This week we focus on 2 albums by 2 sets of duets – (2 x 2 = quad) – both LPs we feature today were released on LP, and LP only – in SQ quadraphonic sound, and to this day, the only way to hear these specific mixes is by locating a copy of the gold bordered LPs.
Now I’ve been given a bit of flac (or wav in some cases) for taking that position, as some of the LPs, notably last week’s Angel Clair and this week’s Loggins and Messina have been reissued in quad, using the original 4 channel masters from the 70s. But those 4 channel mixes had to be further mixed down for mastering to LP. As a result – you can buy some of these albums in quadraphonic sound -BUT- the only way to hear the final LP mixdown – remains on the original LP release.
Even if you buy the new quad releases from Audio Fidelity or Vocalion – which, BTW, I highly recommend – and opt to play them in stereo – the resulting mix will more closely approximate the original stereo mix, not the SQ. In order to produce these particular LPs the engineer ran the 4 channel master tapes through an SQ encoder. The result; what was meant for the rear channels, would seem to be centered between the left and right stereo speakers, but 90 degrees out of phase, and 3db lower in volume. Decoding these LPs roughly reversed the process. So to my critics, and I have a few, I stand by my position that the mixes you hear on these broadcasts (of these LPs) can only be had, if you have the actual LP.
Well enough of that, when we get to some of the LPs released in the CD-4 system, I’ll stir up the pot among the quad faithful once again. – Willie B
This week on the Vinyl Resting Place, Classic Rock of the 70s featuring: Loggins & Messina, Styx, David Bowie, Van Halen, Pat Benatar, Tim Curry, Ian Hunter, Meat Loaf, Ace Frehley, Bruce Springsteen, Eagles, Toto, Elton John, Robert Palmer, AC/DC and many more. Join your host Mr. Willie B 10am ET and also check out the RadioMax on-demand area for more VRP progams!
Kenneth Clark “Kenny” Loggins (born January 7, 1948) is an American singer and songwriter. He is known for soft rock music beginning during the 1970s, and later for writing and performing for movie soundtracks in the 1980s. Originally a part of the duo Loggins and Messina, he became a solo artist and has written songs for other artists.
Jim Messina, formerly of Poco and Buffalo Springfield, was working as an independent record producer for Columbia Records in 1970 when he was introduced to Kenny Loggins, then a little-known singer/songwriter who was signed to ABC-Dunhill.
During 1977, Loggins produced his first solo album, Celebrate Me Home, which included the successful song “I Believe In Love”, sung originally by Barbra Streisand in A Star Is Born. Nightwatch, a popular album released during 1978, included the hit song, “Whenever I Call You Friend”, a duet with Stevie Nicks of Fleetwood Mac, though co-written with Melissa Manchester. He followed it in 1979 with Keep the Fire.
Of the seven albums released by Loggins & Messina from 1971–1976, two were platinum and five were gold. Since going solo, Loggins has released 13 albums, three of which were certified gold (500,000 shipped), and four became platinum (1 million shipped). – Wikipedia