Mythical Reissues

This page is for requests for re-decodes of previous DS**f  releases using the latest Mythical process’s. Releases from both blogs are acceptable but Please ensure you include the DS number


56 Responses to “Mythical Reissues”

  1. atq April 30, 2016 at 16:36 #

    Simon & Garfunkel – Bridge Over Troubled Water DS332f

    David Essex – Rock On DS181f

    (I can imagine which one is more likely to be a priority for re-decode, and I’m happy with that!)

  2. lucap1000 February 3, 2016 at 14:11 #


  3. sacdtodvda November 12, 2015 at 01:41 #

    May I suggest the orchestral Tommy as a candidate for Chimera?

    • oxforddickie November 12, 2015 at 07:13 #

      Good choice, especially as i recently managed to finally get a copy. The original release was from a transfer that i was never too happy with.

  4. Michael Burch October 25, 2015 at 16:33 #

    How about The Edgar Winter Group – They Only Come Out At Night. Frankenstein is a classic quad track.

  5. gjwAudio September 19, 2015 at 19:35 #

    Mythically speaking… how ’bout DS141 & DS166 ? Love the aesthetic of those guys. It’s criminal that “Recycled” never got the 4-square treatment.

    …interesting tidbit from a 2008 interview with Roye Albrighton ( ):
    Q: In 1990 Bellaphon reissued the Nektar back catalogue on CD and used the wrong master for Remember The Future – what happened?

    A: When we originally mixed RTF back in the 70’s, we did two versions. One was for quadraphonic, and the other was for stereo.
    What happened in 1990 was that someone in Bellaphon picked up the wrong master tapes (which were the quad ones) and transferred them to CD.

    This had the effect of only 2 of the 4 channels being used, and hence only half the instruments could be heard.

    How they managed to do this is beyond me.

    Does anybody here have this 1990 CD ?

    • oxforddickie September 19, 2015 at 20:05 #

      How on earth could that sort of mistake be done, you would have thought that if they were looking for a stereo master tape, there would have been two, stereo and SQ, i’m sure the 4 channel master would have been labelled as such.

      Quite unbelievable.

      • gjwAudio September 20, 2015 at 00:57 #

        Thinking about the cock-up, it really IS incredible (…as in “beyond belief”). In those days, a stereo master tape would be on quarter-inch reels, whereas a 4-channel master would be on half-inch.

        The brain trust at Bellaphon would have to take the half-inch tape, play it on an appropriate machine, and select two of the four available tracks to make a 2-track CD master.

        It boggles the mind !

    • oxforddickie September 19, 2015 at 20:10 #

      Regarding the re-issues, i think they are more than worthy of a re-release.

      Have just completed a re-decode of a great album from a new 24 bit copy of the master, sounds superb. And no, i’m afraid your just going to have to wait lol

    • sacdtodvda September 22, 2015 at 04:16 #

      The quad mix of RTF taken from the SACD can be found on a blog not too far from here. it has a couple of nice extras.

  6. Beechwoods (@Beechwoods_) September 14, 2015 at 22:47 #

    Perhaps these haven’t been considered for mythical decodes because of the modern multi-channel reissues, but I would be interested in hearing them under Phoenix nonetheless. Perhaps combined back into the ‘Boxed’ set?

    Mike Oldfield Collaborations DS57f
    Mike Oldfield Ommadawn DS56f
    Mike Oldfield Hergest Ridge DS55f
    Mike Oldfield Tubular Bells DS54f

    Also, not a mythical decode request, but in a similar vein, I’m surprised that the original quad mix of Tubular Bells (with rather curious model aeroplane buzzing around at the end of side 2) isn’t in the archive somewhere, perhaps because it was a US only release (I may be wrong). I rather like this as an anomaly in the development of Oldfield’s quad legacy…

    Mike Oldfield Tubular Bells CD-4 Quadradisc

    • oxforddickie September 14, 2015 at 23:00 #

      The ‘Re-Boxed’ project is on going, not sure as and when it will be available though.

      The ‘original’ quad release of Tubular bells, which was in fact an up-mix, was released in the UK in SQ on QV2001.

    • Owen Smith September 15, 2015 at 09:06 #

      Tubular Bells real quad mix is available on the SACD to DVD-A site (link on the right). This is discrete sourced from the SACD. One of the problems with Re-Boxed is what to do with Tubular Bells, I suggest just including an SACD conversion.

      I have a very bad CD-4 rip of the quad up-mix which was briefly on this blog, a re-issue of what was a DTS CD done by someone called Vector X. The up-mix isn’t great, but much worse was the CD-4 capture. Now I know why it was sometimes called Sandpaper Quad.

      • oxforddickie September 15, 2015 at 09:20 #

        The plans for ‘Re-Boxed’ have been set for some time, it will be a slightly alternative (i hope – am guessing what i want to do will actually work) version which i hope will be the final say on Mike Oldfield’s quad output.

        It’s just a time thing, plus i can’t seem to lay my hands on the Boxed CD set at the moment, must have boxed it away… Ha ha….groan….

        • Beechwoods September 15, 2015 at 10:20 #

          That sounds exciting! Tubular Bells was the reason I bought into SACD when it first came out and I have the original hybrid release. I will do a close comparison between SACD2DVDA’s 4.0 (which I’ve also got) and the SQ II Final ‘Boxed’ version and see if they’re really the same mix. The thing I’m keen to understand is if the mixes really are the same – Oldfield is so prone to tweaking stuff I half expect there to be some differences.

          Wouldn’t want to miss a trick assuming the SACD is the definitive source of the ‘proper’ quad mix!

          • oxforddickie September 15, 2015 at 10:34 #

            The mix on the boxed set and the SACD is the same, if you hear any slight differences it’ll be down to errors in the SQ/I decoding which have been corrected in ‘Phoenix’

            But it would be interesting to hear your views between the two

  7. gjwAudio September 8, 2015 at 19:56 #

    …and what of the Steely Dan catalogue ???

  8. joeerand September 7, 2015 at 15:46 #

    I mentioned in another thread, but will add here for the sake of organization…Santana’s “Lotus” and Janis Ian’s “Between The Lines”. Your old decodes of them are very good, so it just makes me hungry for more!

    • oxforddickie September 7, 2015 at 16:09 #

      Any reason to listen to Janis…..

      • admsh September 21, 2015 at 22:24 #

        I want to second that! “Between the Lines” please! And the rest of the Paul Simon catalogue. And the Steely Dan catalogue, too.

        • oxforddickie September 21, 2015 at 22:28 #

          I have to agree on “Between The Lines” and the others too…………….

  9. sacdtodvda September 2, 2015 at 03:59 #

    I’d love mythical decodes of Hergest Ridge, Ommadawn & Collaborations, please.

    • oxforddickie September 2, 2015 at 06:54 #

      This is very spooky, was only yesterday putting ideas together for a possible ‘Re-Boxed’ set. Still in the planning stages so no details yet.

  10. bigheadrascal August 29, 2015 at 03:01 #

    Any Herbie Hancock, especially “Headhunters”.

    • oxforddickie August 29, 2015 at 05:59 #

      Good choice

      • sacdtodvda September 2, 2015 at 03:57 #

        I could do Headhunters from the SACD if preferred.

        • oxforddickie September 2, 2015 at 06:51 #

          If it’s the quad version, by all means

          • sacdtodvda September 2, 2015 at 10:13 #

            It is and I am on to it.

          • Owen Smith September 2, 2015 at 12:43 #

            Great though Phoenix is, a true hi res discrete source like SACD is always preferrable.

        • joeerand September 7, 2015 at 15:37 #

          Another vote for any of the Herbie Hancock quad titles like “Thrust” that were never on SACD.

    • daveede September 7, 2015 at 19:35 #

      BTW, the Q8 of Hancock’s “Sextant”, which was the last of the ‘Mwandishi’ records and immediately preceded “Headhunters”, is fantastic. It’s more similar to Miles’s “Bitches Brew” and perhaps less accessible than the Jazz-funk-fusion of the Headhunters era, but equally rewarding. I wonder how the SQ recording would compare to the Q8?

  11. grahambailey007 August 26, 2013 at 19:23 #

    Hi, I’d really like Moonshot by Buffy Sainte-Marie and also The Harry Roche Constellation – Spiral / Sometimes if possible?
    Many thanks

    • oxforddickie August 26, 2013 at 19:32 #

      Moonshot on the list, and Spiral/Sometimes is on the QS re-issue list

  12. dparkervt August 20, 2013 at 19:24 #

    I would also lend a vote to “Secret Treaties”! And is there a worthy version of “Agents of Fortune” out there, or is it as bad as I’ve always heard it is?

    • oxforddickie August 20, 2013 at 20:08 #

      Agents of Fortune was never released in Quad.

  13. gjwAudio March 14, 2013 at 22:29 #

    Hi OD
    Will we ever see the likes of DS23 again (Tchaikovsky – The Sleeping Beauty Op. 66 – Previn.LSO) ?

    The DS23V I have here cuts off before the final finale (you may recall me reporting this). A lovely long listen… till you get to the non-ending of the programme ! Maybe it belongs on the “B” or “C” priority list. I’ll bet it would benefit from the latest decode process.


    • oxforddickie March 15, 2013 at 09:05 #

      Yes, i remember the issue some of the early releases had, and it will be re-released, once i find the album!

  14. The Bright Side March 13, 2013 at 12:20 #

    I know you mentioned at some point you decoded Dylan’s “Nashville Skyline”, which is something I would love to hear. Unfortunately, I cannot find the release on this blog, so no DS number… Hope you can make it happen! (same would go for “Planet Waves”. :-))

    • oxforddickie March 13, 2013 at 12:22 #

      Yes, ‘Nashville’ is on the re-release sheet. Haven’t gotten ‘Planet Waves’ yet!

  15. donimo1 March 11, 2013 at 23:25 #

    B.O.C. Secret Treaties DS53f -This was my favorite decode of the rock stuff the quad was great and the new proccess should take this one from stellar to out of this world.

    • sacdtodvda March 13, 2013 at 20:46 #

      I’ll second that request!

      • oxforddickie March 13, 2013 at 20:54 #


      • sacdtodvda March 15, 2013 at 11:16 #

        Sorry, OD – I meant I second the request to re-issue DS53f, BOC – Secret Treaties.

    • daveede August 7, 2013 at 00:20 #

      Yes, this has been a fave as well!

      • daveede August 7, 2013 at 00:21 #

        Please re-issue DS53f, BOC – Secret Treaties.

      • Owen Smith August 7, 2013 at 18:25 #

        BOC Secret Treaties is already decoded with SQ*Final, that’s the DS53f release. In my experience while there are improvements in SQ/II they’re quite modest (unlike QS/II where the improvement is night and day). I am seeding DS53f and I think you’d be quite happy with it, I certainly enjoyed it.

        • oxforddickie August 7, 2013 at 18:45 #

          It is planned to re-do it, the album is in the pile to be cleaned

      • Owen Smith August 7, 2013 at 19:19 #

        A cleaning pile, that’s terribly organised:-). I don’t even know anyone with a record cleaning machine (assuming you’re using a machine).

      • Owen Smith August 8, 2013 at 00:12 #

        I once had a friend (who moved away alas) copy a late 1950s baroque LP belonging to my father to CD. It could have done with this sort of treatment, but he specifically forbade me from cleaning it with any fluids or in any sort of machine. He was scared the LP would be damaged. So the LP got copied in wonderful audio quality on a high end system, which all the clicks and pops faithfully preserved. It could have been so much better. And hey in 4 years time it’s out of copyright in the UK and could be legally distributed online. Sadlt it’s not in quad, but the musci is fantastic (so much so that I bought my own copy of the LP “just in case”). It’s this on discogs:

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