If I had internet access at my new home (don’t ask), you would have known about these upcoming Blu-ray audio releases a little sooner.  But moving takes incredible amounts of time, as I know all of you have personal experience in.  While not done (no furniture yet, either), I’m set up enough to get some posts out to you.


Recently, labels have noted that SACDs simply will not go away.  While they’re undoubtedly geared toward demanding listeners, labels will not return to the SACD format.  Instead, they are now experimenting with BD-Audio, or, Blu-ray Audio.  This venture began in Europe, and is now available in the US.  As of October 18, these releases can be acquired (listed in alpha order):

  • Amy Winehouse – Back To Black
  • Beck – Sea Change
  • Bob Marley & The Wailers – Kaya
  • Bob Marley & The Wailers – Legend
  • Chet Baker – Baker’s Holiday
  • Derek & The Dominos – Layla And Other Assorted Love Songs
  • Diana Krall – The Look Of Love
  • Ella Fitzgerald & Louis Armstrong – Ella & Louis
  • John Coltrane – A Love Supreme
  • Lionel Richie – Can’t Slow Down
  • Marvin Gaye – What’s Going On
  • Miles Davis – L’Ascenseur Pour L’Echafaud
  • Nick Drake -Five Leaves Left
  • Nina Simone – I Put A Spell On You
  • Nirvana – In Utero
  • Nirvana – Nevermind
  • Oscar Peterson – Night Train
  • Quincy Jones – Big Band Bossa Nova
  • Serge Gainsbourg – Aux Armes Et Caetera 1979
  • Serge Gainsbourg – Histoire De Melody Nelson
  • Stan Getz/Joao Gilberto – Getz/Gilberto
  • Stevie Wonder – Songs In The Key Of Life
  • Supertramp – Breakfast In America
  • Supertramp – Crime Of The Century
  • The Velvet Underground & Nico – The Velvet Underground & Nico


These Blu-ray Audio discs have been out in Europe for some time, so it’s good news that we can get them in the US…NOW!

What do you think of this format? Going to give it a shake despite the absence of 5.1  Surround?

By MARowe

13 thoughts on “Blu-ray Audio Discs Of Classic Titles Comes To The US”
  1. I’m glad about this but the same thing will happen with these that happened with sacd and dvda the labels will give no support especially here in the states and they will fade into oblivion

  2. The Beck and Nick Drake releases will have 5.1 surround (I think)
    Also not listed is the BDA release of Queen’s “A Night at the Opera”, which will also contain the 5.1 mix.
    It is a small portion of the current releases scheduled, but hey if these sell maybe more will come in the future! :)

  3. First welcome back Matt.
    Wish I’d known these were being released in the US. I’ve picked up Supertramp’s BIA and Stevie’s SITKOL. The latter just arrived last week so I haven’t had a chance to check it out thoroughly. I’ve had the Supertramp for a month or two and have listened to that several time. IMO very good sounding and a noticeable improvement.

    I didn’t know about the other Supertramp album, or Nirvana and put me down for one of those Queen NATO discs. I was getting ready to order Derek amp; The Dominos from Amz UK (which, by the way, is in 5.1 surround from what I’ve read) but I guess I’ll get in in the US.

    Greg, at least blu-ray isn’t a niche market. They are pretty universal so I don’t think they will be in the same category as sacds and true dvd-audios.

  4. The Greg Penney 5.1 mixes of the remaining Elton classic years titles need to come out in this format. Don’t Shoot Me… Caribou, Rock Of The Westies and Blue Moves are completed and need to come out.

  5. Not interested. My stereo/SACD system only shares a sub with my movie system. The sound, though good for movies and concert videos, is not as good for my music and I am not about to upgrade everything to get on some kind of equal footing. However I think people that listen with one overall system could be in for a real treat.

  6. FYI – Both Nirvana discs and the Supertramp COTC disc are available for pre-order with a release date listed of Oct 30th.
    Couldn’t find Breakfast In America, Derek amp; The Dominos, or Queen on Amazon US.




  7. BR-Audio doesn’t need to be in 5.1 surround. To me, that’s a gimmick at best.
    All I want is hig-rez two channel audio. I’ve ordered the two Supertamp disks and can’t wait to give them a listen! This is turning into a very exciting format.

  8. I might get a couple (Supertramp being the most likely…BiA was the first CD I bought when I got my first CD player back around 1985), but I would so much rather have 5.1 mixes.

    I would buy a LOT more if this were the case, and without the slightest hesitation…hint…hint… :)


  9. How about the Fleetwood Mac (“White” album) and “Tusk” 5.1 mixes? I also heard that these were pretty much done but never released :( . The latter is a particular favorite of mine…”Sara” in 5.1 would be stunning if done right, IMHO…come on, powers-that-be…release ’em on this new format!

  10. I use to think that record companies didn’t know much about music side of the Music business. Now I believe they don’t understand the business side as well. Why would record co. spend money to make 5.1 recordings of classic albums, and not release them. This shows a complete lack of intelligence and business sense. Steely Dan, Elton John, Chicago, Fleetwood Mac just to name a few…get with it record companies and release these 5.1 recordings on blu ray or at least some high quality format.

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