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Old 06-29-2015, 04:48 PM   #61
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Joe originally mixed this album into Quad. The record company wouldn't allow him to put it out like that. The best version I have of So What(!) is a bootleg DVD with the original Quad mix directly off the master tape. I was soooo hoping they'd release that version so everyone could buy it. The sound on it is absolutely mind boggling amazing. I'm lucky to have a surround sound receiver. THAT would be worth the $30. I'm disappointed that this release doesn't include that mix.
I think I've got a 4 track, quadrophonic single of Joe's. 4 "Smoker" tracks from memory. Never had a quadrophonic record player to play it on though. I'm pretty sure I've downloaded the quadrophonic So What LP too but I can't play that either.

I bought the So What LP for 1.99 in about 1977 or 1978. Walsh records were so difficult to find, I never thought they'd get released on CD, I suppose it's some sort of achievement to have it re-released 40 years later at an extortionate price.


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From So What but several decades after it was released, here's a rare live, short version of Joe's shortest song, originally a sorta duet with Dan Fogelberg, All Night Laundry Matt Blues:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9XQdiKAybAs
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Old 06-29-2015, 04:56 PM   #62
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Can someone 'splain to me what 'quadrophonic' is? Try to blonde-proof the answer, please...
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Old 06-29-2015, 05:01 PM   #63
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Can someone 'splain to me what 'quadrophonic' is? Try to blonde-proof the answer, please...
From Wikipedia:
Quadraphonic*(or*Quadrophonic*and sometimes*Quadrasonic)*sound* similar to what is now called 4.0*surround sound* uses four channels in which speakers are positioned at the four corners of the listening space, reproducing signals that are (wholly or in part) independent of one another. Quadraphonic audio was the earliest consumer product in surround sound and thousands of quadraphonic recordings were made during the 1970s.
https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Quadraphonic_sound

I've almost bought quadraphonic records before by accident (I have no way of playing them)
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Old 06-29-2015, 05:20 PM   #64
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Most music is made to be played out of two speakers ie. Stereo. Quadrophonic is designed to be played through 4 speakers.

I have a version of Hotel California that is made to be played on a 5 speaker dvd player, I can play that either.


As I only have two ears, I'm not sure how much better 4 or 5 speakers are.
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Most music is made to be played out of two speakers ie. Stereo. Quadrophonic is designed to be played through 4 speakers.

I have a version of Hotel California that is made to be played on a 5 speaker dvd player, I can play that either.


As I only have two ears, I'm not sure how much better 4 or 5 speakers are.
We have that version of HC. It's just wonderful & I would recommend it to anyone who has 5 speakers (although we actually have 7). You hear things you never thought were there.
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Old 06-29-2015, 09:38 PM   #66
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I think I've got a 4 track, quadrophonic single of Joe's. 4 "Smoker" tracks from memory. Never had a quadrophonic record player to play it on though. I'm pretty sure I've downloaded the quadrophonic So What LP too but I can't play that either.

I bought the So What LP for 1.99 in about 1977 or 1978. Walsh records were so difficult to find, I never thought they'd get released on CD, I suppose it's some sort of achievement to have it re-released 40 years later at an extortionate price.


ho hum....

From So What but several decades after it was released, here's a rare live, short version of Joe's shortest song, originally a sorta duet with Dan Fogelberg, All Night Laundry Matt Blues:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9XQdiKAybAs

I love that live version of ANLB!! I often watch it.

The whole of Smoker was released in Quad but that one wasn't mixed by Joe. I have that one on DVD as well. It has a few oddities. RMW is sped up just a bit, making Joe's vocals higher. The fantastic beginning of Meadows is gone! That's an outrage, in my opinion. Strangely there is an extra scream in Book Ends. The first time I heard it I nearly fell off my chair. The source is a Quad reel to reel tape so it sounds good but not as good as the quad So What! That one is absolutely incredible. If you have it and a DVD player, play it. Even tho it won't be in Quad, it's still a different mix. I believe you can play it on your computer as well.
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Old 06-29-2015, 10:46 PM   #67
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Thanks for the explanations! F50, my guess was that it was quad vs. stereo, 4 vs. 2, but wasn't quite putting it all together.
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Happy 40th Birthday to So What. This is my favorite album by Joe. I love majority of the songs on the album.
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Happy 40th anniversary So What

A great album, possibly Joe's best.
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So What

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