In short, this is pure pap! The year long fiasco is well documented on the net via numerous assorted forum postings. The deception continues today.
My experience with HDTracks was certainly not commensurate with a company attempting to deceive. I did some searching to find the history of this and found a posting by Bruce Brown who performs much of HDTrack's remastering. Much of HDTracks content is from other studios where they have no control of the recording/mastering process. Bruce reported that several of the albums provided as hi-res by these other vendors turned out to be upsampled red book. This also included SACD disks! Bruce was not checking the spectral content of these albums prior to (or after) remastering.
Perhaps Art could turn his attentions to the hucksters within the industry he writes about who continue to fleece the 'simple' audiophile!
I completly agree! It costs less than a dime to serve a hi-res album as digital files vs. a few dollars to manufacture and distribute physical disks.