Universal Starts Taking Orders For First 14 SACD Releases

Music retailers found a surprise this week when they logged on to the Universal Music B2B Extranet. Included among the new album listings on the web site were instructions on how to order the first 14 SACD releases from the Universal Music record labels in the US.

According to the information on the UMG Extranet (and posted at a local record store), the first 12 Universal SACDs will be released on September 10th and 2 more will follow on September 17th.

The two SACDs coming out on September 17th will be released on the same day that the album’s CD counterpart arrives in stores: “All I Got” by Al Jarreau on GRP and “Ask A Woman Who Knows” by Natalie Cole on the Verve label.

The ordering information from Universal Music advises music store buyers that preorders for the SACDs with a store date of September 10th should be sent in by August 23rd. Preorders for the following week’s releases are due by August 30th.

Here’s more on the first 14 Universal SACDs according to the UMG Extranet postings:

September 10th SACD Releases

  • Andrea Bocelli – Cieli di Toscana (Philips 7314-589813-2)
  • Bryn Terfel & Abbado, Berlin Philharmonic – Bryn Terfel Sings Wagner Arias (DGG 0289-471638-2)
  • Cecilia Bartoli – Dreams & Fables: Italian Arias (Decca 0289-470611-2)
  • Diana Krall – The Look of Love (Verve 7314-589597-2)
  • Ella Fitzgerald & Louie Armstrong – Ella and Louie (Verve 7314-589598-2)
  • Ivan Fisher – Slavonic Dances (Decca 0289-470601-2)
  • John Coltrane – A Love Supreme (Impulse 7314-589596-2)
  • Muddy Waters – Folk Singer (Chess 0088-112940-2)
  • Quincy Jones – Ultimate Collection (Hip-O Records 7314-583565-2)
  • Seiji Ozawa, Vienna Philharmonic – New Year’s Day Concert 2002 (Philips 0289-470615-2)
  • Soundtrack – A Beautiful Mind (Decca US 0440-018139-2)
  • Stan Getz & Astrid Gilberto – Getz/Gilberto (Verve 7314-589595-2)

    September 17th SACD Releases

  • Al Jarreau – All I Got (GRP 0440-065082-2)
  • Natalie Cole – Ask A Woman Who Knows (Verve 7314-589915-2)

    Future SACD Releases from Universal Music
    Additional SACD releases are planned by Universal Music. As that information gets finalized, we will provide more information on these SACDs on High Fidelity Review.