Zomba Record Group, which includes the Jive Records label, plans to release up to 10 SACD titles during 2002.
Zomba initially entered the SACD market last year with the release of a hybrid Multichannel/Stereo SACD entitled “Bulletproof and Live” by the European rock group K-Otic (Jive 9241292).
According to company officials, the Zomba Records Group is the world’s leading and largest independent music company. They go on to say that Zomba intends to puts its full support behind the high-quality SACD multi-channel surround sound format.
These SACD releases will consist of a combination of best-selling new releases and catalogue titles and will mainly feature UK and European repertoire.
Stuart Watson, managing director of Zomba’s International Record Group, says: “Zomba recognises the substantial potential of this impressive new format as a way of giving our artists’ dedicated fans a new musical experience and innovative extra features. We will be looking closely at this multi-channel format for classic albums and priority acts.”
Martin Dodd, Zomba’s vice president of A&R, Europe, says:
“Creatively, 5.1 is a truly amazing experience. It opens up a whole new world of possibilities. I can’t wait for it to become part of the recording process, rather than just being a mixing issue.”
Scott Maclachlan, head of A&R at Zomba Records UK, adds:
“Digital technology is already improving the quality of how people can view their films and this has raised the bar on increased pleasure for the everyday person. The Super Audio CD format is merely an extension of this. As people’s ears are opened to the possibilities, we in the record sector need to be ready to fulfill their expectations and give them the ultimate listening experience.”