New Release: Songs of Experience on SHM-CD

Original Story by Aaron J. Sams (2018-10-11)

It has been announced that U2 will release Songs of Experience on SHM-CD in Japan this coming December. The SHM-CD version of the CD will be released on December 5, 2018, and will be released in a cardboard sleeve. The CD will contain a Japan only bonus track (we expect it will be the same as the regular CD bonus track, Jacknife Lee’s remix of “The Blackout”) and will be released with the catalog number UICI-9069, and the UPC 4988031312551. This is the first time that Songs of Experience has been released in SHM-CD in the world.

On July 2, 2017, Universal Japan announced that U2’s entire collection would be issued on SHM-CD, with 13 different SHM-CDs released on August 23, 2017. SHM-CD is a digital optical disc, with the same size as a regular compact disc. The biggest improvement in the disc is the use of a polycarbonate material that allows for less laser scatter during reading, producing fewer errors. SHM-CDs are capable of being played in a standard CD player. The digital information contained on the SHM-CD will be the same as that on a standard CD, the SHM-CD format just improves the ‘readability’ of this information. The format was developed by Universal Music Japan and JVC. U2, of course, is signed with Universal Music. The format first started to be used in 2008.

The SHM-CD version of Songs of Experience is available for pre-order now.

Many thanks to Pawel and Vladimir for information used in the story above.

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