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Captain_BeyondWelcome aboard to 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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The Famley Guitar Band – Tie A Yellow Ribbon ‘Round The Old Oak Tree

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This 1st release by “The Famley Guitar Band” is sourced from a Q8 tape. They had six titles offered on Q4 reels and Q8 cartridges. No known vinyl exists. Little information is available about them or these titles either. It is thought that Ampex, who at the time was a large tape duplicator for the major labels, was behind this act. Wishing to grab a larger piece of the quadraphonic action they assembled a house band, probably from Chicago, and recorded these instrumental hits of the period.

So kick back in the bean bag chair, turn on the lava lamp and drift away.  Captain Beyond

Release: CB001

Source: Q8

Format: DVD-A/V MLP/DTS/DD

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Gil Evans – The Gil Evans Orchestra Plays The Music of Jimi Hendrix

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For your listening pleasure we have a CD-4 album by Canadian jazz composer, conductor and pianist Gil Evans. Released in 1974 this LP features arrangements of songs by Jimi Hendrix. Hendrix was scheduled to record with Gil Evans’ Orchestra but died before the session could take place. This vinyl was provided for transfer by member Simon A. and we thank him for making it available for many ears to enjoy.   Enjoy  CB

Allmusic

Release: CB098

Source: CD-4

Format: DVD-A/V MLP/DTS/D

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Michael Nesmith & The First National Band – Loose Salute

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Released in 1970 ‘Loose Salute’ was the second solo album from Michael Nesmith after leaving The Monkees. It peaked at #59 on the Billboard pop albums chart. The single release ‘Silver Moon’, which is a different mix here, reached #42 on the top 100. I found the tunes and lyrics to  ‘Silver Moon’, ‘Dedicated Friend’ and ‘Conversations’ a very enjoyable, artful and fun listening experience. The track ‘Bye, Bye, Bye’ is as good of a truck driving road song as most any other. The album also includes the third released version of ‘Listen To The Band’ which utilized a unique fade-in intro.  The pedal steel work of  Red Rhodes  who was a member of The Wrecking Crew is icing on the cake.

As a singer songwriter Nesmith has not received the appreciation and acknowledgment he rightly deserves. Most likely and ironically due in part with his association to the television band that launched his career. He was an early pioneer during the genesis of the country/folk/rock sound that was emerging around this time. Think of The Flying Burrito Brothers, Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Pure Prairie League or Rick Nelson and the Stone Canyon Band.

This is a very hard to find Q8 and demands a high value when located. Our two-tone full blown and dedicated friend ‘rockysquirrel’ acquired this rare Q8 and made it available for transfer for all you Quadies to enjoy and we thank him. Now if I could only get my hands on the Q8 of ‘Magnetic South’ which contains the song ‘Joanne’ that would be something.  Enjoy   CB

Allmusic

Release: CB096

Source: Q8

Format: DVD-A/V MLP/DTS/DD

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Aerosmith – Get Your Wings

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Aerosmith’s second album ‘Get Your Wings’ was recorded at the Record Plant in New York City between December 1973 and January 1974. Surprisingly it only peaked at #74 on the US Billboard 200 but later of course went 3x platinum. Producer engineer Jack Douglas recalls the crowd noise at the end of the track ‘Train Kept A-Rollin’ was taken from the ‘Concert for Bangladesh’ which Douglas had worked on. He also engineered Lennon’s ‘Imagine’ album and  many other artist with great success. Those familiar with the track order of the LP will notice the Q8 has the songs ‘Woman of the World’ and ‘Seasons of Wither’ swapped. Sourced from a member provided Q8 and we all thank them for the share without hesitation. Enjoy    CB

Allmusic

Release: CB097

Source: Q8

Format: DVD-A/V MLP/DTS/DD

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Eric Carmen – Eric Carmen

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This is the debut album from former Raspberries frontman Eric Carmen. Released in November 1975 it peaked at #21 on the Billboard album chart. The album spawned three top 40 hits. ‘All By Myself’ at #2, ‘Never Gonna Fall In Love Again’ at #11 and ‘Sunrise’ at # 34. It is interesting to note that for ‘Never Gonna Fall In Love Again’ Carmen borrows the melody from Sergei Rachmaninoff’s Symphony No. 2.  Carmen also uses Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 2 for ‘All By Myself’.    Enjoy   CB

Allmusic

Release: CB095

Source: Q8

Format: DVD-A/V MLP/DTS/DD

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The Doobie Brothers – What Were Once Vices Are Now Habits

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This is the fourth studio album from The Doobie Brothers. It was released February 1974 and contains their first number one hit ‘Black Water’. The contributing artist on this album are something else. Among those are , just to name a few, Arlo Guthrie,  The Memphis Horns, Bill Payne and James Booker.    Enjoy   CB

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Release: CB094

Source: Q4

Format: DVD-A/V MLP/DTS/DD

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Eugene Ormandy The Philadelphia Orchestra – Sibelius Symphony No. 2 in D Op. 43

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We offer the final in this series of classical releases here on the Quad Wormhole. I should like to mention these Q4 reels were provided by a long time member of the quad community. Their generosity is most appreciated and their support benefits the hobby as well as all you mates who dock here from time to time.  You can’t row alone. Without support from the community the ship would sail in circles or most likely flounder. The Captain would like to thank all of you who have picked up an oar and help set sail.  Enjoy   CB

Eugene Ormandy

Release: CB093

Source: Q4

Format: DVD-A/V MLP/DTS/DD

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Eugene Ormandy / The Philadelphia Orchestra – Shostakovich Symphony No. 15

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Another from Ormandy and The Philadelphia Orchestra in a series of classical releases here on the Quad Wormhole.    Enjoy   CB

Eugene Ormandy

Release: CB092r

Source: Q4

Format: DVD-A/V MLP/DTS/DD

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Frank Chacksfield and his Orchestra – Chacksfield Plays Bacharach

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Frank Chacksfield and his Orchestra interpret the repertoire of Burt Bacharach on this London/Phase 4 release. You may notice the cover list the twelve songs from the LP. However the reel only contains eleven songs, omitting ‘The Green Grass Starts To Grow’. The back label and the reel label both got it correct. Ahhh…  just makes you want to take your hushpuppies off and put your feet up. Martini please.. no olive.    Enjoy  CB

 

Release: CB091

Source: Q4

Format: DVD-A/V MLP/DTS/DD

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Eugene Ormandy/The Philadelphia Orchestra – Debussy/Ravel – La Mer/Daphnis And Chloe: Suite No. 2/Prelude To The Afternoon Of A Faun

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This RCA Red Seal Q4 (ERQ1-0029-QF) release from 1973  was also available on CD-4 (ARD1-0029) but not Q8. This Captain is grateful for the donation of this reel which preserved on the Wormhole can be enjoyed now and hopefully also by those so inclined in the future.    Enjoy    CB

 

Release: CB089

Source: Q4

Format: DVD-A/V MLP/DTS/DD

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