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Lost In The Green (MQA Master)

by David Elias (16/44.1 MQA)

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Plays on any gear or smartphone.

Original Studio Masters encoded with MQA.
*** IMPORTANT *******************************************************
Be sure to download ONLY Lossless PCM formats (AIF, WAV, ALAC, FLAC) to preserve the MQA encoding -- Do NOT use MP3, or AAC or other Lossy formats as they will lose the MQA encoding benefits.

Bandcamp always defaults to MP3 format for download -- Be sure to change this to one of Lossless formats (AIF, WAV, ALAC, FLAC) by selecting from the dropdown list presented when you download. Mahalo! It will play as MP3 but doesn't sound as good!

You may also need to rename the file to either include or end with ".mqa" (ignore quotes) to be recognized by MQA by your playback gear such as NAD or Bluesound.

Plays on any media player with improved sound quality.
Read about MQA at
MQA Encoded by MQA Ltd., UK

"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 22k.

You can download an MQA Sampler that contains all resolutions as examples, from 16/44.1 all the way to 24/352.8

It is online at BC Exclusive Here:
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.)
She listened and alternated between MQA and non-MQA versions of various tracks. The Explorer2 DAC's Blue MQA Studio Quality Authentication LED light indicated MQA was present on the MQA tracks when expected (lit) and not present on the CD version of the tracks when not expected (not lit):
"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!"
~~~~~ About "Lost in the Green" ~~~~~~

Vintage original coffeehouse folk from the dawn of digital DIY acoustic music (1995) -- "Brilliant. Essential."

"The acoustic guitar resonates a warm, wooden tone that soothingly blends with his naturally textured voice. It's Elias' soaring romantic melodies and heartfelt laments that make him one of the best kept secrets of the Barbary Coast. " - Eric Shea,

"David Elias could sing the dictionary and we'd all be rapt in attention, hanging on each softly delivered syllable... Singer-songwriter of genuine sensitivity, David Elias presents 13 tracks shrouded in warmth, backed by acoustic guitar. These coffeehouse-style solo performances, with occasional fiddle, mandolin, and harmonica, exhibit a delicate beauty, demonstrating a depth of feeling, a sense of compassion and melancholy... Brilliant, Essential." - Les Reynolds

"This cd is a wonderful collection of David's earlier works that has struck a chord in my soul that I will forever be thankful to him for." - Al Wagner, guitar instructor, BC

"We (Bettina and I) heard David a couple of times and always loved his music. But "Lost in the Green" stands out. If I would ask to keep 10 of our records (some 800) this would be part of it. The magic of this records comes from a lot of feeling
which gets well transported to the listener." - Uwe Steinmueller

"David's 1996 CD, "Lost in the Green", is another folk gem - guitar and vocal, with occasional harmonica and fiddle. His voice, unassuming and passing wisdom in stride - his guitar, interestingly EQ'd in several different ways, all touched with his Travis dynamic touch and beautiful voicings......The opening track, "Time to Sleep Corrina", is another great example of Elias' choice of lyric in him profoundly poetic reflections, 'coriander through the weeds, dust sunflowers through the breeze, ragin waters seek to please - it's all for nothin now, catacombs and columbine, push the pedal, realign, fathers of our tidy time show all for nothin now.' Great record. " - Don Kimenker, Founder

"There's not a more wonderful sound in the world than a talented singer/songwriter and his guitar. Anyone who ever heard the late, great Townes Van Zandt knows that. David Elias' excellent "Lost in the Green" CD is a truly inspired display of singing, songwriting and guitar picking. The arrangements are spare, but I wouldn't have it any other way. David's very strong guitar work is accompanied by a haunting fiddle on some tracks that compares favorably with Johnny Cunningham's work on Bill Morrissey's incredible "Inside" CD. And the comparisons don't stop there. For my money, no one can turn a phrase better than Bill Morrissey. Well, maybe no one other than David Elias. " - Kent Newsome, Rancho Denada


"Lost in the Green" is evidence of the very beginnings of Indie music. Recorded as multitrack and mixed by David in a spare bedroom, the songwriting and style here would become his signature approach to folk/acoustic/country/rock. These songs were written at the time that coffeehouse was just coming back into the mainstream on the west coast. At that time, David was performing these and other originals regularly at various venues in and around San Francisco.

It is the CD some have said they'd have on that desert island if they could only take a few tokens of their favorite music with them. It's simple and honest and inspired FAME reviewer Moshe B. to write: "We should all be listening to Elias". This original vintage coffeehouse style CD includes 2 cover songs by the late legendary muse Townes Van Zandt.

Legendary synth wizard and innovator Roger Powell (Todd Rundgren/Utopia, Meatloaf, Bowie) debuts on electric guitar on a track here ("Mainland").

Backing musicians include: Roger Powell, Calvin McElroy, Johnny Caulfield. Mastered by Gus Skinas,


released January 1, 1995

Words & Music by David Elias
"Nothin'" and "Dollar Bill Blues" Words & Music by Townes Van Zandt
Copyright 1995 David Elias, All Rights Reserved
Produced and Arranged by David Elias
Recorded and Mixed Tascam DA-88, 16/48 by David Elias
Mastered by Gus Skinas,


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David Elias Hawaii

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: Light As A Rail (MQA)
and you roll all around
and you're all on your own
light come up from the ground
falling down on its own
down on its own

and you spell upside down
and you walk with a step
walk yourself on downtown
never missing a step
missing a step

light as a rail
full as a sail
light as a rail
full as a sail

and you played all alone
roll a step kick a stone
with the rail in a way
warming up autumn days
warm autumn days

light as a rail
light as a sail
light as a rail
full as a sail

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