SACD review

Eleanor McEvoy – ‘Yola’ An SACD review by Nigel Pond

Last year when we posted news of the first SACD single – Eleanor McEvoy’s ‘Did I Hurt You?’ released by Market Square Records in the UK – I was sufficiently intrigued to contact the record company and ask for review copies of the single (reviewed here by Stuart Robinson), and of the SACD album from which the tracks in the single were taken. read more…

Isaac Hayes – ‘Hot Buttered Soul’ An SACD review by Brett Rudolph

Some of the most influential and best-loved albums were released before many of us were born, or at a time when we were too young to pay any attention to them. Even when they are re-released years later, many of those who heard these albums in their “original” vintage vinyl form are sure that they sounded better when replayed on an analogue system. read more…

Sequentia – ‘The Rhinegold Curse’ An SACD review by Brett Rudolph

The Rhinegold Curse’ is definitely not the “usual” type of album that I find myself sitting down to review, so much so that this piece is as much about explaining a little about the rich history on which the music is based, as the album itself. read more…

Symphony Orchestra of Norrlands Opera (Jarvi) – ‘Shifting Landscapes’  An SACD review by Mark Jordan

Symphony Orchestra of Norrlands Opera (Jarvi) – ‘Shifting Landscapes’ An SACD review by Mark Jordan

The idea of pairing minimalist-influenced works by the living American composer John Adams and the late Estonian composer Lepo Sumera is an intriguing one, if mainly as a study in contrasts. Adams comes across, in these works at least, as a composer who evokes the modern urban world, whereas Sumera uses a similar orchestral vocabulary to capture the feel of Nordic myths and desolate landscapes. Both composers use the repetitive gestures of minimalism as a departure point for adventures that would at times be better described as “maximalism”. In this recent hybrid SACD disc from Germany’s CCn’C Records, they both get passionate advocacy from Kristjan Jarvi, although his level of success in each piece varies. read more…

MIDEM: Sony Develops Hybrid SACD Production Line in Europe

MIDEM: Officials at Sony Digital Audio Disc Corporation (DADC) confirmed that work has begun on a new Hybrid SACD production line at their European plant in Salzburg, Austria during this week’s MIDEM Conference. read more…

CES 2003: Groove Note, Crest National, Halcro and Eggleston Works Reception

CES: A reception hosted by Groove Note Records, Crest National, Halcro and Eggleston Works was held within the Halcro rooms at the San Remo Hotel, Las Vegas on Saturday night (12th January). The reception featured a presentation by Groove Note Records owner Ying Tang as well as brief comments by Bob Freedman, Senior Vice President of Technical Operations at Crest National and David Kawakami, Super Audio CD Project Director for North America. Also on hand at the event were Philip O’Hanlon from Halcro, Ed Meitner from EMM Labs as well as officials from Eggleston Works which provided the speakers for the Halcro Stereo sound room mentioned in our earlier write up (see web link below). read more…

CES 2003: Dark Side of the Moon Is Coming to SACD

CES: A new version of ‘Dark Side of the Moon’ featuring 5.1 SACD Surround Sound was officially announced during an SACD press event and celebration earlier tonight at the Baby’s Night Club in the Hard Rock Cafe in Las Vegas. read more…

CES: Upcoming SACDs from Bob Dylan, The Police and Peter Gabriel

CES: In addition to the announcement about Dark Side of the Moon on SACD, tonight’s SACD Press Event also revealed a number of upcoming SACD releases from several additional artists including Bob Dylan, Peter Gabriel and The Police.

Providing an overview of the SACD format, David Kawakami, SACD Project Director for North America noted that 20 years ago, Sony and Philips launched the CD format at CES. It proved to be a big success and stimulated the purchase of packaged music by the consumer. read more…

CES 2003: High End Firms Show SACD Players

CES: On Thursday, several high end audio firms showed their new and upcoming SACD players at the Alexis Park. Interestingly, some firms introduced players with both SACD and DVD-A playback while others showed players with SACD and CD or SACD, CD and DVD Video features only. read more…

Dark Side of the Moon SACD News

‘Dark Side of the Moon’ is to be an SACD release, that’s the indication from EMI sales representatives who manage the inventories of on-line specialist retailers.

Ajay Pancholi, Customer Services Manager for the UK’s leading on-line SACD and DVD-Audio store EuphoricSounds.com, contacted High Fidelity Review to let us know that earlier this morning (January 7th), his company was notified by EMI that ‘Dark Side of the Moon’ would be an SACD. read more…

Star Trek: Nemesis Coming to Multichannel SACD

Varese Sarabande has announced that they will be releasing a Hybrid Multichannel SACD of the Star Trek: Nemesis Soundtrack by film composer Jerry Goldsmith. As with Goldsmith’s prior soundtrack albums, the sound for Star Trek: Nemesis was recorded, mixed and edited by veteran recording producer/engineer Bruce Botnick. read more…

Dana Winner – ‘Unforgettable Too’ An SACD review by Stuart M. Robinson

Unforgettable Too’ is Dana Winner’s third SACD release and follows closely on the heels of the first 2002 ‘Unforgettable’ album. This is also my third review of a Winner disc, because her previous offerings have rated so highly I snapped up the sample supplied by EMI Belgium. read more…

CES 2003: Linn To Show Unidisk 1.1 Universal Player

Two weeks ago, we told you that Linn Products Ltd. planned to show a universal SACD/DVD Video/DVD Audio player at the upcoming Consumer Electronics Show 2003 in Las Vegas. Linn has now provided us with additional information on that product. read more…

Mobile Fidelity Announces 11 SACDs for 2003

Customers of the Music Direct web site recently received the company’s new 2003 catalog in the mail. Towards the back of the new catalog, they were greeted with an ad that not only listed the label’s next 3 SACDs due out in January (Sonny Rollins Plus 4, Hot Buttered Soul by Isaac Hayes and Blackjack David by Dave Alvin) but 5 new SACD titles and a promise of even more in 2003. read more…

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