22 Rolling Stones SACDs To Be Released Remastered But In Stereo 
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Written by AVRev.com   
Sunday, 02 June 2002

ABKCO Records will release 22 early Rolling Stones titles in high resolution stereo on the SACD format over the next few months. This marks the first significant offering from a major artist in the on-going format war between Sony and Philip’s SACD media vs. DVD-Audio which is supported by AOL Time-Warner, Matsutista and many other music and equipment companies.

The 22 titles will include the Stones' first recordings from 1963 through "Get Yer Ya-Ya's Out!," plus a few compilations, including two-CD sets "Hot Rocks, 1964-1971" and "More Hot Rocks (Big Hits and Fazed Cookies)." The three-CD "Singles Collection: The London Years" will also be released. The Stones started their own label "Sticky Fingers" and now are on Virgin. The license for these early Stones titles was most likely quite expensive with sources close to AudioRevolution.com reporting similar titles demand $250,000 per album up front for audiophile re-releases.

By releasing these Stones albums in stereo, ABKCO records avoids the messy and often expensive process of remixing classic songs to surround sound which in this case may be a smart move considering old Rolling Stones records are targeted for Baby Boomers who grew up listening to stereo. SACD has been marketed to older audiophiles while competing audio format, DVD-Audio, has focused more on younger listeners who can play music back in 5.1 surround sound in their home theater systems. Both SACD and DVD-Audio can in fact reproduce stunning high resolution surround but the large majority of the 400 plus SACD titles are remastered in only stereo. DVD-Audio has even fewer overall releases at around 225 with nearly all in 5.1 surround.

With DVD-Audio doing demonstrations in movie theaters for high resolution in surround sound and SACD landing A-list artists like The Rolling Stones, more mainstream consumers are taking note. At Tower Records on Sunset Boulevard in Hollywood, the SACD/DVD-Audio section has been moved to the very front of the store to compete directly with the new releases. There is hope that one or both of these high resolution audio formats may work out.

Source: Billboard.com

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