Live Concert at the Forum [Quadraphonic] (1972)
- Sing/Make Your Own Kind of Music
- Starting Here, Starting Now
- Don't Rain on My Parade
- On a Clear Day (You Can See Forever)
- Sweet Inspiration/Where You Lead
- Didn't We
- My Man
- Stoney End
- Sing/Happy Days Are Here Again
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.
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.
“Forum” Quad vs. Non-Quad
For the most part, the Quadraphonic version of Live Concert at the Forum does not differ from the LP. And the remastered CD restored several sections that never appeared on vinyl.
However, there is a very short extra comment during Barbra's “facing fears” monologue that appeared on the Quad album and has never been incorporated into the CD. On the Quad mix, Barbra has some extra business with her teacup when she says, “Anyway, they told me that ... forgot to take it out...”
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