SACD

Kirov and Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestras (Gergiev) – ‘Shostakovich: Symphony No.7 ‘Leningrad’’ An SACD review by Mark Jordan

The nature of sound being what it is, combining two orchestras together does not make the music twice as loud, but what it does do is give an amazing depth and richness to the music. This recent Philips release brings us a live recording of Valery Gergiev conducting the two orchestras he is most associated with: The Kirov Orchestra of the Mariinsky Theatre in St. read more…

Bob Dylan – ‘Blonde on Blonde’ An SACD review by Mark Jordan

Music fans usually look upon corporations as the business world’s equivalent to a root canal. But Bob Dylan fans worldwide must be flashing bright smiles for the way that Sony Corporation (which now owns Columbia Records) has been doing things right in recent years, mining the archives for memorable live shows and now beginning a massive high-quality remastering and reissuing project, bringing his greatest albums to hybrid CD/SACD. read more…

Elton John & Elvis Costello Headline New Universal Music SACDs

New SACDs from Elton John (two versions of “Goodbye Yellow Brick Road: 30th Anniversary Edition”) and Elvis Costello (“North”) headline this week’s new titles from Universal Music. Today’s SACD new releases from Universal also included titles from John Hiatt as well as classical SACDs from Luciano Pavarotti and a 6 SACD set of the Beethoven Symphonies by Herbert von Karajan conducting the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra.

All of today’s new SACDs are Hybrid Layer SACDs. They feature both SACD and CD Audio versions of the music on each album and are playable on SACD, CD and SACD compatible DVD Video players. Here’s more information on each of today’s SACD releases from Universal Music. read more…

Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra (Harnoncourt) – ‘Bruckner: Symphony No.9’ An SACD review by Mark Jordan

Is it possible to cheat death? As far as Bruckner’s ‘Ninth’ Symphony goes, we’re getting close. Anton Bruckner died in 1896, apparently leaving his ‘Symphony No. 9 in D minor’ unfinished. Or did he? read more…

Death Cab for Cuties Transatlanticism Arrives on Stereo SACD

The Seattle based rock group Death Cab for Cutie is the latest independent group to issue an album on Super Audio CD. Their new Hybrid Stereo SACD edition of Transatlanticism follows an earlier Stereo CD version of the album. read more…

Rolling Stone Magazine With SACD Hits The Newsstand

Rolling Stone Magazine’s Special Collectors Issue featuring a list of the “500 Greatest Albums of All Time” appeared in subscribers mail boxes and in book stores earlier this week on Thursday, one day ahead of schedule. read more…

David Elias – ‘The Window’ An SACD review by Stuart M. Robinson

The first ‘indie’ SACD production, David Elias’ ‘The Window’ has quickly entered audiophile folklore as a “reference recording”, one of those discs you pull out to demonstrate your new, insanely expensive system to friends or take around to a dealer when auditioning new hardware. read more…

Heads Up Announces SACD Release Plans for 2004

Dave Love, President of Heads Up International has announced plans to release seven of their upcoming albums in Hybrid Layer Surround Sound SACD as well as conventional CD Audio format in the year ahead. read more…

Former Canned Heat Guitarist Walter Trout Releases SACD

Ruf Records in Germany has released a Surround Sound SACD edition of Walter Trout’s latest album entitled “Relentless”. Prior to the new SACD version, the album was released as a conventional Stereo CD and on DVD Video. read more…

New James Carter and Volodos Single Inventory Surround SACDs

Delivering on their earlier plans, Sony Music released two new albums by Jazz Saxophone player James Carter and classical pianist Arcadi Volodos on Hybrid Layer Surround Sound SACDs. Taking things one step further, both of these new Sony Music releases are also Single Inventory Hybrid SACDs, with the SACD disc serving as both the SACD and CD Audio release. As a result, you will most likely find these two new Sony releases racked in the regular Jazz and Classical Music sections of your local record store rather than in the “Audiophile” or “SACD” section. Here’s more about these two new SACD releases. read more…

Minnesota Orchestra (Skrowaczewski) – ‘Ravel: Bolero and Assorted Orchestral Works’ An SACD review by Mark Jordan

Either you love it or you hate it: ‘Bolero’. For those who love it, it is a hypnotic buildup of almost unbearably sexy tension. For those who loathe it, it’s death by repetition. But before swearing it off, any listener should be aware of the speed issue. read more…

10 New Concord SACDs and Plans for Mancini and Ray Charles SACDs

Earlier this year, Concord Records, the parent company of Concord Jazz announced they would celebrate their 30th Anniversary by releasing 30 Hybrid 5.1 Surround Sound SACDs from their rich catalog of jazz classics. read more…

BMG Releases Their First Surround Sound SACD In The U.S.

Bertelsmann Music Group (BMG) has joined the ranks of record labels selling Super Audio CD discs in the U.S. market. Their initial SACD release is a recording of Anton Bruckner’s Symphony Number 9 as performed by Nikolas Harnoncourt and the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra on the RCA Red Seal label. read more…

Isaac Hayes Shaft Soundtrack Coming to SACD

Fantasy Records has announced that it is adding Isaac Hayes’ classic soundtrack album from the movie “Shaft” to their list of upcoming SACDs. The Shaft Soundtrack will appear on Fantasy as a Hybrid Layer Stereo SACD on January 14th. read more…

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