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Official QQ "What's your Go-To Surround Demo Quality SQ LP"?

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JonUrban

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What SQ LP do you use when you want to dazzle your friends and family? I'll sticky this thread and it can be used as a reference for other members going forward. If you see a title already listed that you use, go ahead and mention it again. This will build up it's reputation.

NOTE: You can list more than one title, but put them in an order of preference. Keep your favorite show piece as #1.

Remember, the main point of the demo here is SURROUND! :banana:
 

MidiMagic

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I use the original Columbia sampler they sent me free. It has the 3rd Brandenburg Concerto (from switched On Bach), Black Magic Woman (Santana), and many others.

Others include:
Sly and the Family Stone (Columbia)
Beethoven Symphonies 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 (Eugen Jochum & London Symphony Orchestra - Angel - I have these on record and CD)
Mozart: Ein Kleine Nachtmusik (James Galway - Supraphon Quadraphonie SQ)
Rachmaninoff: Rapsody on a Theme of Pagamini (Christina Ortiz - Angel SQ)
Scheherazade (London Symphony Orch - Angel SQ)

I also use several of my Vangelis albums, which seem to be in hidden SQ. "Heaven and Hell" is particularly striking.
 
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Obbop

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Black Magic Woman by Santana.

Always used that as the first song played to demonstrate quad to first-time listeners.
 

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Bump!!

Given the imminent arrival of the Surround Master SQ I'm keen to hear people's thoughts on their favourite SQ recordings..
 

fizzywiggs41

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For SQ demonstration I choose:

PINK FLOYD-DARK SIDE OF THE MOON

PINK FLOYD-ATOM HEART MOTHER

CHICAGO-CHICAGO TRANSIT AUTHORITY

SANTANA-SANTANA

TEN YEARS AFTER-A SPACE IN TIME

THE FIRESIGN THEATRE-EVERYTHING YOU KNOW IS WRONG

JEFF BECK-BLOW BY BLOW

WEST BRUCE & LAING-WHY DONTCHA

(AND MOST OF THE REMAINING "SANTANA" OR "CHICAGO" ARE DEMO WORTHY)
 

Boogiepack

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If there is plenty of time - Tubular Bells in SQ from "Boxed". One of the sides or both.
If the victim, oh i mean AUDIENCE, is in a hurry i would put on Santana-Abraxas. Track one and two Side A always does the trick.

So i guess if i really must choose ONE it will be Abraxas.
 

sjcorne

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The best SQ LP I've ever heard in terms of both fidelity and decoding has to be Return To Forever's Musicmagic, which is ironically the last popular release from CBS. Obviously it's a moot point now that we have it in master tape quality on the DV SACD, but I can't get over how amazing the 42-year-old LP sounds. Most of the '34xxx' SQ LPs from 1976/77 sound really loud and bright, but not this one. I wish they were all this good!

Some other titles I'd demo with that haven't (yet) been reissued digitally are Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes' Black & Blue (for all kinds of cool ping-pong/panning effects), The Isley Brothers' Go For Your Guns (for the incredible echo effect in "Voyage To Atlantis), Aerosmith's Rocks, Dave Mason's It's Like You Never Left, and Santana's debut album.
 
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fredblue

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some of me fave decoding SQ records...

Andy Williams : Andy,
Azteca : Azteca,
Billy Paul : War Of The Gods,
Blood Sweat & Tears : Mirror Image,
B.T. Express : Energy To Burn,
Chase : Pure Music,
Dave Mason : Dave Mason, It's Like You Never Left,
Earth Wind & Fire : That's The Way Of The World,
Isaac Hayes : Tough Guys,
Isley Brothers : Live It Up,
Janis Ian : Between The Lines,
Johnnie Taylor : Eargasm,
Johnny Mathis : I'm Coming Home,
Loggins & Messina : Native Sons,
Minnie Riperton : Perfect Angel,
O'Jays : Survival,
Poco : Cantamos, Seven,
Quincy Jones : Body Heat,
Redbone : Beaded Dreams Through Turquoise Eyes,
REO Speedwagon : This Time We Mean It,
Return To Forever : Musicmagic,
Rick Derringer : All American Boy,
Tower Of Power : Ain't Nothin' Stoppin' Us Now,
Weather Report : Tale Spinnin',
Yehudi Menuhin & Stephane Grappelli : Fascinatin' Rhythm
 

rawmacias

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Hey , I am looking for someone who has this release (EMZ-82005 ) and is complete. The Discogs submission is missing a picture of the two page lyrics sheet.
 
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