Universal Adds Elvis Costello, The Who and Sea Biscuit to SACD Plans

Universal Music continues to expand their list of upcoming 5.1 Surround Sound SACDs. The newest SACD plans for the Fall include 5 more pop, rock and jazz albums by Elvis Costello, The Who, Randy Newman and Ludacris. The release list also includes the first SACD release on the ECM label.

Last month we provided a list of upcoming pop, rock and jazz SACDs slated for release in late Summer and Fall from Universal Music. Since that time, two of the SACDs (Shania Twain’s “Up” and Dredg’s “El Cielo”) were released, one release date was moved up (Sting’s “Sacred Love” which will now appear as a Hybrid Multichannel SACD in a Digipak on September 30th) and one release date was moved back (John Hiatt’s “Bring The Family” – now slated for October 14th).

The 5 new Universal Music SACD releases are all planned to be Hybrid Multichannel SACD discs. They will feature SACD Surround Sound, SACD Stereo and CD Audio versions of the music on each album. The discs will be playable on SACD, CD and SACD compatible DVD Video players. The titles and projected release dates are as follows:

September 16, 2003 Release Date

  • Michelle Makarski & Hilliard Ensemble – Tituli: Cathedral In The Thrashing Sun (ECM)

    November 4, 2003 Release Date

  • Elvis Costello – North (Deutsche Grammophon)

    November 11, 2003 Release Date

  • Randy Newman – Seabiscuit Soundtrack (Decca)

    Upcoming Releases

  • Ludacris – Chickens and Beer (Def Jam)
  • The Who – Tommy (MCA)