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 Posted:   Dec 11, 2016 - 8:30 AM   
 By:   scrapsly   (Member)

I checked and did not see a tread on the new or re-release of The Last Valley by John Barry on Quartet Records. I read in the listing that it has been mastered and it says IT HAS NEVER SOUNDED BETTER. I have the Intrada, but was curious if anyone had bought the Quartet version and could compare the sound with the Intrada version. Is it really better ? Is it worth spending 25 bucks better ? I am a budget audiophile but as we know sometimes when they say improved, the volume is just turned up. Anyone heard the Quartet and Intrada and can give an opinion ? Thanks.

 Posted:   Dec 11, 2016 - 8:41 AM   
 By:   JB Fan   (Member)

First of all - here is the original thread -

Second. My copy will arrive next week, but I'd like to quote person from John Barry's Facebook group about this release:

Since Thursday I have the Quartet-Album of "The last Valley". What can I say: terrific, outstanding!!! What Chris Malone have done with the sound is realy magic. From the first view bars of the main title you here the difference. On the Intrada the male chorus was on the left chanel, female on the right. On this one the chorus is in the middle - as it should be. On the Quartet-Album you have a realy Stereo feeling and a good portion of punch. Great work is done, Valley sound's as it should be and never has on CD. forget the Tickertape-Cd (Bootleg???) and the Intrada (for fairness: Intrada get a finished Mastering from Universal, the have nothing to do with the mastering; if they have it done it I am sure the sound would be fine) - the Quartet-Album is it, if you want an outstanding sounding of the original recording! If you want it complete and modern Hifi-sounding you have to Go to the find Silva recording of James Fitzpatrick, The City of Prague Philharmonic, Crouch End Festival Chorus and Maestro Nic Raine! I realy Hood the next Quartet-Album is The Lion in Winter or Mary...with the forces of Chris Malone! Have a nice sunday!

 Posted:   Dec 11, 2016 - 8:41 AM   
 By:   JB Fan   (Member)

dp, sorry! frown

 Posted:   Dec 12, 2016 - 9:53 AM   
 By:   Hutch   (Member)

For those interested, my review (in french):

Though it's not the complete score, this is an album worth buying, for it's spectacular remastering. The soundtrack album has never sounded so good IMHO.

 Posted:   Dec 12, 2016 - 9:59 AM   
 By:   Wedge   (Member)

Great review, Hutch! Though I may be a bit biased, I'll add my voice to those praising the mastering of the Quartet release. The improvement in sound is immediately noticeable.

 Posted:   Dec 27, 2016 - 1:19 PM   
 By:   scrapsly   (Member)

I just got my copy. The Quartet does indeed sound much better. Well worth buying again for the sonic improvement. Great job Quartet.

 Posted:   Jan 23, 2023 - 5:16 AM   
 By:   Hedji   (Member)

Any hope of a repressing of more units like Quartet has done with Santa Claus the Movie? I was woefully behind when these 1000 units went fast.

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