation of a live concert. There has been mention made that the Q8 is ‘under-whelming’, well i’ve not heard it so i can’t comment.

What i’d really like is those who get this new reissue to make comments on how they find the performance/mix, even more so if they’ve heard the Q8.

Allmusic

Reissue: (D) New source and decode

Release: DS140p

Source: SQ LP

Process: ‘Phoenix’

Format: DVD-A/V  MLP/DTS/DD

 

 

 

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 Baker Gurvitz Army – In Concert 1975

28 Feb

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It’s nice to be able to make available this concert of The Baker Gurvitz Army from 1975. I remember hearing it on Radio One (in stereo) back in the day and now hearing it in quad brings back more than a memory or two.

Release: DS78p

Source: SQ Transcription LP

Process: ‘Phoenix’

Format: DVD-A/V  MLP/DTS/DD

Walter Wegmuller and The Cosmic Couriers – Tarot

23 Feb

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This, almost one and a half hour long, double LP album was released in 1972 and is quite possibly high on the ‘wants’ lists for those who are interested in Krautrock, Klaus Schulze or Manuel Gottsching.

In its original release format it’s quite rare, as is the 2 x CD release released in 2016.

Review

Release: DS76p

Source: 2 x SQ CD

Process: ‘Phoenix’

Format: DVD-A/V  MLP/DTS/DD

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

Gentle Giant – Golders Green 5/1/78

4 Feb

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Recorded as part of the BBC’s year long quadraphonic tests in 1977/78 and broadcast as part of the ‘Sight & Sound’ simulcast series on BBC1 & Radio 1.

Release: DS71m

Source: Matrix HJ encoded DVD

Process: ‘Medusa’

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

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

Tess Of The D’Urbervilles

17 Jan

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Link

Release: DS49u2q

Source: Ambisonic/UHJ CD

Process: U2Q

Format: 2 x DVD-A/V  MLP/DTS/DD

TAGC – Digitaria

14 Jan

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This album is certainly ‘different’, and one i found to be an oddly enjoyable listening experience, no doubt helped by it having an interesting mix.

I’ve included the five UHJ tracks from the album ‘Audiophile’ which makes for a rather lengthy album.

Allmusic

Release: DS40u2q

Source: Ambisonic/UHJ CD

Process: U2Q

Format: DVD-A/V  MLP/DTS/DD

Message – From Books and Dreams

13 Jan

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Review  Reviews

Reissue: (D) New decode

Release: DS165p

Source: SQ CD

Process: ‘Phoenix’

Format: DVD-A/V  MLP/DTS/DD

Airto Moreira – Fingers

11 Jan

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Allmusic

Release: DS35p

Source: SQ CD

Process: ‘Phoenix’

Format: DVD-A/V  MLP/DTS/DD

Runrig – Once In A Lifetime: Live

10 Jan

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Allmusic

Release: DS24u2q

Source: Ambisonic/UHJ CD

Process: U2Q

Format: DVD-A/V  MLP/DTS/DD

John Gregory And His Orchestra – A Man For All Seasons

5 Jan

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A United Artists UK only dual inventory release, “A Man For All Seasons” was released with much fanfare in the press, but unfortunately failed to catch the public’s imagination and disappeared without trace after a very short while. This makes the stereo version hard to find, and the quad version a prized collectors item.

When you consider the money that was put into, what was after all, just a ‘middle-of-the-road’ album, i would doubt UA ever recouped the cost of the elaborate artwork, let alone all the other costs related to such an ambitious release.

For a little more on the release, visit HERE (on the right of the page)

Reissue: (D) New decode

Release: DS374p

Source: SQ LP

Process: ‘Phoenix’

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

Santana – Caravanserai

2 Jan

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Allmusic

Reissue: (D) New decode

Release: DS308p

Source: SQ LP

Process: ‘Phoenix’

Format: DVD-A/V  MLP/DTS/DD

Argent – In Deep

2 Jan

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Reissue: (D) New decode

Release: DS307p

Source: SQ LP

Process: ‘Phoenix’

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

 

 

George Blackmore – Live

17 Dec

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It’s hard to believe that after almost 600 releases, this is the first album i’ve released of music played on a cinema/theatre organ. very much a sound of days gone by, but what a sound!

I have fond memories of going to the saturday morning cinema club, watching old cliff-hangers like ‘Flash Gordon’, ‘Buck Rogers’ and so many westerns, and at the beginning and end of the show we sang the club song, with the cinema’s organ being played by the local church organist.

Ah, the 60’s, such a magical time……

Of small interest, this was Doric’s first quadraphonic release, which is in SQ. I suspect this was used because it was the system used by the radio broadcaster who sourced the material for this release, as all quad releases afterwards were in QS.

Release: DS13p

Source: SQ LP

Process: ‘Phoenix’

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

The Buddy Miles Band – Chapter VII

6 Dec

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I found this an easier album to get into than its follow-up, Booger Bear. More likely just personal taste.

Allmusic  Review

Release: DS599p

Source: SQ LP

Process: ‘Phoenix’

Format: DVD-A/V  MLP/DTS/DD

 

 

Eberhard Schoener – Meditation

4 Dec

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Review 1  Review 2  Review 3

Release: DS598p

Source: SQ LP

Process: ‘Phoenix’

Format: DVD-A/V  MLP/DTS/DD

 

 

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

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

 

 

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

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

Barbra Streisand – Butterfly

29 Oct

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Allmusic

Release: DS595p

Source: SQ LP

Process: ‘Phoenix’

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

 

Billy Paul – 360 Degrees Of

14 Oct

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Allmusic

Release: DS592p

Source: SQ LP

Process: ‘Phoenix’

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

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