Eugene Ormandy/The Philadelphia Orchestra – The Fantastic Philadelphians, Volume 2

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This release may come as a surprise to long time followers of Captain Beyond. More similar to this are upcoming if all goes well. What surprised the Captain was that the songs contained on this reel sounded very familiar to someone who is not acquainted with this form of music. Have heard these songs somewhere before but in a long forgotten context.

Eugene Ormandy who conducted the Philadelphia Orchestra for 44 years truly had an amazing career. He left us with a vast recorded catalog. Under his baton, the Philadelphia had three gold records and won two Grammy awards. His work was captured spanning from early acoustic recordings all the way through to the modern age of digital recording. Enjoy   CB

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Release: CB087r

Source: Q4

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

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Army of Stars ’77 – The Children at Christmas

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I believe this may be the 5th in a small group of quadraphonic releases from the long running series Army of Stars, the Salvation Army’s Special Christmas Program. Roger Wagner conducts the California Boy’s Choir, a girl’s chorus selected from the Los Angeles school system and the 50-piece Sinfonia Orchestra. This also features narration by Burl Ives and was released on Salvation Army’s own record label for the 1977 Holiday season.  Enjoy   CB

 

Release: CB090

Source: SQ LP

Process: ‘Phoenix’

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

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Billy Preston – Music Is My Life

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Released in 1972 ‘Music Is My Life’ is the seventh studio album by Billy Preston and the first he produced himself. It contains his first #1 hit with ‘Will It Go Round In Circles’. I always thought it was Willie. He is backed here by the Brothers Johnson, George and Louis who are known by their nicknames Lightnin’ Licks and Thunder Thumbs. This is Billy Preston’s single quadraphonic release and was only available on the Q8 format.   Enjoy   CB

 

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Release: CB088

Source: Q8

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

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Humble Pie – Smokin’

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Released in 1972 Smokin’ was the fifth studio album from Humble Pie and their first after the departure of Peter Frampton. The album charted #6 on the US Billboard 200. Stephen Stills wanders into the session after completing his own recordings in an adjacent studio. He then ends up guesting on ‘Road Runners ‘G’ Jam’ playing Hammond organ fills and also adding backing vocals on ‘Hot ‘n’ Nasty’.  Quadraphonic format only released on Q8 which successfully kept the original LP track order. Enjoy    CB

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Release: CB086

Source: Q8

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

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Harry Partch – The World of Harry Partch

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Earlier in ‘The Sound of Music’ post we discussed the twelve equal intervals to the octave in western music notation. Do-Re-Mi and so forth. Partch found this system did not suit his needs and devoted himself to music based on scales tuned in just intonation. He composed with scales dividing the octave into 43 unequal tones derived from the natural harmonic series. In 1930, he burned all his previous compositions rejecting the European concert tradition.

To play his music, Partch built a large number of unique instruments, with names such as the Chromelodeon, the Quadrangularis Reversum, and the Zymo-Xyl. He used materials including found objects like artillery shell casings, Pyrex jars, bottles, and old fuel tanks to construct his instruments. Here is a link to a site which catalogs with photos the many special built instruments played in Harry’s orchestra. Hary Partch

The music contained on this release is most unique and the only quadraphonic title by Partch. I would suggest doing some research to determine if this is something you would find entertaining.

I do believe the Captain has had a severe case of Quadrangularis for years or perhaps he’s just a carrier. Nevertheless here it is in four channel glory.  Enjoy    CB

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Release: CB085

Source: SQ LP

Process: ‘Phoenix’

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

 

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Savoy Brown – Jack The Toad

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From 1973 ‘Jack The Toad’ was the tenth album released by Savoy Brown. It reached #84 on the US charts. This Q8 cartridge was made available by rockysquirrel and we thank him. Enjoy   CB

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Release: CB084

Source: Q8

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

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Frank Chacksfield and his Orchestra – Chacksfield Plays Simon & Garfunkel and Jim Webb

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Frank Chacksfield interprets, in his own inimitable style, the repertoire of Simon & Garfunkel and Jim Webb aided by arranger Johnny Keating on this London/Phase 4 release. Enjoy  CB

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Release: CB083

Source: Q4

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

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Buddy Miles Express – Booger Bear

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Released in 1973 we have Buddy Miles Express with Booger Bear sourced from a Q8 for your listening pleasure. You can hear both The Electric Flag and Band of Gyspys footprints in this fusion of rock, soul, blues and psychedelia.  Enjoy   CB

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Release: CB082

Source: Q8

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

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The Sound of Music – An Original Soundtrack Recording

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The popularity of this album is truly amazing. I would be surprised if there is anything that still exist of the original master tapes judging by the number of times this recording has been re-released. It was the biggest selling album in the UK during 1965, 1966, and 1968 and the second biggest selling of the entire decade. Only being knocked off from it’s top position by albums from The Beatles, The Monkees and The Hollies.  Enjoy CB

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Release: CB081

Source: Q8

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

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The Edgar Winter Group – Shock Treatment

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‘Shock Treatment’ was the 4th studio album by Edgar Winter. It produced two charting singles ‘Easy Street’ and ‘River’s Risin”. The album went to #13 on Billboard Pop Albums chart. A respectful follow up to the highly successful ‘They Only Come Out at Night’.  I found my two favorite tracks to be the ballads ‘Sundown’ and ‘Someone Take My Heart Away’. The album is rather discrete with obviously some care given to the mix.   Enjoy    CB

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Release: CB080

Source: Q8

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

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