SACD

Concord Records Releases Ultimate Mancini in SACD Surround Sound

Concord Records has released a tribute to film composer and musician Henry Mancini in SACD Surround Sound entitled Ultimate Mancini. The album features the composer’s daughter Monica Mancini along with a 65 piece orchestra and an all star cast of musicians performing 17 of her father’s best known compositions. read more…

First 4 Albums Released in Kinks Remastered SACD Series

Koch Records continued their Super Audio CD releases this week with the first 4 in their series of remastered SACDs by the Kinks. The release follows Koch’s initial release earlier this month of two Remastered SACDs by County Music artists Robert Earl Keen. read more…

Telarc Releases 3 SACDs from their Soundstream 50kHz Masters

Telarc has gone back to their vaults to release three Hybrid Stereo Super Audio CDs. The recent SACDs represent a break from the label’s series of Super Audio CDs mostly based on original Direct Stream Digital (DSD) recordings and show the continued interest in using SACD as a way to breathe new life into catalog material. read more…

Universals SACD Plans for Elton John, John Fogerty, Keane and Nine Inch Nails

Universal Music Group set release dates for 5 of Elton John’s classic albums in Super Audio CD Surround Sound this week. The record company also announced plans for SACD releases from John Fogerty, Keane and Nine Inch Nails. In addition, 5 Jazz Super Audio CD titles were promoted from the Coming Soon list to the SACD Release List and a Classical Music SACD received a new release date. Here are the highlights of this week’s SACD release news from Universal Music. read more…

Cavi Records Releases Stereo SACD by Andre Mehmari

Cavi Records, the audiophile record label started by Revista do Audio e Video (Audio and Video Magazine) in Brazil, his issued their second Super Audio CD release. The disc titled Lachrimae features Brazilian pianist and composer Andre Mehmari. read more…

Universal Releases Surround Sound SACDs by Lionel Richie and Diana Krall

Universal Music continued its August Surround Sound Super Audio CD releases today with new SACDs by Lionel Richie and Diana Krall. The Lionel Richie album was released earlier this year on Stereo CD and represents its debut in Surround Sound while the Diana Krall album has appeared in Surround Sound twice before. read more…

Sony Releases John Mayers Heavier Things in SACD Surround Sound

Sony Music in the U.S. released a Surround Sound SACD edition of John Mayer’s Heavier Things album earlier today. The Super Audio CD was originally announced last fall but was bumped back on the release schedule several times until today’s release. read more…

Koch Nashville Releases 2 SACDs by Robert Earl Keen

Koch Nashville and Rosetta Records have teamed up to release two albums by Robert Earl Keen as Hybrid Stereo Super Audio CDs. The new SACDs by Keen are newly remastered editions of his albums No Kinda Dancer and A Bigger Piece of Sky. read more…

CES 2004: High End SACD & Universal Players On Sale

CES 2004: In contrast to last year’s show, CES 2004 featured a number of high end SACD and Universal SACD & DVD-A players on sale and ready for delivery. Readers of High Fidelity Review will recall that at last year’s show, and even the Home Entertainment 2003 (HE 2003) show held last year in San Francisco, there were a number of interesting high end players that were announced and shown but they were not available for purchase.

The good news is that these players are for the most part shipping and we are even seeing some additional models and products from the companies that had been planning their entry into this market. Certainly a good sign for the high end of the high rez audio field. Here are some highlights from the trip to the high end audio exhibits at the Alexis Park today. read more…

Universal Adds Ray Charles & Ultimate Mancini SACDs to Release List

This week Universal Music continues to increase its list of upcoming Super Audio CD titles with two new additions. The new SACDs are the next two Surround Sound SACDs from Concord Records by Ray Charles and Monica Mancini. Also new on the Universal Music Group Super Audio CD release list this week are two date changes involving upcoming Surround Sound SACDs by Lionel Ritchie and the Carpenters. read more…

BMG Plans U.S. Release of Living Stereo SACD Series & 10 More Titles

BMG Classics provided more information on their upcoming release of 10 newly remastered Living Stereo SACDs earlier today. The information was provided on the label’s newly opened web forum on the BMG Classics U.S. web site.

BMG Classics staffers provided fans there with news of the U.S. release date of the first 10 Living Stereo SACDs along with the news of additional titles in the SACD series and plans to release more information shortly.

A U.S. Release
In our earlier story on the upcoming release of 10 RCA Living Stereo Super Audio CDs (see web link below), we noted that the discs would be released in Europe on September 20th. At that time, we speculated that the SACD series would likely be released in the U.S. market as well since the albums will be assembled in the U.S. by BMG.

Today we learned that is indeed the case. On the newly launched BMG Classics web forum located at http://www.bmgclassics.com/board/index.jsp, BMG Classics officials announced that all 10 of the RCA Living Stereo SACDs will indeed be available in the U.S. on September 14th – one week before their appearance in Europe.

Plans for 10 More RCA Living Stereo SACDs
And the news gets better for Classical Music fans. BMG Classics also announced that the RCA Living Stereo Super Audio CD releases will be an “on going series” with the label. To emphasize that point, they told hi rez audio fans today that the Living Stereo SACD Series will see 10 more SACD releases appear in the U.S. market in Winter 2005.

Original Analog Master Tapes
The balance of the information on the BMG Classics forum confirmed the earlier detail we had been provided. Namely that the SACD series will use the original analog master tapes for each release and that the 2 Channel recordings will be made available as Hybrid Stereo SACDs with 2 Channel Stereo SACD and 2 Channel Stereo CD tracks while the 3 Channel recordings will be issued as Hybrid Surround Sound SACDs – complete with 3 Channel SACD, 2 Channel SACD and 2 Channel CD tracks. Of special interest to audiophiles, the label has no plans to add “ambience” to the surround channels on the Surround Sound SACD tracks of the series.

More Information Forthcoming
The BMG Classics staff also indicated that more information and detail about the initial 10 RCA Living Stereo SACDs would be made available on their U.S. web site shortly. In the meantime, they encourage interested fans to visit their BMG Classics web discussion forum to submit further questions.

This is certainly some very good news for Classical Music fans that have long wished to see some of these legendary recordings of the 1950’s and 1960’s era appear on Super Audio CDs.

ABKCOs New Retrospective SACDs by the Animals and Hermans Hermits

As promised, ABKCO Records has released the newly remastered Retrospective Super Audio CDs by the Animals and Herman’s Hermits. Each of the new Hybrid SACDs features over 20 of each group’s songs in celebration of their chart debuts.

Like earlier ABKCO SACD releases, each disc is a Single Inventory SACD release that is packaged in a paperboard «digipak» case and has a sticker on the outside of the case listing some of the key hits inside. Interestingly, the new SACDs by the Animals and Herman’s Hermits are on the stealthy side with the only mention that they are Super Audio CDs coming on the back of each disc at the bottom — where one can spot the familiar SACD and DSD logos. Also worth noting, even though both discs are marked «Stereo», most of the tracks are in fact presented in original mono sound. Here’s more on each of the discs. read more…

Allman Brothers & Vince Gill SACDs Arrive With Elton John Announcement

Eat A Peach by the Allman Brothers Band arrived in stores on Tuesday as the first installment of two planned Surround Sound Super Audio CDs from the famed rock group on the Mercury Records label. Also arriving on Tuesday from the Universal Music Group was the new Surround Sound SACD by Vince Gill (High Lonesome Sound). Of equal interest to many Super Audio CD fans was the news that five Elton John albums along with several other albums by other artists have been added to the SACD Coming Soon list by Universal Music. read more…

Polyhmnia Expands Facilities and Passes 100 SACD Projects

Polyhmnia International is one of the best known of the recording and mastering companies involved with Super Audio CD recordngs and more specifically Classical Music SACDs. Recently they held a press briefing at their studios in the Netherlands to announce that the firm has been involved in over 100 Super Audio CD projects in the last 12 month period and that it is expanding its SACD Mastering operation. read more…

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