Universal Music Group (UMG) will unveil its first titles in the DVD-Audio format Sept. 23, with a diverse helping of 24 albums. The label group will become the fourth major label group to utilize the format, after Warner Music Group, EMI and Bertelsmann Music Group.
Among the UMG albums to debut in the format are Aaron Neville’s “Nature Boy: The Standards Album,” Beck’s “Sea Change,” David Sanborn’s “timeagain,” Peter Frampton’s “Frampton Comes Alive!,” Elton John’s “Goodbye Yellow Brick Road,” George Strait’s “Honkytonkville,” Marvin Gaye’s “Collection,” Shania Twain’s “Up!,” Sting’s “Brand New Day” and the Who’s “Tommy.”
DVD-Audio is based on the same technology as DVD-Video, and is playable in any DVD-compatible CD player as well as in DVD-Video players. The format offers a higher-quality audio experience than a CD, due to compression, and also offers the potential for bonus content such as video clips and photo galleries. UMG’s DVD-Audio releases have each been remastered and remixed from the original multi-track album master tapes.
UMG has previously released albums in the rival format Super Audio CD (SACD), including reissues of the Police’s catalog.