Category: SHM-CD

STEVE LUKATHER – Session Works [Japan only release Blu-spec CD2] (2016) *EXCLUSIVE*

The one and only Mr. STEVE LUKATHER will present next Friday his new solo album, and it’s a nice opportunity to feature here this Japan-only release ”Session Works”, pressed on high quality Blu-spec CD2 format.
It’s really cool to have such wide array of diverse artists / styles onto one disc not only to contrast Lukather’s talent, but also to discover some songs never heard by many and where the eminent guitarist showcase his impressive abilities.
We find recordings for Kenny Loggins, Boz Scaggs or Dwayne Ford, but also not familiar names for AOR aficionados like Sarah Dash, Dane Donohue or Valerie Carter. Also included is the excellent I-Ten’s ‘Alone’ (later made famous by Heart), and 2 tracks from Steve Lukather solo.
Japan only release out of print now, being sold at eBay for over $200.
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PAT TRAVERS BAND – Go For What You Know [Japan SHM-CD remastered] out of print

PAT TRAVERS and his band first albums were, and still are, very influential. These, in a remastered Japanese limited edition on high quality SHM-CD, are ones to get (unfortunately out of print).
One of you asked for ”Go For What You Know”, a hot, rockin’ arena live recording you need to hear.
The Canadian guitarist stormed the rock scene with incendiary performances always featuring a top notch line-up as backing band and pretty much capturing the live effervescence into the studio.
Tommy Aldridge, Carmine Appice, Pat Thrall, future Iron Maiden drummer Nicko McBrain, Clive Edwards, Mick Dyche, Peter “Mars” Cowling, Barry Dunaway, Jerry Riggs, Michael Shrieve, Rodney O’Quinn are some of the noted musicians who have been members of the Pat Travers Band through the years.
Mr. Big’s guitarist Paul Gilbert has referred to Travers as a “guitar god”, and Kirk Hammett of Metallica has mentioned him as one of his favorite guitar players.

PAT TRAVERS – Crash And Burn [remastered SHM-CD] [Ltd Release] out of print

Some of you asked for PAT TRAVERS‘ album “Crash And Burn” in this Japanese Remastered Edition (Limited Release) on SHM-CD which really worth the investment. Originally released in 1980, “Crash And Burn” was the Pat Travers Band’s highest-charting release, peaking at number 20 on the Billboard album chart. The single ‘Snortin’ Whiskey’, co-written by Travers and fellow band member guitarist...

KISS – Best Of Solo Albums [Japan Hi-Res MQA-CD UHQCD / DSD remaster 2020] *EXCLUSIVE*

Universal Music Japan has released few months ago a High Resolution disc (MQA-CD + UHQCD) of KISSBest Of Solo Albums“, a 2020 DSD remaster based on the original analog tape converted to 352.8kHz / 24bit.
The compilation was never released in North America, so here it’s quite a rarity. Seems there never has been an official CD release either. Any CD would be a bootleg, until now: this Japanese is an official Universal Music release.
“Best Of Solo Albums“ is a really must have addition to your collection, even if you have all the solo albums: Paul Stanley’s “Take Me Away (Together As One)” is featured here in its complete version (not fade out like on the actual solo album), the intro to Peter Criss “I Can’t Stop The Rain” is louder in the mix, etc.
Excellent sound quality.
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GAMMA 3 [remastered Japanese SHM-CD] Out Of Print

Founded by guitarist Ronnie Montrose, GAMMA delivered a string of three stupendous albums in the lapse of 4 years between the very end of the Seventies and the early ’80s. All have been remastered in Japan and manufactured on high quality SHM-CD, released on Cardboard Sleeve (mini LP) reproducing the original artwork.
With the release of ‘Gamma 3‘ in 1982 the band had shifted from Melodic Hard Rock to an even more commercial, somewhat AORish FM Rock sound that combines elements of Asia and early 80’s Rush with, indeed, some Foreigner and a dash of Triumph, and we love it.

GAMMA 2 [remastered Japanese SHM-CD] Out Of Print

Founded by guitarist Ronnie Montrose and singer Davey Pattison in San Francisco at the end of the seventies, GAMMA delivered three stupendous albums in the lapse of 4 years.
All have been remastered in Japan and manufactured on high quality SHM-CD, released on Cardboard Sleeve (mini LP) reproducing the original artwork.
Produced by Foreigner / Aerosmith vet Gary Lyons GAMMA 2, originally released in 1980, is a killer rocking album.

GAMMA 1 [remastered Japanese SHM-CD] Out Of Print

Brainchild of guitarist Ronnie Montrose and singer Davey Pattison, GAMMA was founded in San Francisco at the end of the seventies delivering three stupendous albums in the lapse of 4 years. They returned in 2000 with a new effort, but the original records are the ones regarded as cult classics.
As requested, here’s all the now our of print GAMMA remastered Japanese reissues manufactured on high quality SHM-CD, released on Cardboard Sleeve (mini LP) reproducing the original artwork.
Anybody familiar with Ronnie Montrose’s earlier work, especially with Sammy Hagar as the frontman really ought to check out this overlooked band. Ronnie’s trademark, lean, mean, distinctive guitar tone is there as usual, but Gamma added the additional layers of synthesizers, tastefully…

DREAM THEATER – Images And Words [Limited Release SHM-CD] Out Of Print

One of you asked for DREAM THEATER‘s “Images And Words” in its Japanese SHM-CD version. Appeared some years ago, this was the only press on this format, a Limited Edition, and of course, Out Of Print now.
Dream Theater’s first album When Dream And Day Unite showed potential of this amazing band, and it appeared in its fullest with this album featuring Canadian vocalist James LaBrie and the glossy production by master David Prater.
Simply put, “Images And Words” is a truly magnificent album, putting the virtuoso abilities of its members to good use without once sacrificing melody and songwriting quality. It deserves the praise it gets

GARY MOORE – Live At The Marquee [Japan SHM-CD remastered] *EXCLUSIVE*

Some days ago we featured here in exclusive the quite unknown GARY MOORE short-lived band G-Force album remastered and pressed on SHM-CD. Now we have a show recorded during the tour presenting the album, “Live At The Marquee“, captured at the legendary Marquee Club in London on November 5th & 6th, 1980.
For the shows Moore enlisted former LONE STAR frontman Kenny Driscoll to provide lead vocals (Driscoll’s replacement in Lone Star, John Sloman, would later perform with Moore), Andy Pyle of THE KINKS to play bass, former Black Oak Arkansas and PAT TRAVERS drummer Tommy Aldridge, and Moore’s former COLOSSEUM II bandmate, keyboardist Don Airey, who would go on to contribute to many of Moore’s later solo works.
The performance mainly showcases material from Moore’s 1979 Back On The Streets and the G-Force albums, with two songs being from Dirty Fingers, and the remaining track, “Dallas Warhead” being an original composition, which incorporates a killer, awesome drum solo from Aldridge.

38 SPECIAL – Flashback [Japan Limited Edition / SHM-CD remastered] *EXCLUSIVE*

When released two years ago, we featured in exclusive the Japanese remastered series from 38 SPECIAL best albums, a fresh sonic treatment using the original US analog master tapes and pressed on high quality SHM-CD. It’s all done in wonderful cardboard sleeve mini LP replica, which also faithfully replicates the OBI design of the Japanese first pressing LP.
However there was one missing; “Flashback“, some kind of a ‘best of’, but featuring new material as well.
Originally appeared in 1987, “Flashback” contains several of the band’s greatest hits, such as “Hold On Loosely” and “Caught Up in You”, as well as two hit songs from soundtracks previously unavailable on a 38 Special album; “Back to Paradise” and “Teacher, Teacher”.
It also features one brand-new track unique to this compilation, “Same Old Feeling”.

THIN LIZZY – Shades Of A Blue Orphanage [Japan SHM-CD remastered] *EXCLUSIVE*

Reaching the end with THIN LIZZY‘s discography – requested by many of you regarding which we consider the best sound quality CD pressings – here’s the band’s second studio album ”Shades Of A Blue Orphanage”, a great expanded edition including as bonus the classic ‘Whisky In The Jar (Full Length Version Of Single Track)’ and its B-side, some songs 1977 Overdubbed & Remixed Versions (with licks by Gary Moore) only available on 7” vinyl until now, and the previously unreleased BBC sessions.
This remastered Japanese edition on SHM-CD feels natural and clear, fortunately not brickwalled / not saturated.
Thin Lizzy’s second album is a nod to…

KISS – Smashes, Thrashes & Hits [Japan Hi-Res MQA-CD UHQCD / DSD remaster 2020] *EXCLUSIVE*

And the last release of the KISS ‘best of 2020 series’ made by Universal Music Japan on a High Resolution disc (MQA-CD + UHQCD) DSD master based on US original analog tape converted to 352.8kHz / 24bit is “Smashes, Thrashes & Hits“, at the time the fourth KISS hits album overall but the second released by the band in the United States (‘Killers’ and ‘Chikara’ were not released there originally).
Of the 15 songs on the album, two were new compositions, and three were released after the band’s unmasking in 1983. The remaining 10 were all released during the band’s years in make-up, and most of them, ‘remixed 1988’, which generated some controversy.
”Smashes, Thrashes & Hits [Japan Hi-Res MQA-CD UHQCD / DSD remaster 2020]” has been released past month, but it’s almost sold out. Hurry up to get your copy.
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KISS – Killers [Japan Hi-Res MQA-CD UHQCD / DSD remaster 2020] *EXCLUSIVE*

Universal Music Japan has released a couple months ago a High Resolution disc (MQA-CD + UHQCD) of KISSKillers“, a 2020 DSD remaster based on US original analog tape converted to 352.8kHz / 24bit.
At the time of its release (1982) “Killers” became a rarity, at least for the American public, because it wasn’t released in the USA. The album included some of the recent KISS hits re-mixed, but also 4 new songs, recorded specifically for this release.
These new songs were recorded at the behest of Phonogram / Casablanca Records, in response to the commercial failure of 1981’s Music from “The Elder”.
The sound definition of this MQA-CD + UHQCD is excellent.
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GARY MOORE – Dirty Fingers [Japanese K2HD remastering HQCD] Out Of Print

Finally, one of rarest – and best – albums by GARY MOORE, “Dirty Fingers“, received a proper reissue by Victor Japan Company with a K2HD remastering on a HQCD. There were several attempts to get a fully sound from this recording, even previously appeared on SHM-CD, but somehow due to master copies / transfer troubles the dynamic range resulted plain flat.
This K2HD remastering makes wonders, unfortunately a limited release already sold out.
“Dirty Fingers” was actually recorded in 1981 for Jet Records but was shelved for years, only to be released in later in Japan in 1983 after Gary Moore began to gain some popularity.
One of the interesting things about this album is that features an all-star band which aside from Gary, also included ex-Ted Nugent vocalist Charlie Huhn, Rainbow / Dio bassist Jimmy Bain, keyboard master Don Airey, and monster drummer Tommy Aldridge.
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THIN LIZZY – Vagabonds Of The Western World [Japan double SHM-CD remastered]

Reaching the end with THIN LIZZY‘s discography – requested by many of you regarding which we consider the best sound quality CD pressings – here’s the band’s 3rd studio album ”Vagabonds Of The Western World”, a deluxe 2-disc pressed on high quality SHM-CD to enjoy the pristine remastered tapes.
This expanded edition feature as bonus all the singles from the era, including ‘Whisky In The Jar’, Lizzy’s first hit. There’s an extra disc with stupendous BBC sessions as well.
This remastered Japanese edition on SHM-CD feels natural and clear.
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