Tonight (May 7th) at 10pm (US East Coast time) the LP Lounge will be featuring 2 complete vinyl LPs – the catch – these recordings were mixed for LP release, and are unavailable in any other form. They were part of the #Quadraphonic revolution that came (and went) in the 1970s. Even though 5.1 and other forms of surround sound are fully accepted standards today, both in Movies and recordings; in the 70s it was a niche market. And even though all quadraphonic LPs were playable on just about any regular stereo system, the record companies reverted back to the early days of consumer stereo (when you could buy an album in stereo or mono) – and issued most quad releases in both stereo & quad versions (the quad costing $1 more per LP).
To be fair, most of the reissues, and many of the new albums were mixed for stereo, and had to be remixed for quad. When the CD world opened up, and the old albums became available in the digital domain – it was the original 2 channel stereo masters that were used. As a result – the only way to hear the mixes used on these LPs, is to track down one of the LPs – which we have done for you. Be there tonight on RadioMaxMusic.com!
This week on The Vinyl Resting Place – we’re twice as good (or bad, depending on your point of view). As a way of introducing a new feature we hope to present each week, We are playing 2 complete quadraphonic LPs as well as a smattering of tracks from various LPs of the 70s.
Here’s the neat thing about this type of Quadraphonic recordings – they were designed to be compatible with standard stereo playback/broadcast – BUT – you can still experience the effect if you listen to the show either through headphones (the phase shifting tricks the brain into thinking sounds are coming from behind you) – or if you play the show through a modern surround sound system.
So we’ve gone with the greats – hour 1 we offer up the complete Dark Side of the Moon LP by Pink Floyd. Never released in the US, so we had to send to Australia for our copy.
Hour 2 – we play the the complete Greatest Hits album by Sly and the Family Stone (we’ll even throw in a bonus hit or two).
Finally – our third hour together offers up some classic tracks with mixes you are probably only familiar with, if you’ve been a loyal listener (or know either one of those who are).
So join the fun – and starting next week, you’ll be subjected to tracks mixed for quad that you can only hear on The Vinyl Resting place – because we’re taking the multi track master tapes, and doing the mixing ourselves.
This is a special edition of the Vinyl Resting Place. It’s in QUAD! Quadraphonic Sound. Surround Sound Spectacular with your host Willie B! Check it out and if you miss it, check the schedule for encore times.