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April DualDisc Releases From 5.1 Entertainment Print E-mail
Wednesday, 06 April 2005
5.1 Entertainment Group have announced their release slate of DualDiscs in April including releases from Gordon Goodwin’s Big Phat Band, Blue Oyster Cult, and the Utah Symphony conducted by Maurice Abravanel. The DualDiscs released by the 5.1 Entertainment Group labels Silverline, Immergent and Myutopia include web enabled and renewable bonus features through DVD Launcher and the ability to upload surround sound music to iPods and Windows-based portable players using Dolby Headphone technology.

The artists:

Gordon Goodwin combines his composing, arranging and musical instrumentation skills on XXL, his second creation as ringleader for the Big Phat Band. XXL finds a stable full of LA Jazz players - Eric Marienthal, Eddie Daniels, Michael Brecker, Peter Erskine and others. These players have over a dozen Top-10 Jazz albums under their collective belt. On the DVD side of XXL, there is a video for the song “Comes Love,” a making of the record video, a photo gallery, musical solo transcriptions, and a "Make Your Own Mix'' feature that allows the listener to isolate a certain instrument during the playback of several songs.

Put together by rock critic/visionary Richard Meltzer and producer Sandy Pearlman, Blue Oyster Cult’s high-decibel approach garnered them elevated status among fans longing for an American Black Sabbath. Long Day’s Night was recorded live at the Navy Pier/Skyline Stage in Chicago, Illinois on June 21, 2002. Extras on the DVD side of the DualDisc include band photos and live performance video for “Cities On Flame,” and the album in DVD-Audio and Dolby Digital surround sound.

In 1947 Maurice Abravanel was appointed music director of the newly reorganized Utah Symphony Orchestra, and by his retirement in 1979 had transformed this unknown community orchestra into a leading US ensemble. He made more than 100 recordings in Utah, including major works by Gould, Rorem, Schuman, the first Mahler symphony cycle recorded by a single orchestra and more. This DualDisc is a two-disc set. The DVD side of Disc 1 has the entire program in DVD-Audio and Dolby Digital surround sound, video interviews with members of Abravanel's Utah Symphony, a video outlining the technical background of the audio, historic image gallery and composer biography. The DVD side of Disc 2 features the entire program in DVD-Audio, 24 bit / 192 kHz stereo (Dolby Digital stereo as well) and the same bonus features as Disc 1(minus the technical background video).

The complete 5.1 Entertainment Group DualDisc April releases are:

Gordon Goodwin’s Big Phat Band – XXL
Blue Oyster Cult – Long Day’s Night
Motorhead – Ace Of Spades
Stray Cats - Rockabilly Rules
Utah Symphony/Abravanel – Requiem, Berlioz
Utah Symphony/Abravanel – Symphonies 1 & 4, Sibelius

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