Let the floodgates open! Very excited for the Candide and the Ives. And Boulez-Conducts-Anything is bound to have a great mix. I don't really need yet another Planets but I'll take Bernstein's. And I don't particularly enjoy the flute, but the Galway album is a Michael Dutton mix of material never before released in quad, so...that makes 5. Now I just have to come up with a sixth, in observance of the GOS shipping rule.
You need The Planets
because it's mixed by quadraphonic master-blaster Larry Keyes (just ask fan club president @fredblue
) and Columbia were so sure of its bonafides that they marketed the quad version of the album as "A Sonic Space Spectacular." The old Sony mch SACD of this album is a well-documented mess, missing the rear channel information from the quad mix, and this new version completely rectifies these errors. When I spoke to Mike last week he was particularly enthusiastic about the quality of this mix.
It's also worth mentioning (for me anyway) that the Wagner Siegfried Idyll/Love Feast of the Apostles
disc is the very last
Columbia Masterworks quad release, both numerically (M 35130) and date-wise: the phonographic copyright is 1978, but the Library of Congress website
and several reviews in trade publications (page 93 of this one
, for example) suggest the album didn't come out until the spring of 1979. Also, as a single-inventory quad release (and like all of the Masterworks quad releases from about 1976 onward) this was an SQ-only LP release, so this is the first time the discrete master is being heard since Ray Moore mixed it in 1978.