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. It is the fourth new Surround Sound Super Audio CD title that Sony Music has released this month in the U.S. market. Here’s more information on the new SACD release.
SACD Surround Sound/SACD Stereo/CD Stereo
(Aware/Columbia CH 90746)
Heavier Things is the second studio album from singer John Mayer. It follows the earlier release of his album entitled Room for Squares which has earned “triple platinum” status and has remained on Billboard’s Top Albums charts for over 80 weeks. Heavier Things was produced, recorded and mixed by Jack Joseph Puig who is also known for his work producing artists including Beck, No Doubt and Sheryl Crow. The album includes the hit single “Bigger Than My Body” along with several favorites from Mayer’s live concert performances.
The 2 Channel and 5.1 Channel versions of the music on Heavier Things were mixed by album producer and engineer Jack Joseph Puig at Oceanway Studios in Hollywood. The SACD was mastered by Bob Ludwig at Gateway Mastering and was authored by Woody Pornpitaksuk at Sony Music Studios in New York City. The SACD was made by Sony DADC in Terre Haute, Indiana.
The album’s SACD Surround Sound mix is very well done. It places Mayer’s vocals across the front speakers and uses both front and surround speakers for the instrumentation of each song. Puig uses the surround channels to involve the listener in each song. I look forward to more Surround Sound releases from Puig in the months ahead if they are like this one.
2. Bigger Than My Body
3. Something’s Missing
4. New Deep
5. Come Back To Bed
6. Home Life
7. Split Screen Sadness
9. Only Heart
The Surround Sound Super Audio CD of Heavier Things by John Mayer is available today from music stores including Best Buy and Tower Records. It is also available from web sites that carry Super Audio CDs including Acoustic Sounds, Elusive Disc, Music Direct and Red Trumpet.