New James Taylor, Meatloaf & Midori SACDs from Sony

Last week Sony Music released new SACDs by artists that have already appeared on SACD: James Taylor, Meatloaf and Midori.

The new SACDs are “JT” by James Taylor, “Bat Out of Hell” by Meatloaf in a new 5.1 Multichannel Mix and “French Violin Sonatas” by Midori.

The James Taylor and Meatloaf SACDs are Multichannel/Stereo SACD releases while the Midori SACD is a Stereo Only SACD. All three SACDs are Single Layer SACD discs which are only playable on SACD equipment. Here’s further information about these three new SACDs.

James Taylor
(Columbia CS 69801)
Multichannel/Stereo SACD

JT was James Taylor’s debut album for Columbia Records after recording for Apple Records and Warner Brothers Records. It includes the hits “Your Smiling Face” and “Handy Man” as well as “Bartender Blues” which briefly appeared on the Country charts. For this Multichannel SACD, a 5.1 surround mix was created by Nathaniel Kunkel and the SACD was mastered by Doug Sax.

Album Tracks

  1. Your Smiling Face
  2. There We Are
  3. Honey Don’t Leave L.A.
  4. Another Grey Morning
  5. Bartender’s Blues
  6. Secret O’ Life
  7. Handy Man
  8. I Was Only Telling A Lie
  9. Looking For Love On Broadway
  10. Terra Nova
  11. Traffic Jam
  12. If I Keep My Heart Out Of Sight

Bat Out of Hell
(Epic ES 62171)
Multichannel/Stereo SACD

Composer Jim Steinman wrote the songs featured on Bat Out of Hell for an off-Broadway rock opera entitled “Neverland”. While the show never made it to the off-Broadway stage, well known artist/producer Todd Rundgren teamed up with Steinman and Meatloaf to produce this well known album. Bat Out of Hell spent 19 months on the Billboard LP Chart and sold over 13 Million copies in the US alone. It features three hit singles: “Two Out of Three Ain’t Bad,” “Paradise by the Dashboard Light” and “You Took The Words Right Out of My Mouth”.

Bat Out of Hell was originally released as a Stereo Only SACD (Epic ES 34974) and is now being re-released with a new 5.1 Multichannel mix by Frank Filipetti from the original multitrack master tapes. The only exceptions are the songs “Paradise by the Dashboard Light” (features some new overdubs in the multichannel SACD mix) and “Heaven Can Wait” (the multitrack master for this song could not be found so the 5.1 mix on the SACD was created by Mastering Engineer Ted Jensen from the original 2-track mix tape).

Album Tracks

  1. Bat Out of Hell
  2. You Took The Words Right Out of My Mouth (Hot Summer Night)
  3. Heaven Can Wait
  4. All Revved Up With No Place to Go
  5. Two Out of Three Ain’t Bad
  6. Paradise By the Dashboard Light
  7. For Crying Out Loud
  8. Great Boleros Of Fire (Live Intro)
  9. Bat Out Of Hell (Live)

French Violin Concertos
(Sony Classical SS 89699)
Stereo SACD

In the 2002-03 season, violinist Midori will celebrate her 20th year of performing before the public. Her performing schedule will feature recitals with Robert McDonald and appearances with a number of symphony orchestras in Europe, North America and the Far East. Her latest recording entitled “French Violin Sonatas, featuring sonatas by Claude Debussy, Francis Poulenc and Camille Saint-Saëns, with pianist Robert McDonald.

Album Selections

Sonata for Violin and Piano (1943)
Francis Poulenc
I. Allegro con fuoco
II. Intermezzo. Très lent et calme
III. Presto tragico

Sonata in G minor for Violin and Piano (1916-17)
Claude Debussy
I. Allegro vivo
II. Intermède. Fantasque et léger
III. Finale. Tres anime Sonata No. 1 in D minor for Violin and Piano, Op. 75

Camille Saint-Saens
I. Allegro agitato – Adagio
II. Allegretto moderato – Allegro molto

“JT” by James Taylor, “Bat Out of Hell” by Meatloaf and “French Violin Sonatas” by Midori were released on Tuesday, August 27th and are now available from record stores and web sites that carry SACDs from Sony Music.