Atlantic Records Celebrates 50th with Special 2-Disc Release

On February 23, Pacific Microsonics announced that Atlantic Records' forthcoming golden-anniversary release will feature classic popular recordings remastered using Pacific's high-resolution HDCD technology. The patented High Definition Compatible Disc process enhances the detail, richness, and dynamics of compact disc performance.

Atlantic Records decided on HDCD as "the natural choice for mastering because of the suberb sound quality it produces." Atlantic's Vice President for Special Projects Yves Beauvais said, "Music fans will really enjoy listening to this two-CD set. Every track was a top-selling recording in its day, and many continue to be popular across new generations of listeners."

Atlantic Records: 50 Years---The Gold Anniversary (Atlantic 83088-2) will offer something for everyone, with 26 hits from four popular genres: jazz, R&B, pop, and rock. Disc 1 includes Ray Charles' "What'd I Say," Ben E. King's "Stand By Me," Aretha Franklin's "Respect," Sam and Dave's "Soul Man," Otis Redding's "Dock of the Bay," Cream's "Sunshine of Your Love," Led Zeppelin's "Whole Lotta Love," and the Rolling Stones' "Brown Sugar."

The second disc features "Layla" by Derek and the Dominoes, Chic's "Le Freak," Phil Collins' "In the Air Tonight," Foreigner's "I Want to Know What Love Is," Tori Amos' "Silent All These Years," Jewel's "Who Will Save Your Soul," and "Hold My Hand" by Hootie and the Blowfish.

Available March 10, Atlantic's gold-anniversary issue will be the most recent addition to the over 40 million HDCDs shipped worldwide since the process was introduced. According to Pacific Microsonics, there are now more than 100 models of HDCD players and processors on the market, and the HDCD mastering processor is in increasingly widespread use in studios.