QQ Lifetime Supporter
QQ Lifetime Supporter
- Jan 9, 2013
I'm still totally perplexed why SONY JAPAN has ignored Santana's CORE QUAD catalogue, which, IMO, and I'm sure that of MANY others, has been totally ignored. Since SJ is SO damn secretive, will they EVER at some point release them either individually or as a boxed set [MY HOPE]?I think like everyone, I wish it was something "new", but I think there are positives in this - to start with, as you've pointed out, it's a good sign that Sony Japan are continuing with this program.
I think beyond that, we have to remember that not everyone has been collecting surround discs for as long as some of us have - one of my biggest frustrations when trying to 'sell' surround to uninitiated friends is I always have to get into the explanation about how almost everything is out of print when they ask "where do you buy this stuff?"
It's also worth keeping in mind that this series has been a mixture of quad mixes that are new to digital with rehashes of old stuff - for every Miles Davis title (or two) there's a Jeff Beck title (or three) that's been previously released on SACD or DTS CD. If Headhunters leads to even more Herbie Hancock, I'd say that's a good thing - AF's release of Thrust is long out of print and I'd rather whatever money's being spent on digital quad versions of that album goes to a record company rather than predatory eBay profiteers. Beyond that, I've preferred the Sony Japan masterings to their previously released counterparts - their versions of Jeff Beck's orange album and Beck Bogert Appice both have a visceral gutsiness that the previous versions don't come close to matching. I was grateful that AF managed to get us Thrust at all, but like several of the AF quad SACDs, Gus Skinas' "transfer" (which I read as non-remaster) was a bit anemic sounding and I have no doubt a Sony Japan remaster of the same title would be a noticeable improvement.
And to reiterate, the reason these Sony Japan QUADS sound so great is DSD QUAD Remastering from the original QUAD Masters....which MoFi has been employing for the last few years resulting in exceptional SACD Stereo remastered discs.