2K Club - QQ Super Nova
- Sep 30, 2003
- Castlegar, BC, Canada
Another thread inspired me to start this one.
These are the six Kris Kristofferson Q8's I own. Supposedly, "Me & Bobby McGee" is also available on GRT Q8, but I've never seen it - or, if I have seen it, it was ever such a long time ago that I don't recall. For years I avoided these because they weren't blue GRT's and I try not to collect the white ones. However, it's been brought to my attention that there may not be BLUE cartridge shells for the Monument-branded GRT's. No idea if there's any truth to this, but all the Monument ones I have are white-shell.
For reviewing purposes, I gave "Best Of" a play tonight, and all I can say is this one is all over the G-D place. Some songs have vocals in all four, some have vocals in two, and often times, the songs that have two channels with vocals aren't always in the front. "Jody and the Kid" has vocals in the rears, but sounds just as good if you flip flop those channels to the front. I wager a few songs are fake surround as "Bobby McGee" and "Help me make it through the Night" have Y-shaped readings on the Quadscilloscope and are very much fat mono in the rears. Other songs are four corner discrete with drums in one channel only. "The Taker", I thought somebody had recorded over Back Left as it's silent for the first minute of the song. Then springs to life with a shaker, background singers and a guitar overdub. Had it not been for the horn echo (from Back Right) during the silent passages, I'd have definitely thought this was a defective cartridge.
All in all, none of the mixes really make sense and sort of begs the question "Why was this album even attempted?" Between shoddy mixes, faked surround and the ever-present GRT swapped channel, it just makes you shake your head. I suppose this album could be used as a poster child for why a lot of artists despise vintage Quad mixes. Many out there are good to excellent. But a high profile title like Kristofferson gets treated like this? Shameful. Absolutely shameful.
More to come. I'll review the other titles until somebody tells me to shut up.
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