If you are buying this version of "Once Again", please bear in mind that this Brimstone release is the QUADRAPHONIC version - i.e. this CD contains the quadraphonic mixes that were made of "Once Again". These mixes are quite different to the 1971 stereo mixes that appeared on the original album, and on the other CD versions you can buy.
The quad mixes were made without the involvement of the band, the producer Norman Smith or any of the original engineers - in those days the record label was all-powerful!!! They were released on an SQ-format quad LP in 1973, which is a highly collectable item today.
However, for lovers of this album, this is really a rare treat. Some of the quad mixes work incredibly well, and you can hear additional guitar, vocal, percussion, keyboard and orchestral parts that were mixed out of the stereo version.
The thunderous "Ball and Chain" seems to have about eight extra guitars soloing away, whilst the ethereal "Happy Old World" benefits enormously from the quad treatment.
"Galadriel" and "Mockingbird" fare rather less well, as the sentimental nature of Robert Godfrey's orchestral arrangements are thrown under a rather harsher spotlight - i.e. you can hear some of the over-fussy twiddly bits that were mixed out of the original album!!
For lovers of "Once Again" this album is wonderful fun; you can spend ages finding differences between the two versions.
For lovers of 70's nostalgia there is the added bonus of the original liner sleeve (explaining the SQ Quad system) reproduced inside.
Oh, and the album itself - well it's arguably the finest album that was ever released on the Harvest label, and most definitely the finest ever fusion of rock and classical music.