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
Join Ron Kovacs for another edition of Sunday. This week music from Fairport Convention, Jethro Tull, Steeleye Span, The Band, The Beach Boys, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Crosby, Stills & Nash, The Mamas & the Papas, Simon & Garfunkel, Ryan Adams, Joan Armatrading, Beck, Jackson Browne, Harry Chapin, Tracy Chapman, Jim Croce, Donovan, Bob Dylan, Dan Fogleberg, Steve Forbert, Ben Howard, Carole King, Mark Knopfler, Gordon Lightfoot, Van Morrison, Patrick Park, Ed Sheeran, Bruce Springsteen, Cat Stevens, Teddy Thompson, Eddie Vedder, Neil Young, Warren Zevon and more . .. . Live starting 8am on RadioMaxMusic.
Simon & Garfunkel were an American music duo consisting of singer-songwriter Paul Simon and singer Art Garfunkel (both born in 1941). They formed the group Tom & Jerry in 1957 and had their first success with the minor hit “Hey, Schoolgirl”. As Simon & Garfunkel, the duo rose to fame in 1965, largely on the strength of the hit single “The Sound of Silence“. Their music was featured in the landmark film The Graduate (1967), propelling them further into the public consciousness.
Their sometimes rocky relationship led to their last album, Bridge over Troubled Water, being delayed several times due to artistic disagreements, and as a result the duo broke up in 1970. It was their most successful album worldwide to date, reaching number one in several countries, including the United States, and receiving 8× platinum certification from the Recording Industry Association of America, making it their highest-selling studio album in the U.S. and second-highest album overall. Simon & Garfunkel have, at times, reunited to perform and sometimes tour together. They have done so in every decade since the 1970 breakup, most famously for 1981’s “The Concert in Central Park”, which attracted more than 500,000 people, making it the 7th-most attended concert in the history of music. In 2004, they were ranked No. 40 on Rolling Stone’s list of the 100 greatest artists of all time.
Paul Frederic Simon (born October 13, 1941) is an American musician and singer-songwriter. Simon’s fame, influence, and commercial success began as part of the duo Simon & Garfunkel, formed in 1964 with musical partner Art Garfunkel. Simon wrote most of the pair’s songs, including three that reached No. 1 on the U.S. singles charts: “The Sound of Silence”, “Mrs. Robinson”, and “Bridge Over Troubled Water”. In 1986, he released Graceland, an album inspired by South African township music. Simon also wrote and starred in the film One-Trick Pony (1980) and co-wrote the Broadway musical The Capeman (1998) with the poet Derek Walcott.
Simon has earned 12 Grammys for his solo and collaborative work, including the Lifetime Achievement Award. In 2001, he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and in 2006 was selected as one of the “100 People Who Shaped the World” by Time magazine. Among many other honors, Simon was the first recipient of the Library of Congress’s Gershwin Prize for Popular Song in 2007. In 1986, Simon was awarded an Honorary Doctor of Music degree from Berklee College of Music, where he currently serves on the Board of Trustees
Arthur Ira “Art” Garfunkel (born November 5, 1941) is a Grammy-award winning American singer, poet, and Golden Globe-nominated actor best known for being one half of the folk duo Simon & Garfunkel.
Highlights of his solo music career include a top 10 hit, three top 20 hits, six top 40 hits, 14 Adult Contemporary top 30 singles, five Adult Contemporary number ones, two UK number ones and a People’s Choice Award. Through his solo and collaborative work, Garfunkel has earned six Grammys, including the Lifetime Achievement Award. In 1990, he and former musical partner Paul Simon were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.