Where's Sade on sacd?

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  1. LanceJ

    LanceJ Producer

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    I've got her "love deluxe" (exactly how it's spelled!) album, her greatest hits CD and I just received her "sade lovers live" concert dvd for X-mas. Super chill-out music: I haven't met anyone who doesn't like this beautiful woman's music. At cduniverse.com: http://www.cduniverse.com/productinf...cart=133846053
    Anyhoo......
    How come Sony won't put any of her stuff on sacd? The sound quality is awesome and much of it is well-suited for an m/c presentation.
    Contract problems? Sony's sacd division short on yen? Any other ideas?
    Keeping in mind the five pages so far of the DSOTM sacd thread and what ITS discussion turned into [​IMG], I would like to know what it takes to take an existing title & convert it into a hi-rez release. NOT the technical part, but the business end. This obviously could apply to dvd-audio too.
    There is so much music out there waiting to be heard more clearly. What's the hold-up?
    Thanks.
    LJ
     
  2. KeithH

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    Lance, it could be a contractual issue or Sony Music simply has not committed resources to putting Sade on SACD. One of her titles was listed once as a forthcoming SACD release, but that was a long time ago. I'd love to hear Diamond Life on SACD.

    Similar to Sade, I am still waiting for Sony to put Simon & Garfunkel on SACD. We finally got Springsteen, but it was a newer live album. I want Born in the U.S.A., Born to Run, etc. on SACD. Likewise, where are Madonna, Prince, and Dire Straits on DVD-Audio (all Warner artists)?
     
  3. LanceJ

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    Thanks for replying Keith. I guess it seems suspicious I'm asking about Sade since I am into dvd-audio but I don't have any hidden/dark motives for asking. And just in case "my" format bites the big one, I want to be prepared!
    As far as Prince is concerned, I know he has had some major problems with Warner. Madonna? She's a smart business woman (she set up the "Maverick" label, a Warner subsidiary, to help showcase female artists), so I am guessing she might be a) making sure dvd-audio is semi-successful before putting her personal name on any dvd-audio releases b) her music is highly produced, so remixing into m/c form probably takes a long time. I read somewhere she supposedly has a clause in her contract that guarantees a certain minimum sound quality recording standards. I beleive this: I have her "Immaculate Collection" and that CD sounds excellent, and I don't mean just for a pop title either. and I'll almost guarantee if she does release a dvd-audio, it will have lots of video content, a super slick menu/interface system and eye-catching packaging. All of which take a long time to put together (i.e. authoring). Along with (I hope!) a decent marketing campaign. Sade reminds me a little of Madonna--a woman you don't mess with and has keen people-handling abilities.
    Dire Straits: no clue at all. And they are a natural for a hi-rez/multichannel format. And (hehe) the music is great too!
    LJ
     
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    Lance, no problem. I agree with your points about Madonna and Prince. Still, I'd love to see them on DVD-Audio. As for Dire Straits, if Brothers in Arms ever comes out on DVD-Audio, look out. I will camp out at Best Buy to get my copy. Better stay out of my way that day. [​IMG]
     
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    On the jazz end, notice that all of the Sony's SACDs are released as new remastered redbook versions are also released. I think there is some sort of business connection there- the titles chosen for SACD have something to do with how the redbooks are handled.
     
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    Mike, to an extent, that is true with older Sony rock and pop titles too. Many of them have been issued as remastered CDs. An exception, at least somewhat, is Boston Boston. I say "somewhat" because this title has not been released as a remastered CD in the US, but it has in Europe. I bought an SBM-remastered version when I was in the UK in 2001. Also, Sony released an SBM-remastered gold CD in the US years ago.
     

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