A crop of classic albums will be released this year in the hybrid Super Audio CD (SACD) format, Billboard Bulletin reports.

A crop of classic albums will be released this year in the hybrid Super Audio CD (SACD) format, Billboard Bulletin reports. Hybrid SACD discs are forward- and backward-compatible: the high-resolution SACD layer allows for a stereo or multichannel mix, while the CD layer allows playback in standard CD players.

EMI Music will release Pink Floyd's "Dark Side of the Moon" in hybrid SACD on March 3, coinciding with the title's 30th anniversary. For release in the new format, longtime Pink Floyd engineer/producer James Guthrie created a 5.1-channel mix and remastered the renowned recording. "Dark Side of the Moon" will be the first SACD released on Capitol/EMI in the U.S.

Also in March, Universal Music Group will release "The Police Greatest Hits -- Every Breath You Take: The Classics" in hybrid SACD. In addition, the entire Police catalog -- "Outlandos D'Amour," "Regatta de Blanc," "Zenyatta Mondatta," "Ghost in the Machine," "Synchronicity," and the double-disc "The Police Live" -- will be reissued in remastered versions on SACD stereo and CD.

UMG plans to roll out additional SACD releases throughout 2003, including new albums by Peter Gabriel, the Roots, the Wallflowers, and 3 Doors Down.

Meanwhile, Sony Music Entertainment will release 15 Bob Dylan albums in hybrid SACD in the fall. Included are "Highway 61 Revisited," "Nashville Skyline," "Blood on the Tracks," "Time Out of Mind," and "Love and Theft."

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