Universal Music Releases 5 SACDs and Plans 13 More

Universal Music has released 5 SACD discs for the month of November. The SACDs include releases from Diana Krall, Bon Jovi, Ryan Adams, Al Jarreau and Steve Earle. All 5 are now available at retail stores and web sites that carry SACD discs.

Universal has also provided information on 13 new pop and rock albums that they plan to release as SACDs early next year. Artists in this group of SACD releases include The Allman Brothers, Peter Frampton, Peter Gabriel, The Police and Steely Dan. The release list was made available through a mailing to record retailers carrying the Universal Music SACDs.

More Information on the November SACD Releases
Unlike their October SACD release, all 5 of these discs are jazz and pop releases. All 5 are also Single Layer SACDs which makes them playable only on SACD equipment. Here’s more information on these releases:

When I Look In Your Eyes
Diana Krall
Single Layer Multichannel/Stereo SACD
(Verve 0440-065374-2)

Last month, Universal released «The Look of Love» by Diana Krall on Hybrid Multichannel SACD disc. This month, they follow up that release with Krall’s debut album on the Verve label — «When I Look In Your Eyes». On 7 of the cuts from this album, the songs feature strings arranged by well known arranger/producer Johnny Mandel. The album was recorded and mixed by Al Schmitt who was also responsible for the surround sound mix on the SACD edition.

Album Selections
1. Let’s Face the Music and Dance
2. Devil May Care
3. Let’s Fall in Love
4. When I Look in your Eyes
5. Popsicle Toes
6. I’ve Got You Under my Skin
7. I Can’t Give you Anything but Love
8. I’ll String Along with You
9. East of the Sun (and West of the Moon)
10. Pick Yourself Up
11. Best Thing For You
12. Do it Again
13. Why Should I Care

When I Look In Your Eyes‘ by Diana Krall

Bon Jovi
Single Layer Multichannel/Stereo SACD
(Island 0440-063904-2)

Well known rock group Bon Jovi has been around since the 1980′s yet they still remain as one of the most popular rock groups on the scene. Bounce was released earlier this year on CD and is their latest album. It features a mix of rock tunes as well as some ballads and acoustic songs featuring lead singers Jon Bon Jovi and Richie Sambora.

Album Selections
1. Undivided
2. Everyday
3. The Distance
4. Joey
5. Misunderstood
6. All About Lovin’ You
7. Hook Me Up
8. Right Side Of Wrong
9. Love Me Back To Life
10. You Had Me From Hello
11. Bounce
12. Open All Night

Bounce‘ by Bon Jovi

Ryan Adams
Single Layer Multichannel/Stereo SACD
(Lost Highway 0088-170336-2)

Gold is Ryan Adams second solo album. Adams is known by many as the former lead singer of the alternative country group Whiskeytown. Gold features 16 songs written by Adams that range from rock, country and roots music.

Album Selections
1. New York, New York
2. Firecracker
3. Answering Bell
4. La Cienega Just Smiled
5. The Rescue Blues
6. Somehow, Someday
7. When The Stars Go Blue
8. Nobody Girl
9. Sylvia Plath
10. Enemy Fire
11. Gonna Make You Love Me
12. Wild Flowers
13. Harder Now That It’s Over
14. Touch, Feel & Lose
15. Tina Toledo’s Street Walkin’ Blues
16. Goodnight, Hollywood Blvd

Gold‘ by Ryan Adams

All I Got
Al Jarreau
Single Layer Multichannel/Stereo SACD
(GRP 0440-065082-2)

All I Got is Al Jarreau’s second album on GRP/Verve. It was released in September on Stereo CD and is now available on Multichannel/Stereo SACD. The album features Jarreau performing a variety of songs that include smooth ballads, jazz and even a duet with Joe Cocker. Like the Diana Krall SACD, the Surround Sound mix on this SACD was also done by ace engineer Al Schmitt.

Album Selections
1. Random Act of Love
2. Life Is
3. Never Too Late
4. Feels Like Heaven
5. Lost and Found (Duet with Joe Cocker)
6. Secrets of Love
7. All I Got
8. Until You Love Me
9. Oasis
10. Jacaranda Bougainvillea
11. Route 66

All I Got‘ by Al Jarreau

Guitar Town
Steve Earle
Single Layer Stereo SACD
(MCA Nashville 0088-113055-2)

Steve Earle’s debut album, Guitar Town, was released in 1986 and quickly earned him recognition as a singer/songwriter that could blend folk, rock and country styles. Earle picked up 2 Grammy nominations for the album and Guitar Town later went Gold in 1999.

Album Selections
1. Guitar Town
2. Goodbye’s All We’ve Got Left
3. Hillbilly Highway
4. Good Ol’ Boy (Gettin’ Tough)
5. My Old Friend The Blues
6. Someday
7. Think It Over
8. Fearless Heart
9. Little Rock ‘N’ Roller
10. Down The Road
11. State Trooper (Live)

Guitar Town‘ by Steve Earle

Universal Discusses Early 2003 Pop SACD Releases
In addition to this week’s November SACD releases, Universal Music also circulated to their record dealers a preliminary list of Pop SACDs that are planned for release in Early 2003.

While there are not any details yet in terms of which of these SACDs will be Hybrid or Single Layer, Multichannel/Stereo or Stereo only, it is worth taking a look at what’s coming after the Universal Music January SACD release. The planned Pop SACDs from Universal are:

  • Allman Brothers — Live at Fillmore East
  • Peter Frampton — Frampton Comes Alive!
  • Peter Gabriel — 3 Catalog Albums
  • Police — Every Breath You Take: The Classics
  • Police — Ghost In The Machine
  • Police — Live
  • Police — Outlandos D’Amour
  • Police — Reggatta De Blanc
  • Police — Synchronicity
  • Police — Zenyatta Mondatta
  • Steely Dan — GauchoFrampton Comes Alive! by Peter Frampton — Coming to SACD in Early 2003