2K Club - QQ Super Nova
- Jan 9, 2013
I think YOU missed the boat concerning the Aretha Franklin Quadio Release. If you've NEVER heard it....perhaps you should. It's FANTASTIC. Ok, it's NOT CTA but not many albums are. Rhino/Warner has always been erratic regarding their surround releases. They prematurely pulled the plug on DVD~A and failed to release MANY choice pre~announced titles like the Cars, Madonna, Sinatra, CSNY, Neil Young's After The Gold Rush to name a few and then sporadically released a few RBCD/DVD~A combos and then announced Stephen Stills first album as an MLP DVD~A and then cancelled....and then SILENCE [Oh, yeah, Moondance on BD~A]. And then they release TUSK and the upcoming Mirage in LOSSY DTS and out of the blue comes the fabulous Chicago Quadio boxset with NO fanfare.If Rhino or whoever issues such a Streisand set in hi-res, surround or whatever then it is fine with me. Barbra Streisand is recognized as a great talent, but I would not buy a box set because her music is not of interest to me.
My concern at this point with surround products is that a major marketing error kills the whole program. In my mind, Rhino's release of the Aretha Franklin Quadio, coming on the heels of C.T.A., was such an error. actually cares about surround sound. To make matters worse, Bob Vosgien hyped about how great the next Quadio was going to be and then dropped the Aretha bomb. While I am sure that many were happy with the Aretha release, another Chicago or Doobies Quadio would have made more sense as a second title. A boutique company such as Audio Fidelity may have been OK with the Aretha sales results, but not a label like Rhino which is owned by a major, Warner.
So whatever anyone releases in surround, let's hope that they do their homework first to ensure at least acceptable sales results.
Whatever Rhino/Warner releases henceforth will probably be another CRAZY surprise because one thing about them....they're HARDLY consistent. And Aretha didn't kill the QUADIO program. Rhino just lost interest (as per their usual).
And where is Neil Young's Archives, Volume II ....... on PONO, which, BTW, is on life support.....or close to it.