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High Times Greatest Hits Japanese release on Blu-Ray CD

Added on Wednesday 20 May 2009, 12:39 (BST)

EIL.com is listing a Blu-Ray audio CD of the High Times Greatest Hits album for release in Japan on 22 July.  The description of the release explains what a Blu-Ray audio CD is...

"Sony Music Entertainment Inc. has used its Blu-ray Disc technology to develop an audio CD [Blu-Spec] with high sound quality. The new discs are built using polymer polycarbonate materials as well as an optimized Blue Laser Beam cutting technology that improves the quality of the laser beam. The applied Blu-ray Disc polycarbonate polymer material introduces less jitter [noise] and thus, high-quality audio reproduction. Blu-Spec CDs conform to the standard audio CD [CDDA/Red Book] format and are compatible with existing CD players."

As with the standard Japanese release of the album, this release will include Half The Man as a bonus track.

Credit: Francois Wiart

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WARNING!! Fellow Jamiroquai fans, DO NOT FALL FOR THIS FRAUD!!

Couple of comments from NON-audiophile forum about this Sony "Blu-Spec" fraud:

"If they believe that the reason that CD sales are declining is that the masters were created with the wrong color light, then they really are deluded."

"I believe this is close to a fraud (like snake-oil)."

"This Blu-spec is complete none sense without any emperical evidence."

And finally cherry on top:

"Japan, home of Blue-Spec. Japan, home of SHM-CD. Japan, home of the $800 glass-substrate CD. Japan, home of XR-CD.

Japan: home of absolutely useless expensive audiophile tweako snake oil CD variants."

Check out the conversation for yourself before buying this c%#p: http://tinyurl.com/qgwxfv (Hydrogenaudio Forum)

Jammiroquai: thanks for the comment. I hadn't looked into this for more information but if it was announced on April 1st I wouldn't have been surprised. In fact, when I thanked Francois for sending me the news I said "Sounds like Sony are just trying to sell more and more things to make a little extra money to me!"

Sadly most people don't care about sound quality anymore with their ipods and crappy low quality mp3's. Even if a slightly better format than CD was to come along, it wouldn't make much difference in this fast food music market we live in today where conveniance, cost and speed are most important, and not quality...

I confirm David's quote! ;-)
Even if the quality of that recording is somehow better, I really don't see how you can make a revolution out of something recorded over 15 years ago with the technology available at that time.
New recordings thought especially for the new technology might have a more striking difference, yet again, it's just an enhancement for purists but no way a progress in the way people listen to music (cassette, CD and MP3 -whether good or bad- changed the way we experience music)

New albums and singles please!

I agree with Kenneth´s comment.

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