Recorded and released in 1971, John Lennon’s second album Imagine is now available in the Blu-ray Pure Audio format. One of Lennon’s premiere solo albums, Imagine is a welcome addition to the small, but growing Blu-ray Pure Audio catalog. “Imagine” is such a famous song that if you haven’t heard the original then there is no doubt you have heard one of the many covers. Artists like Elton John, Stevie Wonder, and Cee Lo Green along with over 140 other artists have given their personal touch to “Imagine.”
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One of the more expensive SACD and DVD-A titles to track down has been Beck’s Sea Change. With a high-resolution surround mix of what many feel is Beck’s best album the out-of-print title has been known to command well over $100 on Ebay. I was not smart enough to pick up a copy when it was available, but have heard it used as demo material at shows to know how good it can sound.
As one of the first Blu-ray Pure Audio titles announced I was looking forward to finally owning a copy of this myself. Even compared to the Mobile Fidelity CD and vinyl versions I already own this version is superior. Even without the surround mix I would still choose it as the best version of this album you can buy.
There is nothing I can write about What’s Going On that hasn’t already been written. From its release in 1971 until today, it has been a classic album. Coming in at #6 on Rolling Stone’s Top 500 Albums list (2012 Revision) its power and brilliance are hardly up for debate. It also has not suffered from a lack of reissues this past decade.
High-resolution audio on disc has not fared well. SACD and DVD-A came out only to battle each other and leave no one victorious. Websites like HD Tracks are great sources of material but too hard for many to take advantage of. For many people a simple way to get higher quality music into their lives doesn’t exist.