It's Official: Sony Switches to Hybrid SACDs!

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  1. Lee Scoggins

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    Well we waited a bit for this one, but it finally happened. Beginning November, Sony will start producing all hybrids for Super Audio discs.

    Also, they announced a slew of new titles:

    Hybrid Layer Surround Sound SACDs

    John Hiatt - Bring The Family (A&M B0000248-36)

    Tognetti, Australian Chamber Orchestra - Piazzolla: Song of the Angel (Chandos CHSA 5024)

    John Pizzarelli - My Blue Heaven (Chesky SACD 254)

    I Ching - Of The Marsh and the Moon (Chesky SACD 265)

    James Carter - Gardenias for Lady Day (Columbia CH 89032)

    James Taylor - Flag (Columbia CH 90749)

    James Taylor - Dad Loves His Work (Columbia CH 90750)

    David Bowie - Reality (Columbia CH 90572)

    Beyonce Knowles - Dangerously In Love (Columbia TBA)

    John Mayer - Heavier Things (Columbia TBA)

    The Thorns - The Thorns (Columbia TBA)

    Kitaro - Sacred Journey of Ku-Kai (Domo 73024-2)

    Wei Lu - Autumn Learning (FIM FIMSACD M059)

    Shan Kiu - The Qin (FIM FIMSACD M060)

    The Who - Tommy (MCA B0001386-36)

    Slatkin, St. Louis Symphony - Prokofiev: Ivan The Terrible (Mobile Fidelity UDSACD 4003)

    Deborah Voig; Botstein, American Symphony - Strauss: Die Agyptische Helena [1928 Version] (Telarc SACD-60605)

    Yoram Ish Hurwitz - Liszt: Annees de Pelerinage (Turtle Records TRSA 0017)

    Herbie Hancock - Gershwin's World (Verve B0001379-36)

    Joe Henderson - Lush Life: Music of Billy Strayhorn (Verve B0001381-36)

    Hybrid Layer Stereo SACDs

    Various Artists - Reggae in High-Fi (Audio Fidelity AFZ 014)

    Death Cab for Cutie - Transatlanticism (Barsuk BARK 32)

    Yuri Honing - Seven (Jazz In Motion SA JIM 75110)

    Los Lobos - This Time (Mobile Fidelity UDSACD 2024)

    Aimee Mann - Bachelor No. 2 (Mobile Fidelity UDSACD 2025)

    Simple Minds - New Gold Dream (Virgin SACDV 2230)

    Simple Minds - Once Upon A Time (Virgin SACDV 2364)

    Single Layer Stereo SACDs

    John Coltrane & Johnny Hartman - John Coltrane & Johnny Hartman (Impulse B0001126-06)

    Murray Perahia - Schubert Piano Sonatas (Sony Classical SS 87706)

    Sarah Vaughan - With Clifford Brown (Verve B0001127-06)

    Dinah Washington - What A Difference A Day Makes (Verve B0001128-06)

    Count Basie & His Orchestra - April in Paris (Verve B0001129-06)


    I'm excited about a number of these titles, Ellington, Lush Life, more James Taylor and Chesky (My Blue Heaven is a personal favorite)

    [​IMG]

    Full story at http://www.highfidelityreview.com/ne...umber=14597433
     
  2. Rachael B

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    [​IMG] Lee, the article does say MOST realeases will be hybrids, so I stille get to bitch and pitch a fit periodically![​IMG]
     
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    Well, it's about mother-lovin' time!

    Granted, most of the title don't interest me, but Bowie, Who, Basie, and Vaughan will be sweet, especially if they're hybrids.
     
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    Good news, though the only titles of interest to me are already out in Europe as Stereo SACDs:

     
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    I was hoping to read that Sony would only release hybrid SACD on all new releases (i.e. no redbook-only disks). Still, this is good as long as there are no cracking issues.

    Mark
     
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    {Edit. My bad: Didn't see the link to High Fidelity Review for more info. upon first reading the post.}

    I wouldn't construe this announcement to mean anything WRT to releases from labels whose releases might be featured in the "09.03" booklet but that are neither pressed by nor affiliated with Sony in any way.

    -p
     
  9. Thomas Newton

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    The linked article says this is a Sony Music thing. That is, it doesn't imply anything one way or the other about discs that Sony might manufacture for other labels.
     
  10. Kevin C Brown

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    So for example, do I have to worry about the Tommy disc cracking? (Although in reality, I would expect a lot of people here might get this and report if there are problems or not.)

    One strange side question is: if this is truly a PCM to DSD conversion, why wouldn't the DVD-A be out 1st? I think I saw in ICE that the SACD comes out in Oct some time.
     
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    The James Taylor album, besides SWEET BABY JAMES of course (!), I'd most like to see on SACD is his S/T'ed one he made for Apple. There's great songs on there. He just tears up the old, traditional CIRCLE 'ROUND THE SUN and makes it is own. CAROLINA IN MY MIND is stille his signature song. Me, I like the something songs, SOMETHING's WRONG and SOMETHING IN THE WAY SHE MOVES. I'm always on the lookout for a good something song, myself.[​IMG] You never know something could be in the air?[​IMG] Atleast Apple stuff isn't in Warner's pawws, is it, surely not???

    Lee, if the hybrid thing is settled...? We can move on to bitchin' about their mediocre packaging. Super Jewel, por favor! SACD needs a look and the awful slipcases over garden variety Jewel cases is like a homely date.

    S-A-C-D, what's that spell? ...SACD needs a distinct look. Nobody likes Digipacks...OK [​IMG] that guy who prefers hamburger 'B' likes digipacks. The Spannish Inquesition also likes digipacks but what would you expect from them?!? Super Jewel looks just different enough to be different and I like the way the sleaves stay stille, or don't often fall out...and how it's easier to takes the sleaves in or out with either of the 2 design variations I've seen.

    S-A-C-D needs a LOOK.
     
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    If Sony's moving to hybrids, I wonder if they'll re-release their single-layer discs as hybrids, too.
     
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    Mike, I would say, not necessarily. Some of the S-L's will end up relatively rare. In demand also...? That's the 64-K question.[​IMG]
     
  14. Jeff Kleinberg

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    Unfortunately Lee you left off that Sony has cancelled several of their pending releases.

    "Several SACDs have been removed from the Sony Music SACD Release schedule. SACD titles that have been cancelled by Sony Music are "J-Lo" by Jennifer Lopez, "Live at Budokhan" by Ozzy Ozbourne, "Heathen Chemistry" by Oasis and "Live at Fillmore East '68" by Sly & the Family Stone.

    I also noted that the SACDs by Sigur Rós, The Wallflowers and Rush on Universal Music have been dropped from their SACD schedule. There is no word as to whether these SACDs will be rescheduled to a later date."

    Very dissapointing news!
    Jeff
     
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    Lee, did you see the three full page SACD ads in the latest SGHT?

    Looks like one per label, with DSOTM (Capital), Gaucho (MCA), and Norah Jones (don't recall who) featured. Very nicely done.

    BGL
     
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    Brian:

    The October 2003 SGHT??

    Maybe I'm missin' 'em, but I don't see any SACD ads in there . . .

    -p
     
  17. Brian L

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    Must be November then.

    I just bought it at lunch. There is a Michael Fremer article about Hi-Rez in there as well, with a run down on a bunch of different titles.

    I don't recall the maker, but the cover has some speakers, I think.

    BGL
     
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    Yeah, must be November then.

    "You're so au courant," Brian. :wink:

    -p
     

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