Many will not have noticed that Dutton Vocalion in the UK have been quietly remastering quite a few of the Creed Taylor releases over the past 8-years, and releasing them as hybrid, multichannel, stereo, quadraphonic super audio CDs.
Of all the albums to release in this format, Don Sebeskys, 1973 double album, Giant Box, seems like one of the best. I have a quadraphonic pressing of the original vinyl box release that is on my list to digitize. However, even on a generalised stereo system that is part of my home 5.1 surround sound, this is a lucious, cleverly orchestrated album of distinction featuring some fine performances from Grover Washington, Jr, Freddie Hubbard, Paul Desmond, Ron Carter and many many others from the CTI/Kudu stable. If you would like to order a copy to see for yourself what these SACD releases are like, you can find it here [as always I receive no financial or other benefit from these links].
I don’t have any of the Dutton Vocalion releases, and am fascinated by their selection, process, and end results. By coincidence, they are in Watford, Herts, just 10-miles from where I grew up in Hemel Hempstead. I’m going to email them and request a telephone or email interview with Michael Dutton for the ctproduced.
You can hear a full version of the non-DSD album here on YouTube music. If you don’t have a paid YouTube music account, you will be shown ads… I receive not benefit from youtube.