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

A reply to a message on QQ

28 Oct

Now normally i refuse to have the going on in QQ mentioned here but i’ve been sent the details of a post there thatdoes so annoy me. As many will know, one of my gripes about QQ is the total lack of real knowledge about the subject that they profess to know about. One of the areas where they completely fail is in the area of the early pre- phas-shifting matrix systems DY & EV-4.

As i’m sure your all aware of, AOQ is running a ‘shoot-out’ on this very subject and i feel this new posting not only blurs his attempts.. Here’s what i’ve been sent:

“Are EV-4 and QS compatible with each other? Decide for yourself. EV-4 encoding uses a front blending coefficient of 0.2, slightly less than QS at 0.414. The back channels use a blend coefficient of 0.5 compared to QS at 0.414, slightly more. The decoded result will shift the fronts a bit toward the sides and the rears a bit closer together. Overall the decode should still be quite good.
The only other difference is that QS encoding phase shifts the rears by +90 degrees (left) and -90 degrees (right) to create a 180 degree (out of phase) difference. This phase difference is done directly with EV-4. This rear phase shift is reversed by the QS decoder. Ideally the rear phase shift should be switched out for EV-4 decoding and for stereo enhancement and switched in for QS. I believe that Sansui decoders leave the phase in shift both for simplicity and to increase the apparent separation of the rear decoded outputs for stereo enhancement (as they always referred to their units as “SYNTHESIZERS”).
I would think that one could tweak the separation pots in a QSD-1 or QSD-2 to perfectly decode EV-4. At some point I might try bypassing the phase shift in my unit to see if I hear a difference, positive or negative on none QS encoded material.
Forget about “correct” EV-4 decoding, those units were designed more stereo enhancement, basically an active version of the Dyna-Quad speaker connection. The asymmetrical decode was the best that could be done without using any form of logic.”

Now, if someone who has access to QQ and is willing to reply to this for me, i’d be grateful. My reply is:

‘100% Wrong!’

OD

 

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

Morton Subotnick – Sidewinder

11 Oct

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Although this album is a bit of a slow starter, and quieter, i found the quad area to be used to good effect with some nice use of dynamics. I think Sidewinder just has the edge on his previous album Touch  in my view.

Release: DS591p

Source: SQ LP

Process: ‘Phoenix’

Format: DVD-A/V  MLP/DTS/DD

Janis Ian – Between The Lines

9 Oct

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Another in the series of long overdue reissues.

Allmusic

Reissue: (D) New decode

Release: DS31p

Source: SQ LP

Process: ‘Phoenix’

Format: DVD-A/V  MLP/DTS/DD

Phoebe Snow – Second Childhood

7 Oct

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Allmusic

Release: DS590p

Source: SQ LP

Process: ‘Phoenix’

Format: DVD-A/V  MLP/DTS/DD

Aerosmith – Rocks

3 Oct

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A long-overdue reissue

Allmusic

Reissue: (D) New source and decode

Release: DS21p

Source: SQ LP

Process: ‘Phoenix’

Format: DVD-A/V  MLP/DTS/DD

 

The AOQ EV-4 Shoot-Out Announcement

21 Sep

AOQ has been planning to do some decoder tests of the matrix systems that we all know and love, and has just announced the first of them, which is devoted to EV-4. Personally i’m going to find this of great interest, so here’s the link to the announcement, the shoot out is in a few days time.

Be Bop Deluxe – In Concert 1976

19 Sep

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Recorded & broadcast, in stereo, live on BBC Radio 1 on the 2nd October 1976 at the Hammersmith Odeon, London. It was then remixed in quad by the BBC’s subscription service for broadcast overseas.

Reissue: (D) New decode

Release: DS349p

Source: SQ CD

Process: ‘Phoenix’

Format: DVD-A/V  MLP/DTS/DD

 

 

Frank Zappa & The Mothers Of Invention – Over-Nite Sensation

31 Aug

Frank Zappa - Over-Nite Sensation DS586 front

With thanks to ‘A-Nony-Mouse’

Allmusic

Release: DS586

Source: Q4

Format: DVD-A/V  MLP/DTS/DD

The Captains New Ship

25 Aug

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It is with the greatest pleasure that i can announce a new blog dedicated to this wonderful world of Quadraphonic sound. But as i type this there’s also a touch of sadness personally as it’s been quite a journey we’ve had together over these past years. But although it’s a parting of the waves may i wish all of the best, and safe seas, to the Captain and all that join him on his new voyage:

Celebrations & Transitions

The 28th of August will celebrate three years since CB001 debuted on the Dreaming-Spires Quadraphonic Archive-II. Looking further back October 26th will mark four years since the first collaboration between OD and CB. Perhaps some longtime Dreaming Spires members recall that it was DS211 Arlo Guthrie. Where has all the time gone. 

OD provides the quad community with real treasures and has done so for many years. He has always been welcoming to the Captain and helpful in every way. His generosity over the years to selfishly post the CB titles to his blog has been a wonderful gift. He has made me feel so comfortable and at home there that sometimes I take my boots off.

However life is about change and we all realize that nothing stays the same. Since day one OD has done all the legwork concerning posted the CB titles and related chores without any compensation requested. He will happily continue but it would be rude of the Captain to always be expecting sometime for nothing. Time brings transitions and it is now time to jump in with both feet and sink or swim. 

Therefore the Captain is proud to announce another quad blog. “Captain Beyond’s Quadraphonic Wormhole” was chosen as the name since Blogs are Like Chickens was already taken. This new CB blog will require a lot of time , effort and support from you the quad community to grow into a useful quadraphonic archive. Transitioning the CB releases to their own site is a big change and I do hope it proceeds smoothly. Another change forthcoming is future CB release will be offered via a nominal donation to help offset related expenses.

The Captain wants to extend a welcome to all and invites everyone to stop over and have a look around. There is not much to offer yet but allow it some time to mature. I do hope these transitions are viewed in a positive way and with understanding. The Captain did not get the boot, so don’t think of this as an exit but rather a function of growth. Perhaps just another portal in the wall as if were. Really now can the world have too many quad blogs. CB

Yehudi Menuhin & Stephane Grappelli – Tea For Two

25 Aug

Mehuhin & Grappelli - Tea For Two DS585p front

Three years after releasing ‘Fascinatin’ Rhythm‘ the pair reunite for this album of standards, performed in their own unique style.

Release: DS585p

Source: SQ CD

Process: ‘Phoenix’

Format: DVD-A/V  MLP/DTS/DD

Thjis Van Leer – Introspection 3

23 Aug

Thijs van Leer - Introspection 3 DS415p front

This is another previously unlisted quad release. By the time it was released CBS had all but given up on quad, so it was just put out as a normal stereo release.

Allmusic

Reissue: (D) New Decode

Release: DS415p

Source: SQ CD

Process: ‘Phoenix’

Format: DVD-A/V  MLP/DTS/DD

Thijs Van Leer – Introspection 2

23 Aug

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Allmusic

Reissue: (D) New Decode

Release: DS67p

Source: SQ CD

Process: ‘Phoenix’

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

Chuck Berry – The London Chuck Berry Sessions

17 Aug

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Link

Released in October of 1972 unbelievably this is the only Chuck Berry album certified gold by the RIAA. The song ‘My Ding-A-Ling’ was edited for single release and is the only Berry tune to achieve number one status in both the US and UK. This album is a mixed bag consisting of studio and live material. That is always an uneven listen to my ear.

The running order of songs was altered for the Q8 release placing live songs between studio songs. This CB release has returned the running order to match the vinyl album. I found it very amusing at the end of the show the promoters are attempting to clear the house for the next act.

They refer to them as ‘The Pink Floyd’. I never heard PF referred to with a ‘The’ in front of their name. By the way which one is Pink? Enjoy CB

Allmusic

Release: CB066

Source: Q8

Format: DVD-A/V  MLP/DTS/DD

Grand Funk – Shinin’ On

14 Aug

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Link

Released in 1974 this was the eighth album from Grand Funk. Shinin’ On was their second LP produced by Todd Rundgren and reached the number five position on Billboard’s 200. The cover of Little Eva’s dance song “The Loco-Motion” was released as a single and reached number one. Only nine songs have ever reached number one by two different artist.

The quadraphonic mix was only available on the Q8 cartridge. Capitol altered the running order for the Q8 and that is mirrored for this CB release. The stereoscopic 3D cover is interesting and most used copies now are missing their original red/cyan glasses. You will likewise need to provide your own glasses to properly view the anaglyphic artwork. Enjoy CB.

Release: CB065

Source: Q8

Format: DVD-A/V  MLP/DTS/DD

Cosmic Jokers – Gilles Zeitschiff

11 Aug

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Allmusic

Release: DS580p

Source:  SQ CD

Process: ‘Phoenix’

Format: DVD-A/V  MLP/DTS/DD

 

Stan Kenton – National Anthems Of The World

5 Aug

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In the spirit of the 2016 Olympic Games that start today in Rio, i present to you an album you can play to keep the spirit alive during the hours the games aren’t on the box.

Release: DS579p

Source: SQ CD

Process: ‘Phoenix’

Format: DVD-A/V  MLP/DTS/DD

Al Hirt – The Best Of

3 Aug

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Link

The Captain is back!

This title was the 21st LP from Al Hirt originally released on stereo in 1965. I recall ‘Java’ playing on the radio very frequent during my youth. Back then AM radio did not pigeon hole everything into some demographic but rather programed to a very wide spectrum audience. Today everything is in its own box. Not sure that is a good thing.

This Q8 transfer was requested by T Bradley back on February 26th so please pardon the long delay. If you enjoyed this ‘Best of’ may I suggest another title by AL Hirt. “Honey In The Horn” from 1963. It is not quad but enjoyable never the less. Enjoy CB

Release: CB064

Source: Q8

Format: DVD-A/V  MLP/DTS/DD

BBC Proms 2016 in Quad

15 Jul

Have just received notification that the BBC are broadcasting this years proms in quad as they have done for the last couple of years.

There is no change in required software, so anyone who was set up for it last year shoul be ready to go. For more info: BBC Proms 2016

Laura Nyro – Eli And The Thirteenth Confession

6 Jun

Although the quad mix of this album was never officially released, an un-finished version of the mix has floated around for some while, but now the full version of the quadraphonic mix is getting it’s official release soon

 

 

A New AOQ Quadcast

25 May

Although relitavely short, this one is possibly of more interest to the ‘techies’ amongst us, but do have a look

 

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

Chicago – Quadraphonic reissues

28 Apr
A massive new box set is coming your way from new Rock and Roll
Hall of Fame inductees Chicago, and this surprise release is one sure
to delight longtime fans.Chicago: Quadio arrives on June 17 from
Rhino Records on nine Blu-ray Audio discs.
This landmark release brings together nine album from the legendary
band in remastered high-resolution 192/24 DTS-HD Master Audio in
both their original quadraphonic and stereo mixes.
Albums Include: Chicago Transit Authority (1969), Chicago (1970),
Chicago III (1971), Chicago V (1972), Chicago VI (1973), Chicago VII
(1974), Chicago VIII (1975), Chicago IX: Chicago’s Greatest Hits
(1975) & Chicago X (1976)

The above was copied from Here where more info can be obtained

With thanks to SACD DVD

Rick Wakeman – Journey To The Centre Of The Earth: A Review of The Boxset

24 Apr

With the release of this much antisipated release just under two weeks away, i thought it might be a good time to do a review of this boxset. One thing i’d like to mention is that Amazon.UK have made a right mess of the release of this, but there is one very welcome change, and that is the price reduction to £12.99, which is the price i said it was actually worth. Was someone actually listening?  LOL

I’d like to thank Steve Hammonds for making this available. It arrived on April 1st, and as it was sealed i’m reviewing it as if it was bought “off the shelf”.

The set comes in a box that’s a fraction larger than the recent Jethro Tull book style releases, the front being the normal cover picture we all know and love, and wraps around the sides. There is no indication of what this box set actually is, not even a mention of it being a “Deluxe Edition” like the two previous releases. The side panels are also devoid of anything bar a small version of the “logo” from the front cover. On a shop shelf this boxset could easily go un-noticed.

Looking at the back of the box there is a basic listing of the four disc’s, being three CDs and one DVD-A. One noticeable omission is the total lack of any technical information. Nada – Nothing! I’m hoping this is dealt with, even if it’s stickered.

Opening the box, i found it best to shake it open as there are no cut-outs on the sides to enable the bottom to be gripped, there are two box sized booklets along with the four gatefold sleeved disc’s nicely wrapped together to stop disc’s slipping out during transit.

Looking at the glossy booklet first, the first twelve pages basically reproduce the pages from the original LP release, nicely done. Pages eight and nine contain track listings for the disc’s, containing a touch more information about them, but again nothing technical.

The other half of the booklet contains a three page overview of Rick’s career, plenty of scans of magazine articles, posters, etc and an article written by Jerry Ewing from 2015. The back of the booklet does contain some information, although it’s basically from the original release and of those involved with the creation of the booklet.

Moving onto the non-glossy booklet, the front gives a clue to what it is, the album title is in Japanese. This is a nice reprint from the 1975 tour of Japan. It contains some nice pictures and adverts, with all of the text, obviously, in Japanese. So, time to do some brushing up…….

Moving onto the four disc’s, as previously mentioned there are four gatefold sleeves, the first being, basically, the normal LP cover with the other three having different pictures, taken from the inner pages of the original album, and an enlarged version of the ‘logo’, but no other title. The backs of the covers give basic track information, but nothing else. Nada – again!

So, to the disc’s themselves:

D1: This is a remastered version of the stereo album with an additional track, “The Pearl and Dean Unfinished Symphony”. I suspect this nice addition was recorded at the same time and is typical of the fun side of Rick, how many of the adverts do you recognise? Technically the album is very slightly compressed and if not a flat transfer, it’s had just a tweak of a tweak of eq, but neither proves to a problem. It was always a bass light album and there’s no change there! Phew!

D2: Oh! Well the information on the back of the cover states ‘Live in Boston 1974’, but what it doesn’t say is that it’s a bootleg/audience recording. Quality’s not bad but there’s a lot you don’t hear.

D3: ‘Live in Buenos Aires 1993’ fairs a little better, sounds as if it’s possibly from the mixing desk. It’s a more modern, almost solo version, and another bootleg. Oh yes, and there’s no chapter points, it’s one long track. Odd as the previous disc does have them.

D4: Finally to the disc we are all here for. This contains the original quadraphonic mic of the album along with the Mobile Fidelity version of the stereo mix. Now as i may have mentioned just one or twice, there is a total lack of any technical information anywhere on this set which really is a negative point when it comes to this disc.

So putting the disc in the player brings up a menu with four options: ‘Play Stereo’, ‘Play Quad’, ‘Track List’ and ‘Audio Set-Up’. Hmm. OK, pressing ‘Play Stereo’ brings us to another menu listing the four tracks. So, pressing ‘The Journey’ takes us to another menu whilst the track starts to play. So what’s missing… ANY information as to what is playing. There’s no mention that it’s the Mobile Fidelity master, no picture of that release cover, information about it, or at what sample rate it is, etc. Again Nada!

Back to the main menu and i thought i’d have a peek at ‘Audio Set-Up’. which takes us to another menu listing four options, ‘MLP Quad’, ‘MLP Stereo’, ‘DTS Quad’ and ‘LPCM Stereo’. Ummm…..

Going back one step and pressing ‘Track List’ takes us to the same track list as previously seen. But which version has been chosen to play? the last selected? or?

Ok, going back and pressing ‘Play Quad’ and, hey it’s the same menu/picture as before and when we chose a track it starts playing, but is it MLP or DTS?

I haven’t seen such a poorly created menu since the very early days of DVD. Appalling! Oh, and anyone notice something missing? There’s no AC3/Dolby Digital stream. Now for many reading this that omission isn’t an issue but the majority of the buying public use, and are very happy with, it. With the complete lack of technical information on the box itself, let alone anywhere else, this omission could possibly see many of this set being returned as faulty.

Anyway, i’d best mention the sound quality. All there is to say this is a major improvement over what was originally sent to me for testing, which was compressed to and eq’d to hell. I couldn’t actually listen to it all the way through in one sitting.

Again, someone obviously listened as we are given the quad mix in what sounds like a copy of the master, with no, or very very little eq-ing and no, yes that’s right no compression. hallelujah!!!!

I sent a report of my findings, which didn’t seem to go down too well. I’m hoping that, at the very least, some form of technical information is added to this set, along with a visible warning there is no AC3/Dolby Digital stream.

A little note regarding sampling frequency. Whilst playing the DTS stream of the quad mix, my amp showed it to be 24/96, so it’s fair to assume that the MLP stream is the same.

 

Lack of new releases on Mondays

21 Apr

Some of you may have been wondering why there have been no new releases here whereas the classical blog has been soldering on regardless.

99% of the titles here rely on transfers from vinyl, and that’s where the problem has been of late. I’m afraid that, with everything else going on, sorting out issues that have arisen with my old, trusty, Rega P2 have rather taken a back seat but this week i’ve been looking into the problem (suspect arm bearing problems) and hope to be able to return to normal service in the near future.

OD

Mike Oldfield – Collaborations

16 Apr

Mike Oldfield - Collaborations DS57p front

The 4th and final disc from “Boxed”

Reissue: (D) New decode

Release: DS57p

Source: SQ CD

Process: ‘Phoenix’

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

Keith Jarrett – Death And The Flower

16 Apr

Keith Jarrett - Death And The Flower DS382f front

Album info

Reissue: (D) New source & decode

Release: DS382ch

Source: QS 24/96

Process: ‘Chimera’

Format: DVD-A/V  MLP/DTS/DD

Stan Kenton – Live At Brigham Young University

16 Apr

Stan Kenton - Live at Brigham Young University DS576p front

Release: DS576p

Source: SQ CD

Process: ‘Phoenix’

Format: DVD-A/V  MLP/DTS/DD

Rick Wakeman – Journey To The Centre Of The Earth

5 Apr

On May 6th Universal will be releasing a box set of what is easily Rick Wakeman’s most popular album. What is included is what many fans will be wanting, the original quadraphonic mix that has been sourced from the master tapes (how do i know? i have it here).

But that’s not all, Universal appear to have listened and the transfer sounds like a flat transfer with NO COMPRESSION!!! YES!!!!!

To be doubly sure i checked and it’s completely un-molested.

I plan to do a more detailed review when the set is released.

 

Jethro Tull – Aqualung (reissue)

5 Apr

Just a heads up for those that may be unaware that Jethro Tull’s quad mix is being reissued this month, but this time it’s in the same book format (DVD-V) as the others, and at a much more reasonable price: Amazon

And don’t forget the other released quad mix (War Child) and the two sets containing previously un-released quad mixes (Minstrel In The Gallery & Too Old To Rock ‘N’ Roll: Too Young To Die)

Get them while you can, i believe once the record company’s stock runs out, they won’t be re-pressed.

 

Original Cast Recording: Dude (The Highway Life)

26 Mar

Dude (The Highway Life) - OCR DS428f front

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

Gato Barbieri - Chapter 1 _ Latin America DS420f front

Album info

Reissue: (D) New decode

Release: DS420ch

Source: QS CD

Process: ‘Chimera’

Format: DVD-A/V  MLP/DTS/DD

Mike Oldfield – Ommadawn

26 Mar

Mike Oldfield - Ommadawn DS56p front

Allmusic

Reissue: (D) New decode

Release: DS56p

Source: SQ CD

Process: ‘Phoenix’

Format: DVD-A/V  MLP/DTS/DD

The Taj-Mahal Travellers – 15th July 1972

26 Mar

The Taj-Mahal Travelers - July 15,1972 DS182p front

The Taj-Mahal Travellers were a legendary improvisational group from Tokyo who combined Eastern and Western instruments, electronics and vocal chants, and used heavy post-production processing to create unique long flowing jams, with deep organic droning and pulsing.

Reissue: (D) New decode

Release: DS182p

Source: SQ CD

Process: ‘Phoenix’

Format: DVD-A/V  MLP/DTS/DD

Ray Conniff – The Way We Were

26 Mar

Ray Coniff - The Way We Were DS236f front

Withdrawn until further notice

Reissue: New decode

Release: DS236p

Source: SQ CD

Process: ‘Phoenix’

Format: DVD-A/V  MLP/DTS/DD

Robert Farnon – Sketches Of Frank Sinatra & Tony Bennett

26 Mar

Robert Farnon - Sketches Of Sinatra And Bennett DS84s front

Reissue: New decode

Release: DS84ch

Source: QS CD

Process: ‘Chimera’

Format: DVD-A/V  MLP/DTS/DD

Morton Subotnick – Touch

26 Mar

Morton Subotnick - Touch DS364f front

Warning:

If you unaware of Morton Subotnick, or his compositions, it is advisable you do some research.  This is not everybody’s cup of tea!!!

Reissue: (D) New decode

Release: DS364p

Source: SQ CD

Process: ‘Phoenix’

Format: DVD-A/V  MLP/DTS/DD

Gene Russell – Talk To My Lady

26 Mar

Gene Russell - Talk To My Lady DS175ch front

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

Andy Williams – An Evening With

26 Mar

Andy Williams - An Evening With DS402f front

This is the reasonably rare Japanese only release of a concert in Japan 1973.

I have very fond memories of the Andy Williams show on television, and i’ll admit to enjoying his albums to this day.

Reissue: (D) New decode

Release: DS402p

Source: SQ CD

Process: ‘Phoenix’

Format: DVD-A/V  MLP/DTS/DD

Roberto Cacciapaglia – Sonanze

26 Mar

Roberto Cacciapaglia - Sonanze DS316p front

This is Roberto’s first electronic music album from 1974 that may possibily find favour with fans of early Klause Schulze, Tangerine Dream and the like. This release continues Roberto’s wishes that the album is heard as one continous track, with no chapter points.

Reissue: (D) New decode

Release: DS316p

Source: SQ CD

Process: Phoenix

Format: DVD-A/V  MLP/DTS/DD

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