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HiRez Poll Argent - IN DEEP [SACD]

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  • Total voters
    9

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Please post your thoughts and comments on this SACD reissue from Dutton Vocalion of Argent's 1973 album "In Deep".
This SACD includes the release of the original Quadraphonic mix for the first time in over 40 years! 🤯
(Also, please note that the SACD includes the albums "Nexus" and "Ring of Hands", but these are only in stereo.)

CD 1
IN DEEP
LP EPC 65475 (1973) STEREOEQ 32195 QUADRAPHONIC
1: GOD GAVE ROCK AND ROLL TO YOU (Ballard)
2: IT’S ONLY MONEY PART 1 (Ballard)
3: IT’S ONLY MONEY PART 2 (Ballard)
4: LOSING HOLD (Argent; White)
5: BE GLAD (Argent; White)
6: CHRISTMAS FOR THE FREE (Argent; White)
7: CANDLES ON THE RIVER (Argent; White)
8: ROSIE (Ballard)

Remastered from the original analogue tapes by Michael J. Dutton

Multi-ch Stereo
Tracks 1 - 8 available in stereo and multi-channel

Tracks 9 - 26 available in stereo ONLY

SA-CD
This hybrid CD can be played on any standard CD players

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GOS

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Overall, this just sounds awesome. Yes, the fidelity is marginal from song to song...and even from within song. But....GEEZ. I've heard the old school version and this just blows that away. Hands down.

So.

Content - 10
Fidelity - 8
Mix - 8

That averages to an 8.6
Normally I round up, but in this case, I don't think a 9 is valid. So, an 8! Still, this is just wonderful and I'm so happy to get this!!
 

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As with all the Columbia Quads released by DV so far this one has excellent sound quality and a great mix. I had the Q8 back in the seventies and the first thing that I noticed was the front and rear channels seemed to alternately dominate, it must of been mixed like that that so when encoded to SQ it would work well with Full Logic SQ decoders. I’ve never heard any other Quad mix done that way. I haven’t listened to the stereo albums yet, but hope to soon. More Quads still to go!
 

skherbeck

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I really like this release... I’m voting based purely on “In Deep”, but this is a great value for a three album set. In Deep sounds as good as I’ve heard it, with a very good, discrete quad mix. The fidelity still leaves something to be desired (a little dull sounding), but this is much better than the Q8. I felt the need to boost the high (and low) ends slightly. “God Gave...” benefits from lowering that LF channel a bit when the guitar solo kicks in. 8.
 

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I really like this release... I’m voting based purely on “In Deep”, but this is a great value for a three album set. In Deep sounds as good as I’ve heard it, with a very good, discrete quad mix. The fidelity still leaves something to be desired (a little dull sounding), but this is much better than the Q8. I felt the need to boost the high (and low) ends slightly. “God Gave...” benefits from lowering that LF channel a bit when the guitar solo kicks in. 8.
I havent voted on this one yet (I have only played it once) but my initial reaction was that the fidelity was not in the same league as other Quad SACD releases. I will play it a few more times before voting. 3 Albums is great value though.
 

humprof

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Finally spent enough time with this to feel comfortable voting. I'm glad to have it, if only to learn more about the band. (I only knew them previously from "Hold Your Head Up," a tune I always liked--and, more recently, from a good upmix of the entire All Together Now album. Too bad that one wasn't mixed for quad!) The addition of two additional stereo albums--plus informative liner notes from Terry Staunton--makes the set a true bargain.

The mix is very good overall, with some unexpected subtleties and surprises; the opening anthem is almost a showcase. I score that a "9." Fidelity is slightly uneven, but all right for the genre and the age of the tapes: "8." As for content: generally not my bag. Partly it's because they can't settle on a consistent sound: are they hard rockers, prog rockers, blues rockers, Christian rockers? A little of each, and it varies from track to track. I like the proggy stuff the best, especially when they channel Keith Emerson or early Yes, or even when they anticipate Queen. But when they drift into proto-arena rock of the Kansas/Styx school, they lose me. ("Candles On the River" could almost be a Spinal Tap tune....) So content is a "6,", purely on the basis of taste. (I find the other two albums even more stylistically incoherent, for good and ill: more bombastic stuff, but also more prog with tasty instrumental improv.) Technically that averages out to 7.67, but in this case I'm rounding down to a "7." Still a keeper, though, and worth more than one or two listens.
 
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I couldn't get into the material on the first pass.

Great quad separation on the first album.

Fidelity was impressive as expected from DV.

Using the GOS system:

Content - 6
Fidelity - 8
Mix - 7

Overall=7
 
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