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CBS (mastered) CD-4 titles for the WEA group

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I have the Gil Evans CD-4 title, I'll have to check the lead out groove area
to see if there's any evidence that it was mastered by CBS.


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Looked carefully at the above mentioned CD-4 disc,
nothing in the lead out groove area or the jacket that
it was mastered by CBS.


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The only W/E/A title I've seen that explicitly mentions this is the original cast recording of The Wiz. On the bottom of the back cover, below the quad remix credit for Phil Ramone, it says "Mastering: Tom Dwyer, CD-4 Cutting Room at the Columbia Recording Stdio, New York, N.Y.".

I suspect generally speaking that CBS probably didn't want their name associated commercially with CD-4 given that they had a huge vested interest in the success of SQ, so if other albums don't credit them, that could very well be why.
 

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I have the Gil Evans CD-4 title, I'll have to check the lead out groove area
to see if there's any evidence that it was mastered by CBS.


Kirk Bayne
interesting.. this disc always demodulated well no matter what demodulator/stylus combination i used, just seemed like a less fussy disc than some 🤷‍♀️
 

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The only W/E/A title I've seen that explicitly mentions this is the original cast recording of The Wiz. On the bottom of the back cover, below the quad remix credit for Phil Ramone, it says "Mastering: Tom Dwyer, CD-4 Cutting Room at the Columbia Recording Stdio, New York, N.Y.".

I suspect generally speaking that CBS probably didn't want their name associated commercially with CD-4 given that they had a huge vested interest in the success of SQ, so if other albums don't credit them, that could very well be why.
i remember this as a problem CD-4 LP.. the sides were pretty full and cut closer to the label than most CD-4 discs, latter tracks had short bursts of distortion through both my JVC 4DD-5 and Grundig Quadro. i never tried it through the Marantz CD-400B, though i plan to someday.
 

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Love those old Billboards! Still waiting for the Bowie and Denver CD-4's. Is it January yet? :)

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presumably the planned John Denver CD-4 was the Poems, Prayers & Promises album that was on Q8.. and i'm guessing the Bowie album would've been David Live since Tony Visconti mentioned in the DVD-Audio liner notes that it was recorded with Quad in mind.

January 1975.. would've been super cool if it was Diamond Dogs in Quad! 💎 🐶 although either way it didn't get released so bleurgh!! 🤷‍♀️🤣
 

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Here's another one I discovered in a 1976 issue of Billboard:

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Even though it's not mentioned by name, the album in question is Columbia-Princeton Electronic Music Center (Finnadar QD-9010).
great sleuthing as always Dave! 🤗
are any of the selections "musical" on this LP or are they all 'avant-garde' and / or 'challenging'..?

edit: egads, the Morton Babbitt reminds me
of my then-4-year-old sisters' first Casio keyboard noodlings when she was wildly stabbing at the buttons and cycling through the various voices and effects 🤷‍♀️

edit 2: for a couple of the tracks it might be tricky to know if you're experiencing CD-4 "sandpaper" distortion or hearing the 'music' as intended... 🧐
 
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