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    Default Audio Fidelity Hybrid Stereo SACDs

    Seriously though, this is wonderful news to wake up to. If, they are Quad that is.
    No one mentioned the Leon Russel title. Any chance they would release that in Quad as well? That would be 2 new Quad releases on the same date....which doesn't seem to fit the general feeling that releases will trickle out now...

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    Default Re: AF Aug 26th releases: BOC 'Secret Treaties' and Leon Russell And The Shelter Peop

    Quote Originally Posted by GOS View Post
    Seriously though, this is wonderful news to wake up to. If, they are Quad that is.
    No one mentioned the Leon Russel title. Any chance they would release that in Quad as well? That would be 2 new Quad releases on the same date....which doesn't seem to fit the general feeling that releases will trickle out now...
    The Leon Russell album was never released in Quad, so I think that's a pretty safe 'no'.

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    Default Re: AF Aug 26th releases: BOC 'Secret Treaties' and Leon Russell And The Shelter Peop

    Quote Originally Posted by rtbluray View Post
    The Leon Russell album was never released in Quad, so I think that's a pretty safe 'no'.
    Oh, OK - then that's pretty clear. Fine by me....don't even know that album I guess.

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    Default Re: AF Aug 26th releases: BOC 'Secret Treaties' and Leon Russell And The Shelter Peop

    Quote Originally Posted by quicksrt View Post
    I'd think that the BOC SACD w/ quad does better sales that the Leon Russell SACD does.

    I agree - but I'll be snappin' up that Leon Russell disc, too...

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    Default Leon Russell & the Shelter People - Stereo SACD from Audio Fidelity (August 2016)

    Leon Russell & the Shelter People in Stereo SACD. Now Available for Pre-Order at Acoustic Sounds, Elusive Disc and Music Direct.
    Available: August 26, 2016.

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    http://store.acousticsounds.com/d/11...id_Stereo_SACD
    http://www.elusivedisc.com/Leon-Russ...tinfo/AFSA259/
    http://www.musicdirect.com/p-532768-...brid-sacd.aspx

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    Default Re: Leon Russell & the Shelter People - Stereo SACD from Audio Fidelity (August 2016)

    I have the Right Stuff CD, also mastered bt SH.
    This is a really good album, hope this release gets the attention it deserves.

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    Default Re: Leon Russell & the Shelter People - Stereo SACD from Audio Fidelity (Sept 2016)

    The Audio Fidelity Stereo SACD of Leon Russell and the Shelter People is now In Stock at Acoustic Sounds.

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    http://store.acousticsounds.com/d/11...id_Stereo_SACD

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    Default Re: Leon Russell & the Shelter People - Stereo SACD from Audio Fidelity (Sept 2016)

    I received this stereo only disc and it is another top notch release by AF. Really the best thing is the music is wonderful. Lots of different people and styles, Muscle Shoals, Tulsa, etc. The sonic beauty is open and airy with a good sound stage, not the widest but good. Midrange, piano and vocals are superb. All tunes are hits.

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    Default Eddie & the Cruisers & Rage Against The Machine "Evil Empire" (Dec 2016)

    Acoustic Sounds is now taking pre-orders for the Hybrid Stereo SACDs of the Eddie & the Cruisers Soundtrack & Rage Against The Machine "Evil Empire".
    Release date is December 16, 2016

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    http://store.acousticsounds.com/d/11...id_Stereo_SACD
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    Default Shinin On - Grand Funk & Joe Cocker - Stereo SACDs from Audio Fidelity (Jan 2017)

    Let's see what these end up being:

    "Shinin' On" by Grand Funk Railroad
    Joe Cocker

    Both were released as Quadraphonic 8-tracks back in the 70s, but after what happened with "Musicmagic" and "Tale Spinnin", something tells me these will just end up being stereo-only too...

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    Default Re: More surround SACD albums from Audio Fidelity before the end of 2016?

    Quote Originally Posted by rtbluray View Post
    Let's see what these end up being:

    "Shinin' On" by Grand Funk Railroad
    Joe Cocker

    Both were released as Quadraphonic 8-tracks back in the 70s, but after what happened with "Musicmagic" and "Tale Spinnin", something tells me these will just end up being stereo-only too...
    Please, Please AF, make them Surround SACD

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    Default Shinin On - Grand Funk & Joe Cocker - Stereo SACDs from Audio Fidelity (Jan 2017)

    Quote Originally Posted by rtbluray View Post
    Let's see what these end up being:

    "Shinin' On" by Grand Funk Railroad
    Joe Cocker

    Both were released as Quadraphonic 8-tracks back in the 70s, but after what happened with "Musicmagic" and "Tale Spinnin", something tells me these will just end up being stereo-only too...
    Grand Funk seems like an obvious choice for Quad. The harder rock material seems to have sold well on Quad (I was told Best of Guess Who sold out the first pressing), less so the softer material.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ubertrout View Post
    Grand Funk seems like an obvious choice for Quad. The harder rock material seems to have sold well on Quad (I was told Best of Guess Who sold out the first pressing), less so the softer material.
    If a Grand Funk Railroad Quad release from AF does come to pass, it really would be an unprecedented Quad release from AF seeing as how the album was originally released on Capitol Records, a label that is now under the auspices of Universal Music, and so far, Universal has not released any Multichannel SACD titles through AF.
    I don't really feel optimistic about either one, but I feel at least a little more optimistic about GFR than I do about Joe Cocker. That was an A&M Quad title, and we all know how those A&M Quad master tapes have not been well managed since then...

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    Default Re: More surround SACD albums from Audio Fidelity before the end of 2016?

    Well in the plus column for Grand Funk at least, some years ago Steve Hoffman posted on his forum when he was remastering Grand Funk's 'We're An American Band' that the label had accidentally sent him the quad masters originally instead of the stereo ones. So presumably the Capitol quad masters still exist, which is a good thing.

    The Grand Funk quad mixes aren't the best (a lot of reverb and not not a ton of discrete instrument placement) but I would still very much welcome this one if it turns out to be quad, but I'm sure it would still sound miles better than the old Q8's. I'm a bit surprised they've chosen this album and not 'American Band', which is a much better and more consistent record in my opinion. Additionally, Shinin' On was released as a stereo SHM-SACD in Japan a few years ago which would make this one even less essential if it turns out to be stereo-only.

    As for the Joe Cocker album I'm expecting stereo-only because as rt said, the location of the A&M quad masters seems to be a bit of a mystery at the moment, and the last Joe Cocker album AF did was stereo-only as well. Hoping for the best but preparing for the worst!

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    Quote Originally Posted by rtbluray View Post
    Let's see what these end up being:

    "Shinin' On" by Grand Funk Railroad
    Joe Cocker

    Both were released as Quadraphonic 8-tracks back in the 70s, but after what happened with "Musicmagic" and "Tale Spinnin", something tells me these will just end up being stereo-only too...
    Oh my!!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by newbyquad View Post
    Two more garbage releases.
    These were all over the cut out bins in the late '70s - for a reason.
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    Oh my!!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by rtbluray View Post
    Do you know something we do not know yet, Jon?
    No, not really. I have not heard one way or the other on these two. (Honestly)
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    Default Re: More surround SACD albums from Audio Fidelity before the end of 2016?

    if these two are surround I'll buy them for sure as I don't know either album in Quad at all and I always enjoy discovering new surround music (even if the mixes aren't the best, it's always "interesting" to me) but if Stereo only I think I will be much less inclined to pick them up.. I'm adopting a wait and see approach with AF now, whereas for a spell everything was an instant pre-order as it was all in surround.. but the honeymoon period is over.. ah well, it was good while it lasted.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rtbluray View Post
    Let's see what these end up being:

    "Shinin' On" by Grand Funk Railroad
    Joe Cocker

    Both were released as Quadraphonic 8-tracks back in the 70s, but after what happened with "Musicmagic" and "Tale Spinnin", something tells me these will just end up being stereo-only too...
    I can't imagine these being in Quad for two reasons:

    #1 - They can't find the A&M Quad Masters (if they even exist anymore)
    #2 - Both of these albums have shitty Quad mixes.

    Yes; Shitty. Joe Cocker is the stereo mix passed through some sort of passive matrix or simply has the rear channels compressed all to hell. Shinin' On is again, the stereo mix with drums subtracted from the rear. Un-Inventive, placid and boring.

    The only Capitol titles worth a damn are "The Joker" (which, if you ask me, is TOO discrete) and maybe The Righteous Brothers Q8.
    None of the Grand Funk ones are any good.

    So, I hope they're stereo only so I don't have to buy two lack-luster Quad mixes I'll never play.
    The voices in my head come from Right Rear only!

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    Default Shinin On - Grand Funk & Joe Cocker - Stereo SACDs from Audio Fidelity (Jan 2017)

    Shinin' On by Grand Funk Railroad and Joe Cocker - Hybrid Stereo SACDs from Audio Fidelity.
    Now available for pre-orders from Elusive Disc. Release date: January 27, 2017.

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    http://www.elusivedisc.com/Grand-Fun...tinfo/AFSA251/
    http://www.elusivedisc.com/Joe-Cocke...tinfo/AFSA249/

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    Default Re: Shinin On - Grand Funk & Joe Cocker - Stereo SACDs from Audio Fidelity (Jan 2017)

    Ouch.

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    Default Re: Shinin On - Grand Funk & Joe Cocker - Stereo SACDs from Audio Fidelity (Jan 2017)

    No surround layer, but the Grand Funk comes with 3D glasses!

    (So no 4.0 audio, but 3.0 video, LOL)

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    Default Re: Shinin On - Grand Funk & Joe Cocker - Stereo SACDs from Audio Fidelity (Jan 2017)

    Oh geez. What a load of dung. Seriously.

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    Default Re: Shinin On - Grand Funk & Joe Cocker - Stereo SACDs from Audio Fidelity (Jan 2017)

    Quote Originally Posted by GOS View Post
    Oh geez.
    After the critical comments here on QQ Forum about the lack of quality of the Quad mixes of these two albums, not surprising that Audio Fidelity found them more suitable for Stereo release on SACD vs. Stereo & Multichannel.

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