Universal Music has announced the second wave of Blu-ray Audio titles under their High Fidelity Pure Audio (HFPA) banner will be released world-wide on October 8th. Titles include legendary albums from Nirvana, Queen, Beck, Amy Winehouse and Supertramp. Additionally, the first wave of HFPA titles – previously exclusive to French retailer FNAC - will also be available on that date.
I don't think so, they OWN the 5.1 mix and aren't putting it on here, brutal mistake. Plus we don't know how good the master they're using is, the MFSL seems to be the most well regarded stereo master and with good reason, it's the only wide open dynamic master. The 5.1 mix is also very nice and open, to leave it off is simply mind-boggling.
if they're using the same loud master you can get from HD Tracks and/or Qobuz then I think the people this is designed to interest, are going to be rather uninterested.
If the In Utero is as good as interviews with Steve Albini suggest it's going to be, we know he's 100% against dynamic range compression, then this could be the best alternative/rock title of the bunch. I expect Nevermind will be the same atrocious master used for the 20th Anniversary edition. What a shame they can't convert Bernie Grundman's all analogue master from 2009 to 24/96 for this one.
Beck: Sea Change is listed as 5.1 on the Music Direct website, along with the Nick Drake release. We're going to have to wait for two weeks to know for sure, but those appear to be surround mix titles.
What more is there to do with A Night at the Opera? It's been released on dvd-audio, DTS 24/96, SACD (in Japan) and a few remasters. Can we maybe get Queen II, Sheer Heart Attack or A Day At the Races at least one time?
They're including one of these audio blu-rays in the upcoming Tommy Box Set. I've never heard the album, but I do own the record. Once I get the album, I'll see if this box set is worthy in my collection.
When does Amazon plan on listing these? The first batch was never listed on US site, had to go to Amazon Uk.
Amazon US probably wont even sell these. Its sad that Americans don't like their high end audio. I just got a killer Genesis SACD box set that sounds awesome in 5.1. The US only has plain DVD (not DVD Audio) with compressed audio. Horrible compared to SACD!
I purchased Supertramp Breakfast in America on blu ray audio. Sounds really good for two channel. These blu ray audios should have included multichannel track also. Looking forward to Crime of the Century.