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Tommy Turrentine & Lightnin' Hopkins SACDs

Date Posted: 
November 6, 2003

At the recent Home Entertainment 2003 show, Audio Fidelity released their two latest Hybrid Stereo SACDs by Tommy Turrentine and Lightnin' Hopkins. Audio Fidelity's owner, Marshall Blonstein, was at the Elusive Disc booth at the show on Friday and Saturday and I had a chance to chat with him and catch up on the latest goings on at the label.

Max SACD! Three Classics from Audio Fidelity

Date Posted: 
July 3, 2003

The three new ear-opening re-releases from Audio Fidelity that showed up last week are: John Lee Hooker, Boogie Chillen', AFZ 005 (2003); Sonny Clark, Sonny Clark Trio, AFZ 006 (2003); and Ritchie Valens, Ritchie Valens Greatest Hits, AFZ 008 (2003). These releases are done in hybrid Super Audio (SACD) format, which is compatible with plain old vanilla CD players. The sound is quite good in either format, but a noticeable notch better in SACD.

Ritchie Valens: Greatest Hits

Date Posted: 
March 14, 2003

Buddy Holly was not the only musician to die in that plane in 1959. Also on board was up and coming Ritchie Valens, not yet eighteen but already mounting an assault on the pop charts. Was he headed to the top? We will never know. He only left behind three albums and a few singles to testify to his promising talent.

The Zombies Greatest Hits

Date Posted: 
March 5, 2003

The Zombies recorded output between the years 1964 through 1968 produced a collection of songs that were as classic as many of their peers of the time. The Zombies featured prolific songwriter and advancing rock artist in Rod Argent who went on to form Argent and who created more timeless classics like "Hold Your Head Up" and the anthemic "God Gave Rock And Roll To You". But during his tenure with The Zombies, he penned and helped to produce "She's Not There", "Time of the Season", and "Tell Her No". All of these tunes are classics in their own right.

Audio Fidelity Releases Sonny Clark Trio SACD & Announces March SACDs

Date Posted: 
January 30, 2003

Earlier this week, Audio Fidelity released their latest SACD - A Session With the Sonny Clark Trio. They also moved the SACDs they debuted at the CES 2003 show by Ritchie Valens and John Lee Hooker into general release. Wrapping up the news from Audio Fidelity, they also provided details of their planned SACD releases for this March. Here are further details on these announcements from Audio Fidelity.

A Session With The Sonny Clark Trio
Audio Fidelity's 7th SACD release is the new album entitled "A Session With The Sonny Clark Trio" (Audio Fidelity AFZ 006).

Ritchie Valens, John Lee Hooker And Sonny Clark Trio Lead Off 2003 SACD Releases

Date Posted: 
January 20, 2003

Ventura Calif. based record company Audio Fidelity has released three new titles this week as part of its ongoing series of dual layered Super Audio Compact Discs. The increasingly popular SACD format involves technology that allows for a higher resolution listening experience within the user’s environment. Audio Fidelity titles also contain a musically equivalent standard CD layer – fully compatible will all current Compact Disc Players for a surprisingly low list price of $15.98.

Audio Fidelity Releases Its First 4 SACDs

Date Posted: 
November 11, 2002

Audio Fidelity, the new audiophile record label formed by the founder of DCC Compact Classics has released its first 4 SACD discs. As we reported earlier, the initial releases feature recordings by the Zombies, Mel Torme with Symphony Orchestra, Buddy Rich and his Band and the Cal Tjader Quintet.

Along with the initial 4 SACD releases, Audio Fidelity also announced more information on the next 4 SACD releases and unveiled new artwork that will be used on their SACD releases, starting after the first of the year.

Audio Fidelity Launches New Label With Work on 10 SACDs

Date Posted: 
May 9, 2002

In 1986, record industry veteran Marshall Blonstein founded DCC Compact Classics and led that label as its President up until a year ago. Now Blonstein is back with a newly formed audiophile label named Audio Fidelity.

Blonstein says he missed the audiophile market and is very excited to be returning to it via Audio Fidelity. To kick off the new label, Blonstein will be releasing a series of Classic Jazz and Pop titles on Hybrid SACD starting next month.

Four From Audio Fidelity

Date Posted: 
February 1, 2002

The major labels have been busy re-mastering their older best-sellers into high resolution formats for re-release. Audio Fidelity ( is an independent label that has bought the rights to some golden oldie albums for similar treatment. This allows the label to enter the market with material that has an established audience, and it allows us would-be consumers access to established material that would otherwise languish in the pre-CD category.

Audio Fidelity Releases 4 on Super Audio CD

Date Posted: 
January 7, 2002

ZOMBIES, Greatest Hits
Audio Fidelity stereo SACD - AFZ 001