Universal Japan is releasing the fourth set (11 titles) of SHM-SACDs in Japan on November 24, 2010. SHM-SACDs stand for Super High Material Super-Audio CDs. They are single-layer, stereo-only SACDs pressed on special SHM discs utilizing high-quality polycarbonate material originally developed for LCD panels for the ultimate audiophile experience. They are NOT hybrid SACDs. They do NOT contain any multi-channel tracks. They require an SACD player and will NOT play on regular CD players.
This series of limited-edition SHM-SACDs will use the most recent DSD masters available to Universal Japan, and in some cases, brand-new DSD masters are created from analog master tapes.
Based on our past experience, this limited-edition series will quickly sell out, and once they are out of print, they will be available only at premium prices. So we are offering our valued customers a chance to secure their copies by pre-ordering. Eastwind Import has no plan to stock them, except for a few copies each of the jazz titles.
The price of the SHM-SACDs is $49.00 each. In addition, our regular shipping charge will apply:
Shipping and handling charges for US customers
$5.00 for the first CD
+$1.95 for each additional CD
Shipping and handling charges for Non-US customers including Canada
$9.00 for the first CD
+$2.50 for each additional CD
The cut-off date is Saturday, September 25, US California time. Please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org listing the titles you'd like to order, your name, shipping address and your PayPal email address if you have one. In return, we will send you a PayPal invoice via email which you can pay with your credit card.
Below is the list of the 11 titles to be released on November 24 in Japan:
UCGD-9006 BOHM, KARL/BRUCKNER:SYMPHONY NO.4 "ROMANTIC"/DECCA
UCGD-9007 SUWANAI, AKIKO/SIBELIUS & WALTON:VIOLIN CONCERTOS/DECCA
UCGG-9006 KLEIBER, CARLOS/BEETHOVEN:SYMPHONIS NO.5 & NO.7/DEUTSCHE
UCGU-9006 KRALL, DIANA/WHEN I LOOK IN YOUR EYES/VERVE
UCGU-9007 KRALL, DIANA/LOOK OF LOVE/VERVE
UCGU-9008 KRALL, DIANA/GIRL IN THE OTHER ROOM/VERVE
UIGY-9048 FREE/FIRE AND WATER/ISLAND
UIGY-9049 TRAFFIC/JOHN BARLAYCORN MUST DIE/ISLAND
UIGY-9050 FAIRPORT CONVENTION/LIEGE & LIEF/ISLAND
UIGY-9051 STEWART, ROD/GASOLINE ALLEY/MERCURY
UIGY-9052 JOHN, ELTON/GOODBYE YELLOW BRICK ROAD/MERCURY
After the order is placed and payment received, we will place an order with our Japanese distributor. The SHM-SACDs will be released in Japan on November 24, and we expect to receive them shortly thereafter (a week or two). We will ship the CDs to you as soon as they arrive from Japan. In an unlikely event that we cannot fulfill this special order for some unforeseen reason, your prepayment will immediately be refunded in full.
To secure your copy from this historic and sure-to-be-sold-out series, please email us on or before Saturday, September 25! This is a FIRM deadline!
Happy listening to you all!