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Captain_BeyondWelcome aboard Captain Beyond’s Quadraphonic Wormhole, a portal in time to a place where sailing the cosmic seas of four channel sonic endeavors can be experienced once again. This website is devoted to matters concerning legacy quadraphonic music from the 1970’s. This would include documents, equipment, legacy releases, formats, history and any other notions of a quadraphonic nature. Respectfully  with your help and hopefully your contributions this site could become a repository of all things quad. So let’s hoist the mainsail. Forward into the past!


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Original Broadway Cast – Hair

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The original Broadway cast recording of ‘Hair’ received a Grammy Award in 1968 for Best Score from an Original Cast Show Album. It sold nearly 3 million copies in the U.S. alone by the end of 1969. The orange-and-green cover art is immediately recognizable. Original quadraphonic releases came in three flavors. Q4 reel, CD-4 record and Q8 tape which this transfer was sourced from. Sealed tape graciously provided by rockysquirrel and we thank him. Enjoy CB

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Release: CB027

Source: Q8

Release: DVD-A/V  MLP/DTS/DD

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Bob Dylan – Planet Waves

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Planet Waves is the fourteenth studio album by Bob Dylan and the first of his LP’s to place #1 on the US Billboard charts. The cover art is drawn by Dylan himself. Available as a CD-4 and Q8 which this transfer was sourced from. Tape made available by rockysquirrel.    Enjoy CB

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Release: CB026

Source: Q8

Format: DVD-A/V  MLP/DTS/DD

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Sergio Mendes & Brasil ’66 – Greatest Hits

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My favorite cut is the cover of ‘Scarborough Fair’. Also found the Beatles covers uniquely interesting. This particular title was only offered quadraphonically on a Q8 cartridge. Hope you folks enjoy it as much as I do.    CB

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Release: CB025

Source: Q8

Format: DVD-A/V  MLP/DTS/DD

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Seals & Crofts – I’ll Play For You

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‘I’ll Play For You’ was Seals & Crofts seventh studio album. The title track and ‘Castles in the Sand’ as I recall got radio play upon original release. I very much enjoy the mandolin picking in ‘Freaks Fret’. Plus ‘Golden Rainbow’ and the story about ‘Wayland the Rabbit’ satisfied my listening pleasure. Upon original release this was offered in three quadraphonic formats. Q4 reel, CD-4 LP and Q8 tape. This transfer was made from a Q8 tape graciously provided by lupineassassin.   Enjoy CB

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Release: CB023

Source: Q8

Format: DVD-A/V  MLP/DTS/DD

 

 

 

 

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Jefferson Airplane – The Worst of Jefferson Airplane

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I’m sure RCA had a difficult time understanding the title of this first compilation album from Jefferson Airplane. Can’t you see the bean counters sitting around scratching their pointy little  heads saying “worst of … what do they mean by that?”. This particular Stereotape reel proved most difficult to transfer due to problems with the synthetic binder used back in the early 70’s. It took a backing in the dehydrator to coax the audio off this reel. You might notice an undesirable gremlin here and there. Thanks to rockysquirrel for making this Q4 tape available for transfer.  Enjoy  CB

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Release: CB022

Source: Q4

Format: DVD-A/V  MLP/DTS/DD

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The Eric Burdon Band – Sun Secrets

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Burdon did not want this material out. The tapes of these sessions were signed to Capitol and released without his permission and referred to as “rehearsal tapes” by the singer. Capitol, in their butcher mentality, released two different versions of this disc. A full-length commercial LP, and a ‘Radio Programming Aid’ which has edits of everything except for the 13-minute Burdon co-written ‘Letter From the Country Farm.’ Further research lead to an interesting interview of Eric where he relates telling John Lennon about a certain Jamaican girlfriend of his. Where upon John gave Eric the dubious nickname of Eggman. So now you know the Walrus was Paul and the Eggman was Eric. The original quadraphonic release was only available on a Q8 cartridge. This was sourced from a Canadian Q8 provided by fellow member rockysquirrel and we thank him very much.  Enjoy CB

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Release: CB021

Source: Q8

Format: DVD-A/V  MLP/DTS/DD

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Joni Mitchell – The Hissing Of Summer Lawns

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This was Joni’s 7th studio album. It was nominated for the best female pop vocal performance Grammy at the 19th awards ceremony. Graham Nash, David Crosby, James Taylor, Jeff Baxter and many others contributed to the album you hear here. I would like to offer my gratitude to member rockysquirrel who provided the sealed Q8 tape this transfer was made from. Enjoy CB

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Release: CB020

Source: Q8

Format: DVD-A/V  MLP/DTS/DD

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Harry Nilsson – Nilsson Schmilsson

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Nilsson Schmilsson seems to pop up for request often. So for better or worse here it is. I remember three songs from this album that made radio play big time back in the day. ‘Coconut’, ‘Jump Into The Fire’ and of course ‘Without You’. Even though most folks associate this grammy song with Nilsson I have always preferred the original Pete Ham version by Badfinger. The ping pong effects on track 09 ‘Jump Into the Fire’ are  worth the ride in my opinion. Put the lime in the coconut, and call me in the morning.  Enjoy CB

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Release: CB019

Source: Q8

Format: DVD-A/V   MLP/DTS/DD

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The Guess Who – American Woman

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Released in 1970 this is the sixth studio album from The Guess Who and the last to include Randy Bachman before his departure from the group. The album reached number nine on Billboard’s Top 200 and includes two number one singles ‘American Woman’ and ‘No Sugar Tonight’. This was their most successful album and charted for more than a year. The track order on the Q8 is altered from the original LP track order.   Enjoy    CB

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Release: CB101

Source: Q8

Format: DVD-A/V  MLP/DTS/DD

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Bobby Goldsboro – Summer (The First Time)

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Not quadraphonic friends but no less than the official ‘Quadrasonic’ from United Artist.  The coming of age title song  was the big hit here on this tape. Bobby also did a good job with ‘Killing Me Softly With Her Song’ and ‘Marlena’ but my favorite is ‘Mississippi Delta Queen’. Those big fat horns coupled with the cadence of the lyrics makes it a real bell ringer for the Captain. I wish to express my thanks for the tape which was supplied by Lupine. Enjoy CB

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Release: CB017

Source: Q8

Format: DVD-A/V  MLP/DTS/DD

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