As you might guess...according to my avatar...The clarity and sheen on the percussion hi-hat, cymbals, etc. tells the story on sound quality for me. It’s very nicely recorded and mixed. Any murky sludge is intentional.
I’ve probably already written this same thing years ago about the album and the quad mix as it appears on CD-4 and Q4.
Really? You should comb the entire listings here of every quad release from the 70s, and read the reviews of the ones you like. There’s likely to be others missed if you missed this one.Wow. I had no idea something like this existed. One of my favorite Black Sabbath albums. Sure would love to listen to this.
This was one of the first quads I ever bought, so I'm probably biased.... but I love it. And I can't tell you how many Sabs-loving friends completely freaked out when they heard "War Pigs." I made so many cassette copies of that for people....The alternate non-sped up ending to War Pigs is a fun treat.
As you suggested I took a quick look at the Quad LP/Tape polls and you are right. There is a veritable collection of titles in there. Most of the titles fall into one of three categories for me :Really? You should comb the entire listings here of every quad release from the 70s, and read the reviews of the ones you like. There’s likely to be others missed if you missed this one.
I’m always amazed at how many great classic albums actually got a quad mix. Add in the ones that later got a 5.1 mix, and there is an exceptional catalog of surround for the pop and rock fan. Many of them can fall under the radar. The quad “reel” releases rarely fall under the radar. Those holy grail / lost sea scrolls of the 4.0 world of surround, just love them all.
I have a 5.1 surround PARANOID on DVD which is probably bootleg, but very well-produced with interesting video (even if repeating). I once saw their 4th album in such a 5.1 package on eBay for an outrageous amount, then, after reconsidering, went back to get it and it had already been snatched. Haven't seen it since.It may be worth mentioning that -rumour has it- enthusiasts have made the effort to transfer a few of these titles to digital (often DVD-A 4.0) , so some .iso files can be found floating around.
It sounds like your copy might be reversed--I'm hearing drums almost entirely in the front channels on the title track and "Iron Man". The intro to the latter does have the kick in all four speakers (while the guitar moves counter-clockwise around the room), but there's barely any drum sound in the rears once the full band enters. There are a few moments in "War Pigs" and "Rat Salad" where the drum fills trade off front-to-back or move around the room. Another good reference for channel assignment is at the beginning of "Paranoid"--it should start with the signature riff moving from left rear to right rear before the drums come in upfront.After speed correction I listened to the quad version and found that most of the bass and percussion was in the front channels which I
really don't prefer. To my ears it sounds much better with the front and rear channels swapped.