Japan Mini LP SHM-CDs - New Releases, George Harrison and more

Discussion in 'Music Corner' started by toilet_doctor, Jan 19, 2017.

  1. lonelysea

    lonelysea Drunk Posting Never

    Location:
    Twin Peaks, WA
    Just got my new SHM of Bob Marley and the Wailers’ Natty Dread from CD Japan and it sounds phenomenal. Packaging is nice too.
     
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  2. ccbarr

    ccbarr Forum Resident

    Location:
    Iowa, USA
    It only took a year, but I broke down and bought all the Elton John mini LP remasters, except for Empty Sky and Greatest Hits Vol. 1. I already own Blue Moves, so I know these have great sound, will be fun diving into these albums again.

    Wish I could get that yellow brick road box that came with the discs last year.
     
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  3. toilet_doctor

    toilet_doctor Well-Known Member Thread Starter

    Location:
    USA
    Independent Japanese label P-Vine Records, which uses licensing of US and UK releases to reissue Mini LP in Japan, will release two albums by Belgian composer, arranger and orchestra leader Nico Gomez on SHM.
    It looks like SHM reissue - both albums were remastered and released in Mini LP on a regular CD in 2012 at the same price as SHM now ($22.29).

    Aug. 19, 2020

    (SHM-CD)
    Nico Gomez Ritual
    Nico Gomez Bossa Nova


    Nico Gomez (Joseph van het Groenewoud): Belgian orchestraleader with Dutch roots (born in 1925 in Amsterdam, came to Belgium in 1947). Active during the 50's, 60's and 70's with latin flavoured bigbandjazz. Died December 15th 1992. Father of Belgian rocker Raymond van het Groenewoud.”

    “Born of a Dutch father and a South American mother, he spent his entire youth in Curaçao in the Antilles. Later, with his family, he moved to Cuba and stayed in most of the other islands of the Caribbean Sea. Passionate musician and already a skilled guitarist, he soon became familiar with the typical rhythms of those regions, thus accumulating an uncommon experience in South American music.
    Rich in these notions, he arrived in Europe and settled in Holland and Belgium, where his musical career took place. As a guitarist and as a singer he was part of numerous Dutch-Belgian orchestras in his first years of activity; later on, he formed a typical orchestra of nine elements which soon became one of the most appreciated by the public of those countries.
    In the musical environment he is also highly appreciated as a composer and arranger, he has already composed numerous pieces for world-famous artists and orchestras in 50’s and 60’s.”


    2012 Mini LPs were released in P-Vine Groove-Diggers series (OOP)
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    (translation)
    Ritual [SHM-CD] [Limited Release] / Nico Gomez
    “A 1971 work that heats up the floors of the world with a frenzied groove that folds with percussive beats! Afro-Latin-Brazilian and raging percussion, uncontrollable fuzz guitar, tenacious organ, overbrow horn section, and the ultimate floor specification that allows you to rush and rush freely while sandwiching a killer break that bursts into a mysterious mixed chorus! A party classic “Cavallio Negro'' that is dragged from the barefoot to the waistline is suitable for a big circle. A non-stop board up to "Eso el Amor"! Paper jacket specification.”

    Caballo Negro


    Ritual
    YouTube
    Eso el Amor
    YouTube
    Lupita
    YouTube


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    (translation)
    Bossa Nova [SHM-CD] [Limited Release] / Nico Gomez
    “A 1972 work that attracted collectors/DJs all over the world with a beautiful beauty jacket and sophisticated Brazilian sound! Opening number "Aquarella" just before drunk from the piano intro, "Tristeza", Antonio, with a melody of sorrow. Includes classic songs such as Carlos Jobim's "Desafinado" and "Ipanema's Daughter" that cover the Bossa classics! Another jacket specification with the most impact alongside the "Ritual" released at the same time. Paper jacket specifications.”

    Review
    Great Bossa Nova
    This CD is a real classic. Gomez combines tasteful bossa nova arrangements, including piano and guitar, with female voices to create a unique sensuality that only bossa nova music can attain.
    Check out "O Barquinho" (Little Boat), and "One Note Samba
    ." -- Neal W Kuzee

    Aquarella
    YouTube
    Rio
    YouTube
    O Barquinho
    YouTube
    Samba de Uma Nota So
    YouTube
    Carnaval
    YouTube
     
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  4. ccbarr

    ccbarr Forum Resident

    Location:
    Iowa, USA
    My Elton John SHM-CDs arrived, along with my two Harrison MQA CDs and some plastic sleeves from CD Japan! Ordered all this last Friday, so not even a week. These Elton John CDs look gorgeous, going to start opening them up and have a look, then a listen. Feel like I should have on white gloves for these!

    Really going to be fun diving back into Elton's discography, 10 studio albums and a greatest hits album (Vol 2). Glad I finally picked these up, I'm sure one of these days they will be out of print.
     
  5. Oyster Boy

    Oyster Boy Forum Resident

    Could you post your thoughts on the Elton SHMs on this thread.
    Elton John new 2018 remasters shm.

    Would be great to hear what you think.
     
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  6. toilet_doctor

    toilet_doctor Well-Known Member Thread Starter

    Location:
    USA
    Victor, Japan rarely offers Mini LP releases these days. 2 weeks ago, however, one early Rick Wakeman solo double album was released on SHM (2016 re-recorded version):

    June 24, 2020

    Rick Wakeman The Myths And Legends Of King Arthur And The Knights Of The Round Table 2016 (2SHM-CD) [$35.41]

    “Rick WAKEMAN is one of the best known progressive musicians and a pioneer in the use of electronic keyboards in rock music. He's also been extremely prolific: in addition to his work as a member of The Strawbs*, Yes* and YES offshoot Anderson Bruford Wakeman Howe*, he has a huge number of session credits, including work with David Bowie, Elton John, BLACK SABBATH, Al Stewart, and Lou Reed. And he's released many solo albums and six albums Rick did in collaboration with his son Adam (WwW)*.”

    YES*: - Fragile, 1972 (expanded and remastered, 2003) / Close to the Edge, 1972 / Yessongs, 1973 / Tales from Topographic Oceans, 1973 / Yesterdays, 1974 / Going for the One, 1977 / Tormato, 1978 / Yesshows, 1980 / Classic Yes, 1981 / Union, 1991 / YesYears, 1991 / Yesstory, 1992 / Highlights - The Very Best of Yes, 1993 / Keys to Ascension, 1996 / Keys to Ascension 2, 1997 / Keys to Ascension Volume 1 & 2, 1997 / Keystudio, 2001 / In a Word: Yes (1969 - ...), 2002
    (ABWH)* Anderson Bruford Wakeman Howe: - (ABWH) Anderson Bruford Wakeman Howe, 1989 / (ABWH) An Evening of Yes Music Plus, 1993
    The STRAWBS*: - Just a Collection of Antiques and Curios, 1970 / From the Witchwood, 1971 / 30 Years in Rock, 2001 / Wakeman & Cousins: Hummingbird, 2002
    (WwW)* Wakeman with Wakeman: - Wakeman with Wakeman, 1993 / No Expense Shared, 1993 / Wakeman with Wakeman Live, The Official Bootleg, 1994 / Romance of the Victorian Age, 1994 / Tapestries, 1995 / Vignettes, 1996 / Yes, Friends and Relatives, 1998
    2016 re-recording is rated slightly higher than 1975 version. (progarchives)

    (translation)
    King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table 2016 [2SHM-CD] / Rick Wakeman
    “Rick Wakeman, a well-known keyboard player for Yes, re-recorded his solo album "King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table" released in 1975 in 2016. The Japanese edition is a 2-disc high-quality SHM-CD specification. Rick Wakeman's early solo works in the 70's, Six Wives of Henry VIII (1973), Journey to the Centre of the Earth (1974), King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table (1975) are the most successful albums, and can be said to be masterpieces that spread his name worldwide. This work is a re-recording of one of them, and due to the development of technology, the overall quality as a production has dramatically improved. The masterpiece is a modern-day work. It also incorporates a new approach that is not available on the original, so even fans of the past who listened to the original can enjoy it with a fresh feeling. With commentary and lyrics. Paper jacket specifications.”

    2016 re-recording is rated slightly higher than 1975 version.

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    The King Arthur


    Summertime
    YouTube
    Stairway to Heaven
    YouTube
    Solo
    I am a prog rocker from the 70's, I have heard them all old and new. There is NO ONE who plays the keyboards like Rick Wakeman! Yes, his speed is amazing but what distinguishes him is his limitless talent, he is without equal. He has mastered so many genres of music and has a huge catalog of recordings. His solo output is staggering from New Age, classical, rock, soundtracks, huge production pieces with chorus, vocalists and orchestra; he does it all. This video still takes my breath away…” (comment)
    YouTube
     
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  7. toilet_doctor

    toilet_doctor Well-Known Member Thread Starter

    Location:
    USA
    Universal continue to fulfill their 'Rock: Best Album Series' with 6 The Beach Boys releases with the new DSD mastering converted in MQA UHQCD format and presented in Mini LP.
    At least 5 of them used the Japanese original master tape, which was compiled in Japan and used for original Japanese LP production. They appear on CDs for a first time. ($26.13)

    Universal 'Rock: Best Album Series'

    Sep. 30, 2020

    (Mini LP MQA UHQCD)
    The Beach Boys The Best of Beach Boys
    The Beach Boys The Best of Beach Boys No.2
    The Beach Boys Deluxe
    The Beach Boys Deluxe Vol. 2
    The Beach Boys Instrumental Hits
    The Beach Boys Ten Years of Harmony
    (2 MQA UHQCD)

    Reissue in Hi-Res CD format (UHQCD format x MQA technology). Features the DSD master in 2020, using Japanese original master tapes. The DSD master is available in 352.8kHz/24bit high resolution (perfect for MQA-enabled audio players / not digitally distributed up to this time). The mini LP faithfully replicates its Japanese first pressing LP design (gatefold), including a lyric card. Includes an obi faithfully replicating its Japanese first pressing LP design. Comes with lyrics and a description. Green color label coating. Available as cardboard sleeve packaging for the first time. Available as physical CD format for the first time in the world.”

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    (translation)
    The Best of… [MQA-CD/UHQCD] [Limited Edition] The Beach Boys
    [Hi-Res CD/paper jacket: ROCK Best Albums series #3 in the analog era] Beach Boys' first best album woven in Japan ahead of the world. The world's first CD with the same sound source and specifications as when the LP was released. From the debut song "Surfing Safari" in Japan to the 10th single "Dance, Baby", all the songs (some pseudo-stereos) are recorded with a focus on early representative hits. (Announced in 1965)
    ● High resolution CD (MQA-CD+UHQCD) specifications
    ● Recorded by converting the 2020 DSD master based on Japan's original analog tape to 352.8kHz/24bit (high resolution undelivered sound source)
    ● Japan's first Gate-fold paper jacket + lyrics card that is a miniature reproduction of the
    board LP
    ● A belt that reproduces the design of the Japanese first edition LP
    ● Commentary / lyrics
    ● Limited Edition”

    1. Little Honda
    2. Dance, Dance, Dance
    3. I Get Around
    4. Fan, Fan, Fan
    5. Hawaii
    6. Be True To Your School
    7. Surf Jam
    8. Do You Wanna Dance?
    9. Surfer Girl
    10. Little Deuce Coupe
    11. Surfin’ USA
    12. Surfin’ Safari
    13. 409
    14. Surfin’

    I Get Around (Live)


    Fan Fan Fan (Live)
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vS5ttqc8iDw
    Surfing USA (Live)
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vsDKMkPCOeA
    Surfing Safari
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IMChBJZUDK8
    409
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GHRJCcCYAF
    Surf Jam
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aVc9akDbRHU


    Reissue in Hi-Res CD format (UHQCD format x MQA technology). Features the DSD master in 2020, using Japanese original master tapes. The DSD master is available in 352.8kHz/24bit high resolution. The mini LP faithfully replicates its Japanese first pressing LP design, including a lyric card. Includes an obi faithfully replicating its Japanese first pressing LP design. Comes with lyrics and a description. Green color label coating. Available as cardboard sleeve packaging for the first time. Available as physical CD format for the first time in the world.”

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    (translation)
    The Best of… No.2 [MQA-CD/UHQCD] [Limited Edition] The Beach Boys
    “It was announced about a year after "The Best of Beach Boys" The second album of the best Japanese compilation is the world's first CD with the same sound source and specifications as when the LP was released. Popular singles such as "Help Me Ronda", "California Girl" and other previous singles, and popular ballad numbers such as "In My Room" are recorded in full stereo (some pseudo stereo). (Announced in 1966).”

    1. Sloop John B
    2. Help Me Ronda
    3. Amusement Parks USA
    4. Maiden on the Beach
    5. Wendy
    6. Let's Go Punch
    7. In My Room
    8. Barbara Ann
    9. Caroline, No
    10. Shut Down
    11. Let's Go Trippin
    12. Little Girl
    13. Ten Little Indians
    14. California Girl

    California Girl (Live)
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7oRb9-mypxg
    Help Me Ronda (Live)
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cUxMupNEno4
    Barbara Ann (Live)
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qXylsfhp86Q
    In My Room
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l71pbhqnvNM
    Shut Down (Live)
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=09yyOQjvKdM


    “Features the DSD master in 2020, using Japanese original master tapes. The DSD master is available in 352.8kHz/24bit high resolution The mini LP faithfully replicates its Japanese first pressing LP design (gatefold), including a lyric card.”


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    Beach Boys Deluxe [MQA/UHQCD] [Limited Release] / Beach Boys
    “The best masterpiece album of rock left in the LP era, with the latest remastered sound source (352.8kHz/24bit) based on analog tape. The first high-resolution CD/first paper jacket with artwork that faithfully reproduces the original! Approximately one year after "Best of Beach Boys No.2", the best Japanese edition reconfigured as "Deluxe". The 3rd album is the world's first CD. From "Surfing U.S.A." to "Good Vibration", a number of famous songs that represent the early Beach Boys are recorded in a monaural version different from the LP at the time. (Announced in 1967)”

    1. Good Vibration
    2. Sloop John B
    3. Barbara Ann
    4. Dance Dance Dance
    5. Wendy
    6. Fan Fan Fan
    7. Surfer Girl
    8. Little Honda
    9. Surfin’ USA
    10. I Get Around
    11. California Girl
    12. Help Me Ronda
    13. Only God Knows
    14. In My Room

    Good Vibration (Live)
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mdt0SOqPJcg
    Sloop John B (Live)
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0W4KkBwgP7c
    Only God Knows (Live)
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AOMyS78o5YI
    Wendy
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TTHWULIEYd8


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    Beach Boys Deluxe Vol. 2 [MQA/UHQCD] [Limited Release] / Beach Boys
    “4th album of Japan's best compilation album released one year after the previous work Is the world's first CD. A total of 14 songs, including single songs from the latter half of Capitol, including "Heroes and Makans. (Announced in 1968)”

    1. Do It Again
    2. Darlin’
    3. Friends
    4. Wild Honey
    5. Shut Down
    6. The Little Girl I Once Knew
    7. Amusement Parks USA
    8. Good Vibrations
    9. Heros and Villains
    10. Then I Kissed Her
    11. Do You Wanna Dance?
    12. Wouldn't It Be Nice
    13. Little Deuce Coupe
    14. Caroline, No

    Little Deuce Coupe
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8g1HtpTonJI
    Heroes And Villains
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ptxwWt2JeGQ
    Darling
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lt2tvNzt1CU
    Wild Honey
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NSbBqAmECNg
    Then I Kissed Her
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=28yfUwvXa6A


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    (translation)
    Instrumental Hits (Surf Jam) [MQA/UHQCD] [Limited Release] /The Beach Boys
    In addition to title songs (Surf Jam) that were also single cut in Japan at that time, Surf & Hot Rod 12 original instrumental songs are lined up, and Japan's original editing board that is popular as a rare board with its attractive artwork is the first paper jacket as the sound source and specifications at the time of LP release. All songs are recorded in stereo (some pseudo stereo). (Announced in 1965)

    1. Surf Jam
    2. Let's Go Trippin '65
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DTryVYGvj_A
    3. The Rockin Surfer
    4. Misaru
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fufp-lWdQSY
    5. Carls Big Chance
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6YBi7p6dO-k
    6. Shut Down, Part II
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LkdjdIitKPI
    7. Moon Dawg
    8. Let's Go Trippin
    9. Boogie Woody
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UIZdGkwz-tk
    10. Stocked
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c8OCow2rt5g
    11. Honky Tonk
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XFHCE7w9CwM
    12. Denny's Drums


    ‘Ten Years of Harmony’ is a very rare album. 4 new copies of 1991 CD, available on Amazon, start at $186. While the 2 MQA UHQCD set in Mini LP costs $35.46.
    There are a few discrepancies in the description of sound sources:

    Reissue in Hi-Res CD format (UHQCD format x MQA technology). Features the DSD master in 2020, using US original master tapes. The DSD master is available in 352.8kHz/24bit high resolution. The mini LP faithfully replicates its US first pressing LP design (gatefold), including two inner sleeves. Includes an obi faithfully replicating its Japanese first pressing LP design. Comes with lyrics and a description. Green color label coating. Available as cardboard sleeve packaging for the first time.”
    (cdjapan)

    Recorded by converting the 2020 DSD master based on Japan's original analog tape to 352.8kHz/24bit.”
    (Universal, Japan)

    (translation)
    Ten Years of Harmony [MQA/UHQCD] [Limited Release] / The Beach Boys
    “From "Sunflower" (1970) to "Keeping the Summer Alive" (Until 1980), the best compilation of representative songs from Brother-Caribbean era albums was first released as the original sound source and specifications as when the LP was released. Also includes rare tracks that can only be heard here, such as two unreleased songs at that time, songs provided by the soundtrack, and single versions. (Announced in 1981).”

    Disc 1
    1. Add Some Music To Your Day
    2. Roller Skating Child
    3. Disney Girl
    4. It's A Beautiful Day
    5. California Saga/California
    6. Wontcha Come Out Tonight
    7. Marcella
    8. Rock and Roll Music
    9. Goin’ On
    10. It's OK
    11. Cool, Cool Water
    12. San Miguel
    13. School Day
    14. Good Timin’
    15. Sail on Sailor

    Disc 2
    1. Darling
    2. Lady Linda
    3. Sea Cruise
    4. The Trader
    5. This Whole World
    6. Don't Go Near The Water
    7. Surf’s Up
    8. Come Go With Me
    9. Deirdre
    10. She’s Got Rhythm
    11. River song
    12. Long Promist Road
    13. Feel Flows
    14. ‘Til I Die

    Review
    Ten Years in Harmony (1970-1980) is the very best compilation of that era. This 1991 2 CD is a replica of a double LP from 1981. All of their ten albums are represented. A nice touch is the inclusion of 5 single edits and 2 previously unreleased tracks plus 1 from the `Americathon` soundtrack, also 1 from the Dennis Wilson album `Pacific Ocean Blue` - in other words, 9 tracks not from regular albums which makes it even more interesting for any fan of their music. `California Saga` is my favorite song here, `Holland` is my favorite of the albums represented here. All told there is a lot of good music to be heard here, and I can recommend it to anyone who like good tuneful music that will always mostly be a joy to listen to. Thanks, and all the best from Snorre Fjær.”

    School Day (Live)
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fPCBHJLxht0
    Good Timin’
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZactwwLkIqc
    Sail On Sailor
    “One of the best and most underrated of all Beach Boys songs. "Sail On Sailor" captures the travails and hopes of life using a nautical theme as metaphor. Recorded in 1972 and released on the 1973 album "Holland" (comment)
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zx6dgEgbMNU
    Lady Linda
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6i86jmFE8dc
    Don't Go Near the Water (Live)
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YpJ-pLYmDHU
    Surf’s Up
    Brian Wilson co-wrote this song with Van Dyke Parks, at his piano, inside the infamous "Sandbox" that was custom built for Brian, inside his home. Brian placed toys in the large sandbox that surrounded his piano. He sat barefooted, curling his toes up in the sand, while he wrote songs on the piano. He did this for inspiration. It reminded him of being a joyful young kid again, with none of the adult pressures to perform and produce music for money. He said, he felt a whole lot of love in that room. The writing duo of Wilson and Parks needed some verses to finish their untitled song. Dennis Wilson came to a writing session and told Brian an emotionally charged story, of how the Beach Boys touring band had recently been very humiliated and embarrassed, when a British audience pointed, laughed and made fun of their striped, uniform shirts. The story inspired Parks to write the lines, "Surf's up, aboard a tidal wave/Come about hard and join the young and often spring you gave/I heard the word, wonderful thing, a children's song." (comment)
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v75f5W6LgLM
    Come Go With Me
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bnmTNvm_OeM
    Dennis Wilson River Song
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LHCzTLnFpLE
    Long Promised Road w/lyrics
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FZq5OBHhqZI
    Feel Flow
    Surfs up, Feel flows is Carls spiritual song about God & Universal love, we are all connected, its a fantastic work of art” (comment)
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OzFQV5rhrb0

    Death of Dennis Wilson
    The Beach Boys live at Atlantic City stadium on July 4, 1983 was the last time all original members were filmed together on stage. Dennis Wilson spoke and sang You Are So Beautiful. The Beach Boys drummer co-wrote the song for Joe Cocker. Then Brian Wilson, Carl Wilson, Mike Love and Al Jardine joined in on Barbara Ann. Dennis Wilson died from drowning off the Southern California coast on December 28, 1983 at age 39. The news report and surviving Wilson brothers subsequent press conference follow. The Beach Boys song "Forever" video features its songwriter Dennis Wilson on lead vocals. Source: The Beach Boys - An American Band. The three Wilson brothers formed The Beach Boys in their Hawthorne, CA hometown in 1961.” (comment)
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4ksTSnpQFGU

    Dennis Wilson sings his song You Are So Beautiful to Me
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xyawpzgLpAs
    Love Remember Me
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sVN4JHFnJ50
     
  8. toilet_doctor

    toilet_doctor Well-Known Member Thread Starter

    Location:
    USA
    Together with The Beach Boys, in the same series of the best albums, Universal releases 3 more titles:

    Sep. 30, 2020

    (Mini LP MQA UHQCD)
    J.J. Cale Special Edition (Best)
    The Moody Blues This is The Moody Blues
    2MQA UHQCD
    Status Quo 12 Gold Bars

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    Reissue in Hi-Res CD format (UHQCD format x MQA technology). Features the DSD master in 2020, using US original master tapes. The DSD master is available in 352.8kHz/24bit high resolution (perfect for MQA-enabled audio players / not digitally distributed up to this time). The mini LP faithfully replicates its US first pressing LP design, including an inner sleeve and an ad sticker. Includes an obi faithfully replicating its Japanese first pressing LP design. Comes with lyrics and a description. Green color label coating. Available as cardboard sleeve packaging for the first time.”

    Again, this description from cdjapan does not match the information from Universal, Japan about the sound sources:

    (translation)
    Special Edition [MQA-CD] [UHQCD] [First paper jacket] [World first CD] [Limited Edition] JJ Cale
    “Eric Clapton and many other musicians admired the heyday of JJ Cale. The best album selected from the eight works of the Mercury era is made into the first paper jacket. There are 14 songs including "Cocaine", "After Midnight" which is famous for Clapton's cover, and "Sensitive Kind" which is familiar in Santana. (Announced in 1984)
    ●High-resolution CD (MQA-CD+UHQCD) specifications
    Recorded by converting the 2020 DSD master based on the Japanese original analog tape to 352.8kHz/24bit (high-resolution undelivered sound source)
    ●Japan first Gate-fold paper jacket + lyrics card that is a miniature LP reproduction
    ● OBI that reproduces the design of the Japanese first edition LP
    ● Commentary / lyrics
    ● Limited production”

    Nevertheless, this is a great album, even if you cut off all the hits that Clapton stole from JJ Cale, it is still full of great songs. I hope for a good sound ...
    These old sound samples sound good - this is already a good sign.

    Money Talks

    Don't Wait
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R_jxfjgaTxU
    Magnolia
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=slVJRzwVWVQ
    Carry on
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oI78ZGdAhB0
    Call Me The Breeze
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dZ2DyQv-l78
    Cajun Moon (Live)
    Now I understand, what fascinated me so much about Dire Straits,
    when I first heard them: It was that J.J. Cale spirit!
    ” (comment)
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7ACOWsMUGE4
    Studio version
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-298OTFZNzk
    Crazy Mama (live)
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4YQYt_mnxkA
    Cocaine (Live)
    “JJ Cale - John Weldon Cale - Grammy Award Winning Singer-Songwriter (Dec. 5, 1938 - July 26, 2013) Neil Young said about JJ Cale, that out of ALL the Musician's he heard play electric guitar, JJ Cale & Jimi Hendrix were the best! JJ was given the "JJ' by Elmer Valentine, Owner of Whiskey a Go Go who wanted to stop any confusion with the Velvet Undergrounds John Cale. JJ Cale was so laid back and non-materialistic that even though he was a multimillionaire by the time of this video, you sure as hell couldn't tell as JJ liked to live a rather quiet and simple life and was NEVER a "Show-off" unlike the "stars" of today, JJ went to the sound of his own drum, very considerate and honest as the day is long!”
    (comment)
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5-sRb3toNZs

    I'm going to order this album, and we will see what is in credit notes.


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    Reissue in Hi-Res CD format (UHQCD format x MQA technology). Features the DSD master in 2020, using UK original master tapes. The DSD master is available in 352.8kHz/24bit high resolution. The mini LP faithfully replicates its UK first pressing LP design (gatefold). Comes with lyrics and a description. Green color label coating. Available as cardboard sleeve packaging for the first time.”

    (translation)
    12 Gold Bars [MQA/UHQCD] [Limited Release] / Status Quo
    [Hi-Res CD/paper jacket: ROCK best edition series #3 in the analog era] Recorded 12 blockbuster numbers released in the 1970s after the British national rock band Status Quo's transfer to Vertigo. The strongest best album that was made is the first paper jacket. In addition to "Down Down" which recorded the 1st place in the UK, the hard boogie that makes the band stand out is lined up. (Announced in 1980).
    ● High resolution CD (MQA-CD+UHQCD) specifications
    Recorded by converting the 2020 DSD master based on the UK original analog tape to 352.8kHz/24bit (high resolution undelivered sound source)
    ● First miniature Gate-fold paper jacket that reproduces of the UK LP
    ● Commentary/lyrics
    ● Green color label coat
    ● Limited production”

    Again, at Universal, Japan, the description is different:
    Recorded by converting the 2020 DSD master based on the Japanese original analog tape to 352.8kHz/24bit (high resolution undelivered sound source)

    It’s only Rock’n’Roll, but I like it


    Rockin' All Over The World (Live 1979)
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a89_iIvopw8
    Live 1985
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eEO6v-YiS00
    Down Down (Live 1874)
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dkTdZBwuXAE
    Caroline (Live 1985)
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JTIDmMn1ba0
    Paper Plain (Live 1972)
    These guys need to be inducted into the Rocknroll Hall of Fame.
    It’s criminal that rappers can get in, but Quo still aren’t
    .” (comment)
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4QTp8lTzqUI
    Break the Rules (Live)
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ISHsmSTb4hQ
    Again and Again (Live 1979)
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2mFt9cjcXsA
    Mystery Song
    Roll Over Lay Down (Live 1975)
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6nrWh-0MgDs
    2011 remaster
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W8IK1ZryeLA
    Rain
    Wild Side of Life
    What Ever You Want (Live 1979 Remastered)
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_wI3tbBk1PA
    Living On a Island

    Tribute
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cQy2BQAVtVc


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    Speaking of The Moody Blues album, cdjapan insists that the Japanese will use the UK OMT. They could not make up such a thing.
    Will Uni transport tape to Japan for transfer in this case?

    Reissue in Hi-Res CD format (UHQCD format x MQA technology). Features the DSD master in 2020, using UK original master tapes. The DSD master is available in 352.8kHz/24bit high resolution (perfect for MQA-enabled audio players / not digitally distributed up to this time). The mini LP faithfully replicates its UK first pressing LP design (gatefold). Includes an obi faithfully replicating its Japanese first pressing LP design. Comes with lyrics and a description. Green color label coating. Available as cardboard sleeve packaging for the first time.”

    (translation)
    This is Moody Blues [MQA/UHQCD] [Limited edition] Moody Blues
    “From "Days of Future Past" (1967) to "Sevens Sojourn" until (1972), the best album which added the single B side song to the representative song selected from 7 pieces of Moody Blues's popular name, "Core Seven" was made into the first paper jacket. Many songs have been remixed and edited, and the whole structure is seamless and fluid. (Announced in 1974)
    ●High-resolution CD (MQA-CD+UHQCD) specifications
    Recorded by converting the 2020 DSD master based on Japan's original analog tape to 352.8kHz/24bit (high-resolution undelivered sound source)
    ●Japan first Gate-fold paper jacket + lyrics card that is a miniature reproduction of the LP
    ● OBI that reproduces the design of the Japanese first edition LP
    ● Commentary / lyrics
    ● Limited production”

    The sound quality of the sound sampler from ‘This Is The Moody Blues’ album was very poor. So, I used different samplers:

    I'm Just A Singer (In a Rock and Roll Band) Live
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N_J-hmyAS6c
    Tuesday Afternoon (Live)
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SVz7pcBS2J8
    Melancholy Man (Live)
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tYIYIVG64C4
    Nights In White Satin (Live 1968)
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p6xMOTjLIaY
    (Live at Royal Albert Hall version)
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=89ZQnWvWcAE
    A Simple Game
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FC3Ngeqzr98
    Dear Diary
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7bOHC2m85ts
    The Story In Your Eyes
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t-iJ47in9YQ
    Watching And Waiting
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uFOWG48ICjQ
    Have You Heard (Pt. 1)
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oCsKshg2BsY
     
  9. toilet_doctor

    toilet_doctor Well-Known Member Thread Starter

    Location:
    USA
  10. Preordered all plus the six Beach Boys titles. :righton:
     
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  11. toilet_doctor

    toilet_doctor Well-Known Member Thread Starter

    Location:
    USA
    Price is still as for jewel case MQA UHQCDs.
     
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  12. toilet_doctor

    toilet_doctor Well-Known Member Thread Starter

    Location:
    USA
    For the first time, Universal is releasing a new recording straight into the 7 "Mini LP. What a hell is it?

    August 28, 2020

    (7” Mini LP CD)
    Hrvy Can Anybody Here Me?

    Japanese original release. Hrvy to release the debut album! This Japan exclusive deluxe edition features 7-inch cardboard sleeve packaging with a booklet and a sticker sheet (subject to change). Two Japan only bonus tracks.”($28.27)

    (translation)
    Can Anybody Here Me? [Limited Release] / Hrvy
    “A miraculous pop prince that you'll love all over again! A super long-awaited debut album by HRVY (Harvey) who has been hitting single hits! HRVY has released two EPs and more than 10 singles so far. The long-awaited debut album. Although it's the first album, it's the "best board" content at the moment, including many hit songs so far! "Personal", "Million Ways", "Younger" (Jonas Blue feat. HRVY), "Don’t" Contains a number of hit singles released so far, including "Need Your Love" (feat. NCT DREAM) and "Told You So"! Japan original deluxe board: Special package specification (7-inch paper jacket) / "100 questions for HRVY" booklet/sticker sheet/special poster included.”

    What our grandkids are listening to now:

    Title track


    Personal
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2YvG0NbYJpE
    Told You So
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mJ9oQ-ACgjs
    Wish You Were Here
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MW16k3rQYcU

    I remember at their age we listened to The Beatles and Doors…
     
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  13. dsdu

    dsdu Forum Resident

    Location:
    Santa Cruz, CA
    I preordered these May 30, 2019. Hopefully they won't get delayed again.

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    The Madcap Laughs [Blu-spec CD2] [Limited Release] [Cardboard Sleeve (mini LP)]
    Syd Barret
    Release Date September 16, 2020
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    Barrett [Blu-spec CD2] [Limited Release] [Cardboard Sleeve (mini LP)]
    Syd Barret
    Release Date September 16, 2020
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    Opel [Blu-spec CD2] [Limited Release] [Cardboard Sleeve (mini LP)]
    Syd Barret
    Release Date September 16, 2020
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    An Introduction to Syd Barrett [Blu-spec CD2] [Limited Release] [Cardboard Sleeve (mini LP)]
    Syd Barret
    Release Date September 16, 2020
     
  14. toilet_doctor

    toilet_doctor Well-Known Member Thread Starter

    Location:
    USA
    We are back on a track:

    - update -

    Sep. 16, 2020

    (Blu-spec CD2)
    David Gilmour S/T
    David Gilmour About Face
    David Gilmour On An Island
    David Gilmour Live In Gdansk
    (2CD)
    David Gilmour Rattle That Lock
    David Gilmour Live At Pompeii
    (2CD)

    Syd Barrett The Madcap Laughs
    Syd Barrett Barrett
    Syd Barrett Opel
    Syd Barrett An Introduction to Syd Barrett
     
  15. toilet_doctor

    toilet_doctor Well-Known Member Thread Starter

    Location:
    USA
    I may need to re-order them again, since release was cancelled.
     
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  16. Syl76

    Syl76 Well-Known Member

    Location:
    France
    Good news !
     
  17. toilet_doctor

    toilet_doctor Well-Known Member Thread Starter

    Location:
    USA
    Japanese UHQCD treatment of the 30th and 25th anniversary reissue of the two Brian Eno collaborative albums with the price as a regular Mini LP - $23.56.

    Aug. 26, 2020

    (UHQCD)
    Brian Eno & John Cale Wrong Way Up
    Brian Eno Jah Wobble Spinner


    Cardboard sleeve reissue from Eno / Cale features UHQCD format. Comes with lyrics and a description. Bonus track.“

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    "30th anniversary reissue of the historic coming together of two icons of leftfield music. Having both started their careers as creative forces in seminal bands (Eno's unique synthesizer treatments in Roxy Music and Cale's viola and bass contributions to the Velvet Underground), they've appeared as guest musicians on each other's records as far back as 1974, the year in which they also made a historic live album with Nico and Kevin Ayers at the Rainbow Theater in London. They remained friends, and the year prior to Wrong Way Up, Eno produced Cale's Words For The Dying album. This paved the way for the pair to write and record an album together, notably the first time Eno had delivered a collection of song-based recordings since Before And After Science in 1977. The resulting album is a triumph for both artists, containing the singles 'Spinning Away' and 'Been There Done That'."

    (translation)
    Wrong Way Up [Expanded Edition] [UHQCD] / Eno/Cale
    “Brian Eno x John Cale, a collaboration masterpiece representing the 90's. The long-awaited recurrence has been decided in commemoration of the 30th anniversary! Commentary and lyrics are included. Paper jacket specifications. Bonus track recording.”

    Empty Frame


    In The Backroom
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0aAGS37dIS0
    Footsteps
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yks64ObufPE
    Lay My Love
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f9gzMb0s6zM
    Cordoba
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DPc7AmeXvkQ
    Crime In The Desert
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xQir6cSDbU8


    Cardboard sleeve reissue from Eno / Wobble features UHQCD format. Comes with a description. Bonus track.”

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    25th anniversary reissue of this unique coming together of Brian Eno and ex-Public Image Limited bass player Jah Wobble, also featuring Jaki Liebezeit from Can on drums. Starting life as the soundtrack to Derek Jarman's Glitterbug, Eno passed stereo mixes of the film cues to Wobble who embellished and built upon them to construct the Spinner tracks. The resulting fusion combines icy ambience with a kind of psycho geographical funk.

    (translation)
    Spinner [Expanded Edition] [UHQCD] / Eno / Wobble
    “Brian Eno and Jar Wobble, a masterpiece of abyss ambient and minimal heavy bass! The long-awaited recurrence decision to commemorate the 25th anniversary! Commentary included. Paper jacket specifications. Bonus track recording.”

    Steam
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EFlqj46EHYA
    Marine Radio
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j13gpV14B18
    Title track
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xCcIk-pakuM
     
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  18. toilet_doctor

    toilet_doctor Well-Known Member Thread Starter

    Location:
    USA
    Not yet, but I think they will do it. It was done before - 2 boxes by 6 albums:

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  19. toilet_doctor

    toilet_doctor Well-Known Member Thread Starter

    Location:
    USA
    The independent Japanese label Traffic, specializing on Electronica, Experimental and Alternative Rock has been around since mid 80’s.
    Now they have chosen the UHQCD pressing for their first mini LP market launch. 5 albums of the Krautrock German band Can are available only as a Disk Union promo box set.
    Thus, cdjapan doesn’t offer it at all. The only way to buy it is from DU dealers on eBay. One of them claimed Japanese mastering:

    July 17, 2020

    Can Japan 5 Mini LP UHQCD Promo Box Set

    (available only as a box set)
    Monster Movie (1969)
    Ege Bamyasi (1972)
    Landed (1975)
    Saw Delight (1977)
    Delay 1968 (1981)


    Formed in Cologne, Germany in 1968 - Disbanded in 1979 - Reunited on several occasions (1986, 1991 & 1999)
    CAN is one of a few internationally known "Krautrock" groups; they are famous for their repetitive and hallucinatory sound. CAN was founded in 1968 by Jaki LIEBEZEIT, Irmin SCHMIDT and Holger CZUKAY, and in their early days they also included American singer Malcolm MOONEY or Japanese vocalist Damo SUZUKI. They transformed progressive-rock into a science. By bridging classical music, jazz music and rock music of their times, CAN accomplished the first organic study on rhythm and texture. Their hypnotic and glacial instrumental jams straddled the line between free-jazz, acid-rock and chamber music. CAN's music can be difficult to appreciate, yet their albums offer some of the best experimental rock ever recorded. Then there are always the myths, the legends and the fascination.
    Here's a synopsis of most of their albums. I can recommend "Delay" through to Soon over Babaluma. "Delay" was the first album recorded although it was not released until 1981. Most of their albums are great, particularly "Monster Movie", "Soundtracks", "Tago Mago", "Future Days", and "Ege Bamyasi". After "Soon over Babaluma" I'd say forget it as CAN lose their fresh approach for which they were reknown. 1997 becomes the year where other musicians show the timeless aspect of CAN's music in the new remix album "Sacrilege". And this is the Sound of CAN in the nineties.
    "Limited" and "Unlimited Edition" are a collection from 1968 to 1974. In the autumn of 1978, a double CD retrospective "Cannibalism 1" was issued on United Artists, and, for many, still stands today as the definitive CAN collection. It drew from the band's first six albums, but a tremendous sampling of songs from their essential early albums. "Cannibalism 1" is the best CD to buy to first experience the incredible music of CAN.
    CAN's legacy still resounds clearly across the landscape of contemporary music. As Julian Cope concludes, "CAN will be remembered as one of the great 20th century bands. I've listened to their music for over 23 years, and I still freak out at their staying power... Every one of CAN's members is a hero, and a true star
    ." (progarchives)




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    So far, the cheapest price I could find was there ($178.99 w/ free shipping):

    Can JAPAN PROMO BOX SET UHQCD 5 titles #49 | eBay
     
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  20. toilet_doctor

    toilet_doctor Well-Known Member Thread Starter

    Location:
    USA
    Similar Promo box set was released in 2006 by another independent P-Vine Records:

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  21. TheSeldomSeenKid

    TheSeldomSeenKid Forum Resident

    I am patiently waiting(hoping) for the recent Kate Bush Remasters to get the Japan Mini LP Sleeve Treatment(and hopefully an Outer Box would be available to hold all of them), as I held off buying the Original Remastered 2 Box Sets, due to the lesser quality sleeves for each Album. I already own 'This Woman's Work' Box Set and a few different Early CD Versions of her Albums, so was not urgent to buy the Guthrie Remasters, but I do not keep up with this Thread often, so if the Kate Bush Remasters do get the Mini LP Sleeves issued, maybe someone who sees this post can send a PM to let me know. I did buy the Individual Remasters CD Set of the Bonus Songs though, just in case there is never a a Japan Mini LP Sleeve Release.

    Also, not interested in MQA-UHQCD format, so hoping for just either SHM CD, Platinum SHM CD or BluSpec CD of her Remasters get done by Japan.

    Thanks
     
  22. Musicisthebest

    Musicisthebest Forum Resident

    Location:
    Manchester, UK
    I admire your patience. Personally I just bought the Guthrie remasters (which sound excellent to my ears) & didn't worry about what might be released by the Japanese in the future.

    I suggest you register with CD Japan (this is free) & then specify in the "email preference" section of their website that you'd like to be informed of new Kate Bush releases. SH forum members might forget to inform you but CD Japan's automated system certainly won't.
     
  23. toilet_doctor

    toilet_doctor Well-Known Member Thread Starter

    Location:
    USA
    I'm in the same position as you on these 2 box sets - bought nothing and I'm waiting for their Japanese version.
    In short, Kate was an EMI artist. When EMI merged with Uni in 2013, I panicked and sold my previous 2005 mini LPs to be ready for a new flat transfer in the SHM-SACD / Platinum SHM Mini LP.
    Thank God I left my favorite promo box:

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    5 Promo OBI came with the set:
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    At the time, the new release was so real - Uni had just finished the Roxy Music and Brian Ferry Mini LP sets, so Kate Bush should be next, right? Not so fast... Exactly at that time Kate's 35-year contract expired, and with no EMI, she switched to... Warner. Rhino has made a new remaster for her. And I think that although Warner, Japan makes Mini LPs very rarely, they will release Kate’s Mini LP set as they have some comitment to her. Over the next 2-3 years, with European boxes mostly disappearing, the SHM Mini LP sets are more likely. Platinum and Blu-spec (Sony) CDs are out of the picture.

    So far, comparative tests show that MQA UHQCDs (just in their undecoded state) sound better than Platinum SHM-CDs with the same mastering - so why should we ignore them?
    I’d be thrilled to have a full set of Kate Bush in Mini LP MQA UHQCD, but I doubt Warner will do it.

    You will be first to know, but you have to attend this thread regularly – no excuses. This is as sacred as going to church (for some). See, you barely missed David Gilmour's upcoming release...

    We all have our favorites, which supposed to be with the best sound and in the best presentation possible – that’s what the Japanese are willing to do.
     
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  24. Musicisthebest

    Musicisthebest Forum Resident

    Location:
    Manchester, UK
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  25. toilet_doctor

    toilet_doctor Well-Known Member Thread Starter

    Location:
    USA
    We will talk about this album later today along with 2 more Patric Moraz bands coming together in one box set:
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