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Time Forgets (MQA Master)

by David Elias (16/44.1 MQA)

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    IMPORTANT NOTE: Download the songs in any lossless format (FLAC, ALAC, WAV, AIFF) to preserve the MQA encoding and highest quality!
    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.
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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 20k.

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 "Time Forgets" ~~~~~~

CD has been Out Of Print for 10+ years.

A landmark recording (1997) for independent acoustic music in the digital age. Often compared to John Prine for songwriting and delivery, this album has been played on radio station folk shows all over the globe since the early Internet days.

One of the best kept secrets...
"Ohio transplant David Elias currently resides in San Francisco. His post-retro Folk is somewhat of an anomaly -- the flower in the sidewalk -- that places freight-hopping hobos in the city's Financial District and hosts ongoing, intimate coffeehouse hootenannies that take up most of Pacific Heights. Elias' warm vocal tones are rich like the notes blown from a broken-in Lee Oscar harmonica. His classic songs are as timeless as his influences. 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 -

The Last CD...
Sad about plastic cd's isn't it,and Tower Records folding.
This is a very beautiful song [title track],performed to perfection. Great lyrics and your vox are some of my favorites. Thanks. -- eslider

Exquisitely enchanting -- a beautiful collection of songs!
Dylan-esque (Bob, not Jakob) vocals (at times, eerily reminiscent of the late Jim Croce especially on "Changing Circles") with soft gentle acoustic guitar backing. Simultaneously somber and soothing, exquisitely enchanting -- a beautiful collection of songs! Time Forgets is possessed by a melancholia -- almost funereal -- as the passing of friends, relationships, and time weighs on the songwriter. - Riff Gibson, Raging Smolder Review

The Great Unknown
David Elias is one of the great unknown folksingers around today. One of the things I love about David is his ability to play intricate guitar lines in back of his music. He writes some terrific tunes, too. Songs that get right to the heart. Elias also chooses little unheard gems by better known musicians, like Townes van Zandt, which I also appreciate. He usually shares the spotlight with another talented musician or two and I understand he's putting together a large group to expand on his music. He does't need them. He knocks me out solo. -- Tom McCarter KUSP-FM

Brilliant Song
I LOVE this song [Freedom on the Freeway]!! As one who frequents the freeway, this song really hits home for me. I can relate. It is BRILLIANT!! It's one of those songs you want to listen to over and over. I'd like to hear more like it. Great work! -- Gus Skinas, Sony Music

A great collection of original music
"Time Forgets" is truly an amazing collection of original music from David Elias. It is hard for me to convey the true effect this album had on me. Usually too busy to enjoy music, I was overtaken by it's warm sound. I truly became lost in it's lively blend of clean acoustic guitars,sparkling electric leads,and bluesy harmonica solos.

David's vocals are soothing yet thought provoking. David's lyrics have that special quality that let's you intertwine your own real life experiences with his music. The alblum made me smile and ponder and imagine and wonder. Each and every song has it's own unique qualities that inspire and delight.

I recommend this album to everyone. -- James Dostal


released January 1, 1998

All songs by David Elias, copyright 1997, all rights reserved
Produced and Arranged by David Elias
Recorded and Mixed by David Elias, Tascam DA-88, 16/48
Mastered by Gus Skinas,
Cover photo by Gus Skinas

David Elias: acoustic guitar, vocal, harmonica, keyboards, percussion, bass, dobro
Roger Powell: acoustic and electric guitars
Calvin McElroy: acoustic and electric guitars, synth
Scott Beynon: electric bass
Marcia Blackstock: finger cymbals
Lynn Hollinger: acoustic guitar


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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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