Music on Blu-ray Disc and HD DVD

Yes, high-def fans, there is music on those formats. There just isn't much of it, relatively speaking. Back in the January 2007 issue of Sound & Vision, I rounded up the first batch of titles in a review called Found What We're Looking For! Concerts Go High-Def on Blu-ray Disc, HD DVD. That clever headline referenced the fact that the star title was U2's Rattle and Hum, which showed up on both formats.

Since then, I've gathered another batch of releases, and I've tried - really, I have - to find the time to watch them, listen to them, and review them. But oh, where does the time go? (Today, it goes to . . . writing blogs!) I was hoping to tackle them this month, but I'm already falling behind. (Yessiree, folks, you get True Confessions here at Bitstream!)

So I figured that, in the meantime, it would be helpful to at least share a list of those recent titles.

If you've got a good store near you - or at least a good Web browser - here's what you can find:

On Columbia Music Video Blu-ray
Tony Bennett: An American Classic
Chris Botti: Live, with Orchestra & Special Guests
Destiny's Child: Live in Atlanta
Bruce Springsteen with the Sessions Band: Live in Dublin

On Epic Music Video Blu-ray
Incubus: Alive at Red Rocks

On Interscope Blu-ray and HD DVD
Nine Inch Nails: Beside You in Time

On Eagle Vision HD DVD
Deep Purple: Live at Montreux 2006
Santana: Hymns for Peace, Live at Montreux 2004
Yes: Live at Montreux 2003

On Image HD DVD
Chicago and Earth, Wind & Fire: Live at the Greek Theatre
Heart: Alive in Seattle
Barry Manilow: Manilow Live!

On Rhino HD DVD
Cream: Royal Albert Hall, London, May 2-3-5-6, 2005
Eagles: Farewell I Tour, Live from Melbourne
Various: A MusiCares Person of the Year Tribute Honoring James Taylor

Sony BMG has a decent Web site for its Columbia and Epic titles: http://sonybmg.com/blu-ray

I promise to get to at least some of these when I can.

Anything I've missed? Let me (and everyone else) know! -Ken Richardson

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