HiRez Poll Weather Report - TALE SPINNIN' [SACD]

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Please post your thoughts and comments on this 2018 Multichannel SACD release from Dutton Vocalion of the classic Weather Report album "Tale Spinnin".
This Multichannel SACD release contains the original 1970s Quadraphonic mix, remastered and released for the first time in over 40 years! :eek:

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LP PC 33417 (1975) STEREO/PCQ 33417 QUADRAPHONIC

1: MAN IN THE GREEN SHIRT (Zawinul)
2: LUSITANOS (Shorter)
3: BETWEEN THE THIGHS (Zawinul)
4: BADIA (Zawinul)
5: FREEZING FIRE (Shorter)
6: FIVE SHORT STORIES (Zawinul)

Remastered from the original analogue tapes by Michael J. Dutton

Multi-ch Stereo
All tracks available in stereo and multi-channel

SA-CD
This hybrid CD can be played on any standard CD players

 

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I will be sure to chime in as soon as I receive mine. My quad listening usually accompanies a workout session (my man-cave triples as a listening room, guitar playing room and gym), and this music should work very well. Mysterious Traveller was my choice for today's workout - those driving semi-composed/semi-improvised, slightly funky and bass driven tracks are great for that kind of thing (not suggesting this is remotely like today's mindless gym-style drivel). In fact, lots of the virtuoso style jazz-rock of the 70s is really inspiring as workout music. For me, anyway... ;-)
 

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I just received this and have only listened very briefly, but whoever said this surround mix was good was not exaggerating! Stunning fidelity on this one, perhaps even better than Mysterious Traveller. It doesn't hurt that these two are perhaps my favourite Weather Report albums.
 

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Easy “10”! They did not exaggerate to say this album was “recorded in quad”! This is a showpiece for the format. As good as any surround disc mix I’ve ever heard. Bruce Botnick at his best here.

And the fidelity is astounding.

Musically, I was not that familiar with album. This one kind of got lost in between their other more “classic” albums, but this is as good as any the band released, IMO. Great mid-70s jazz-funk fusion.

It’s albums like this that make me just shake my head that these great quad mixes sat buried for so long. And that they nearly (as so many others no doubt risk) stayed buried forever.

God bless Dutton Vocalion for giving us these amazing discs and mixes at such affordable prices!
 

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A great album on vinyl, in regular stereo, I just ordered the hybrid SACD from Barnes & Noble.
It should arrive 21, Nov, they claim.
I do like the WR albums with Jaco Pastorius very much too.
 

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A great album on vinyl, in regular stereo, I just ordered the hybrid SACD from Barnes & Noble.
It should arrive 21, Nov, they claim.
I do like the WR albums with Jaco Pastorius very much too.
unfortunately i think maybe you have ordered the wrong disc?

afaik Barnes & Noble only ever carried the old Stereo SACD (Audio Fidelity), as per this link;

https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/tale-spinnin-weather-report/176384?ean=0780014224820

in order to hear the Quad, you need to
order the Multichannel SACD, from Dutton Vocalion, here;

https://www.duttonvocalion.co.uk/proddetail.php?prod=CDSML8550
 

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Thank you for pointing out my foolish mistake. Once again I am exposed as a truly and hopelessly dyed-in-the-wool techno-peasant.
I never even saw a computer until decades after finishing college. By the time I figured out how to use a beeper, the iPhone was taking off, and I never touched a computer until my employer required me to enter each day's work before going home a few short years ago. I could not even type!

I have not cancelled the B&N disc, but did successfully send for the correct multichannel SACD from the U.K.
Thanks again!
 

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Thank you for pointing out my foolish mistake. Once again I am exposed as a truly and hopelessly dyed-in-the-wool techno-peasant.
I never even saw a computer until decades after finishing college. By the time I figured out how to use a beeper, the iPhone was taking off, and I never touched a computer until my employer required me to enter each day's work before going home a few short years ago. I could not even type!

I have not cancelled the B&N disc, but did successfully send for the correct multichannel SACD from the U.K.
Thanks again!
you're welcome! it can be confusing when there's more than one more recent SACD release of the same album that's available and currently there are a few titles like this where one SACD is Stereo only and another is in Surround, including this Tale Spinnin' album and notably Return To Forever's "Musicmagic" (the Vocalion SACD of which features the Quad, which is stunning in Surround sound imho). anyway, i hope you enjoy the disc when you receive it and please do not hesitate to ask around at QQ on anything before buying, we're a friendly bunch :)
 

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Thank you! Y'all are totally my kind of people, I love it here.

As a machinist, I work three crazy jobs so consequently I have precious little time for pleasure.
But, I'm home today (raining) and I decided to jump on line to act upon my growing wish list and purchase a boat load of music.

In addition to the two SACD versions of WR's Tale Spinnin, also got an email confirming a delivery date for Miles' Bitches Brew Quad from Japan.

Have Simon & Garfunkel big box set (2014 remastered edition) coming.

Pre ordered Electric Ladyland 50th, amazon says will be shipping 9th Nov.

Plus a big list of new and used vinyl and CDs,,, Peter Paul & Mary greatest hits, Lenny White (several), Rosie Gaines, Madeleine Peyroux 2x, Ingognito ~ the amazing UK acid jazz master, Ettore Stratta, Mose Allison, Gil Scott Heron, Roy Ayers, George Duke, Idris Muhammed, Tania Maria (no, NOT Tina Marie!), Tower of Power, Blue Six, Aya, Joni Mitchel letters w/Herbie Hancock, Lettuce, Snarkey Puppy, John Scofield, Eric Dolphy, Frank Zappa, Graham Central Station, and the complete House of Cards Blu-Ray set, so yeah, guess I went a bit overboard today.
Also an overweight crate of NOS Scotch 3M 996 on 10.5" metal reels, 10 each @ 1/4" & 1/2" width & 10 @ 7"X1/4" plastic reels for the little 707-Pio deck.
I don't want to think about the grand total for today's spending spree.
 

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If you're a Weather Report fan, you'll want this 2018 Vocation release as a Multichannel SACD. Arguably, there may have been better WR band line ups but regardless of that, the sound fidelity on this release is superb. As far as the quad mix, it is also great and very well balanced. You'll get that "immersion" sound image that seems to elude some other quad mixes.

There are many moments where instrumental sounds, previously toned-down in the stereo mix, now surface in all their discrete quad glory. The dual percussionists don't battle so much as they compliment each other. And hearing Wayne's sax add a few highlight notes at just the right moment (from one rear channel) somehow manages to elevate the song to an even greater emotional impact. I had goosebumps at one point; It was beautiful (the music, not the goosebumps).

If you're not a WR fan, this is still a great MC SACD as it will provide some very accessible music with a great listening experience. And who knows, with some dedicated listening, you might just turn into a WR fan.
 
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If you're a Weather Report fan, you'll want this 2018 Vocation release as a Multichannel SACD. Arguably, there may have been better WR band line ups but regardless of that, the sound fidelity on this release is superb. As far as the quad mix, it is also great and very well balanced. You'll get that "immersion" sound image that seems to elude many other quad mixes.

There are many moments where instrumental sounds, previously toned-down in the stereo mix, now surface in all their discrete quad glory. The dual percussionists don't battle so much as they compliment each other. And hearing Wayne's sax add a few highlight notes at just the right moment (from one rear channel) somehow manages to elevate the song to an even greater emotional impact. I had goosebumps at one point; It was beautiful (the music, not the goosebumps).

If you're not a WR fan, this is still a great MC SACD as it will provide some very accessible music with a great listening experience. And who knows, with some dedicated listening, you might just turn into a WR fan.
great post and appraisal of this fabulous disc, thank you!
(and just in case no-one has done so yet, a warm "Welcome to QQ"!)

don't forget to vote for this disc in the Poll, rating it out of 10 overall, factoring in surround mix, contents, fidelity and so forth :)
 

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Great review @Tracybjazz, and welcome!

This probably belongs in another thread, but I am curious what other quad mixes you found to be lacking that "immersion" effect? The ones from Columbia (such as this one) are among the most immersive surround mixes ever done IMO.
 

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great post and appraisal of this fabulous disc, thank you!
(and just in case no-one has done so yet, a warm "Welcome to QQ"!)

don't forget to vote for this disc in the Poll, rating it out of 10 overall, factoring in surround mix, contents, fidelity and so forth :)
Thanks for the welcome and the voting reminder (it's done now). I've been using this site for only about 6 months and I've found it to be fantastic and invaluable for finding the "best or at least better" quad and 5.1 mixes. The ratings and comments are especially helpful because they come from fans and audiophiles alike.
 

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Thanks for the welcome and the voting reminder (it's done now). I've been using this site for only about 6 months and I've found it to be fantastic and invaluable for finding the "best or at least better" quad and 5.1 mixes. The ratings and comments are especially helpful because they come from fans and audiophiles alike.
you're welcome! (y)
excellent! a "10"! that's how i rate this one too! just splendid.
ah yes.. this place puts the QQ in 'uniqque'! ..nowhere quite like it on the planet, let alone the 'net! long live QQ! :51QQ
 

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Great review @Tracybjazz, and welcome!

This probably belongs in another thread, but I am curious what other quad mixes you found to be lacking that "immersion" effect? The ones from Columbia (such as this one) are among the most immersive surround mixes ever done IMO.
Nothing like a discussion about subjective analyses and opinions ;-) I'd have to give this some more thought but off the top of my head . . . . George Harrison Live In Japan; Peter Frampton Comes Alive; and, Allman Brothers Fillmore East. And I see that these are all "live" albums but I'm sure that I've got more in my collection that I need to think about. I may have used a poor choice or words. Perhaps I don't have 'many' that lack that feeling of immersion; instead, I probably have some that just aren't well balanced from the quad mix standpoint . . . . and I consequently spend too much time adjusting and fidgeting with channel volumes to get the immersion sweet spot.
 

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I'd have to give this some more thought but off the top of my head . . . . George Harrison Live In Japan; Peter Frampton Comes Alive; and, Allman Brothers Fillmore East. And I see that these are all "live" albums but I'm sure that I've got more in my collection that I need to think about.
Definitely in agreement, those few didn't work for me either. I assume for At The Fillmore you're talking about the SACD? The SACD has a new 5.1 mix that is definitely lacking IMO, while the old DTS-CD from Miller Nevada/DTS has the original quad mix which is much more discrete with each guitar isolated in a rear speaker.

Seems like you've got a solid collection going and I look forward to seeing you around the forum. Would be happy to help with disc recommendations, etc.

As for the topic of the thread, I'm not read to vote yet, but I definitely like the content and mix of this one better than Mysterious Traveller.
 

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I'm thinking "I cant give everything a 10" but...it's another great DV DACD :51QQ
funny, I've been thinking the exact same thing for a while now, dishing out "QQ 10"'s willy nilly for these DV releases ought to be getting a trifle samey..

..but so many of them when I break it down into rating them for their surround mix, content, package, sound quality, etc., really are stone cold "10's" and tick all my boxes for what the best of the best should be.

...and as the strains of Man In The Green Shirt tinkle away, i'm reminded just how great the surround sound is on this one.

(cue the sound of a drum kit falling down the stairs!)

"dub-a-dub-a-dub-dub-a-dub-a-dub-a-dub-a-dub-a-dub-a!
dun
dun-dun, dun-dun..
dun-dun..
dun doo doo.. dee dee.. dah dah..

doo doo doo
doo doo doo doo
bom,
bom bom.."


ah, music.. the universal language! :smokin
 
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