5.1 Entertainment April 2005 DualDisc Releases

April 2, in DVD-Audio News

5.1 Entertainment Group are proud to announce their outstanding release slate of DualDiscs in April, including releases from Gordon Goodwin’s Big Phat Band, Blue Цyster Cult, and the Utah Symphony conducted by Maurice Abravanel

DualDisc is a new music product that combines a CD and DVD on a single disc. In addition to a full album on the CD side, the DVD side provides the full album in enhanced sound (such as Surround Sound and/or DVD-Audio or LPCM stereo), and also includes a wide range of special features and exclusive content such as music videos, interviews, photo galleries, artist commentaries, web links, concert footage and lyrics.

The DualDiscs released by the 5.1 Entertainment Group labels Silverline, immergent and Myutopia, also include web enabled and renewable bonus features through DVD Launcher and the ability to upload surround sound music to iPods and Windows-based portable players using Dolby Headphone technology.

Gordon Goodwin has built a bigger-than-life reputation with his composing, arranging and musical instrumentation skills. He combines all these talents on ‘XXL’, his second creation as ringleader for the Big Phat Band. After three Emmy Awards and two Grammy nominations, Gordon is still hungry for more. ‘XXL’ finds a stable full of LA’s best Jazz players – Eric Marienthal, Eddie Daniels, Michael Brecker, Peter Erskine and others eighteen deep – wailing alongside their leader. These players have over a dozen Top-10 Jazz albums under their collective belt. Their passion drives Gordon over the top! Add three more guest performances and the mix hits full steam. Seven-time Grammy winning vocal group Take 6 checks in for two cuts. Billboard chart-topper Brian McKnight breathes new soul into the Jazz classic ‘Comes Love’. And Johnny Mathis, the man who needs no introduction, arrives to ‘Let The Good Times Roll’. ‘XXL’ finds Gordon Goodwin at the top of his game. Virtuoso performances abound on the record, by Gordon and all his key companions. Traditional big band music feels more alive than ever. The electric energy at Gordon’s sold-out west coast gigs can only testify that the man has something cooking. ‘XXL’ is packed on the DVD side. There is a video for the song ‘Comes Love’, a making of the record video, a photo gallery, musical solo transcriptions, and a “Make Your Own Mix’” feature that allows the listener to isolate a certain instrument during the playback of several songs.

Put together by rock critic/visionary Richard Meltzer and producer Sandy Pearlman, Blue Цyster Cult adopted all sorts of emblematic gestures to conjure an outlaw image. The band’s high-decibel approach garnered them elevated status among fans longing for an American Black Sabbath. ‘Long Day’s Night’ was recorded live at the Navy Pier/Skyline Stage in Chicago, Illinois on June 21, 2002. After the Doors and before punk rock, the band combined literature (Patti Smith contributed lyrics to some of their early material), pseudo-science, lean, menacing, pounding rock and roll, and devious humor, and actually had mainstream success. This live set from 2002 finds their energy and flair not only intact, but also still ‘Burning For You’ with the fires of ‘Astronomy’. And ‘Godzilla’ is still on the loose! Extras on the DVD side of the DualDisc include band photos and live performance video for ‘Cities On Flame’ and the album in DVD-Audio and Dolby Digital surround sound.

In 1947 Maurice Abravanel was appointed music director of the newly reorganized Utah Symphony Orchestra, and by his retirement in 1979 had transformed this unknown community orchestra into a leading US ensemble. He made more than 100 recordings in Utah, including major works by Gould, Rorem, Schuman, the first Mahler symphony cycle recorded by a single orchestra and this Berlioz favorite, Requiem. He led the campaign for construction of a 2812-seat symphony hall in Salt Lake City, renamed Abravanel Hall in 1993, but was never to conduct there. He also created touring, educational and outreach programs which were a model in their time. This DualDisc is a specially priced two disc set. The DVD side of Disc 1 has the entire program in DVD-Audio and Dolby Digital surround sound, video interviews with members of Abravanel’s Utah Symphony, a video outlining the technical background of the audio, historic image gallery and composer biography. The DVD side of Disc 2 features the entire program in DVD-Audio, 24 bit/192kHz stereo (Dolby Digital stereo as well) and the same bonus features as Disc 1 (minus the technical background video.).

The complete 5.1 Entertainment Group DualDisc April releases are:

Gordon Goodwin’s Big Phat Band – ‘XXL
Blue Цyster Cult – ‘Long Day’s Night
Motorhead – ‘Ace Of Spades
Stray Cats – ‘Rockabilly Rules
Utah Symphony/Abravanel – ‘Berlioz: Requiem, Berlioz
Utah Symphony/Abravanel – ‘Sibelius: Symphonies 1 and 4

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