Wow, hard to believe one of his recordings sounds bad. His Joshua Judges Ruth disc is probably one of the best sounding discs of all time. Let us know if you hear anything back.
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Very interesting post. I have a "Jewel" album, Joy: A Holiday Collection, from Atlantic Records, 83250-2, that has the same problem. Another cd that is marked HDCD but doesn't decode is from Epic. "the best of madonna", cda355, SONY MUSIC. But this disk came out of China via Ebay and was sopposed to be xrcd2. (I bought it just to see) I'm sure that there are copyright issues with this disk. I have been told by some people that download a lot of music, that the HDCD encoding passes through to the burned disk, and does function on playback. This is do to the 16th bit containing the encoding.
The note below was first sent to Pacific Microsonics and then forwarded to me in response to my problem with the Lyle Lovett CD. Frankly, it's a pretty good excuse but does uncover some quality control issues with the record company. The technical gal at PM jumped right on this for me. Pacific Microsonics is first rate and I highly recommend players with their technology and HDCD recordings. As a side note I've recently discovered that one of my CDs has the HDCD encoding but it isn't mentioned on the package....go figure.
Thank you for notifying me about the HDCD logos and trademarks that appear on the Lyle Lovett package released by MCA Nashville 10-23-01. We use three local mastering facilities who use HDCD equipment for almost all of our releases. The Lyle Lovett project, however, was mastered by a facility in L.A. that did not use the equipment. I was on maternity leave during this time and did not instruct my replacement to question this detail. She simply copied a Word document of a previously issued package that was mastered using HDCD which is why the logos and trademarks appear on the Lyle Lovett package. I apologize for the error. Our marketing dept. has been asked to notify our creative dept. when another print run is ordered so the HDCD information can be removed from the package.
Thanks for your understanding.