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5.0 out of 5 stars Deluxe after all..., 21 Sept. 2009
This review is from: Tubular Bells (Audio CD)
Upon seeing this at first I was furious. How many more times was I going to be tricked into buying this damn album?!? BUT, this time they changed it up and not only included everything (CD/DVD-A on 2 discs, 1 dvd), BUT they unearthed the HOLY GRAIL of Mike Oldfield...that is the BBC performance of Tubular Bells Pt.1 LIVE on a soundstage!

I had seen 5 minutes of a real bad bootleg VHS tape of this and was excited by it...imagine my surprise when seeing the found re-master of it! Seeing and hearing Steve Hillage, Fred Frith, Mick Taylor(!), Mike Ratledge, Karl Jenkins and Jimmy Hastings (those are the guys I can pick out) play this piece is very special.

Plus, Mike has had a go at re-mixing the whole album as well...brings certain parts to light while ignoring some of the charm of the original mix...cool, not too shabby. Nothing too extreme, just level and effect choices are different.

Say what you will about Mike, his interviews surrounding this release don't paint him in any sort of "rock lore" limelight, but this was an inspired piece recorded and released at a time that can never be duplicated.
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Initial post: 11 Mar 2013 18:38:07 GMT
Bricktop says:
I thought the DVD in this set is DVD-V with a lossy surround mix, not DVD-A with a lossless surround mix.

Does it have the DVD-Audio logo on it anywhere (http://www.dvd-cloner.com-http.com/img/DVD-Audio_Logo_Black.gif) or does it only contain Dolby or dts surround?

Posted on 28 Jun 2013 18:46:20 BDT
Bricktop says:
Just to confirm, it's only a DVD including, not a DVD-A.

Fortunately you can now get a lossless version of the 5.1 mix through Bowers & Wilkins - http://www.bowers-wilkins.co.uk/Society_of_Sound/Society_of_Sound/Music/Tubular_Bells.html

In reply to an earlier post on 13 Oct 2013 18:08:18 BDT
George Banks says:
I have the original quadraphonic vynil box. does the DVD give surround sound. I am ignorant of the difference between DVD A and DVD V Any explanation would be very helpful.
Thanks

george banks

In reply to an earlier post on 15 Oct 2013 13:37:28 BDT
Bricktop says:
The DVD gives surround sound but it's in the lowest fidelity possible, Dolby Digital 5.1 448 Kbps. It's still a good listen and I like the new mix, but I was very happy to replace it with the higher quality lossless download I linked above.

If you have an SACD player or a universal player that supports SACD you can keep an eye open for the 2001 SACD release of Tubular Bells, it has the original 4.0 Quad mix that was included on that vinyl boxset, I love it and think it sounds terrific. Nice to have a high resolution digital version.

DVD-Audio allows for high resolution lossless surround sound on players that support DVD-Audio, which means under the DVD logo on the player you should see the description "DVD AUDIO/VIDEO" like this - http://www.aixrecords.com/images/dvd_av_logo.gif

If it only says DVD VIDEO then it won't play the high resolution tracks found on a DVD Audio disc. Dolby Digital as found on this Tubular Bells release is like encoding audio to 128 Kbps .mp3 for music, for movies it's not as detrimental to the sound because it's varying all the time in directionality whereas music is often coming through all channels at the same time.

Visiting the Quadraphonic Quad website and browsing through the forums may help provide lots more info on surround sound, lots of old quad vinyl guys there too.

In reply to an earlier post on 15 Oct 2013 20:08:53 BDT
George Banks says:
Thanks for a comprehensive ( and comprehensible) reply. I do have an SACD player, so I will search for a SACD copy of Tubular Bells. did they produce SACD's of the rest of the Quad box set?
george Banks

In reply to an earlier post on 15 Oct 2013 21:34:08 BDT
Bricktop says:
I wish! I would love to grab them. I did find some archives that I was able to burn to DVD of at least Ommadawn's original SQ Quad LP, someone did a really nice conversion of this and many other OOP quad LPs, Bob Dylan's Desire sounds great too. I don't know the legality of them, but they are linked from the QQ forum's home page so they've been posted for years which means likely no-one cares given they've been out of print for ages with no proper copy available.

Would be nice if we get REAL deluxe editions of Mike's albums someday soon, with proper high resolution PCM 5.1 versions of the new multichannel remixes as well as new flat transfers of the original Quad tapes at 24/96 or 24/192. I'd be happy to add new "Blu-ray Audio" editions of those first four albums for sure. Incantations never received a full 5.1 mix on the DVD-Video because tapes were missing, but perhaps the full quad tapes would be available?

Here's the quad download of Ommadawn, I believe it plays at 16/44.1 but it's very clean and I think anyone that enjoyed the Quad LP will be happy to have a digital copy, especially if they no longer have a Quad set-up for vinyl.

EDIT - not sure the links are active, I sent the host an e-mail to try and find out.

Oldfield search string - http://the-quad-blog.blogspot.ca/search?q=oldfield
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