Originally Posted by ematcion
Don't know where this notion came from....the last Sony SACD release was 2 months (Danny Elfman). Not to mention the just announced Living Stereo SACDs being released next month.
I respect your love for SACD very highly. I too am a strong supporter of SACD, and frankly wish I could run down and buy SACDs every week. I think the format is great, and when it comes down to pure audio, I even feel that an SACD will out perform a DVD-Audio.
However, I cannot feel "sorry" for Sony, or feel bad that they lost a ton of money on the format, because they themselves are to blame for their lack of support, and let me, again, describe why.
Go back to 2003. The HiRez formats were about 3 years old. They were getting some press, but not a lot of press. Sony had released a lot of titles in 2000-2001-2002-2003. Good stuff, popular stuff, classics, jazz, a very nice assortment of titles. Good coverage of surround as well as stereo. Sony had gotten other lables to create SACDs, most notibly UMG.
When DSOTM was rumored to being prepared for surround HiRez release on Capitol/EMI, a label which was in the DVD-A camp, they used their leverage to convince Capitol/EMI & the artist to release the title on SACD. (This was the ONLY Capitol SACD ever released! Past and future Capitol titles would be and were DVD-A). When DSOTM SACD was released, there was a lot of press. There were articles in magazines, newspapers, etc,. all pointing to the fact that to hear it in surround, you needed to have an SACD player, and THAT was the way it should be heard! SACD was prominent in the press releases and notes on the title.
This was a very high profile release, and got SACD a lot of good, positive press. Then, shortly after that, in November 2003, Rolling Stone created a special issue that highlighted the GREATEST ALBUMS OF ALL TIME. In that issue was included a "free" promotional SACD with great tracks on it:1. Bob Dylan - "Simple Twist of Fate" - from Blood on the Tracks (Columbia CH 90323)
2. Pink Floyd - "Money" - from The Dark Side of the Moon (Capitol Records CDP 7243-5-82136-2-1)
3. The Who - "Pinball Wizard" - from The Who's Tommy (Geffen Records B0001386-36)
4. Herbie Hancock - "Watermelon Man" - from Headhunters (Columbia CS 65123)
5. Norah Jones - "Come Away With Me" - from Come Away With Me (Blue Note Records 7243-5-41747-2-8)
6. Elton John - "Goodbye Yellow Brick Road" - from Goodbye Yellow Brick Road (Island Records B0001478-40)
7. Billy Joel - "Movin' Out" - from The Stranger (Columbia CS 69384)
8. Miles Davis "Blue In Green" - from Kind of Blue (Columbia CS 64935)
9. Aerosmith "Sweet Emotion" - from Toys In The Attic (Columbia CS 57362)
There was also a promotion for the readers to take their free SACD into a store and playback to see if they had won a prize. On that sampler SACD was the first track from the upcoming Elton John SACD releases that would be out early in the next year.
Universal had already announced SACDs from Elton John, Eric Clapton, Derek & the Dominoes, Michael McDonald, and many other high profile artists including Steely Dan. SACD was at the very height of it's popularity and this could have been the point where it broke out into the mainstream.
However, it was at this exact point that Sony, somewhere in it's boardrooms, dropped the ball and virtually withdrew from releasing SACDs, instead giving us "enhanced stereo" DualDiscs.
Here was a time when they could have come through with SACDs from their most popular artists and back catalog artists. Bruce Springsteen, Billy Joel, Bob Dylan, current chart topping artists, and they only let out a trickle of pop/rock/folk titles.
In Decemeber 2003 they released an SACD by the Thorns.
In August 2004 they released an SACD by Incubus
In August 2004 they released an SACD by the Indigo Girls
In August 2004 they released an SACD by David Sanchez
In August 2004 they released an SACD by John Mayer (Heavier Things)
In June 2005 Sony UK released an SACD by Rory Gallagher
In June 2005 Sony UK released an SACD of Jeff Wayne's War of the Worlds
In December 2005 they released an SACD by Duran Duran
In December 2005 they released an SACD by John Legend
In December 2005 they released an SACD by John Mayer (Room for Squares)
In December 2005 they released an SACD by Switchfoot
In January 2006 they released an SACD by Yo-Yo Ma (Not quite pop/rock/folk)
That's it! In THREE YEARS
, these are the SACDs released by Sony. In 2004, UMG carried the SACD flag quite admirably, but soon left it flapping in the breeze, along with many SACD fans.
There are certainly labels like Telarc and Chesky that are doing a great job, but the bottom line is, the SACD market was at it's peak, and it's creator bailed out.
I'm sorry, but those are the facts. It really irritates me no end, because I love SACD and want more. The worst part is that there was a lot left on the table, and I truely believe that if it were handled better, the format would be doing so much better than it is.