Has anyone got a good transfer of this one please?
Does this exist? I hadn't heard about it and it's not in Mark Anderson's quad discography.
Most record stores in Chicago and Milwaukee maintained Quad bins well through the '70's and even beyond for some. Of course, some smaller retailers didn't bother with Quad at all. I have visited record/CD stores in many cities and countries, but these two metro areas are where I'd shopped the most. Today, that's still true, although there are now woefully few retailers.
I'm headed off to Westmont, a Chicago 'burb. Remember When Records is having a going out of businesss sale. A store specializing in '50's, 60's and 70's, CD & Vinyl, new and used. They had a Quad bin, albeit all used product for years. Picture a store the size of a 7-11, with two floors. A tragic loss.
To address the article, I believe that dual inventory and more accurately, added production costs contributed to Quad's demise. Neither of those were the core issues. In the early '70's, I ran stores that carried software, as an adjunct to hardware. We sold all Quad formats on disc and tape. To this day, I still have friends in the record/CD business and have picked their brains regularly.
Bottom line: Quad killed itself through confusing/competing formats. The oil crisis and recession of '73-'74 was devastating, since Quad was just hitting it's stride at that point. Let's not forget that there were no Quad cassettes or FM format. Yes, I recall some matrix FM broadcasts. A more minor isssue is that Quad tapes were not compatible with stereo equipment. That didn't help. I've been in love with Quad and surround since I first heard it in '71. Yet, with so many marketing blunders and technical missteps, it's a wonder anyone bought Quad at all.
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AFAIK no quad release for that, Japan included. Mixed? Possibly, along with Listzomania.
"No Earthly Connection" was a pretty low key release after "Aurthur", so i'd imagine it was never done, plus the album released close to the end of the A&M Quad releases?
I have never seen nor heard of this title as a CD-4 or any other format in quad.
This will be a real rare beast if it is really CD-4. Can't wait to hear what it turns out to be!
Neil, did this ever arrive? Does it actually exist?
I doubt it very much, 'No Earthly Connection' was a very poor seller compared to the trio before it, and i suspect A&M were close to stopping Quad releases anyway (willing to be corrected on this) so it wouldn't have been an obvious choice for release.
Shame, i actually like the album, and think a Quad mix would have allowed some of the effects to be used to greater effect
Never saw it even in Shwann catalogs; maybe a test press if it's for real.
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I don't remember even a hint of this one being scheduled by A&M for a Quad Mix - much less being released. Very doubtful indeed.