Thursday, 27 June 2013

Quincy Jones - You've Got It Bad Girl


Release: DS275f

Source: SQ LP

Process: SQ/II

Format: DVD-A/V  MLP/DTS/DD

Tuesday, 25 June 2013

Carole King - Tapestry


Q8 supplied by 'Lupine Assassin' and transfered by 'Captain Beyond'.

This tape was originally mastered with all of the channels in the wrong place, but correcting the issue brought to life a more major issue, that being the quad mix of this album released by ODE is fake.

After the superb mix on Carole's 'Music' album, all they appear to have done for this release is to use the stereo mix on the front channels and the mix with additional reverb placed on the rears.

Release: DS272

Source: Q8

Format: DVD-A/V  MLP/DTS/DD

Sunday, 23 June 2013

Johnny Winter - Still Alive And Well


Release: DS274f

Source: SQ LP

Process: SQ/II

Format: DVD-A/V  MLP/DTS/DD

Friday, 21 June 2013

Herbie Hancock - Secrets


Release: DS273f

Source: SQ LP

Process: SQ/II

Format: DVD-A/V  MLP/DTS/DD

Wednesday, 19 June 2013

Maurice Andre & Jane Parker-Smith - Music for Trumpet & Organ


Maurice AndrĂ© (21 May 1933 – 25 February 2012) made over 300 recordings from the late 1950s onwards. He was part of the rebirth of interest in Baroque music in the 1960s, playing on piccolo trumpet many transcriptions of music originally written for other instruments or voice as on this album. He was one of the finest trumpet players of the 20th Century and many current trumpeters including Alison Balsom and Wynton Marsalis cite him as an influence on their playing style and sound.
 
Jane Parker-Smith is an organist with an international reputation and has played with many major conductors and orchestras and given solo performances around the world. She continues to tour to this day and in 2014 will be playing the Royal Festival Hall organ after restoration for its 60th anniversary. Her collaboration with Maurice AndrĂ© is listed as a highlight in the biography on her web site.
 
I first encountered this recording on a 2 CD compilation boxset about 3 years ago. I fell in love with the music but never knew it was in quad until I researched the original LPs after being inspired by this blog. The 2 CD boxset presents three LPs plus two tracks from a fourth, but the tracks are a little mixed up which makes the musical experience a bit confusing. So while the tracks have been taken from the CD’s, they are presented here as one LP using the original LP’s cover art, which is much more informative than the CD inlay.
 
It is intended that the other two LPs from the boxset will be decoded and released in due course.    Owen Smith
 
Release: DS270f
 
Source: SQ CD
 
Process: SQ/II
 
Format: DVD-A/V  MLP/DTS/DD

Sunday, 16 June 2013

Strauss - Also Sprach Zarathustra



Release: DS269f

Source: QS CD

Process: QS/II

Format: DVD-A/V  MLP/DTS/DD

Friday, 14 June 2013

Pink Floyd - Atom Heart Mother




Release: DS92f-2

Source: SQ LP

Process: SQ/II

Format: DVD-A/V  MLP/DTS/DD

Thursday, 13 June 2013

Beaver & Krause - All Good Men


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

Wednesday, 12 June 2013

Beaver & Krause - Gandharva

  
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

Monday, 10 June 2013

Fiddler On The Roof & The New Love Themes



Release: DS265f

Source: SQ LP

Process: SQ/II

Format: DVD-A/V  MLP/DTS/DD

Wednesday, 5 June 2013

Scarlatti - Sonatas


Sonatas: 5, 12, 19, 20, 23, 24, 49, 50, 51, 59, 60.
Valda Aveling: Harpsichord

Release: DS264f

Source: SQ CD

Process: SQ/II

Format: DVD-A/V  MLP/DTS/DD

Musica Antiqua Koln - Virtuose Deutsche Violinmusic



Release: DS263f

Source: SQ CD

Process: SQ/II

Format: DVD-A/V  MLP/DTS/DD

Earth Wind & Fire - Head To The Sky



Release: DS266f

Source: SQ LP

Process: SQ/II

Format: DVD-A/V  MLP/DTS/DD

Sunday, 2 June 2013

Mahavishnu Orchestra - Birds Of Fire



Release: DS91f-2

Source: SQ LP

Process: SQ/II

Format: DVD-A/V  MLP/DTS/DD


Friday, 31 May 2013

Neil Diamond - Serenade




Release: DS15f-SE

Source: SQ LP

Process: SQ/II

Format: DVD-A/V  MLP/DTS/DD

Wednesday, 29 May 2013

Iguana - The Winds Of Alamar


The group Iguana (Don Falk & Arthur Bod) from Maryland self produced their debut album titled "The Winds of Alamar" which was released on Quadratrak Records in 1975. Recorded at Quadraphonic Sound Studio in Nashville using the Sansui QS encoding system the effort revealed a six track record. In 1976 the United Artist label picked up the record adding two songs, dropping the quadraphonic effect and producing new art for the cover. Really bad cover art I might add. The stereo version is the common release with the quad record being somewhat hard to find. Their style is comparable to progressive rock fussed with west coast but I welcome your comments as well. Hope you enjoy. "Captain Beyond"


Release: DS262f

Source: QS LP

Process: QS/II

Format: DVD-A/V  MLP/DTS/DD

Monday, 27 May 2013

Carl Orff - Carmina Burana


Probably not the version people would be expecting (perhaps another day for that one), this is a lesser known version, but non-the-less enjoyable

Lucia Popp, John van Kesteren, Hermann Prey, Karl Kreile, Anton Rosner, Heinrich Weber, Paul Hansen, Guenter Haussier, Josef Weber, Toelzer Knabenchor, Chor des Bayerischen Rundfunks, Kurt Eichhorn & Muencher Rundfunkorchester


Release: DS261f 

Source: SQ CD

Process: SQ/II

Format: DVD-A/V  MLP/DTS/DD

Saturday, 25 May 2013

Synergy - Electronic Realizations For Rock Orchestra


This new version has been decoded using a recently released remastered 24/96 version of the original USA release mastered by Larry Fast. This does not contain the track ‘Classical Gas’ as it was only added to the original UK release in 1976, some months after it’s USA release.

After testing, the track was found to be actually stereo, hence it’s omission.

Release: DS19f-SE

Source: QS 24/96 master

Process: QS/II

Format: DVD-A/V  MLP/DTS/DD

Friday, 24 May 2013

Chopin - Piano Concerto No.1


Release: DS260f

Source: SQ CD

Process: SQ/II

Format: DVD-A/V  MLP/DTS/DD

Wednesday, 22 May 2013

Caravelli – Love Sounds Live In Tokyo



I’d never heard of ‘Caravelli’ before, but he appears to have a world-wide fan base. This album was only released in Japan.

Release: DS252f

Source: SQ LP

Process: SQ/II

Format: DVD-A/V  MLP/DTS/DD

Tuesday, 21 May 2013

Carole King - Music


Release: DS259f

Source: QS LP

Process: QS/II

Format: DVD-A/V  MLP/DTS/DD

Sunday, 19 May 2013

Country Joe & The Fish - From Haight-Ashbury To Woodstock



Release: DS256f

Source: SQ LP

Process: SQ/II

Format: DVD-A/V  MLP/DTS/DD

Wednesday, 15 May 2013

Berry Lipman & Orchestra - The World Is Full Of Love


Release: DS258f

Source: SQ LP

Process: SQ/II

Format: DVD-A/V  MLP/DTS/DD

Tuesday, 14 May 2013

Hollins And Starr - Sidewalks Talking


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

Monday, 13 May 2013

Santana - Santana


Release: DS255f

Source: SQ LP

Process: SQ/II

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

Sunday, 12 May 2013

Herbie Hancock - Thrust



Release: DS254f

Source: SQ LP

Process: SQ/II

Format: DVD-A/V  MLP/DTS/DD

Tuesday, 7 May 2013

Wagner - Preludes and Overtures


Jerzy Semkow & The Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra

Release: DS105f-2

Source: QS CD

Process: QS/II

Release: DVD-A/V  MLP/DTS/DD


Monday, 6 May 2013

Steely Dan - Countdown To Ecstacy


Release: DS253f

Source: QS LP

Process: QS/II

Format: DVD-A/V  MLP/DTS/DD

Friday, 3 May 2013

Fireballet - Night On Bald Mountain


New source and decode

Release: DS188f-2

Source: QS CD

Process: QS/II

Format: DVD-A/V  MLP/DTS/DD

Wednesday, 1 May 2013

Earth, Wind & Fire - That's The Way Of The World


Release: DS241f

Source: SQ LP

Process: SQ/II

Format: DVD-A/V  MLP/DTS/DD

Tuesday, 30 April 2013

Steely Dan - Live At The Record Plant 20/3/74



Release: DS238f

Source: QS
 
Process: QS/II

Format: DVD-A/V  MLP/DTS/DD

Monday, 29 April 2013

B.B King - The Best Of



Release: DS65f-2

Source: QS CD

Process: QS/II

Format: DVD-A/V  MLP/DTS/DD

Friday, 26 April 2013

Ravel - Piano Works



An expanded re-issue decoded using QS/II, now containing all the pieces from the three volumes in this series.


Piano: Vlado Perlemuter

Release: DS167f-2

Source: QS CD

Process: QS/II

Format: DVD-A/V  MLP/DTS/DD

Sunday, 21 April 2013

Steely Dan - Can't Buy A Thrill


Release: DS251f

Source: QS LP

Process: QS/II

Format: DVD-A/V  MLP/DTS/DD

Wednesday, 17 April 2013

Live And Let Die - Original Soundtrack



Live and Let Die is the last of the James Bond films i can watch over and again. In my view it's easily the best of the Roger Moore films, and certainly one of the more interesting soundtracks, no doubt helped by Paul McCartney's, now classic, title theme.

An interesting point regarding the Q8 tape is that all of the tracks on program 2 have their channels misaligned, so to hear them correctly you'd need to turn 90 degrees left as the fronts are actually Rear L & Front R! I've corrected this misalignment for this release so that it can be heard as it should.

Special thanks to 'Lupine Assassin' for the loan of his tape to 'Captain Beyond' who performed the rip and provided the Q8 scans.

Release: DS250

Source: Q8

Format: DVD-A/V  MLP/DTS/DD

Tuesday, 16 April 2013

The Beach Boys - Surf's Up


One of the few albums encoded using the DY matrix system, this release also contains the two encoded tracks from their 'Sunflower' album

Release: DS249f

Source: DY CD

Process: DY/II

Format: DVD-A/V  MLP/DTS/DD

Monday, 15 April 2013

Deep Purple - Machine Head



Release: DS248f

Source: SQ CD

Process: SQ/II

Format: DVD-A/V  MLP/DTS/DD

Sunday, 14 April 2013

Rich Mountain Tower - RMT


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

Saturday, 13 April 2013

Dick Schory - Movin' On


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

Release: DS247f

Source: EV-4 LP

Process: EV-4/II

Format: DVD-A/V  MLP/DTS/DD

Friday, 12 April 2013

Ovation Quadraphonic Sampler

 

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

Wednesday, 10 April 2013

Enoch Light - 4 Channel Stereo


Released as an introduction to the ‘Project 3′ quadraphonic matrix encoded LP’s using the ‘new’ EV-4 system (see ‘Matrix’ page), this album contains 10 tracks picked from the initial releases. Project 3 went on to release albums in all of the later major systems (SQ, QS, CD-4), more often available in more than one system, until finally only releasing them in SQ.

This is one of the LP’s used during the devolopment/testing of the new EV-4/II process

Tech Note: The final track has an issue related to the LP itself, and not the decoding process

Release: DS245f

Source: EV-4 LP

Process: EV-4/II

Format: DVD-A/V  MLP/DTS/DD

Wednesday, 3 April 2013

Herbie Hancock - Head Hunters



Release: DS240f

Source: SQ LP

Process: SQ/II

Format: DVD-A/V  MLP/DTS/DD

Monday, 1 April 2013

Dvorak - Works For Solo Instruments And Orchestra


Cello Concerto in B minor, Piano Concerto in G minor,
Violin Concerto in A minor,Romance for Cello & Orchestra in G minor,
Rondo for Cello & Orchestra in G minor, Mazurka in E minor for Violin & Orchestra
Silent Woods for Cello & Orchestra
Walter Sussking & The Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra
 
Release: DS242f

Source: QS CD

Process: QS/II

Format: 2 x DVD-A/V  MLP/DTS/DD

Friday, 29 March 2013

Kraftwerk - Autobahn



Release: DS243

Source: Q8

Format: DVD-A/V  MLP/DTS/DD

Wednesday, 27 March 2013

Mahavishnu Orchestra - Between Nothingness & Eternity


Release: DS239f

Source: SQ LP

Process: SQ/II

Format: DVD-A/V  MLP/DTS/DD

Friday, 22 March 2013

Pharoah Sanders - Black Unity


Release: DS237f

Source: QS CD

Process: QS*Final/II

Format: DVD-A/V  MLP/DTS/DD

Thursday, 21 March 2013

Ray Coniff - The Way We Were


Release: DS236f

Source: SQ CD

Process: SQ*Final/II

Format: DVD-A/V  MLP/DTS/DD

Wednesday, 20 March 2013

Steely Dan - Pretzel Logic



Release: DS37f-2

Source: QS LP

Process: QS*Final/II

Format: DVD-A/V  MLP/DTS/DD

Tuesday, 19 March 2013

Billy Joel - Piano Man



Release: DS235f 

Source: SQ LP 

Process: SQ*Final/II 

Format: DVD-A/V  MLP/DTS/DD

Pye 4D Quadraphonic Sampler - Various Artists


This was Pye's first Quad release, a sampler that introduced some of the artists that were signed to the label in the early 1970's. Expect more from this labels attempt to bring QS to the UK public.

Tracks:
Chirpy Chirpy Cheep Cheep - John MacLeod and his Orchestra
Spinning Wheel - Dennis Lopez Latin Sound
It's Too Late - Sounds Orchestral
Waltz From Serenade For Strings - Victor Silvester Strings
Danca Das Horas - Rogero's Brazilian Brass
Oh You Pretty Things - City of Westminster Band
Raindrops Keep Faling On My Head - Ray Davies and the Button Down Brass
She's Leaving Home - London Pops Orchestra
This Guy's In Love - David Snell
Fantasia On Greensleeves - Geoffrey Brand and his Orchestra
Never On Sunday - Cyril Stapleton and his Orchestra
A House Is Not A Home - Tony Hatch and his Orchestra

LP rip & Cover scans: Malcolm Piper


Release: DS30f-2

Source: QS LP

Decode Process: QS*Final/II

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