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    There's zillions of 12-inch mixes that sound teriffic on various classic matrix systems.

    A few examples of 12-inch club singles:

    D-Mob: Irrisistible. the Extended Radio Mix on the promo single 1st side.
    Madonna: Too many to list especially Open Your Heart, Material Girl, Borderline and Crazy For You (from Vision Quest).
    Janet Jackson: Escapade. The Instrumental mix off the back of the 12-inch is quad by itself. Sync that w the Radio Version.
    Sandra Bernhardt: You Make Me Feel (Mighty Real). Frisco Disco Mix
    Cher: Do You Believe (In Life After Love) Xenophobia Mix
    Dan Hartman: I Can Dream About You (from Streets of Fire)
    Vangellis: (sarcastically) big guess: Chariots of Fire
    Framk Mills: Music Box Dancer
    David Bowie: Underground, Dance Magic Dance (from Labyrinth))
    Pointer Sisters: Fire, Jump (Working Girl mix)
    David Byrne: Main Title The Last Emperor
    Ryuichi Sakamoto: End Title The Last Emperor (available front and back off an extended white label promo single)
    Third Force: In the Full Moonlight

    Most of the various Virgin Gentle Jazz discs (Pure Moods, etc)
    Kim Wilde
    Pieces of a Dream

    The list is endless.

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    Rick Wakeman "Rhapsodies" A&M Records SP-6501 2LP's
    altrough print stated "stereo" i guess originally mix has matrix purpose.
    too good for plain stereo

    b.t.w. when sleeve stated album as "Rhapsodies", the print on LP's said "Rhapsody"

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    Disneyland/Buena Vista Records never released album in Quad in any format. However, I have discovered through my Technics Dolby Pro-Logic, Sony SQD-1000 and Sanyo SQ Receiver , that several stereo albums featuring Tutti Camarata actually comes alive in this fashion. I played one track "Aldonza" from the Camarata Conducts Man of La Mancha STER-4027 on the Technics and I could swear I heard sounds coming from the rears. I had to try that track through my SQD-1000 and Sanyo and lo and behold, pure Disney Quad Magic.

    This is also evidenced in these Buena Vista LPs as well:
    Camarata Conducts Fiddler on the Roof STER-4033 and Camarata Conducts Finian's Rainbow STER-4034.

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    I used to get bored of American oldies as a little kid and pre-teenager so since my three uncles went to a lot of foreign countries in their line of work as international newspaper correspondents, they'd bring back all these various-artists LPs with the hits from that country currently on the radio there.

    Most of em were stupid, but a few were worthy of being worn out over and over and over.

    I went this weekend to my storage and dragged through all those old LP's I used to get from them when I was a little kid in the 60's and 70's and spun a few nice ones:

    This one was a big radio hit in Italy in 1972.
    Adriano Celentano Prisencolinensinainciusol
    Stereo record mix laid over a mono RAIDUE video:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FcUi6...B70C5C19B0B513

    This next one was on on the other side of the same Successi Grandi dell` Anni 1970 album of early 70's Italian hits, a cut which we also wore out: Angelo Branduardi doing a version of the Hebrew holiday song Chad Gadya

    in the original Italian as Alla Fiera dell Est http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IVwCOO0PYZA

    in Spanish as En la Feria dell Este: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dhyEwsW1OVk

    in French as A la Fiore de l'Est: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KaCxJyaMHgs

    and in English as Highdown Fair:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RhsOe...39FB69FE658DCD (sorry it's from a vinyl transfer just to hear the English words which are close enough to the Italian original).

    The following few are from an Argentine multicolored compilation mostly-bubblegum LP called Verano con Alta Tension
    (or Primavera..., or Otono... or Invierno..)

    The albums were all mono, but you can find the tracks in stereo on Youtube all except for the live version of La Joven Guardia doing La Reina de La Cancion they used on here, a version which by the way blows past the studio version like a hurricane in Buenos Aires.

    Tormenta was a popular South American singer in the early 70's and here she is doing a catchy little tune called Como Una Chica y un Muchacho: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q3Zez7ZlEvk
    but this encoding has too many artifacts of compression, but you get the idea anyway.

    Famous lyricist Donald McCluskey, an Irishman singing one of his bigger hits Porque Si Porque No in Spanish: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u9AbkhA_T-U

    and finally Quique Villanueva doing Dime Linda Chiquilina severely overmodulated but you get the idea http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O5TXE4AJauw Then listen to the remake (purple album cover) and see how inferior it is.

    I warned you it was mostly Spanish bubblegum. (LOL)
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    Oh ndiamone!!

    It's nice to hear someone who appreciate italian artists and singers!!!

    Prisencolinensinainciusol is a great example of what I call pre-hip hop stuff, though it's singed with no words at all!!! To us italian sounded like some kind of english though we knew he was not singing in english.

    BTW if you like Celentano check out the first CD press of "Yuppi Du" which is different from it's former LP version and it's SURELY taken from the never issued before SQ quadraphonic master (I tested it personally), which is weird. No indication of a quad release back then.

    Here's the "quad" version http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zl1BpgDqsRw

    check it out on Grooveshark too


    edit: from what I found on the net it seems actual version is SQ encoded as well
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lucanu View Post
    Oh ndiamone!!

    It's nice to hear someone who appreciate italian artists and singers!!!
    Well, being ``diamone'' is an Italian name (it's my great-grandfathers, and I've been using it in the music world forever) I suppose it was at least partially in my blood all this time waiting for my uncles to bring back Italian and other radio hits on records for me to love.

    Like this one. Georgio Gaber doing Far Finta di Essere Sani:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X9yvGh3qzxc
    which is on the same Successi Grandi dell` Anni 1970 as the others.

    Somebody needs to do the same to this as they did to the other and lay the stereo record mix
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xggzm4QqXtc
    over the top of the mono RAIDUE lip-sync video and make stereo on Youtube.

    Like they need to do for this other song on the sequel Successi Grandi dell` Anni 1970 II record Nicola de Bari doing Agnese. (couldn't find the Italian one online, his vocal in Italian has more conviction than the Spanish version): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dEb87...D9AEE8D5ACDEE0.

    It's especially meaningful to me because my grandmother's name was Agnes.

    Living as far out of town as she did, once we kids got tired of playing outside, there was little to do in those days to occupy the long days and nights when we used to go up for the summers in the `50's`60's and `70's.

    Some years earlier, my granddad was given a real pipe organ, all in pieces, after surviving an abandoned church that had burned to the ground from lightning some two decades earlier, the manual protected as were most of the pipes by its’ brick-walled enclosure. By the time we kids were old enough to appreciate it, those forgotten pieces of organ had by then been laying around the cold, wet basement for the better part of two decades instead of being well-loved and well-worn by generations of worshippers.

    So all these parts were just laying around deteriorating year after year, so a few years later, when my granddad came into a little bit of money, going against my grammom who said it was a frivolous waste, he decided, to get the bright idea of drafting an organ historian at the State University Music Department to help him restore it so that it could be rescued from the pile of parts laying for years all forlorn in a corner of the basement and be once again loved by a crowd of people.

    So in the corner of the basement where all the organ parts once lay forgotten and rusting, my granddad built a huge fireplace and cozy woodgrain family room and library after the restoration was complete, into which to put the now-gleaming organ.

    My grammom, who hadn’t played organ for years, ever since she used to be Church Organist at the Cathedral of Sts. Peter and Paul when she and my granddad were still a struggling young couple, started out playing church hymns and other simple pieces on Saturday afternoons, and found out the neighbors would come from miles around to hear her practice in the basement.

    This grew into a weekly Saturday night affair all summer long and became the highlight of the neighborhood for years. When we kids got a little older, she decided some numbers needed a choral accompaniment, and began teaching us all kinds of songs we never heard of before, probably to get us away from the ` cacophony of noise' offered forth on the radio by the likes of The Doors, Janis Joplin or Black Sabbath.

    But it was a good way for a kid to occupy himself though in those more innocent and pleasant days.

    So by then we had the real pipe organ that my granddad helped restore, we had the people in the form of aunts, cousins and neighbors, now all we needed was the pop and the pizza and we could have opened up a Pipe Organ Pizza (restaurants that featured Gay 90's through Roaring 20's sing-along lyric slides on a projector) 20 years before it became all the rage and `gotten rich overnight'. (LOL)

    Today's Idol TV craze can't even hold a searchlight nevermind a candle to the kind of talent we used to get just from your basic average friends and neighbors in the Pipe Organ Pizza places of the 80's and early 90's.

    But after years and years of learning and then singing all these old, old songs from my grammom like Some Sunny Day by Irving Berlin popularized by Ethel Merman in the early`30's, Sam the Old Accordion Man by Walter Donaldson popularized in the 20's by Ruth Etting, or Jazz Baby by M.K. Jerome, re-popularized by Carol Channing in the 1967 musical Thoroughly Modern Millie, we turned the tables on her for once, teaching her a song SHE'D never heard before, which subsequently became Her Song for a VERY long time.

    In Spanish it's like (shrug) but in Italian you CANNOT sing this all the way through without at LEAST getting the sniffles if not bawling all the way out.

    Back then, everytime we were over to my grammom's house, we'd always try and sing it for her, usually after supper when the dishes were done and the food was put up and everybody would go down into the basement, light the fireplace and spend the evening visiting in the nice cozy family room.

    But every single time, she would get halfway thru the song on the organ, get to cryin' then that would get US to cryin' tryin' to sing it with her, and then after two or three tries the whole thing would just collapse into a puddle on the floor. We even sang it at her funeral. With the same results as always. (LOL)

    Sad to say though, even the live professional singers nowadays never do any better onstage at the concert than we did as kids and teenagers at my grammom's house. In the concert series we do today, we've tried putting it in the show for years, but once them trumpets get to blowin', even the most stalwart masculine guys that can belt out any number of love songs with no problem, dissolves into the same puddle on the floor as we kids used to do by the time we get to the second chorus.

    So, everytime we try it in concert, whoever's trying to sing it ends up standing there bawling like a baby thru the rest of the song and is reduced to holding the mic out for the audience to fill in.

    By the time it's all over, they're all cryin' too, so we always use it as an Act I finale.

    And keep Band Aids and salve onhand for fixing everybody up during Intermission that burnt their fingers trying to keep their cigarette lighters lit thru the song.
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    Organist John Gart recorded several albums on Kapp Records and stereo versions decoder beautifully in SQ Mode as evidenced on these LPs:
    Marches in Stereo KS-3011
    Beloved Melodies if Stephen Foster KS-3023
    Silent Night KS-3045 (my favorite)
    and many others.
    The Conn Electronic Organ never sounded so great in Quad!
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    I have been playing Some mouldy Oldies
    With the Reality Tec.Decoder
    Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin,Peggy Lee, Mancini
    Like all decoders it works like it was Quad on some, and others like the Dean Martin
    the mix is very stereo with the music
    very left and right so that when there is a music break
    it is all in the left front & left rear , than right front & right rear but when both channels
    start together it's Quad
    I have been playing FM,and the Ads. at times have amazing effects
    But it gives up to 80-90pc of LPs a new life Solo pieces ther is not much you can do
    the diffÚrance between the QSD 1 and Reality decoder is that
    the reality holds the front center image more to the middle
    I have to ajust the QSD1 a bit to get a bettter center but i can do that very easy
    as I have a knob that moves from left to right the signal
    I can switch strait between the 2 units

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    Blood, Sweat & Tears 2nd album (the self-titled) sounds amazing when decoded in Quad or 5.1! Vocals in the center, horns, effects and parts of the drums in the rears... Try it!

    I used a program working with the Foobar media player called FreeSurround v.0.9 and the Mobile Fidelity CD, though it will probably work with any other copy. FreeSurround is the equivalent of a Dolby Prologic II decoder.
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    Same thing for Magma -Retrospekt´w III.

    Although it is a live recording, it has great fidelity and decodes wonderfully. The drums are centered, the backing vocals surround the listener and the audience (clapping, etc...) is heard in the rears. Sounds great.
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    I'd like to add the soundtrack of I Heart Huckabees. It's a room filler.

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    The League Unlimited Orchestra: Love & Dancing

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    Quote Originally Posted by Plan9 View Post
    Blood, Sweat & Tears 2nd album (the self-titled) sounds amazing when decoded in Quad or 5.1! Vocals in the center, horns, effects and parts of the drums in the rears... Try it!

    I used a program working with the Foobar media player called FreeSurround v.0.9 and the Mobile Fidelity CD, though it will probably work with any other copy. FreeSurround is the equivalent of a Dolby Prologic II decoder.
    Gave this one a listen last night and you are right, this one sounds great in surround. I am going from the stereo SACD to 4.0 using foobar to playback and downsample to pcm 44.1 and then the software from my soundcard converts to SRS Circle Surround. Never enjoyed this one as much...

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    Lenny Kravitz: It' Ain't Over 'Til It's Over b/w The Difference is Why (7" vinyl)

    High level info in the rears on both sides. On It Ain't Over... there is a very high level electric piano (verging on intrusively so) in the rears, amongst other things. On the b-side the guitar riff is very high in the rears.

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    Boney M.: Nightflight to Venus (vinyl)

    Consistently good, some surprising reverb from the intro of the first track in rear left. Drums on first track don't work very well in this mode. If you've got the album, try it out!


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    Kraftwerk: Radioactivity

    Good imaging.

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