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Coffeehouse Playlist #1 (MQA Master)

by David Elias (24/44.1 ~ MQA 24/352.8)

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    "The original intention and sounds are much more accurately represented [with MQA] and are therefore much, much more enjoyable to listen to. The convenience of MQA's smaller file size is an additional no-brainer." - DE
    You do not need any special hardware (MQA DAC) or software (MQA Player) to reap the benefits of the MQA encoding. The temporal blurring (aka time smearing) has been greatly reduced especially the pre-ringing/echo from this PCM master. It sounds better than a CD equivalent no matter how you play it. An MQA DAC such as the Meridian Explorer2 (US$299) can further enhance the sound quality as well as unfold any hi-res frequencies above 20k.
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    This quote from a first time listen and comparison by a non-musician, non- audiophile, whose MacBook had just loaded iTunes with ripped music for the first time (Time Forgets CD), downloaded and added the David Elias Time Forgets MQA CD master from Bandcamp (ALAC format), plugged into a Meridian Explorer2 MQA DAC ($299) with Zipbuds ($25) attached. (MacBook Sound settings changed to use Meridian Explorer2 preference.)
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    "oh wow - oh my god !
    clearer crisp sharp, gawd!!
    no question !!
    you can hear everything better, everything being all the instruments
    sharper clearer you can hear every distinctive instrument, awesome!"
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*** PLEASE READ ***: The DSD Downloads for this album are available at

One of the DSD recordings that made David Elias "Best Male Vocalist" on pure DSD download site

Recorded, mixed and mastered in the ultra high HD audio resolution of Direct Stream Digital (DSD), 64 times higher resolution of CD quality 16/44.1k PCM. Available as a DSD 1-bit/2.8mHz or FLAC 24/88.2kHz master at

Many fine things in life started and evolved from a coffeehouse. Some of the music from coffeehouses of the 60's remains in the air and through the ether today. I was influenced both then and now by many of those stark to warm images being generated at that time.

I soon enough found myself playing coffeehouse on acoustic at university in the mid-70's in the midwest. Then before I knew it the world had already changed several times and it was the mid-90's and I was thinking about again playing coffeehouse, this time in the SF Bay Area with many original songs I had written on acoustic.

Coffeehouse and acoustic had already come and gone in popular music but I still felt the influence and had in fact continued to live in its comfy waves through those rock-pop-disco-metal-grunge decades.

So coming back to the coffeehouse in the 90's was easy for me and I started approaching local coffeehouses with the idea of live music, usually on a weekend morning. I was soon playing at different places on the Hwy 1 coast and other spots in and around San Francisco.

At a similar time, independent home studio recording was taking shape as was the Internet in HTML browser form. In 1994 I started working on a home recording project of my originals. Inspiration and gear were fueled by Gus Skinas and Roger Powell.

The result was "Lost in the Green" as a 100% DIY CD that got played on radio stations ranging from Santa Cruz to Hong Kong. The idea for LITG was to deliver a coffeehouse experience on CD to anyone interested. At the same time, MP3 versions of the tracks were getting uploaded over 33k and 56k modems by me and downloaded at the same speeds by other musicians, DJ's and listeners.  This was 1995.

The world changed quite a few times again and it seemed to be turning faster.

In 1999 and 2000 I started listening to a new digital recording format called Direct Stream Digital (DSD) that was being developed as an archive format by Sony and Philips. This alternative to analog tape was needed to preserve the master library of recordings to date. I was astounded by what I was hearing from the get go as transfers from master tapes to DSD on a prototype workstation.

Shortly after that I was experimenting with a bare bones 3-mic, 2-track, no mixer direct recording to DSD with Gus at Wind Over The Earth in Boulder. It was just me and a guitar and 3 of owner Mickey Houlihan's excellent mic's plus preamp. Stark images. Undeniably accurate and honest.

From there the coffeehouse feel and incentive stayed alive and well through a number of DSD projects starting with "The Window" SACD release in 2004. As equipment and costs continue to work their inverse magic, the power of DSD recording is now (suddenly?) a home studio and field reality. The same is true for playback of this beautifully natural sounding media. Gone is the box around the sound. The image is as live and fragrant as roasted Ka'u coffee.

So here is my own work from various DSD releases since those beginning years in High Resolution Audio (HRA). With Rev9 I have created my Coffeehouse DSD Playlist #1 as a recognition of long trails of roots to some very fine sources of inspiration and art.

Mahalo Nui Loa to all of those inspirations and guides.

- DE


released June 1, 2016

All Songs Copyright by David Elias, All Rights Reserved, ASCAP

David Elias: acoustic, vocal, harmonica
Matt Flinner: mandolin, bouzouki
Sally Van Meter: dobro
John Magnie: keyboards, accordion
Ross Martin: ambient electric guitar
Eric Thorin: upright bass
Marc Dalio: drums
Charlie Natzke: acoustic guitar, semi-electric guitar, vocal
Scott Beynon: electric bass, vocal
Chris Kee: upright bass
Ken Owen: drums
Peter Tucker: drums
John Havard: electric guitar
David Phillips: pedal steel guitar
Reid Dennis: percussion

MQA DXD Master from DSD (2016) by MQA Ltd., UK

Recorded at Immersive Studios, Boulder, CO and, La Honda, CA, and at an off-grid cabin in East Hawaii
Recording engineers: Gus Skinas, Charlie Natzke
Mixes by Gus Skinas, Charlie Natzke
Remastered for DSD Downloads by David Elias
Produced by David Elias, Sketti Sandwich Productions


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David Elias writes music and lyrics about living and dreaming and nature.

He has self- produced his own CDs and SACDs/DSD Downloads since 1995. Now pioneering MQA.

He takes photographs and uses them and his songs to make videos about nature and living and dreaming.

HD Videos since 2010

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Track Name: The Old King (MQA)
The Old King (from "The Window") – David Elias

Hear them cheering for your dying day
See them wipe your feet with dust and clay
Never mind the near ones where they lay
Memories of clear ones there they stay
There they stay

See them clear away your open grave
Watch them lower you down into place
Night will pass eternal into space
While the sun burns coins laid on your face
On your face

Consciousness returns to summer's eyes
Windmills spin their patterns thorugh the skies
Heavy air returns to times gone by
No one meets your gaze or even tries
Even tries

Crows in pairs are sentries to your doom
Watchers of the seeds you plant too soon
Blackining the sky they leave no reoom
For the sun to shine down on your tomb
Track Name: Half An Hour Away (MQA)
Half an Hour Away (from "The Window") – David Elias

I wish I had a field of corn
Or half a rag to keep me warm
A bag of bones to blow my horn
Time to fade away

I wish I had a bowl of wheat
Or half an ear to keep the beat
See me on a one way street
Half an hour away

Old time
Old time
Old time
Half an hour away

I wish I had a room of gin
And all the keys to lock me in
Never see my face again
Time to fade away

I wish there was a world of green
And half the time to be unseen
Never what you really mean
Half an hour away

Old time old time old time
Half an hour away

I'll look for you in dreams come true
When all you see is what you do
Never mind the world you knew
Half an hour away

Old time old time old time
Half an hour away
Track Name: Rodeo On A Ridge (MQA)
Rodeo on a Ridge (from "Acoustic Trio - DSD Sessions") – David Elias

The water under the bridge
Echoes the rain outside
Morning and sun become one
Mile after mile
Wave with a smile
Rodeo on a ridge

The meadow we climbed was high
We didn't know how high then
Glacier cut through that skyline
Blue ice on blue
How much of it you
Rodeo on a ridge

And prayers are for the poets
This song sings to that mountain time
All you knew and now you know it
Everything you left behind
Track Name: Mend My Mind (MQA)
Mend My Mind (from "Crossing") – David Elias

Mend my mind on a summer day
Arguello said what he had to say
No one wants it any other way
Mend my mind on a summer day

Mend my heart on the open shore
Where winds will blow and then they blow some more
Colors fade away from rich to poor
Mend my heart on the open shore

Clear my head on an autumn day
The sun is strong and the winds are grey
The party's over ain't no one would stay
So clear my head on an autumn day

There's nothing wrong with a rainy day
The skies may cry for yesterday
Winds will sing to find another way
There's nothing wrong with that rainy day
Track Name: Close My Eyes (MQA)
Close My Eyes (from "Crossing") – David Elias

I close my eyes and criticize and sympathize
And rest upon my dying day
I breathe the words the ones you heard
That story blurred
I watch them as they drift away

And I close my eyes
To that cold and windy day
I close my eyes
I don't want to see again
Close my eyes
To the higher window
I don't know what time it closes

I paint that picture while they lecture pure conjecture
I deny that river why
I seek the desert for the love that lusts to wander
Through the womb of fire and sky

And I close my eyes
To that cold and windy day
I close my eyes
I don't want to see again
Close my eyes
To the higher window
I don't know what time it closes
Track Name: Morning Light / Western Town (MQA)
Morning Light / Western Town (from "Crossing") – David Elias

Morning light, western town
Morning light, western town
Roadside crosses lay me down

You can read it on the red brick
When you are up against the wall
Some said they saw you flying
Some said they saw you fall
No matter where you're walking
You're underneath it all

Is that a piece of paper that you're holding
Is that a prayer book in your hand
Written in some foreign language
From some obscure promised land
No matter what they're saying
You still don't understand

You can't beat the big prediction
You can't estimate the odds
You can't treat a false addiction
With some even falser Gods
You wander cross the planet
With your head up in the clouds

Morning light, western town
Morning light, western town
Roadside crosses lay me down
Track Name: Vision Of Her (MQA)
Vision of Her (from "Acoustic Trio - DSD Session") – David Elias

Sitting on the edge of your world
Holding on your legs where they curl
Looking for the vision of her
The vision of her

Staring down the year inside out
Making do within and without
Never finding reason to doubt
The vision of her
Track Name: Poor Polly (MQA)
Poor Polly (from "Slipper DSD Sessions") - David Elias

Settle down the question now poor Polly
Was it you who rode away or was it you who drowned
Was it Halfway Jim who did you in poor Polly
Or did he sweep you off your feet
And ride to higher ground

Settle down the question now poor Polly
Was there silver in that wedding dress
And diamonds on the ground
Were there three horsemen who knew you well poor Polly
Did they tie you in that chair
And bid you never make a sound

Settle down the question now poor Polly
Did you ride out with your lover straight across the border
Where's the papers that he left behind poor Polly
To vindicate your brother
Identify your daughter

Settle down the question now poor Polly
How many days before we hear your cross chain on the floor
Why waste your time with such small time poor Polly
You could have had most anyone
And struggled never more

Settle down the question now poor Polly
You hunger for the truth as you drink from every stream
Will we ever see your pretty eyes poor Polly
Or do you leave us running endlessly
Right back into your dream
Track Name: Aspen Rose (MQA)
Aspen Rose - David Elias

Aspen Rose your toes remind me of a summer lost
Beauty in the wilderness unspoiled and untamed
Aspen Rose your ruby nose reminds me of another frost
Straight down from the north comes forth
We're boiling tea again

Aspen Rose your blond hair glows as sunrise
Easing up the mountains you're wandering through the pines
Aspen Rose your youth shows silent as the twilight
Settling through the window calming down my inner mind

Aspen Rose recall those nights when we were strangers
Unknowing to the dangers that surrounded us like thieves
Aspen Rose nobody knows how things could not change
We flowed like a river right beneath October trees

Aspen Rose I'll go I'm sorry that I'm weary
Afraid that I have come too far in far too short a time
Aspen Rose your heart's the slowest burning fire
I'll ever know, it's time to go
I love you more than I

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