Barbra Joan Streisand [Quadraphonic] (1972)
- CQ 30792 (Quadraphonic LP, 1972)
- CK 30792 (CD)
- Beautiful [2:15]
- Love [3:10]
- Where You Lead [3:00]
- I Never Meant to Hurt You [3:50]
- Medley: One Less Bell to Answer/A House Is Not a Home [6:33]
- Space Captain [3:21]
- Since I Fell For You [3:24]
- Mother [4:36]
- The Summer Knows [3:41]
- I Mean to Shine [2:52]
- You've Got a Friend [4:58]
About the Album
- Quad released in 1971
- Produced by: Richard Perry
- Quadraphonic Sound Supervision: Phil Macy
- Quadraphonic Remix Engineer: Sy Mitchell
Quadraphonic recordings were embraced by audiophiles from about 1971 to 1978. A Quadraphonically encoded recording split the sound between four speakers – similar, but less effective than the 5-speaker “surround sound” available on DVD theater systems today. It was necessary to own a Quadraphonic (or “Quad”) stereo system to decode the recording (although standard 2-speaker stereo systems would still play the Quads—without 4-channel separation, though). Quadraphonic recordings were available on vinyl, 8-track tape, and reel-to-reel formats.
The master tapes for Streisand's Quadraphonic albums were all remixed for the format. Therefore, if one were to compare a song from a Quad album to a song from a non-Quad album, the Quad version might differ considerably. Sometimes the Quad engineers used a completely different vocal take than what appeared on the standard LP.
As the compact disc became the standard media to deliver albums to consumers, Quadraphonic vinyl LP’s have all but disappeared. Only record enthusiasts (with a turn table!) have kept the Quad experience alive.
The Streisand Quadraphonic albums are also interesting from an artistic point of view. To some listeners the difference between a Quad and non-Quad track may be undetectable. To others it is fascinating to hear Barbra’s studio technique – how she alters her phrasing of a song with each take; how she sings new notes and tries new “readings” of a song.
A Quadraphonic remix also illuminates the art of studio mixing. It’s amazing how different a song can sound when the horns or strings or drums are highlighted—it really changes the whole feel of the song!
Listen to the quadraphonic mix of “Beautiful” and “Mother”:
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